Pine Trail

Acer preparing NVIDIA Ion 2 netbooks/nettops?

Acer preparing NVIDIA Ion 2 netbooks/nettops?

Details on NVIDIA's Ion 2 graphics chipset are still relatively scarce, but according to a DigiTimes report the company have already got at least one big-name buyer.  Acer have apparently placed orders for the Ion 2 to accompany their upcoming Atom N450, N470, D510 or D410 based notebooks and nettops, and though there's no specific release schedule given, Acer is believed to be planning to release Pine Trail netbooks from January 11th 2010.

Intel Pine Trail next-gen Atoms detailed: 20% lower power consumption

Intel Pine Trail next-gen Atoms detailed: 20% lower power consumption

Further hardware details regarding Intel's imminent Pine Trail platform have emerged, suggesting that the next-gen Atom chips will be smaller, more efficient and cheaper for the company to produce than the existing processors.  Set to debut in Q1 2010, according to Fudzilla the Pine Trail-M mobile chips will deliver a roughly 20-percent reduction in power consumption, when compared with the current Atom CPUs (measured in Mobile Mark 05).

Intel Cedarview 2011 Atom platform detailed: 32nm & DDR3 support

Intel Cedarview 2011 Atom platform detailed: 32nm & DDR3 support

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.

Lenovo IdeaPad Pineview netbook hits FCC

Lenovo IdeaPad Pineview netbook hits FCC

It's no ThinkPad netbook, but Lenovo's latest IdeaPad ultraportable - as helpfully previewed by our camera-fumbling friends at the FCC - does at least have an unusual CPU to maintain our interest.  The FL5-B3 - which we're guessing is not going to be the netbook's final name - uses a 1.66GHz Intel Pineview processor, presumably the Atom N450, paired with 2GB of RAM and a 250GB hard-drive.  While they're still minimal specs in the notebook world, after what seems like a lifetime of half that memory and a meager 160GB of storage they're very welcome.

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Nokia Booklet 3G second-gen orders being discussed?

Nokia Booklet 3G second-gen orders being discussed?

The first examples of Nokia's Booklet 3G netbook are yet to drop into buyers' hands, but according to leaks fizzing out of Taiwan the Finns are already discussing orders for their second-gen model.  Notorious rumor-monger Economic Daily News has suggested that a new Booklet 3G with updated specifications is expected to be released in 2010, a statement that is, frankly, stating the obvious.  However, reading between the lines we'd expect any updated netbook from Nokia to take advantage of Intel's upcoming Pine Trail processors, such as the Atom N450, and we do know a little about that CPU's release schedule.

ASUS Eee PC T101H gets Atom N450, coming Jan 2010?

ASUS Eee PC T101H gets Atom N450, coming Jan 2010?

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.

KND K1850 is first Pine Trail Atom nettop

KND K1850 is first Pine Trail Atom nettop

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.

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Intel Pine Trail due Q4; products unlikely until early 2010

Intel Pine Trail due Q4; products unlikely until early 2010

After ongoing rumors and speculation that Intel would miss their Q4 launch for Pine Trail, their next-gen Atom processor line-up, the company has again confirmed that the low-power netbook processors are on course to hit manufacturers in Q4 2009.  However the company will not be drawn on how long those chips will then take to show up in commercially-available devices: estimates suggest that Pine Trail based netbooks won't actually be on shelves until Q1 2010 at the earliest.

Intel Atom N470 1.83GHz Pine Trail chip tipped for Q1 2010

Intel Atom N470 1.83GHz Pine Trail chip tipped for Q1 2010

The Intel Atom N450 release date controversy continues, and this time there's a second processor that's apparently being brought along for the ride.  Despite Intel's protestations to the contrary, the 1.66GHz N450 - the replacement for the N270 chip currently found in most netbooks - is still on track for a launch in Q1 2010, where it will apparently be accompanied with a 1.83GHz Atom N470.

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MSI Wind U150 touchscreen Windows 7 netbook confirmed, plus AMD Yukon U210

MSI Wind U150 touchscreen Windows 7 netbook confirmed, plus AMD Yukon U210

MSI have confirmed previous leaks that they are developing a convertible touchscreen netbook that will run Windows 7 on Intel's upcoming Pine Trail chipset.  The MSI Wind U150 will take on ASUS' Eee PC T91; however there's some confusion as to when it might arrive.  MSI have tipped Pine Trail's official debut as taking place at CES 2010, while Intel maintain that the new Atom processors are on course for a late-2009 release.

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