Intel Now Shipping Dual-Core Atom 330 Processors

Intel has official begun shipping its new Atom Processor 330, a 45 nm dual-core processor for nettops.

Credit: www.blogeee.comOn Friday, Intel officially began shipping its 45 nm Intel Atom Processor 330, Intel’s first Atom processor to feature dual-cores. With a 1.6 GHz clock-speed, 1 MB of L2 cache and support for DDR2 667, the Atom 330 looks like Intel just combined two Atom 230 processors. The added core does double the processor’s TDP unfortunately, an increase from 4 W to 8 W.

The Atom 330 will be available as an integrated part of the new Intel D945GCLF2 desktop motherboard, which features the Intel 945GC Express Chipset, Intel GMA 950 integrated graphics and a 533 MHz system bus. The Intel D945GCLF2 motherboard also offers a S-Video connector, gigabit Ethernet, 6-channel high definition audio and a single DIMM socket supporting up to 2 GB of DDR2 667/533 memory.

Intel Atom processors have been specifically designed by Intel to be extremely power-efficient, however many sacrifices were made to achieve this balance between performance and power. It turns out that multi-threading greatly helps Atom processors overcome the effects of some of the sacrifices that were made. As a result, Atom processors that use Hyper-Threading technology see large performance gains and the use of two actual cores along with Hyper-Threading, as used in the Atom 330, should result in even greater gains.

Intel has designed the Atom 330 for use in nettops, which are entry-level, Internet-centric desktop PCs. It is likely that a dual-core Atom processor will eventually make its way into the mobile market, but Microsoft may not allow Windows XP to be sold on such a system. Intel Atom processors are facing strong competition, such as from Via’s Nano processors and offerings by AMD.

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  • martel80
    but Microsoft may not allow Windows XP to be sold on such a system.
    Who cares? You will not game/develop on it so Linux is more than enough.
  • apache_lives
    more people out there dont know how to use linux! all us on here maybe but that speaks for the mere like 1% but i know what your saying.

    2gb and vista basic with this dual core might JUST run (it will run, but performance wise for every day use...)

    this could be an interesting piece of hardware
  • nukemaster
    YAY, a low power board with S-video for us SD tv users!!!!