Intel Atom N450 Finally Arriving on 01/11/10

Intel’s Atom N450 (“Pineview” or “Pine Trail”) next generation netbook processor was originally scheduled for release in October. Then, it got pushed back to December. And, now DigiTimes says…

Vendors to launch Atom N450-based netbooks on January 11, 2010

This is line with information that started emerging in October…

Intel Atom N450 Said to be Available January 2010. Better Battery Life Expected

The N450 is part of a new Intel processor lineup that integrates a memory controller and GPU (graphics processor unit) right on the main processor itself. This configuration is said to provide more efficient power use and better performance. But, I’ll wait to see actual benchmarks before believing that.

One of the first announced (though apparently not to be the first available) N450 based netbooks will be the…

New Asus Eee PC 1008P with Pine Trail (HTLounge.net)

…which will ship in February 2010. However, aside from the N450 processor, the 1008P specs look very 2009-ish.

The good news about the N450’s impending release is that netbook manufacturers are dropping the prices of their current models now to clear out inventory.