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.

Pine Trail brings the memory controller and graphics controller onto the main processor chipset, which the company claim will reduce power requirements as well as increase speed.  MSI are tipped to be planning an early launch, rushing a Windows 7 based Pine Trail Wind-series netbook to market in December 2009.