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Default Could it be the Atom N280 for the Mini 10? - 02-07-2009, 05:35 PM

Intel confirmed on Thursday that it's shipping the Atom N280 processor to PC makers, which should bring more performance and improved graphics capabilities to netbooks.

The new single-core Atom processor is paired with a chipset that allows users to watch high-definition content on netbooks while drawing less power. The new GN40 chipset includes a hardware-based high-definition video decoder that allows users to watch 720p HD video content.

Intel originally perceived Atom chips for netbooks to run basic applications like Web surfing and productivity applications. The capability to decode HD video should allow netbooks to better handle streaming video content, said Bill Calder, an Intel spokesman.

Previous Atom chips -- like the Atom N270 with the 945GSE chipset -- do not include hardware-based HD video decoders. Seeing a void, companies like Nvidia released products to improve netbook graphics capabilities. Nvidia's Ion platform allows netbooks to display 1080p content, for example.

The Atom N280 runs at 1.66GHz, a marginal speed increase over the N270, which runs at 1.6GHz. The new processor also has a faster front-side bus that runs at 667MHz. The front-side bus helps connect the CPU to system components. The Intel Atom N280 processor draws about 2.5 watts of power, similar to the N270.

Intel did not disclose pricing of the chip.

The N280 will power Asus' $399 Eee PC 1000HE netbook, which the PC maker claims offers up to 9.5 hours of battery life. No shipping date for the netbook has been announced, though Amazon is taking preorders for the laptop.

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Default Re: Could it be the Atom N280 for the Mini 10? - 02-07-2009, 07:48 PM

Interesting news.

As an aside, my Mini 9 can already play any 720p video I throw at it fautlessly...

I know some people have had issues but I think it's a case of getting the right codecs / players.

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Default Re: Could it be the Atom N280 for the Mini 10? - 02-08-2009, 01:48 AM

I would think the atom Z530 + SCH US15W/Poulsbo would be in the mini10; just a thought
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Default Re: Could it be the Atom N280 for the Mini 10? - 02-08-2009, 02:49 PM

That would be so awesome if my Dell Mini could play all my 720P movies!!!! Oh wait, it already can... if you have XP, run the latest Media Player Classic that comes with the latest KLite codec pack. The one for Windows 7 that just came out sucks though, but the new Media Center works great.
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Default Re: Could it be the Atom N280 for the Mini 10? - 02-08-2009, 04:35 PM

Sure, WMPC is light-years ahead of WMP - but regardless, hardware-based encoding/decoding will always be better than software based encoding/decoding. Chances are, when the Mini9 comes across that 4GB MKV file, it will stutter at certain points, whereas with help from hardware, it just might not. Hardware acceleration FTW.
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Default Re: Could it be the Atom N280 for the Mini 10? - 02-09-2009, 11:05 PM

My Dell Mini9 hackintosh plays 720p just fine with VLC.

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