Details of Atom's successor revealed.
Intel has delivered a few details about its successors for Atom, codenamed Pineview, and the entire current netbook/nettop platform, codenamed Pine Trail. Most of it we know already, but it’s nice to have suspicions confirmed.
Pine Trail is a two-chip solution comprising a CPU and chipset – a chip less than Intel’s current Atom solutions. The Pineview processor integrates both a memory controller and integrated graphics solution, with the chipset – Tiger Point – handing I/O work (USB ports and the like).
Consolidating the platform means, Intel says, reduced power consumption, improved performance and a lower cost from Pine Trail as compared to its predecessor. There’s also a reduction in the space required by Pine Train, thanks to having fewer chips; although whether that’s a huge benefit when current netbooks are small enough anyway is a matter for debate.
Pineview is likely to hurt Ion even more than the current “pretty unfair” Atom pricing offered by Intel. With Intel offering a two chip solution with okay graphics performance itself – almost certainly at a better price than Atom alone – it’s going to be difficult to persuade netbook manufacturers that using nVidia’s chipset is a better option. Assuming, of course, that the option to buy Atom and shove it with a non-Intel platform is even available, which isn’t a definite.