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First dual-core Atom slips out

First dual-core Atom slips out

Intel has quietly announced the first dual-core Atom processor at IDF. It comes complete with a new motherboard that's almost the same as the last one.

Intel has quietly slipped out its first dual-core Atom processor along with a tweaked motherboard to go with it.

The Atom 330, as it’ll be known, hasn’t been given an official clockspeed yet, but we expect the dual-core processor to run at 1.6GHz. HyperThreading technology will, of course, be enabled too, which means a total of four threads will be available on the two physical cores.

Additionally, the chip will be packed with 1MB of L2 cache (512KB per core) and will run on a 533MHz front side bus.

The new motherboard, the D945GCLF2, is a mini-ITX board that’s very similar to the board it is replacing. There are a few improvements though and these include support for Gigabit Ethernet and six-channel HD audio – every other feature on the board is essentially the same.

There’s been no mention of a mobile version of the Atom 330, probably because the power requirements for such a chip would be significantly higher than the single-core Atom processors, but one may follow at a later date.

Availability of the board—complete with an Atom 330 processor—is said to happen sometime in September, but there’s no word on pricing at this time.

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Goty 22nd August 2008, 02:57 Quote
Maybe Intel is feeling a little bit of pressure from VIA's Nano?
rjkoneill 22nd August 2008, 09:57 Quote
this is what i have been waiting for before making my mind up on a netbook

good news

hopefully it will be faster than the 1.8GHz mark
xrain 22nd August 2008, 11:23 Quote
Arrg... I just ordered an Eee PC today, I sure hope I'll be able to upgrade the processor to the dual core if it turns out to be worth it.
DXR_13KE 22nd August 2008, 17:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by xrain
Arrg... I just ordered an Eee PC today, I sure hope I'll be able to upgrade the processor to the dual core if it turns out to be worth it.

i think these wont be going into laptops...
ParaHelix.org 23rd August 2008, 15:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
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Originally Posted by xrain
Arrg... I just ordered an Eee PC today, I sure hope I'll be able to upgrade the processor to the dual core if it turns out to be worth it.

i think these wont be going into laptops...

But the entire point behind the Intel Aton is that it is made for portable devices, especially laptops.
wywywywy 11th September 2008, 09:46 Quote
Has anyone found a UK retailer thats got it in stock yet?
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