28.02.2010 16:47

Intel announces the N470 Atom processor

Category: notebook components
By: Morgan Jones suggested that 'major' manufacturers were expected to produce N470-based notebooks within the next few months

Intel has just announced the next addition to its Atom range of processors. The Intel Atom N470 processor runs at 1.83GHz and has 512KB of L2 cache, and supports DDR2-667MHz RAM. Intel's announcement hints at the manufacturers likely to introduce N470-based notebooks to the market over the next few months. Dubbing such manufacturers as 'major', Intel implies that the likes of HP, Acer, Asus, Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba, and others, will be either developing new models, or updating existing notebooks to include the N470. The cost of N470-based systems should be fairly low, and in line with current N450-based portable computers.

The N470 is produced in 45nm like its cousin the N450, and shares its housing with an integrated memory controller and the Intel GMA 3150 GPU. The Atom N470 is ranked 305 in our processor benchmark list; and as such it cannot handle HD content very well; its low rank is due to its intended role as a processor for use in small, portable machines. The N470 package has a low TDP of just 6.5W, which lays a good foundation for using a portable system all-day on battery power alone. To find out more about the N470, please have a look at our insightful article, here.

The 3150 can utilise up to 384MB of system memory and supports resolutions of up to 1400 x 1050. It doesn't support HDMI, DVI or DisplayPort, and consequently Blu-ray playback isn't possible. However, the purpose of the 3150 is energy efficiency, and it is therefore ideal for use in netbooks and other portable computers, where a long battery life is crucial. This GPU is ranked 213 on our GPU benchmark list, but it is a slight improvement over Intel's older GMA 950 and 900 GPUs. To find out more about the GMA 3150, please have a look at our detailed page here.

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Author: Notebookcheck, 2005-09-20 (Update: 2011-05- 3)