We already know that the Atom N450 and other Pine Trail netbooks are coming early next year. In fact, Asus has already offered official pics of its Eee 1005P and 1005PE netbooks set to hit early next year. Intel has gone official today with the new Atom platform making the official unveiling of the first CPU with integrated graphics in the market.
Official images and full specifications of the upcoming ASUS Eee PC 1005P Pine Trail netbook have emerged, after details of the netbook - and its 1005PE sibling - leaked yesterday. Appearance-wise, ASUS have stuck to their Seashell theme, so it seems the main changes are inside with the Atom N450 1.66GHz processor.
Squint and you can just make out Acer's upcoming Pine Trail netbook in the company's driver pages, the Acer Aspire One 532, packing an Intel Atom N450 processor and a variety of SKUs. As well as the newer processor - which we're expecting Intel to officially announce in January 2010 - the netbook also offers a choice of display resolutions, including the common 1024 x 600 and the far preferable 1280 x 720.
MSI's rumored plans to corner the Pine Trail netbook market this month look to have been put on hold, with the company named as one of four firms - the others being ASUS, Acer and Lenovo - set to launch Atom N450 based models on January 11th. The new timescale apparently complies with Intel's launch schedule, with the N450 set to officially debut on January 10th, ahead of the Atom N470 processor's arrival in March 2010.
We're only now seeing the first Pineview netbooks - based on Intel's next-gen Atom platform - begin to show themselves, but details are already emerging about the silicon company's intentions for the platform after that. Come 2011, say Fudzilla, Intel are expected to out Cedarview, a 32nm processor with a new, DDR3-compatible memory controller.
That DDR3 compatibility is particularly interesting, as it will put Atom's RAM support on a par with what Intel's Core i7 - Bloomfield processors can utilize. However Intel will limit supported memory to single-channel sticks, though you'll at least be able to use two DIMMs; that, say Fuzdilla, is confirmed for the nettop platform, but it's likely to be the same situation for netbooks.
If you've dipped even the tiniest of toes into the tech world this past twelve months, you'll likely have noticed the cookie-cutter spec sheets for netbooks. Intel and Microsoft's policies on exactly how big a hard-drive, how much RAM and other elements of a netbook's make-up have hamstrung what could've potentially been a hugely innovative segment into little more than a matter of aesthetics. Unfortunately neither company plans to lift those regulations any time soon, but we're hearing at least that with the advent of the Intel Atom N470 the bar will be raised somewhat.
The wire has been pretty barren when it comes to word of ASUS' upcoming 10.2-inch convertible touchscreen netbook, the Eee PC T101H. Last we heard, ASUS had pushed its release back until September "at the earliest" and were watching sales performance of the T91 before finally green-lighting the project; now, according to NetbookNews' sources, the T101H will make its official debut at CES 2010, complete with Intel's next-gen Atom N450 1.66GHz processor.
Intel's Pine Trail Atom refresh wasn't predicted to see any products actually arrive on shelves until Q1 2010, but that wasn't counting on the motivation of Shanzai producers in China. The first all-in-one nettop using the 1.66GHz dual-core Intel Atom D510 processor has emerged, the KND K1850, with an 18.6-inch display, 2GB of RAM, 250GB hard-drive and a DVD drive.
If there's one thing the past few days have shown us, it's that speculation about processor plans can get confusing - witness Intel's supposed Pine Trail delay and subsequent denials - but that certainly won't stop the rumors from coming. Latest leaks from "industry sources" suggests that Intel has told its customers that no more Atom Z processor orders for netbook devices will be accepted, which if true would mean that products such as the Sony VAIO P and ASUS Eee PC T91 would have to find different core components.