Waiting for CES 2012 to hear Intel reveal something new? No need. The company just announced the first major development in the life of their Atom line in a really, really long time, and now that netbooks are on the down swing, it's understandable to not hear so much about them. One thing that Intel
has always fought is heat and energy usage, particularly with Atom, and the netbooks that we've reviewed in the past with that platform never seemed to blow us away. But Atom is getting another shot, with the third-generation Atom introducing new features for low-power designs such as netbooks, retail and healthcare IT devices.
There's an improvement in battery life of around 20% compared to prior generations, with Intel claiming that machines based on this will get up to 10 hours of battery life, weeks of standby and full 1080p high-definition video. Systems using new Intel Atom processor-based platform from Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, and Toshiba will debut in early 2012.
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 compared to the previous generation platform. It's built using their 32nm process technology, and there's also Rapid Smart Technology to resume from standby mode and helps conserve battery life.
Furthermore, Intel's Wireless Display is supported now, and in addition to the mobile processors, Intel offers the Intel Atom processor D2500 and D2700 for entry-level desktop and all-in-one designs, as well as intelligent system solutions. The platform supports a range of operating systems including: Windows, MeeGo, and Tizen.We've got a hunch that those partners will indeed be using CES to launch systems based on the new Atom, but only the benchmarks will tell if they're worth paying attention to.