Back in April, we reported the specifications of Intel's upcoming Cedar Trail platform. On Sunday, Intel quietly updated their CPU price list with two new SKUs: Atom D2500 and D2700. These are Intel's first Cedar Trail codenamed CPUs, as well as the first 32nm Atoms. The specifications are the same as what we reported earlier but lets list them anyway:

Intel Atom "Cedar Trail" Lineup
Model D2500 D2700
Core/Thread Count 2/2 2/4
Frequency 1.86GHz 2.13GHz
L2 Cache 1MB 1MB
Max Memory 4GB 4GB
Supported Memory DDR3-800/1066 DDR3-800/1066
Graphics frequency 400MHz 640MHz
TDP 10W 10W
Price $42 $52

There aren't any major changes compared to what we have already published. The only new bits of info are GPU frequencies, but unfortunately we still have no idea of the architecture, and hence performance remains as a big question. It's not even sure whether DirectX 10.1 is supported, even though we initially reported that it will be. There were rumors of Intel having problems with DirectX, thus it's possible that Intel will be releasing only DirectX 9 capable driver at the release to avoid further delays. 

Intel has not released a press release of Cedar Trail announcement yet, so the official release with more details should be coming in the near future. 

Sources: Intel, Intel

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  • fteoath64 - Thursday, September 29, 2011 - link

    These chips are only good for mid-end NAS boxes!. On the laptop and desktop, it be beaten by AMD's E-series and C-series chips, on Desktop, A-series walks allover it several times. So who cares if DX9 or DX10 is supported. The gpu is so anemic it can hardly play any useful games.

    On a tablet, the ARM A9 run circles over it. This chip is just 2 years too late sorry.
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  • maroon1 - Thursday, September 29, 2011 - link

    D2700 should be faster than C-50 in both single thread and multi-threaded benches

    Against E-350 it will be slower in single-threaded and slightly faster in multi-threaded benches. Remember that the current 45nm Atom D525 is on par with E-350 in multi-threaded benches. So, the clock boost on D2700 should make it slightly faster.

    However, I don't think it will match E-350 or even C-50 in GPU performance. But at least it is going to support HD video decoding
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  • Roland00Address - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - link

    Just making sure for intel still makes single core atoms Reply
  • Kristian Vättö - Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - link

    Yes. The core and thread count is mentioned in the table. Reply
  • iwod - Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - link

    I think this is far too expensive for Atom range. Reply
  • dealcorn - Thursday, September 29, 2011 - link

    Benchmarks should confirm what is already known. Atom 32 is the low cost platform that will do HD video. Atom 32 owns the owns most frugal use of energy title within the I86 camp. Today, there is no comparable desktop ARM product. As Intel's low cost chip, anything else made by Intel or AMD costs more and should be more powerful than Atom (ok, forget AMD and E-350 when it comes to multi threaded workloads but from a theoretical perspective, it should be that way).

    In due course, reviews will confirm that d2700 is (i) worthless as a gaming platform, (ii) comparable or better than Atom with Ion at media consumption, and (iii) marginally better than the prior generation due to the clock speed boost. I want one.
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  • silverblue - Thursday, September 29, 2011 - link

    I can't quite understand why it's taken so long to move Atom to 32nm. We know it's no powerhouse, but it would make a cheaply produced CPU even cheaper for Intel, and they could still charge stupid prices for them knowing they'd rake in even more money.

    I hear that the new Celerons are rather interesting; the G440 is great in terms of single-threaded performance and competes directly with the E-350, which brings it into Atom territory, and at a price of $37 (per 1K units), a damned sight cheaper for something with full instruction set support.
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  • dealcorn - Friday, September 30, 2011 - link

    Every review says the G440 offers impressive value, but if you want to buy one in an 1155 motherboard from Newegg today it will cost you $99 plus tax. An Atom d525 motherboard costs $75 and the d2700 should be about $10 cheaper than the d525. The G440 offers a really big performance boost as it should: it costs 50% more. I like it but if your interest is limited to consuming media files and browsing the Internet, I do not think it is worth the extra $33. Atom is the low cost leader and the leading platform when it comes to energy efficiency. I am comfortable with its performance and it works for me. Reply
  • landerf - Saturday, October 08, 2011 - link

    Why does a 32nm D525 have a 13w TDP while a 45nm N570 has a 8.5w TDP? Bumping up to 1.83 from 1.66 should be canceled out by the die shrink. Higher IPC maybe? Reply
  • WhitePJ - Sunday, December 04, 2011 - link

    Perhaps I am missing something here - but one feature I value highly is speedstep, especially on a system intend to leave on 24/7. I don't need maximal power all the time, so having a way of putting the system into a low-power idle without actually going to sleep is important. Every watt matters!

    So why on earth doesn't this CPU support it?
    What have I overlooked (or have Intel)?
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