Intel has announced that its new dual core Atom processor for netbooks is now available, although I suspect the company may have jumped the gun in putting out a press release suggesting that “a dozen new netbooks… are available in stores today.” As far as I can tell, you still can’t actually purchase a netbook with an Atom N550 dual core processor yet — but I suspect we’ll start seeing dual core netbooks in the next few weeks leading up to the IFA trade show in Berlin in September.
Intel says netbooks from Acer, Asus, Fujitsu, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, MSI, Toshiba, and other computer makers will sport the new chips, which support DDR3 memory and battery life that should be on par with what we’ve come to expect from the Atom N450 single core processor.
The official specs for the new Atom N550 chip haven’t been released yet, but last I’d heard the Atom N550 processor runs at 1.5GHz and features 512KB of L2 cache. It features hyperthreading capabilities, which — along with that whole dual core thing — should help out with multitasking performance.
via Eee PC.de