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Intel showcase future netbooks

Yesterday KitGuru reported on Intel’s Oak Trail solution and Intel have also rolled out their next generation ‘Cedar Trail’ Atom processor, due in Netbooks within the next couple of months.

At a developer conference in China they have showcased new netbooks based on the next generation Atom processor. Cedar Trail Netbooks will be ‘quieter, thinner and lighter than current netbooks, according to Doug Davis, general manager of the Netbook and tablet group at Intel. Davis was speaking at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing where he was showing a future Cedar Trail Netbook and an Intel Classmate PC that will also use the new processor.

Davis highlighted that Intel have shipped 90 million processors into the Netbook market to date, which means that Apple would still have to ship tens of millions of iPads before they start to catch up to the netbook figures.

Cedar Trail features new enhanced clock speeds, better graphics silicon and cooler running chips – which he said translated into a ’50 percent lower thermal design point’.

This will be handled on Intel’s 32 nm manufacturing process, which is an update to the current 45 nanometer process.

Davis said Intel are investing resources into the ‘tablet specific user experience’ in China, called the ‘PRC Plus Experience’. His figures showed that a survey taken in China marked a 41 percent ‘extreme interest’ level in purchasing a tablet in the next year, much higher than even the US.

KitGuru says: Excited about the new Atom, or not?

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