We've all known that Intel will add to its single-core Atom (Diamondville) with a dual-core derivative, we just didn't expect it to be as soon as Q3.
According to reports, that's when Intel will launch a dual-core Atom processor, named the Atom N330.
The Atom N330 is said to feature two hyper-threading-capable cores, and will clock at 1.6GHz, slightly lower than the 1.87GHz that previous roadmaps had suggested. Reports indicate a 533MHz FSB, 1MiB of L2 cache and a TDP rating of 8W.
The chip will be aimed at Netbooks and Nettops (low-cost laptops and desktops) and shouldn't be confused with Intel's imminent Silverthorne Atom CPUs, aimed at MIDs and UMPCs. To help ease confusion, Silverthorne will be called the Atom Z series and Diamondville will be called the Atom N series.
Confused? Here's a little table to breakdown the current known Atom line-up:
|Model||Speed||Cores||HT||TDP||FSB||L2 cache||Price (per 1,000)||Launch|
Silverthorne (for MIDs and UMPCs)
Diamondville (for laptops and desktops)
Intel's Z series of Atom processors, codenamed Silverthorne, are already available to mobile device manufacturers. The Atom processors we consumers will come to know, code-named Diamondville, will be available in low-cost laptops such as the ASUS Eee and MSI Wind starting next month, with a dual-core desktop model following later this year.
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