N550 - First mobile, dual-core Atom processor released

N550 - First mobile, dual-core Atom processor released

Summary: Good news for netbook users - Intel has released its first dual-core mobile Atom processor.

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Good news for netbook users - netbooks just got faster and battery life just got better. Intel has released its first dual-core mobile Atom processor.

The new 1.5-GHz N550 processor is the first part to be based on the PineTrail architecture, which should result in greater battery life for devices. Like its bigger brothers, the Core i3, i5 and i7 parts, the N550 has two cores and can run two threads per core. L2 cache is doubled to 2 x 512KB and the memory controller is upgraded to handle DDR3 RAM to 667 MHz). The graphics chipset is the same as for the single-core N455, and max RAM stays at 2GB.

Note: This isn't the first dual-core Atom to be found in netbooks - The Asus EeePC 1201N featured the D330 1.6GHz nettop part.

Performance seems to be up by around 20% according to various makers, and battery life is improved by some 15 - 20 minutes.

Expect netbooks sporting this new silicon to appear in September.

Topics: Processors, Hardware, Mobility

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  • RE: N550 - First mobile, dual-core Atom processor released

    Darn, Adrian! Rachel King beat you to this by almost an hour!
    http://www.zdnet.com/blog/gadgetreviews/intel-atom-n550-based-netbooks-start-shipping/17348
    wizard57m-cnet
  • Doh! But I just bought an Acer Aspire One with an N450.

    Oh, that is so annoying.<br>Hmmm, I'll give this one to my wife and then maybe I can buy an N550....
    Dietrich T. Schmitz, ~ Your Linux Advocate
  • RE: N550 - First mobile, dual-core Atom processor released

    Still slow as hell. Right now they score 3xx in the CPU benchmark.20% more is only going to allow higher end ones to hit 4xx scores as max. Which is still insanely slow.
    Jimster480
  • RE: N550 - First mobile, dual-core Atom processor released

    So, it will be twice as slow? <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/wink.gif" alt="wink"> After all, it's an Atom...

    Seriously though, Atoms are only good for VERY light duty, such as a lightweight Linux distro. And even then, they are laggy with the most basic of tasks.

    Trying to run windows (even XP) on an Atom is like trying to run OSX on a pocket calculator.
    thombone