Next Generation Atom Netbooks
The Atom N2600 hitting computers nationwide will be clocked at 1.6GHz and use only 3.5 watts of power. The new chip will come with an integrated graphics chipset of GMA 5600 graphics clocked at 400MHz. The RAM will be limited to 2GB of DDR3-800 and support netbook screen sizes between 7-10.2 inches, 4-6 batteries, 32GB SSDs up to 250GB HDDs, and will be priced no more than $329.
Future netbooks with the upgraded Atom N2800 will clock in at 1.86GHz, use 6.5 watts of power, have a GMA 5650 integrated graphics chipset clocked at 640MHz and support up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM, clocked at 1066MHz. The latter cpu will support netbook and laptop screens as large as 12.1-inches with prices greater than $329 (although we cannot predict the max limit).
Operating system options will give users the choice of owning Windows 7 Starter, MeeGo, Chrome OS, or Android. These new Atoms will become the industry standard in portable computing and likely carry the title of most used processor in future netbooks. I predict that the Atom may reach processing speeds greater than 2GHz next year, giving netbooks an edge and perhaps become solid competitors to full-featured notebooks. The only thing left to “fix” would be the graphics capabilities of netbooks, giving them exactly what they need to rise to the top. Check out the video below to learn more about the Atom N450, a previous atom model.