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Intel Canoe Lake Innovation Platform  (Source: Intel)
Prototype "Canoe Lake" netbook platform is world's thinnest at 14mm

Intel has bemoaned the fact that netbooks were not as profitable for it or computer makers for a while now. Despite the fact that the company would rather sell more expensive Core-based CPUs for full notebooks, the netbook market has boomed and Intel has offered a steady stream of new hardware to support the category.

Today at Computex in Taiwan, Intel announced its plans for the Atom processor line and showed off a seriously thin concept netbook dubbed the
Canoe Lake innovation platform. Canoe Lake is only 14mm thick making it the world's thinnest netbook. Intel also highlighted the new Pine Trail Atom dual-core and Oak Trail CPUs that are optimized for netbooks and tablets.

Intel reports that the new dual-core mobile Atom processors are in production now and will be available by the winter holiday season later this year. The new parts promise more performance and a more responsive experience for the consumer.

Oak Trail CPUs will land in early 2011 and is described as the upcoming SoC Intel Atom platform with optimizations for sleek tablet and netbook form factors. The Oak Trail parts will deliver a 50 percent reduction in average power consumption while supporting full HD video playback and supporting a variety of OS' including MeeGo, Windows, and Google OS' like Chrome.

Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanco said, "Acer will be ready with MeeGo-based mobile devices. MeeGo's open software platform will present our customers with another choice of a friendly, easy-to-use operating system. We are pleased to collaborate with Intel in our continuous drive to provide effortless technologies that empower people at work, home - anytime, anywhere."

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Roadmap naming
By Lord 666 on 6/1/2010 10:07:37 AM , Rating: 1
Who thinks of these names?

Let's use something memorable like in the spririt of Intels current lineup; "Band Camp" and "Lefthanded Smokeshifter" should be next.

RE: Roadmap naming
By Spivonious on 6/1/2010 11:48:25 AM , Rating: 2
At least in the past, they were names of areas around Intel's main office in Santa Clara. Look at a map around there and you'll recognize lots of old CPU codenames.

RE: Roadmap naming
By phxfreddy on 6/3/2010 8:47:05 PM , Rating: 2
Left handed smoke shifter ?

...that is Larry Sinclair's nickname for Obama isn't it ????

By DanNeely on 6/1/2010 10:41:20 AM , Rating: 3
The moorestown chips got a 60x drop in power vs the 2x drop for oaktrail; and articles at the time indicated that a big chunk of the savings came from not wasting power polling the PCI bus constantly looking for devices. The disparity in power levels here really hammers the point home.

I have to wonder how hard it would be for MS to remove the PCI dependency from windows and be able to run on Moorestown? The power gap here gives the penguins a decent amount of room to outperform anything running windows.

By DanNeely on 6/1/2010 10:37:57 AM , Rating: 2
Even the N2xx atoms only used 50% of the total power for the cpu+chipset. Pinetrail improved on this significantly; how much room does this leave for oaktrail to reduce total system power?

Except possibly making a fanless netbook possible by dropping max TDP I'm not sure that there's much room left to squeeze more power out of these systems until OLED becomes affordable in larger sizes.

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