CHIPMAKER Intel has quietly released a clutch of Atom processors for nettops and netbooks.
Intel's Atom processor is synonymous with netbooks and Chipzilla also pitches its power hungrier desktop Atom parts, which are destined to be used in 'nettops'. Now the firm has released the N2600 and N2800 for netbooks and the D2500 and D2700 for nettops (PDF).
The Intel N2600 Atom chip runs either at 1.6GHz or 1.86GHz with a thermal design power (TDP) of less than 3.5W. The Atom N2800 goes one step higher and runs at either 1.86GHz or 2.13GHz and has a TDP of 6.5W.
For Intel's nettop oriented Atom D2500, the frequencies are 1.86GHz and 2.13GHz with a TDP of less than 10W, while the Atom D2700 runs at 2.13GHz and 2.4Ghz while keeping the same 10W TDP.
All of Intel's D2000 and N2000 chips apart from the D2500 support Hyperthreading and have 512KB of Level 2 cache. One big upgrade is their ability to support up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM, albeit in a single-channel configuration, pretty much guaranteeing a single or dual slot board configuration.
While Intel's latest Atom chips are far from the ones that will end up in smartphones and tablets, they still represent the most exciting product line Intel has that's even close. Not only is Atom being pushed into servers, eventually Intel should be able to slip Atom chips into tablets, meaning that a single chip line could straddle almost every consumer chip application.
For the moment, however, Intel's Atom D2000 and N2000 series chips are still being pitched at the somewhat stagnant and less glamorous netbook and nettop markets. µ