intel atom Intel delays new Atoms to November

By the look of things November is going to be a busy month for Intel, at least with all the delays that the rumour mill is currently churning out. The latest rumour is that Intel's upcoming Cedar Trail Atom processors have now been delayed from an expected September launch to November, alongside the Sandy Bridge-E processors.

By the look of things November is going to be a busy month for Intel, at least with all the delays that the rumour mill is currently churning out. The latest rumour is that Intel's upcoming Cedar Trail Atom processors have now been delayed from an expected September launch to November, alongside the Sandy Bridge-E processors.

The new Atom processors are the mobile N2600 (1.6GHz) and N2800 (1.86GHz) and the desktop D2500 (1.86GHz) and D2700 (2.13GHz). All four models are said to have been delayed, although the reason behind the delay is quite unusual. According to Digitimes, Intel has run into problems with the graphics driver and as such failed to pass Windows 7 certification. This means that Intel is going to have to re-submit its drivers to Microsoft for re-certification, something that doesn't happen overnight with complex drivers like the ones for graphics.

The Cedar Trail Atom processors sports PowerVR graphics as we exclusively reported back in May and we're looking at a PowerVR SGX545 graphics core. We're not quite sure what kind of snag Intel has run into here, but it's obviously something fairly crucial since Microsoft has deemed the drivers unsuitable for Windows 7. If we'd have a guess we'd be leaning towards something to do with media decoding, as Intel has struggled with past PowerVR implementations when it has come to just that part of its drivers. Hopefully we should find out more from IDF in September.

Source: Digitimes