Intel says new Atom chip not delayed

The general manager of Intel's mobile group says the company's next-generation Netbook technology is not delayed, refuting a flurry of reports earlier this week.

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The general manager of Intel's mobile group said the chipmaker's next-generation Netbook technology is not delayed, refuting earlier reports.

Reports surfaced this week that Intel's next-generation "Pine Trail" Atom silicon would be delayed. Speaking at the Intel Technology Summit on Wednesday in San Francisco, Mooly Eden, general manager of the Mobile Platforms Group at Intel, said the Netbook silicon is not delayed.

"Pine Trail is on schedule," Eden said.

Eden described Pine Trail as the "next generation of Atom that we are going to put into Netbooks." Pine Trail will integrate a graphics processor directly onto the same piece of silicon as the main processor--a first for Intel. "We are going to integrate the graphics to get better performance," he said. The memory controller, another critical piece of silicon, will also be built onto the same chip as the main processor.

"We are going to ship revenue shipments in the second half of the year," he said of Pine Trail. "You come to IDF and see the maturity of the product," he added, referring to the Intel Developer Forum slated for September.

Reports had claimed that Pine Trail was delayed until next year.