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Cindy Ng, Intel Netbook Marketing Team, demonstrates the Intel Atom Processor N450 for netbooks and the Intel Atom Processor D410 and D510 for entry-level desktops.
 

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Don't even consider using an Atom computer as the base for an HTPC. You're better off with a quad-core or a very fast dual-core processor for those kind of duties.

But an Atom processor that's now 60% smaller and 20% more efficient? I'm impressed! People were amazed with what the original Atom could accomplish. It'll definitely be interesting to see what could potentially be made with this new chip series.

PCPhone maybe? :)
 

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I would have to agree with you if you are using the Intel platform (Pine Trail). Intel's platform won't even let you use DVI/HDMI above 768p, which further limits its use in an HTPC environment.

If you find a system based around nVidia's ION chipset though, it will work quite well as an HTPC. ION can easily handle 1080p content. Unfortunately, you'll be hard-pressed to find an ION board that will take the new CPUs, since nVidia isn't allowed to make chipsets based around DMI (same technology as used in P55/X58 chipsets to connect to the CPU).

As for the CPU itself, most benchmarks are putting it around 5-10% faster at most, but it does offer noticeable improvements in power consumption (and thus, battery life).
 
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