Intel used Computex to show off a bevy of its mobile technologies, including mobile dual-core Atom processors and ultra-thin netbooks on its Canoe Lake platform, while also announcing that Acer and Asus have Meego-based systems in the works.
Intel has yet to release details of the new dual-core Atom chips but said they’re in production now and will show up in time to be gift-wrapped and placed under a tree come December. Intel claims the new chips, based on the same platform as current single-core Atom chips (internally, Intel calls it Pine Trail), “will deliver a noticeably snappier, more responsive consumer experience in the same compact form factors, and with the same great battery life.” One chip widely rumored to be a part of the mobile dual-core is the Atom N550, which is reported to be clocked at 1.5GHz and offer DDR3 memory support.
The star of Intel’s presentation had to be a wafer-thin netbook prototype. Intel’s Canoe Lake platform will bring about ultra-thin netbooks. The chipmaker showed off a netbook prototype that measured only 14mm thick. That’s nearly half an inch thick. Intel says Canoe Lake “runs cooler and is 50 percent thinner than any other netbook consumers can find on the market today.” Perhaps new, impossibly thin netbooks will be a jolt to the netbook category later this year, which has cooled somewhat after a blazing hot start.
Lastly, Intel shared details of its Oak Trail platform, which will support a number of operating systems, including Windows 7, Google’s forthcoming OS, and Meego, a custom Linux-based OS. Intel announced that Acer and Asus working on Meego-based netbooks, and Asus will be first to market with such a netbook when netbooks on the Oak Trail platform debut in early 2011.