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October 4, 2011

Intel launches four Atom chips

N2000 and D2000 chips can support up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM

By CBR Staff Writer

Semiconductor company Intel has launched four Atom processors for nettops and netbooks in a low key affair.

Intel has released the Atom chips — N2600 and N2800 for netbooks and the D2500 and D2700 for nettops, the Inquirer reported.

The Intel N2600 comes with a thermal design power (TDP) of less than 3.5W, while the Atom N2800 has a TDP of 6.5W.

The Intel N2600 runs either at 1.6GHz or 1.86GHz. The Atom N2800 runs at either 1.86GHz or 2.13GHz, said the report.

The Atom D2500runs at 1.86GHz and 2.13GHz with a TDP of less than 10W, while the Atom D2700 runs at 2.13GHz and 2.4Ghz with the same 10W TDP.

All of Intel’s N2000 and D2000 chips can support up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM.

Last month, the company announced that it will work with Google to enable and optimise future versions of Android platform for Intel’s family of low power Atom processors.

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The aim of the collaboration is to enable future versions of the Android platform to support Intel technology in addition to other architectures.

The joint effort will leverage the open-source accessibility of the Android platform to speed time-to-market of Intel technology-based smartphones running the Android platform.

Recently, Intel unveiled a new 3-D transistor design – Tri-Gate into high-volume manufacturing at the 22-nanometer (nm) node in an Intel chip codenamed ‘Ivy Bridge.’

Intel’s 3-D Tri-Gate transistors enable chips to operate at lower voltage with lower leakage, providing a combination of improved performance and energy efficiency compared to previous transistors.

The capabilities give chip designers the flexibility to choose transistors targeted for low power or high performance, depending on the application.

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