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Medfield will feature memory controller, graphics, and I/O on single die

A new roadmap has cropped up that shows the future of Intel's Atom processors that power the majority of netbook computers on the market today. The Atom has proven to be very successful for Intel and future versions will offer even more power and performance.

CNET News reports that the new roadmap shows a new Medfield Atom will debut in 2010. The processor will be built on the 32nm process, where as the current generation Atom parts are built on the 45nm process.

Before 2010 when Medfield pops up, Intel will be releasing Atom processors code named Pineview in 2009. DailyTech has covered the Pineview Atom processors before. The biggest difference between Pineview and today's Atom CPU will be the integration of a GPU core and memory controller onto the processor die.

In 2010, Medfield will integrate onto the die the processor, memory controller, multimedia functions, and I/O onto a single chip. A graphics core would be integrated as well. With this change, the netbook will gain the ability to handle HD video and move from a basic web surfing device into a full function entertainment device.

The information on the future Atom parts comes from a report created by UBS Securities. CNET News quotes the UBS Securities report saying, "[netbooks will evolve] from basic web page consumption to multimedia consumption including high-definition (HD) video."

Another bit of good news to look forward to is that battery life will increase for systems using the new Atom parts. Even with new features like touchscreen and WAN access the run time of netbooks will move from two to three hours up to near five hours according to the report.

Dual-core Atom parts are expected to be offered with the Medfield just as the current generation Atom parts feature dual-core variants.



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By therealnickdanger on 12/8/2008 2:50:13 PM , Rating: 4
I think part of the problem is that people are not underrating it - Intel and Microsoft are trying to underrate it by forcing all manner of restrictions onto netbook manufacturers. The reason is simple: the Atom performs TOO well for its price-point! You can load and easily use Vista with Aero enabled on most Atom netbooks, they are extremely capable. Netbooks are eating into the notebook market much too quickly. "Cannabalize" is a term that's being thrown around a lot, for good reason. Microsoft and Intel are trying to protect their partners in the notebook market with these netbook hardware restrictions.

They have limited gaming performance and you certainly wouldn't fold on it or encode video either, but they are more than acceptable for everything else. While I'm not a fan of the 945G as a supplement, my Wind can handle all the rich web content available now and I haven't been able to find a picture, music file, or video file that it couldn't play back. So when it comes time to buy another notebook - I'll be getting a netbook.

Get a dual-core Atom and a GeForce 9300/9400 GPU into one of these and then it'll be perfect! LOL


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