New Acer, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Asus, Toshiba and Lenovo netbooks, priced at around $350, running on Intel's latest Atom processor, N450 codename ' Pine Trail ' , are already set to be announced in January 2010.
For those who are planning to get a new netbook early next year and are wondering if Pine Trail is any better than DiamondVille ( or Intel Atom N270 and N280 running most netbooks out now), we have word from Intel Executive Vice President, Sean Maloney:
"[Pine Trail offers] Better battery life. But performance more than anything."
Alright. But how does N450 achieve this exactly? How is it different from N270 and N280 ?
"[Intel Atom N450] is the first monolithic processor with the graphics built in and the memory controller built in," Anil Nanduri, Intel Netbook Marketing Director, told CNET News.
Note that DiamondVille only features a CPU.
By combining the processor, the integrated graphics card and the memory controller all in one chip, the Pine Trail platform allows new netbooks running on N450 to be 20% less power-consuming and 60% smaller than their Diamond Ville powered counterparts.
It is rumored that the initial Intel Atom N450 release will feature a CPU clocked at 1.66GHz with a 677MHz FSB and 512KB of L2 cache and an Intel's GMA500 IGP - clocked at 200MHz .
UPDATE: Here's a comparative graph, showing PassMark* scores of Intel Atom N450, N280 and N270
Notice that the processing power of Intel N450 is not too different from that N280 and N270. As it appears now, Pine Trail's CPU is no screamer.
*PassMark measures a CPU's speed and overall performance in rendering Mathematical operations, compression, encryption, SSE and 3DNow! instructions, among others.