Intel unveils new Cedar Trail based netbooks, due this holiday season

The quieter, thinner and lighter Cedar Trail netbooks should appear in the second half of this year
Pallab Jyotee Hazarika,

Right after announcing the Oak Trail based low-voltage processors for tablet, Intel has unveiled the next generation Cedar Trail based netbooks that should be, according to Intel, quieter, thinner and lighter than the current batch of CPUs. There should also be some speed increase along with enhanced graphics and up to 50% cooler CPU. Other features include support for Blu-ray 2.0, HDMI and DisplayPort.

The next gen Cedar Trail is built on a 32nm architecture that utilizes smaller form factors better than the older 45nm ones. “In the world of netbooks and tablets, battery life is king,” says Mark Miller, director of outbound marketing for Intel’s Netbook and Tablet Group.

There could be reasons Intel is concentrating equally on both netbooks and tablets. First, it cannot ignore its stronghold on the netbooks which is still large in numbers compared to the tablets. Intel doesn’t have a significant share in the tablet market so it had to divide its resources intelligently. Second, although people use tablets for their daily housekeeping stuffs – to do many serious professional work you would still need an x86 system. Even Mark says the goal is to make netbooks capable of handling a wider range of computing tasks.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-04-13 (Update: 2012-05-26)