|Intel Cedar Trail|
With mobile computing becoming a buzz word coupled with increasing demand for portable gadgets like NetBooks, iPads, Tablets and SmartPhones, innovation has become almost indispensable for technical Incs to grab the huge opportunities offered by the market. In such state of affairs, Intel has come up with yet another platform for netbooks with increased performance, rich graphics & reduced power consumption.
Intel released their third-generation “Cedar Trail” platform based on 32 nm process technology in November 2011. The Cedar Trail platform will include new CPUs, 32 nm-based N2600 (1.6 GHz) with 3.5 W thermal design power (TDP), Atom N2800 (1.86 GHz) with 6.5 W TDP, and the high performance 2.13 GHz D2700 with 10 W TDP. All processor options are dual core, support up to 4 GB of DDR 3 system memory so expect better memory performance and management, and interface with the Intel NM10 Express chipset for embedded computing. These new processors also feature Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3600/3650 graphics engine to support 3D performance for media applications thereby adding to user experience. It will also provide support to Blu-Ray 2.0 and additional digital display options including HDMI, VGA and Display Port to support variety of presentation formats.
|Cedar Trial Technology Stack|
The benefits and opportunities offered by this new platform are varied which includes:
- N2600 & N2800 support Deep Power Down Technology which significantly reduces power consumption during idle periods.
- Platform offers Dual core performance at low power consumption – a key consideration for embedded systems.
- Designers can create always-on, always- connected devices by integrating this platform with Intel Smart Connect Technology.
- New features like Intel Wireless Music, Intel Wireless Display, PC Sync and Fast Boot provides all basic prerequisites for development of compact high end multimedia device.
Thus, Cedar Trail offers a new set of opportunities as well as challenges for developers to come with next generation of netbooks which are more compact, efficient, less power hungry and most importantly cost effective. Whether Cedar Trail will be able to support HD gaming is yet another area which arouses curiosity among the user community. Till February 2012, Acer Aspire One D270 was the only netbook based on Cedar Trail. On March 10th 2012 the second Intel Cedar Trail netbook has been officially released, the Asus Eee PC 1025C which comes with the N2600 CPU. A series of more powerful netbooks are expected to arrive in second quarter of 2012.
Post by our guest author Aman Sharma