Intel gives Atom integrated graphics

Intel has built a graphics engine into the Atom processor for netbooks and embedded systems, claiming improved performance and better energy efficiency.

The new processor for netbooks is the N450, which is sold alongside the NM10 Express chipset. For entry-level desktop PCs, the company has introduced the single-core D410 and the dual-core D510.

As with the previous generation of Atoms, the latest processors are built on a 45nm high-k metal gate manufacturing process. The chipsets have also been migrated to 45nm. Intel said, as a result, the Atom can support more compact system designs.

Intel said it expects to see adoption of Atom in a variety of small form-factor entry-level desktop PCs with fanless designs and all-in-one designs. The company claimed it has shipped more than 40 million Atom chips for netbooks to every major OEM around the world.

According to ABI Research, total Atom shipments for all segments are expected to continue to grow into the hundreds of millions by 2011.

“The Intel Atom processor has fueled an entirely new category of computing over the last year and a half and we think the growth will continue for devices like netbooks and entry-level PCs built around basic computing and Internet usage models,” said Mooly Eden, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of Intel’s PC-client group.

Intel said it has more than 80 design wins to-date for the new Atom platform from OEMs such as Asus, Acer, Lenovo, Dell, MSI, Toshiba, Samsung and Fujitsu.

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