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Netbook's first with dual-core Atom

Aug 27, 2010, 13:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Angel)

"Asus announced a netbook that not only includes Intel's dual-core Atom N550, but also offers USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 3.0. The Eee PC 1015PEM provides up to 13 hours of battery life, running either Windows 7 Starter Edition or the Linux-based "Express Gate" operating environment, the company says.

"The dual-core N550 is the latest in Intel's Pine Trail series of Atoms (also known as "Pineview" when their companion I/O controllers are taken into account). It was first tipped in May by Fudzilla writer Fuad Abazovic, but not formally announced until last Monday.

"According to Intel, the 45nm N550 has a 1.5GHz clock speed, 1MB of second-level cache, and an 8.5 Watt TDP. (The latter puts it usefully ahead of one dual-core rival, AMD's Athlon II Neo K325, which has featured in netbooks such as Dell's Inspiron M101z, and is said to have a 12-Watt TDP.)"

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