ATOM's N2600 processor solution: Intel improves entry-level netbook products
On the segment of mobile computer solutions with a low level of performance, high energy efficiency and affordable cost is aimed at the processorN2600,which will be further considered in detail, and which belonged toline of ATOM chips. Intelrefers the entire line to the most budgetary solutions. To meet such CPU until recently it was possible only in netbooks (includingN2600), but the rapid development of niche smartphones andtablets led to the fact that this family of processors was partially redesigned. Now they can be found in the previously mentioned mobile gadgets.
The final cost of the computing system in mobile personal computers based on ATOM chips is coming to the fore. Intelas a result, recommends that such CPUs notto install into the usual processor socket, which is called "SOKET", and unzip them directly on the motherboard. This, on the one hand, reduces the cost of the latter and simplifies the production process of the netbook. And on the other hand, the maintainability of such PCs is deteriorating,and in case of its breakdown it will be very, very problematic to repair itWell, the processor socket in this case is designated asFCBGA559.That is, the number of contacts in this case is 559 pieces, and the abbreviationFCBGAand it means that the processor is soldered by the contacts to the motherboard.
Technological process. Frequency of CPU. Temperature regime. Power Consumption
According to the technology of production of silicon crystals with a tolerance level of 32 nm, Intel ATOM N2600 was manufactured.Of course, now there are more advanced normstolerance, which correspond to 28 nm, 22 nm, 16 nm and even 14 nm, but at the time of this chip this was the most advanced technology. In the technical specificationsN2600does not specify technology supportTurboBoostand as a result, this chip can not dynamically adjust its clock frequency, the value of which is fixed at 1.6 GHz.At around 100C set the maximum temperature for this model of the processor of the familyATOM. Intelguaranteesthat in combination with active cooling system this chip will function with temperatures from 50 to 65FROM.The value of the heat packet for this processorinstalled in 3.5 watts. Theoretically, it can work in conjunction with passive system cooling, but taking into account everything previously described, it will be optimal to use an active heatsink based on the cooler with this semiconductor crystal.
The Intel ATOM N2600 has only 2 cache levels, andthis is one of those features that significantly reduces its performance. The first level of this semiconductor fast memory solution has a total capacity of 112 KB, which in turn is divided in half between the CPU cores. The size of each of these parts is 56 KB. These 56 KB are divided into 2 parts of 24 KB and 32 KB respectively for instructions and for data. A simpler cache organization at level 2. Its total size is 1 MB, which is divided into 2 parts of 512 KB. Physically, each of these parts can only interact with a specific computing unit.N2600is equipped with a single-channel memory controller. The maximum size of the latter is set at 2.44 GB, and its type -DDR3.
To a generation code-namedCedarviewbelonged to this processor family Intel ATOM. The characteristics of this CPU pointed to the fact that it consisted of only 2 computational units. But here's the technology support allows at the program level to increasethe number of real code processing flows to 4. Among other features of the processor, it can be noted that its computing modules support the execution of 64-bit computations. Also, this chip was equipped with a built-in graphics subsystem. Accelerator model -Intel GMA.This accelerator operated as well asprocessor device, at a fixed frequency, but its value in this case was only 400 MHz. As a result, it was not necessary to expect impressive performance from it, but this was quite enough to solve the simplest tasks.
The cost. Feasibility of purchase. Reviews
At 42 dollars was estimated by the manufacturer itself chipN2600.But netbooks on its base could be purchasedfor 200-250 dollars. For this money, the user received a full-fledged "workhorse" with an initial speed, which was quite enough to solve all the problems of the entry level. An example is a very successful netbook modelX101CHASUS. Intel ATOMmodelsN2600could also be the basis of laptop-transformers. Its technical specifications and the level of energy efficiency made it possible without special problems to create such mobile devices that combine the advantages of both a tablet andlaptop.Again, the list of tasks,solvablesuch a laptop-transformer, is limitedthe most simple: web surfing, office applications, video viewing, the most simple games and listening to audio recordings. But such resource-intensive applications as "Photoshop", and the most recent three-dimensional games on such hardware will certainly not be launched. For such software it is necessary to buy a mobile computer system on the basis of a processor device of a rulerIntel Core. ATOMthe same - a line of processors, originally designed to solve the most simple typical tasks with low cost and minimum performance.
Mobile notebooks and entry-level netbooks - this is the main scope of this model of the processor family ATOM. Intelalso usesN2600in embedded systems and ultracompact stationary PCs. All this indicates that in the absence of special requirements for the performance of the computeras a computational basis, the hero of this review can successfully perform.