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Intel announces dual-core netbook CPU

by Pete Mason on 23 August 2010, 18:20

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Intel may have shipped 70 million Atom CPUs and may be dominating the market segment, but that doesn't mean it's resting on its laurels.

Today, the chip manufacturer has announced that it is launching a dual-core Atom CPU that may make netbooks a little more capable.

The new processor - dubbed the N550 - will run at 1.5GHz and feature 512KB L2 cache per core.  As with the latest single-core Atom CPUs, the chip will offer an integrated graphics core, support for DDR3 memory and support for Intel's HyperThreading technology.

The addition of an extra core will of course push up power-draw, but Intel is promising that netbook longevity won't be hit too badly.  We've heard rumours of an 8.5W TDP - only 2W above the single-core models - which, combined with Intel's power-saving features, should still produce impressive battery life.

According to the announcement, Acer, ASUS, Fujitsu, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, MSI and Toshiba - among others - are preparing to ship N550-based netbooks, including some that should be available today.  However, a quick search of British and American retailers doesn't reveal any systems containing the new CPU just yet.

We've yet to see any real-world benchmarks, but Intel is unsurprisingly promising a smoother, more responsive netbook experience.

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So will windows 7 start let you have six things open at a time now? :p
Awesome, so when flash video playback ruins one CPU core, I can use the other to close the problem tab quicker?
Didn't we already have a dual-core atom since 2008 in the form of the atom 330 ?

Not entirely sure why the 330 was so underused in netbooks (*)
especially as the power consumption is often the chipset more than the cpu itself.

I swapped a single core revo to its dual core version,
and the difference is much more than benchmarks show.

(*) apart from intel not allowing a 330 based laptop to be called a netbook !
maybe they also effectively banned OEMS from using 330s…
I think you answered your own question. MS also provided windows at a reduced rate for netbook use. So if you can't call it a netbook you end up paying more for Windows making your budget mini laptop more expensive than the competition by a significant margin. Not what you want to do in a very competitive market. Doing that you may as well just go for a CULV setup.