Although the dual core Pineview is going to be launched in the Q4 this year, the single core version of the Pineview processor won’t be able to hit the markets until the Q1 of 2010.
The bad news does not end there. According to Intel, the dual-core Pineview processor will only be allowed in cheap desktops (nettops) and their usage won’t be allowed in Netbooks. I can see their point of not allowing the dual-core chip in netbooks as that might make the netbooks as powerful as the entry level laptops. As a result of which, the laptop companies may have to face problems in selling those units. On the bright side, the single core Atom Processor will have display interface, integrated memory controller and graphics on board.
February 9, 2009