New Intel Atom ‘Cedar Trail-M’ at 32 nanometers

Intel this morning announced the new Intel Atom ‘Cedar Trail-M‘, the portable version of existing Cedarview (D2500 and D2700). The main feature of the two is the new Atom releasing the brand-new 32 nm processor, assuming a large leap from the 45nm of Pineview but not being as innovative to reach 22nm like Ivy Bridge.

Intel Atom N2600 and N2800 are the names of the models can be found on the market in the coming days. Both are models of two cores (four wires) aimed at notebooks and ultraportables, with frequencies of 1.6 and 1.87 GHz and in both cases come with an integrated GPU. The performance provided, according to Intel, has improved so much in the graphics department and the GPU itself (+28%). They claim to be sufficient to play Youtube content in 1080p and ‘casual’ games (like Angry Birds) without problems. GPUs have been renovated and renamed as Intel GMA 3600 and 3650, and overall energy consumption has decreased significantly over previous generations: 3.5 and 6.5 watts, which are pretty good numbers.

Desktop-oriented Cedarview parts, D2500 and D2700, started shipping in the third quarter of 2011. The Cedarview family has suffered delays due to problems with the video drivers, and Intel has had to cut features to deliver anything to market. During Cedarview’s development, Intel claimed that the GPU hardware supported Direct3D 10.1. However, the shipping drivers only support Direct3D 9. They also only support 32-bit Windows 7—no 64-bit driver is available.

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