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All posts tagged "intel atom"


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tom's Hardware Discusses Moorestown With Ticky Thakkar

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 PM

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...-atom,2653.html

"With its new Atom platform, Moorestown, Intel has made a lot of exciting claims and hinted at significant changes in our computing future. All good stuff, but we need more answers. To find them, we sat down with Intel's godfather of ultra-mobility. Last month, we took a deep dive into Intel's new Moorestown platform for ultramobile devices, the Atom Z6xx processor (Linfield), and Intel Platform Controller Hub MP20 (Langwell). We described some of the performance you could expect to see on Moorestown devices. Now, you can see it in action courtesy of a Computex video shown here."

Tom's Hardware have managed to get an interview with director of UMG (Ultra Mobile Group) Platform Architecture for the Intel Architecture Group, Ticky Thakkar. They discuss the ideas behind the Moorestown chipset, what they tried to achieve, and where they plan to go to in the future. I think they are definitely on the right track trying to combine low power chips with high performance and will certainly make mobile devices in the future feel like having a PC with you. To think they can run World of Warcraft on a smartphone now, compared with a few years ago, is just amazing and shows how quickly technology is progressing.


Friday, April 2, 2010

HP and Dell Shifting Focus Away from 10 Inch Netbooks

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 11:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/02/...netbooks-looki/

"Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Dell have both significantly reduced their investments in the 10-inch netbook segment, with HP reportedly even considering quitting the 10-inch netbook market and turning its focus to AMD-based 11.6-inch notebooks because profits from Intel Pine Trail-based netbooks have been lower than expected, according to sources from notebook makers."

I think 11.6 inch screens are more usable - 10 inch displays can be a little squinty for some, especially once you move beyond 1024 x 600 resolutions - but I do have to question the use of AMD CPUs. Based on my tests using Proshow Gold, the AMD Neo CPU at 1.6 Ghz renders 1080p video twice as fast as the 1.6 Ghz Intel Atom CPU...but the AMD Neo has two cores! That means the performance is in the same ballpark on a per-core basis. The real problem with the AMD Neo CPU is the power consumption; it uses 15 watts at full load, while the Intel Atom N450 shipping as part of the Pinetrail chipset today on netbooks consumes 5.5 watts. Even if you factor in the fact that the AMD CPU has two cores, it's still more power-hungry than the Intel Atom CPU. I have an HP dv2 and it has pretty bad battery life; the fan also never stops loudly spewing hot air. I just don't think AMD has the whole "low power CPU" thing figured out.

As a side note, does anyone have an answer for why the N450 CPU shipping on notebooks uses 5.5 watts while the Z530 in netbooks prior to 2010 used only 2 watts? I thought Pinetrail was all about power consumption savings...Intel more than doubled the power consumption of the Atom CPU, yet it benchmarks no faster. I wonder why the added power consumption was necessary?

UPDATE: This is one of the main reasons I like Twitter; people smarter than me teaching me things. The wise sbrown23 pointed out the following to me when I asked the above question about power consumption: "Pinetrail moved additional functions on-chip, so you may have increased CPU power usage, but lower total system power consumption...Big power killer in 1st gen Atom was the chipset & graphics, much of which is on chip now and much more efficient." And there you have it! That ends up making the AMD Neo chip look even worse though, because I believe the 15 watts is CPU-only, not any other parts of the chipset.


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Atom Update Due in October

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 01:30 PM

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20090610PD217.html

"Codenamed Pine Trail, Intel's 45nm Atom N450 will be a single-core CPU with built-in northbridge functions, and will be paired with the new NM10 (Tiger Point) chipset."

The new Atom looks to update much of the infrastructure around the Atom CPU itself and supposedly also gives the whole setup the ability to display 1080p video. This mostly seems like an evolutionary upgrade for Intel though it will probably be just enough to keep lots of manufacturers from jumping ship for an alternative solution like the NVidia ION platform. It is good to see progress being made, however small, but outside of improved graphics performance, I am not sure if the netbook/nettop CPU industry really has that much excitement left in it. Manufacturers seem to have found the netbook sweet spot for size, and can only really differentiate themselves with design now. The race to the top does not seem to concern most people. Now it is a race to the longest battery life!


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