Intel Begins Shipping New Atom Processors for Netbooks

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Intel has announced the availability of the latest mobile Intel Atom processor based platform formerly codenamed "Cedar Trail."

The latest platform adds several new features to netbook computers which are expected to be available in early 2012 from major OEMs including: Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo, Samsung and Toshiba.

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 offers an improvement in graphics performance up to 2X compared to the previous generation platform.

Systems based on the new Intel Atom processors may have up to 10 hours of battery life and weeks of standby, allowing for all-day use between charges. Additionally, Intel increased processor and overall system performance while reducing power consumption up to 20 percent compared to the previous platform.

Based on Intel's 32nm process technology, Intel incorporated several new features into the platform such as Intel Wireless Display and Intel Wireless Music.

Additional features such as Smart Connect Technology allows users to have an instant Internet connection as soon as they open their netbook.

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