The Intel Atom N270 and N280 processors found in many netbooks support a feature called hyperthreading which causes the Windows Task Manager to report that you’ve got a dual core CPU even when you don’t. If you really want a dual core Atom chip you’re going to have to look to the Atom 330, which is designed for desktops, not laptops.
Or you can take a completely off the wall approach and develop a computer with 2 Intel Atom N270 processors instead of one. Of course, I’m not really sure what the benefit of having two completely separate processors would be, but as the folks at Wired point out, it would probably at least serve to shorten your battery life. You know, if you consider that a benefit.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that the Swordfish Net 102 product page is just wrong. I seriously doubt this computer actually has 2 processors, just like I’m reluctant to believe it has “dual Bluetooth” modules or an 83 key “keyborad,” because you know, that’s not an actual word.
If you feel like plunking down $449 to find out whether this machine actually does have 2 processors, let us know what you find out. The Swordfish Net 102 also reportedly has a 10.2 inch, 1024 600 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, 802.11b/g WiFi and a built-in 3G module. It packs a 3 cell, 2450mAh battery and weighs about 3 pounds.
Update: It looks like the netbook really does have two processors. The company explains on its web page that the dual processors function best under Windows XP, although the computer can also run Windows Vista or 7. The Swordfish Net102 gets about 2.5 hours of run time from a 3 cell battery.
The VIA C7-M is *claimed* to run in a dual processor, SMP configuration.
I don’t know that the Atom 270 is though.
I emphasized *claimed* because of the problems I have had getting it
to run in a **single** processor configuration (with the cx700 chipset).
> Of course, I’m not really sure what the benefit of having two completely separate processors would be
Dual-processor machines have been common for workstations and server for years, of course. Then again, those have special chipsets designed to accommodate the operation of two CPUs at once.
Unless they’ve got some kind of exotic chipset on board, there’s no way a second CPU could work (assuming Intel hasn’t been holding out on us on the capabilities of their chipsets).
They might just be using an out of date Chenglish dictionary for translations.
lol at the dual Bluetooth and “keyborad”
But you know what?… “Swrodfish” isn’t a real word either lol. Ironic huh? 😉
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