Atom N450 Netbooks at 2010

n450 atomArrival of next-gen Atom chips the N450, will have a great impact next year.

Search for netbooks on and you'll notice that for all the different models you can buy, the specs are mostly the same: 10.1-inch screen, 160GB hard drive, 1GB DDR2 of memory, and a 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor. If you're willing to spend the money, you can upgrade to 2GB ram and a 1.66GHz Atom N280, but that's about it.

Manufacturers signed an agreement with Intel to hold off on releasing netbook based on the new Atom lineup.All of the major netbook players (Acer, Asus, Lenovo, and MSI) are set to launch their line of more powerful Atom N450 based netbooks next year on the month of January.

We will expect1.83GHz Atom N470 including 2GB of RAM which will set a new standard of netbook specs. Despite the processing power upgrade, these processors may still not be enough to handle HD video playback, the litmus test for small gadgets nowadays. A pairing of Nvidia's Ion graphics technology with the Atom N450/N470 may still be needed before you can get your HD video on the go, but no such hardware is planned for release.

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