Cedar Trail preview, can it keep Intel's netbook lineup alive?
Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2011 - 01:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: cedar trail, Intel, Atom N2800
If you haven't run across them yet, VR-Zone just released a sneak peek at Intel's new ultramobile chip lineup, which we know as Cedar Trail. The benchmarks that they found are a little odd, consisting of 3DMark 2006 and PCMark 2005 so the results need to be taken with that context in mind. Still the Atom N2800 manages to triple the performance of the previous Atom generation so there have been some noticeable improvements. The problem is the netbook form factor its self, as tablets and even smart phones can replicate the tasks that the netbook was intended for. That could mean that no matter how good Cedar Trail is, the form factor it is set to dominate may be going extinct. They do offer HDMI out now though.
"We're not sure how much life there's left in the netbook market, but considering that Intel is looking to offer some very affordable next gen Atom processors, its upcoming Cedar Trail processors might just be what the netbook market space needs to catch a second wind. VR-Zone can exclusively unveil the first benchmark figures for Intel's upcoming mobile Atom processors and although they're unlikely to blow anyone's mind, they're a huge improvement over the previous generation."
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