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Dual-core Atom may ease shortages of Atom parts in the channel

Intel is dominating the world of the netbook with its Atom single core processor. The processor running at 1.6GHz powers the vast majority of netbooks that are available to purchase right now. The tiny chip is perfect for the netbook market thanks to its low cost and low power requirements.

It's no secret that Intel is bringing new Atom processors to market for the low-cost computer segment. Intel announced via its Chip Shots blog that its dual-core Atom processor is now shipping. The part is known as the Intel Atom Processor 330. The dual-core processor cores run at 1.6GHz and have 1MB of L2 cache.

The processor has an 8W TDP and supports DDR2 667 RAM. Intel says that the new Atom is available as an integrated package and has been validated with the Intel 945GC Express chipset. The chipset features integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 950 and Intel High Definition Audio.

Microsoft has eased the restriction for manufacturers using Windows XP on netbooks to allow for larger screen sizes and more storage. However, the new more lenient restrictions form Microsoft still don’t allow for manufacturers of netbooks to use dual-core processors. That should mean that netbooks using the new dual-core Atom processor would be running some version of Linux and perhaps Windows Vista of some flavor.

DailyTech reported in mid-August that Intel was going to be releasing its dual-core Atom in September and Intel slid the processor in mere days before the end of the month. Intel is still having shortages of its single-core Atom processors in the channel. The shortage has led some makers like Asus to use older Celeron M processors.

Early in September, DailyTech reported that Intel has its next generation Atom on the roadmap for Q3 2009. The next generation Atom processor will be most notable for its integrated graphics processor.

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By knitecrow on 9/22/2008 10:17:33 AM , Rating: 5
The choice of chipset makes the platform no-go for me. When you have a chipset drawing more power than the processor, what is the point of having a low power CPU in the first place?

I'd like to see what amd comes up with. I like ATI/AMD chipset.

By tayhimself on 9/22/2008 10:26:17 AM , Rating: 2
This is not the case with the 945GSE or whatever anymore. This was/is the case with the desktop chipsets but not the laptop ones.

By foolsgambit11 on 9/22/2008 12:58:35 PM , Rating: 2
And the 945GC Express (the one this Atom is approved for) is the nettop chipset, not the netbook chipset (i.e., the one that is less power-friendly). When this chip is approved for the 945GSE (6W TDP), then it will certainly be better off from a power standpoint. If it ever is approved for the 945GSE. It could be they don't want this processor in netbooks at all, only in nettops.

By Mitch101 on 9/22/2008 10:36:02 AM , Rating: 2
I think the ATOM is good considering its wattage range but your absolutely right the mobo chipset kills any advantage the Atom would have at this being a good low powered beater system but I hear Intel will have a decent mobo chipset soon.

Supposedly the VIA nano is faster but VIA wont have a dual core and the Via prices don't come close.

Then there is AMD they are going to have what is it 15watt and 22 watt chips soon? I think they will even have a 45watt quad phenom. But the AMD mobo chipset is what makes this really shine. Still have to wait and see but I think AMD will deliver this time.

This all comes down to the design and if AMD can deliver on those 15-22watt talk for most of us this will be a no brainier.

I am looking forward to more PC that look like Wii's but pack a good punch especially with the possibility of external video card for high performance.

By Chadder007 on 9/22/2008 11:24:03 AM , Rating: 2
Where in the heck is Intel's Poulsbo chipset?

By rudolphna on 9/23/2008 12:05:32 AM , Rating: 2
The wii is relaly incredible too. Like a 1w draw for the 750Mhz PPC Based processor. The whole thing draws like 20 watts, total. Incredible.

By BansheeX on 9/22/2008 11:41:53 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I'm guessing they have a bunch of unused 945s lying around. Kind of lame, really, that's several generations back and newer chipsets are 65nm.

By Clauzii on 9/22/2008 2:03:45 PM , Rating: 3
I'll also be looking forward to the A64 2000+ (2x1GHz) on 8 Watt.

By Goty on 9/22/2008 4:03:30 PM , Rating: 2
AMD has the Geode, but it hasn't has a speed bump in a long time and is currently stuck at 500MHz, if I'm not mistaken.

By OBLAMA2009 on 9/22/2008 5:55:02 PM , Rating: 2
when will this be in stores. i read somewhere else that dual core atom wont be in stores until december even though it "came out" yesterday. netboxes are cool just saw the ee box and it is really small, and definitely good enough for most people too

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