intel atom logo Intels Cedar Trail mobile Atom pushed back, again

It's surprising how much trouble Intel seems to have with its Atom graphics drivers for the mobile Cedar Trail Atom N2600 and N2800 processors, as the company has been forced to push back the launch a second time. If you were hoping for a new Cedar Trail powered netbook for Christmas, we're sorry to disappoint, but it's not going to happen.

It's surprising how much trouble Intel seems to have with its Atom graphics drivers for the mobile Cedar Trail Atom N2600 and N2800 processors, as the company has been forced to push back the launch a second time. If you were hoping for a new Cedar Trail powered netbook for Christmas, we're sorry to disappoint, but it's not going to happen.

As we've already reported, Intel is having some issues with the graphics driver and has dropped both 64-bit support and DirectX 10 support. Even so, the company doesn't seem to have much luck passing Microsoft's WHQL certification and this means that Intel and its partners can't launch products, as they won't have a final Microsoft approved driver.

This means that Intel has now pushed back the launch date to the very end of December with its partners not being allowed to start selling products until mid-January next year. That said, the netbook market isn't what it used to be, but at least the Atom N2600 and N2800 is the best Atom processors so far, at least on paper. Intel may not be able to compete with AMD on performance in this market segment, but at least Intel finally has a platform that will do what most consumers is expecting even an entry level notebook to do.