Intel is adding a new processor to its line of Cedar Trail chips for low power desktop computers. The 1.86 Ghz Intel Atom D2550 will be a lot like the Atom D2500, but with a few important tweaks.
First, the D2500 doesn’t support hyperthreading, while the D2550 does. That means that some software task managers will show the new chip as having 4 cores, even though it’s actually a dual core chip. The upshot is that apps that can take advantage of hyperthreading should run more quickly and efficiently.
I was actually a little surprised when cybergusa pointed out to me that the D2500 doesn’t feature hyperthreading capabilities, since most Atom chips since the original Atom N270 have had that feature. But I checked with Intel, and it turns out it’s true.
The second change is that the Atom D2550 processor will have a graphics clock speed of 640 MHz compared with 400 MHz for the Atom D2500 processor.
The rest of the specs remain the same, with both processors featuring 10W TDPs and 512KB of L2 cache.
According to VR-Zone, the new Atom D2550 processor could launch on February 26th and begin shipping soon after.
Intel also offers a faster 2.13 GHz Atom D2700 dual core processor with 1MB of L2 cache, 640 MHz graphics, hyperthreading support, and a max TDP of 10 watts.
None of these processors are designed for high-performance systems, but they should provide a little more bang for the buck than the latest Atom N2600 and N2800 processors for netbooks.