Atom to me has always been a let down really. I do not see how Intel of all the companies can not build a system that will compete on the up side with the 1.2 Ghz dual core processor in my Sensation. The processor in my Sensation is not even top of the line any more really, and it has been proven multiple times it can reliably be oc'd to 1.5 Ghz as well with no real impact on the chips life span. However; Intel of all the companies, in all reality has nothing to compete with it, and quad core version of this chip and others in the same platform from Nvidia, Samsung, etc etc are also available for development now and will be announced at CES with commercial release dates.
Uh, sorry but that's way off, you can't compare number of processors and clock speed for different architecture and expect direct comparison. Never mind that both ARM and Intel have yet to have enough overlap to even start competing. Neither ARM nor Intel have anything that directly competes with the other yet!
Intel ATOM's may be low power and low cost but they're still capable of running a desktop OS and fulfilling the basic needs of a PC.
Fact is ARM is designed for low power usage, they're more energy efficient but only the next gen ARM processors are actually starting to actually rival Intel ATOM level CPU performance. You're 1.2GHz dual core ARM chip doesn't even compare and was never intended to run a desktop OS.
Even if it could it would be sluggish compared to even a netbook and isn't compatible with the same range of software. Just look up attempts at running linux on ARM systems to get a better idea. Besides, it would kill the battery trying as desktop OS isn't optimized for power efficiency like mobile OS are and that would negate much of the energy efficiency advantage ARM would otherwise have.
So you're comparing apples and oranges at the moment. Intel ATOM's aren't ready to enter the mobile market and ARM still has a bit to go before it can expand beyond the mobile market.
Both ARM and Intel are moving towards eventual direct competition but that's only starting with their next gen releases. Intel's Medfield ATOM series for example may actually get put into a Smart Phone next year but it's just their first SoC and they got better designs coming after it, just like ARM has better chips coming out after next year too.
Besides, Intel has some time as ARM still lacks a mainstream desktop OS to offer and Windows 8 is delayed till mid 2013. So you'll only be able to run both Android and Windows 8 on x86 systems till then.
A better net book would be cool stuff. My son's MSI Wind was nice to mess with, and that is two and a half years old.
I liked it enough to consider buying one, and then I had to spend money elsewhere.
So new, better Net-books are attractive to me at this point. I'll be looking for reviews,.......And a Net-Book doesn't have to be a screaming powerhouse of a PC, it just has to do the simple stuff, and be able to play a movie if I want to use it for that.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
Basic road map is Cedar Trail systems will be coming out in the beginning of 2012, by the second half of 2012 Clover Trail will replace Oak Trail and bring the whole ATOM line to 32nm.
Medfield is the first SoC ATOM and like Cedar Trail is 32nm.
The first big update will be the 22nm Silvermont in 2013, which will be quickly followed by 14nm Airmont in 2014.
Cedar Trail is still part of Intel's original 5 year product cycle. So it's not a significant update but adds enough to keep netbooks relevant for a little while longer. It's just a question of whether netbooks can hold on till Silvermont provides the first real major update and officially switches the ATOM to the new 2 year product cycle, which means Intel will start putting their latest tech into ATOM's and not just their high end chips.
Thing to watch out for now is how Intel handles the driver support for the new GMA. Since it's based on the Imagination PowerVR GPU, just like the older GMA 500 that had so many issues with proper driver support.
Though the newer 3600/3650 GMA's are based on the slightly better SGX545 instead of the old SGX535 and driver support for PowerVR chips are supposedly much better now with the company no longer against open source driver development. Intel though did delay the Cedar Trail release to work a bit longer on the drivers.
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