159a Cedar Trail M In December After All?

Faced with increasingly tough competition from ARM-powered tablets, mediocre Q3 2011 sales (-32% YoY), and other difficulties, launch of 32 nm "Cedar Tail-M" Atom processors has so far been a troubled affair. At one point this month, there were even strong indications that the new Atom chips won't make it before Christmas. A fresh report, however, comes brings back some hope for a December 2011 launch.

Faced with increasingly tough competition from ARM-powered tablets, mediocre Q3 2011 sales (-32% YoY), and other difficulties, launch of 32 nm "Cedar Tail-M" Atom processors has so far been a troubled affair. At one point this month, there were even strong indications that the new Atom chips won't make it before Christmas. A fresh report, however, comes brings back some hope for a December 2011 launch.

Intel's Atom N2800 and N2600  processors designed for netbooks and ultraportable mobile PCs might still be launched by Intel in December 2011, according to a recent report by DigiTimes. Sources told the industry observer that any delays in the launch of the new chips could have only been because of weak demand for Atom processors and chipsets, since the target platforms of these chips are reeling with intense competition from tablets and other mobile computing devices running ARM processors.

159a Cedar Trail M In December After All?

Sources in the industry are still optimistic about Atom's future. Despite dwindling netbook sales, there is still room for it, particularly in the emerging markets. The Atom netbook ecosystem suffered a huge setback earlier this year, with Samsung deciding to discontinue selling netbooks. The development left netbook at the hands of only two notable companies who can deliver in large volumes, Acer and ASUStek.

In December 2011, ASUS will unveil 10-inch netbook models based on Cedar Trail Atom processors, the Eee PC 1025C and Eee PC 1025CE. By the end of this year, ASUS will have shipped an estimated 4.6-4.8 netbooks, and is expected to ship 4-4.2 in 2012. Acer's volumes will be similar to ASUS', sources note.

Source: DigiTimes