Third-generation Intel Atom processors setting sail for early 2012 release

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Formerly codenamed Cedar Trail, the latest range of Intel Atom processors are now on the move, bearing improved battery life and an affordable price tag that’s accompanied by a number of interesting features. These third-generation mobile CPUs include the dual core Atom N2600 as well as the Atom N2800 and are paired with the Intel NM10 Express Chipset.

Adding several new features to netbooks, retail and healthcare IT devices, users can expect an increased battery life of approximately 10 hours and standby time up to a week. Devices running on these processors are also likely to benefit from the dedicated media engine for rendering 1080p full HD quality videos and Blu-ray playback over HDMI or DisplayPort.

A number of improvements have also been made to the GPU. On combining the internal memory controller with the integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3600/3650 chips, the performance output is said to be around twice the amount as compared to its predecessors.

Built using the 32nm process technology, these chips are said to flaunt a compact form factor that can enable manufacturers to develop notebooks with a noticeably sleek design. Intel has incorporated a number of technologies such as Wi-Di, Wireless Music, Smart Connect and Rapid Start as well. This new generation of CPUs also comprise of D2500 and D2700 for entry-level desktops and all-in-one PCs.

The Intel Atom N2600 and N2800 processors are scheduled to debut along with netbooks from manufacturers such as Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, and Toshiba sometime during early 2012. Besides Windows, the platform supports various other systems including MeeGo and Tizen.