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Tuesday, 27 September 2011 14:11

Intel launches 32nm Atoms

Written by Slobodan Simic

Updated: D2500 and D2700 for starters
Codenamed Cedar Trail, Intel's next-generation Atom platform has finally been officially anounnced by Intel. For starters, Intel plans to introduce two "desktop" D-Series CPUs while the N-Series, netbook and mobile market ones should appear a bit later.

Based on the 32nm manufacturing process, Intel's next-gen Atom CPUs will allow Intel to push the Atom CPUs at higher clocks while maintaining the low TDP as well as to introduce some new features including on-chip graphics, HDMI and DisplayPort support, support for 1080p playback, Intel Wireless Display, faster memory access and more.

As noted, the D2500 and the D2700 are the first Cedar Trail based CPUs that will hit the market. The dual-core D2500 works at 1.86GHz with IGP clocked at 400MHz and has 1MB of L2 cache, while the D2700 works at slightly higher 2.13GHz clock with 640MHz IGP, same 1MB of L2 cache, and, unlike the D2500, has Hyper-Threading. Both CPUs feature integrated DDR3 memory controller and the same 10W TDP.

There has been a rumour regarding the delay of these CPUs due to the problem with DirectX 10.1 graphics driver certification, but we guess that Intel went with the launch anyway while the DirectX 10.1 support might wait a bit.

Intel also updated its official price list and the D2500 costs US $42 while the D2700 costs US $52 in 1K tray quantities. Intel is expected to launch the N-Series as well pretty soon and it is expected that these will have even lower TDP but also lower clocks as well. Both the D-Series and the N-series will use the same NM10 chipset.

Update: We managed to score some more details and it looks like that the Blu-Ray 2.0 support is also available only on the faster D2700 CPU. DirectX 10.1 support is also questionable but we heard that the driver might be ready sometime in November.

Last modified on Wednesday, 28 September 2011 08:26
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-27 #1 Jermelescu 2011-09-27 15:32
Shitty ATOMs are SHITTY.
-27 #2 saneblane 2011-09-27 16:30
Even at a smaller process,Brazos still has atom beat.
-29 #3 evolucion8 2011-09-27 18:34
Atom had been a dud since its incursion, even iTunes and Facebook, puts a 100% load on them which makes the computer more sluggish than already is!! :-x
-30 #4 evolucion8 2011-09-27 18:51
Seems that I have a stalker known as Gayrrior24_7, voting me down in each thread, get a life pig!!
+6 #5 Intel+Nvidia=AssPirates! 2011-09-27 19:38
Pure Garbage! Zacate eats these for lunch.
-5 #6 East17 2011-09-27 21:38
I fear that AMD is loosing its advantage fast. I think that , at least the 2.13 GHz Atom will surpass Brazos in many benchmarks.

AMD doesn't get a break like Intel had with its Atoms ... like selling crap for 2 or 3 years and getting away with it. AMD has just launched Brazos and I was wondering why would they hurry and launch Trinity early next year ... obviously THIS is why ... I'm sure Trinity will smoke ANY Intel Atom on the market next year but now ... idk ...
0 #7 Cartman 2011-09-28 01:58
Like DX 10.1 would mean something on Atom, cummon...
Yah i guess we will play Stalker Clear Sky lol, i hate when they use renderer as marketing bull....
+5 #8 zeropercenthotgas 2011-09-28 02:44
Once an atom always an atom
+5 #9 evolucion8 2011-09-28 05:55
Heck, even Via Nano has better general performance, such small company with good engineering talent there.
+6 #10 Medallish 2011-09-28 07:34
Quoting zeropercenthotg as:
Once an atom always an atom

lol these comment pages has turned into pure fanboy wars ever since Warrior made all his sock accounts to down-vote people. I had an Atom netbook, most frustrating CPU I've ever dealt with, if I really needed a Netbook now, I would rather wait for 28nm from AMD, than waiting for Atom's singlecore performance which is laughable.

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