Jan 14 2009

Finally, A New Chip: The Intel Atom N280

We’ve all become used to seeing the same N270 version of the Intel Atom in about every netbook around, even the clones. The Snapdragon chip could offer some variety, but that’s still a while off. Perhaps we’ve accepted that this is the way things are going to be - perhaps we’re so frustrated we just don’t care anymore. Thankfully, Intel has decided to upgrade and shake things up a bit!

The new Intel chip is the Atom N280, to be made available as soon as Q2 or Q3 this year. The new chip will be introduced in netbooks by ASUS, Acer, and Gigabyte, some seriously big names in the netbook business. ASUS has already developed a system based on the new CPU, introduced at CES 2009.

The N280 will get a new chipset upgrade too, replacing the older 945 GSE. That version is the one we’re so sick of. The new chipset is the GN40, which will provide a similar core frequency as the old one at 1.66 GHz. Its FSM runs at 667 MHz. The combination is expected to boost netbook performance in the near future, but there will definitely be a consequence to the cost of the machines.

According to Digitimes, the Atom N280 will cost “$60-65 in thousand-unit tray quantities,” whereas the Atom N270 costs $46.

While we deride it, the Intel Atom N270 was wildly successful in 2008. It has been credited with much of the speedy growth of netbooks in general.

Via Softpedia.

6 Comments on this post


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    [...] this netbook include nothing out of the ordinary though, such as a 10.2-inch screen, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, and a 6-cell [...]

    April 19th, 2009 at 10:07 pm
  2. Sharp Mebius Netbook Released in Japan with LCD Trackpad | NetbookBoards.com wrote:

    [...] of the NJ170A netbook include a 10.1-inch display with 1024×600 resolution, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 160 GB hard drive, 3 USB ports, wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, and a memory card [...]

    April 22nd, 2009 at 11:55 am
  3. Clevo Introduces First 10-Inch Netbook | NetbookBoards.com wrote:

    [...] the M810L. Some tech specs include: a 10.1″ screen with a resolution of 1024×576, an Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz processor, up to 2 GB of RAM, wi-fi, and Bluetooth. The netbook will weigh roughly 2.6 [...]

    April 23rd, 2009 at 5:43 pm
  4. Samsung N310 3G Netbook Released in Korea | NetbookBoards.com wrote:

    [...] just launched a new netbook in Korea. The Samsung N310 sports a 10.1″ LCD screen, runs on an Intel Atom processor, and has 1 GB of RAM as well as a 160 GB harddrive. Other tech specs for this netbook [...]

    April 26th, 2009 at 9:10 pm
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    [...] feed for updates on this topic.Powered by WP Greet BoxIn addition to being used in netbooks, the Intel Atom processor is now also being used in various desktops. One such example is the Hewlett Packard [...]

    May 1st, 2009 at 11:53 pm
  6. Intel Atom Processors Now Used in Computing Devices Other Than Netbooks « Netbook Roll wrote:

    [...] addition to being used in netbooks, the Intel Atom processor is now also being used in various desktops. One such example is the Hewlett Packard [...]

    May 2nd, 2009 at 7:00 pm


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