For emerging markets such as ours, Intel is still banking on selling more netbooks for 2012. They recently announced their latest Intel Atom processor codenamed “Cedar Trail” which would bring netbooks to the next level.
For 2012, with the new Intel Atom processor, expect to see thinner, longer battery life, bigger display, Full HD viewing and some new features on your netbooks.
The dual-core Intel Atom processor N2600 and Intel Atom processor N2800 are paired with the Intel NM10 Express Chipset and feature a small form factor package size that saves system board real estate and enables thinner netbook designs.
The new Atom may have up to 10 hours battery life and weeks on standby. Intel increased the overall system performance while reducing power consumption by up to 20 percent.
The new design’s dedicated media engine enables full 1080p high-definition playback of videos and Blu-Ray content and includes additional digital display and output options including HDMI and DisplayPort. The integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3600/3650 combined with the integrated memory controller provides enhanced performance and system responsiveness, including an improvement in graphics performance up to 2X compared to the previous generation platform.
New features include the Intel Wireless Display and Wireless music which was only available in Intel Core processors. With these new features and wireless enabled devices, people can share videos or photos wirelessly from their netbooks to a television, or stream music through their home stereo speakers.
Also new in this platform is the Intel Smart Connect Technology which allows you to have an instant Internet connection as soon as you open your netbook, and have email, Twitter and RSS feeds automatically update even in sleep mode. There’s also the Intel Rapid Start Technology which enables fast resume from standby mode and helps conserve battery life.
Expect netbooks using the new Intel Atom processor to debut early this year from Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, and Toshiba. I don’t think netbooks are already dead… not in the Philippines at least.