Intel Atom processors: bits and pieces
In January Intel launched "Medfield" platform, aimed at tablets and smartphone devices. "Medfield" systems on a chip (SoC) are built on 32nm technology, and integrate Atom CPU along with SGX 540 graphics, memory controller, video and audio units, and peripheral controllers. Current lineup of SoCs includes Z2460 SKU. Intel also announced plans to release Z2580, twice as powerful as the Z2460, as well as Z2000 budget model. Fudzilla and VR-Zone reported about another Medfield product with processor number Z2610, that should perform on the same level as the Z2460. According to Fudzilla the Z2610 SoC will be available in the second quarter. The launch in the second quarter was confirmed by recently released Intel's public roadmap, available here (PDF file). The roadmap places Atom Z2610 in the first half 2012.
"Cedar Trail" is another Intel Atom platform, manufactured on 32nm process. Cedar Trail processors are used in low-power desktop and mobile devices, and they have fewer integrated components than Medfield systems on a chip: one or two CPU cores, memory controller and graphics unit. At this time there are three production Cedar Trail SKUs for desktop: D2500, D2550 and D2700. One of these models, D2700, was discontinued this week. Atom D2700, which has been in production since September 2011, will be End-of-Lifed on June 29, 2012. The CPU will be shipped until September 28, 2012. It is strange to see Intel discontinuing the fastest Atom desktop chip, when they are still producing slower Atoms.
"Cedar Trail" platform for netbooks and other mobile devices currently consists of N2600 and N2800 dual-core processors. VR-Zone in the past reported about N2100 off-roadmap SKU, that was expected to appear in Samsung netbooks. Some details on this Atom surfaced in specifications of NP-N102SP, NP-N100SP and NT-NC110P netbooks on Samsung website. According to the specs, this CPU has 1.6 GHz clock speed, 512 KB L2 cache, and it supports DDR3-800 memory. Unfortunately, no other details on this model are known at this time.
Related News (older articles):
Feb 17, 2012: Intel Atom Z2610 to be released in Q2 2012
Nov 26, 2011: Atom N2600 and N2800 CPUs delayed; Atom N2100 spotted
Sep 26, 2011: Intel launches D2500 and D2700 Atom CPUs
May 24, 2011: Prices and launch date of 32nm Atom CPUs
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