Intel will offer up details on its upcoming dual-core Atom processor today at the IDF conference in San Francisco. You can tune into the event live via a webcast at 11:00am PST. But there’s something to keep in mind: while the dual-core Atom will be a low power CPU that offers higher performance than the existing single-core chip, it will use more energy which could have an impact on battery life,.
As Mobile Computer Magazine points out, Intel leaked a bit of information yesterday in a press release for the D945GCLF2 desktop motherboard. The mainboard supports the dual core Atom N330 CPU, which uses the Intel 945GC chipset and Intel’s Graphics Media Accelerator 950. The chip is larger than the N270 chip used in netbooks, and looks like it’s designed just for desktop systems. That doesn’t mean there won’t be a laptop/netbook version of the dual-core Atom. But it probably won’t be the Atom N330.