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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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MS restrictions on XP in netbooks
By Bateluer on 9/22/2008 10:58:20 AM , Rating: 2
Can someone explain to me how MS can do this? Seems like any user with an XP CD could install XP on any netbook, regardless of whether it has a dual core CPU, a single core CPU, a 5in screen, a 7in screen or a 10in screen. If the company making the netbooks already has a stockpile of XP licenses, how does MS have any control over what systems that netbook maker installs them on?




RE: MS restrictions on XP in netbooks
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 9/22/2008 11:05:14 AM , Rating: 2
Theres this little thing called Licensing, it sort of comes with this other little thing called Terms and Conditions.


By erikejw on 9/23/2008 11:24:48 PM , Rating: 2
"Theres this little thing called Licensing, it sort of comes with this other little thing called Terms and Conditions. "

Licensing and terms and conditions has nothing to do with it.

You are free to buy your own regular XP disc and install it on the nettop.

All OSs is also preinstalled so you already got an OS that is payed for. The nettop XP is much cheaper than regular XP and that is why they do not sell it for dual core systems and those with AGP slots etc.

In order for any nettop maker to install XP they need to purchase that more expensive version and that does not make sense since the total cost will skyrocket so they will go with some Linux distro.
Why would anyone buy regular XP if they could get the nettop version for half the price.


RE: MS restrictions on XP in netbooks
By trisct on 9/22/2008 11:07:50 AM , Rating: 2
Distributors sign agreements giving MS some power over what they install the OS on, in return for 'bargain' volume pricing. Beyond that, MS can always refuse to sell them the next truckload of XP (or any MS software for that matter) licenses, leaving their product offering cut short or suddenly a loss-maker at the current price if they lose the OS discounts.

The netbook maker has to protect their bottom line, the cost of the OS could be 1/3 the bill of materials without those MS pricing agreements that keep everyone in line.


By sigilscience on 9/22/2008 11:04:42 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. If the notebook maker wants to pay full price for the OS, they can install it on whatever they want.


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