intel atom logo Intel is preparing to launch new desktop Atom processors next quarter

Intel's Atom platform recently got some very serious competition from not only AMD with its Brazos APU platform, but it looks like VIA's new dual core Nano processor will give Intel a run of its money as well. However, according to a motherboard roadmap that VR-Zone has gotten its hands on, it's clear that Intel isn't sitting around idly and waiting to lose market share, as the company has at least two new desktop Atom processors planned for launch sometime during the next quarter.

Intel's Atom platform recently got some very serious competition from not only AMD with its Brazos APU platform, but it looks like VIA's new dual core Nano processor will give Intel a run of its money as well. However, according to a motherboard roadmap that VR-Zone has gotten its hands on, it's clear that Intel isn't sitting around idly and waiting to lose market share, as the company has at least two new desktop Atom processors planned for launch sometime during the next quarter.

We don't have a lot of specifics to go on here though, but what we do know is that there will be a D600 and a D700 series of Atom processors and presumably the D600 will be single core and the D700 dual core. Intel itself will have four different motherboard models at launch, all of course using the mini-ITX form factor. All three boards will also support DDR3 memory, although we don't know if we'll see support for anything faster than DDR3 800MHz modules as per the current Atom processors.

future atom boards Intel is preparing to launch new desktop Atom processors next quarter

The big question is if Intel has done enough when it comes to improving the overall performance of its new Atom processors that we presume are part of Intel's upcoming Cedar Trail family of Atom processors. Intel did state that it's expecting Cedar Trail to offer twice the performance of Pine Trail and at the same time double the graphics performance of the current GMA 3150 graphics solution. We shouldn't have to wait too long to see how well the new Atom processors perform, as Intel could potentially unveil the platform as early as IDF Beijing which is scheduled for April 12-13, although so far it's not clear what Intel will be showing.