No rush, next year is fine
next generation Atoms processors have been delayed yet again. The 32nm Cedar Trail chips were set to launch sometime in Q3, but they were delayed and now it seems they have been delayed once again.
According to our friend Lars over at VR-Zone, no Cedar Trail products will ship in time for the holidays. Intel will officially launch Cedar Trail in late December, which basically means 2012 for all intents and purposes. Cedar Trail experienced quite a few teething problems with graphics drivers, namely WHQL certification, which translated into a lengthy delay.
Although the new N2xxx series Atoms should easily outpace their predecessors, it is still unclear they will be able to hold their ground against AMD’s Brazos platform. AMD on the other hand has also run into a world of trouble with its 28nm APU plans, so the Cedar Trail mess won’t end up hurting Intel too much.