Intel Atom N435 processor detailed

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2 Jun, 2011 11:55 am


Earlier this month the rumor of sub a $200 netbook from ASUS made the rounds and sure enough, come Computex, we saw the budget-end Eee PC X101 priced at $199. There are a couple of reasons why this netbook has hit rock-bottom pricing; MeeGo instead of Windows 7, lower build-quality and lower end specs of which the key parts are the new Intel Atom N435 processor and a 3-cell battery.

As you may have suspected, it is indeed based on current-gen Pine Trail and it slots in at the bottom just below the Intel Atom N450 processor, clocking in at 1.33GHz, 512K of cache and a 5W TDP. Compare that to the N450 and N455 which clock in at 1.66GHz and have TDPs of 5.5W and 6.5W respectively. AMD’s newly announced Z-01 APU comes in at 5.9W with vastly superior performance but obviously it won’t be anywhere near the price of these chips. I’d wager most regular people find single core Pine Trail Atom chips to be slow but perhaps the better optimized MeeGo can breath new life into the aging Pine Trail chips, especially for the emerging markets that these netbooks are aimed at.

The sub $200 netbook lineup consists of the above mentioned ASUS Eee PC X101, Lenovo IdeaPad S100, Aspire One Happy 2 and Samsung N100. We’ve only had hands on with the first two so far.

Source: PC World via Liliputing

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  • Anonymous

    why hasn’t this been earmarked for budget tablets screw keyboards who needs them I am sure without the keyboard this would be a very usable tablet.

  • Carl Oxwall

    I’m still curious on how to the D-series stands against the N-series of Atom processors. I have a Eee 1015PN with a Atom N550 (2×1.5GHz). It works pretty well. At first, I thoguht D-series was all single-cores, whilst N-series was the dual core plus ones. According to the Wikipedia article on Intel Atom, the D-series seem more power consumptive.

  • Pauli

    Screw tablets, who needs them.. I just can’t understand why would someone buy a tablet if they could get a netbook for the same price, with an x86 processor running a PC operating system instead of an ARM running Android/iOS/whatever. Netbook’s the way to go.

  • Pauli

    And honestly said, I think touchscreens are for smartphones where a mouse and a hardware keyboard would be impractical. Using a laptop keyboard and mouse is heavenly compared to using a touchscreen on any device bigger than, say, 9″. Anything from 4″ to 9″ is useless to me, as they won’t fit in a pocket as smartphones do, yet their displays are tiny enough to offer virtually no bonus over a smartphone display.