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Dual-core Atom for netbooks finally breaks cover

Aug 23, 2010, 23:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Angel)


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"Intel announced a dual-core Atom CPU for netbooks and says devices based on it will begin shipping this week. The 1.5GHz N550 will offer a "more responsive experience" in products from Acer, Asus, Fujitsu, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, MSI, and Toshiba, the chipmaker says.

"Intel has offered a dual-core Atom for desktop PCs ever since the September 2008 release of the D330. It has been coy about producing a mobile version, however, perhaps because of fears that such a CPU could cannibalize sales of its 32nm, Core-based CULV chips. (The CULVs are intended for thin-and-light laptops that cost more than netbooks, but typically offer extended battery life and better performance.)

"The latest in Intel's Pine Trail series of Atoms -- also known as "Pineview" when their companion I/O controllers are taken into account -- the dual-core N550 was first tipped in May by Fudzilla writer Fuad Abazovic, as we reported at the time. Intel did not mention this CPU, however, when it announced the DDR3-ready, single core N455 and N475 Atoms in June, nor when it released the D425 and D525, aimed at networked storage devices, last week."

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