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Intel Unveils its New Intel Atom Processors

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January 03, 2012

Intel Unveils its New Intel Atom Processors

By Meenakshi Shankar
TMCnet Contributor


Semiconductor company Intel (News - Alert) Corporation revealed the availability of its latest mobile Intel Atom processor-based platform for netbooks and intelligent system designs in healthcare settings and retail solutions, formerly codenamed "Cedar Trail."

As planned, these devices will be available in early 2012 from major OEMs including: Acer (News - Alert), Asus, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Toshiba, said the company in a press release.

Designed to provide small, compact, on-the-go computing with great battery life at an affordable price, the latest platform is noted to come with several enhanced new features ideally for those looking for light productivity Internet browsing.

Intel officials emphasized that the new design’s dedicated media engine enables full 1080p high-definition playback of videos and Blu-Ray content and includes additional digital display and output options including HDMI and DisplayPort. The integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3600/3650 combined with the integrated memory controller provides enhanced performance and system responsiveness, including an improvement in graphics performance up to 2X (News - Alert) compared to the previous generation platform.

Moreover, systems based on the new Intel Atom processors can now have up to 10 hours of battery life and weeks of standby, allowing for all-day use between charges. Additionally, Intel increased processor and overall system performance while reducing power consumption up to 20 percent compared to the previous platform.

Some of the key enhancements made in the new platform include; Intel Wireless Display and Intel Wireless Music that are based on Intel’s 32nm process technology. With these new features and wireless enabled devices, people can share videos or photos wirelessly from their netbooks to a television, or stream music through their home stereo speakers. Additional features such as Intel Smart Connect Technology allows users to have an instant Internet connection as soon as they open their netbook, and have email, Twitter (News - Alert) and RSS feeds automatically updated even in sleep mode. Intel Rapid Start Technology enables fast resume from standby mode and helps conserve battery life.

Other enhancements include; lower thermal design power (TDP) and power management features such as Intel Deeper Sleep and Intel SpeedStep Technology; improved battery life and enhanced graphics; always connected capabilities; Intelligent system designs with seven-year lifecycle support, as well as support for Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows XP and XPe, Windows Embedded Compact, Yocto Project and Wind River (News - Alert) VxWorks operating systems.

In related news, TMC reported that Equus MSP Solutions, North America’s largest Hardware as a Service provider to the channel signed an agreement with Intel Corporation to offer a customizable, flexible, Intel-based hardware solution to compliment Intel’s AppUp Small Business Service that is built on the Intel Hybrid Cloud Platform.

Meenakshi Shankar is a TMCnet contributor. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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