New generation of Atom processors (Cedar Trail) now shipping, speeds up to 1.86GHz


While the spotlight on mobile computing has shifted to tablets and ultrabooks, let’s not forget there’s still a pretty big market for netbooks, at least locally. Intel has given word that their next generation of Atom Processors codenamed Cedar Trail are now shipping to manufacturers, and you can expect new netbooks derived from the chips arriving anytime now. The new chips use Intel’s 32nm manufacturing process and include a number of new enhancements and performance increases, which includes Full HD-decoding (MPEG2, VC1, AVC, H.264), Blu-ray 2.0 support, Improved display options (HDMI, DisplayPort, eDisplayPort*, LVDS, VGA, and dual-digital display) and improved graphics performance up to 2X compared to the previous generation platform. Intel says that a variety of OEMs will be using Cedar Trail in their devices this year, including companies like Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, and Toshiba. You can expect these new netbooks to hit early 2012.