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Intel launches 32nm Atoms

by on27 September 2011

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 28 September 2011
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