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Intel Teases Better, Faster Dual-core Atom CPU

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Intel CEO Paul Otellini has teased a new dual-core Atom CPU that's said to be coming in the second quarter.

In an earnings call yesterday, CEO of Intel, Paul Otellini, announced that the company had had its best first quarter ever. Along with that little piece of good news, Otellini let listeners in on a little tidbit of information regarding what we can expect in Q2.

CNet cites Otellini as saying "the next innovation coming out on Atom is dual core, which comes out in the second quarter." Intel already has a dual-core option for nettops so this dual-core Atom will likely be targeted at netbooks and other small devices.

"I still think there will be significant growth in the Netbook business year-over-year. Features and integration (of silicon) are the technical knobs to twist here," he said.

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    sliem , April 14, 2010 3:30 PM
    In a few years we'll be able to play Crysis on a netbook.
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    back_by_demand , April 14, 2010 3:08 PM
    DC Atom in the HP Slate?

    OH YEAH!!!!!!
  • 5 Hide
    dwave , April 14, 2010 3:24 PM
    Dual Core Atom for a netbook? Sounds good to me!
  • 16 Hide
    sliem , April 14, 2010 3:30 PM
    In a few years we'll be able to play Crysis on a netbook.
  • 6 Hide
    amk09 , April 14, 2010 3:31 PM
    not long before we got dual core cpu's in our cellphones
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    fisshy , April 14, 2010 3:36 PM
    Yes Yes Yes Finally a Fast, Cheap and Reliable Netbook platform...

    Intel For LIFE!
  • 0 Hide
    tsnorquist , April 14, 2010 3:38 PM
    Asus 1201N is already sporting a dual core Atom - not the most energy efficient netbook (can tell you that first hand), but it's much better than the single core options.
  • 4 Hide
    onekill , April 14, 2010 3:54 PM
    Dual core in a netbook under $350? Sign me up!
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    thegreathuntingdolphin , April 14, 2010 4:12 PM
    A slightly faster dual core Atom is all I need to commit to a netbook, especially if it has hyper threading as well!
  • 0 Hide
    kdashjl , April 14, 2010 4:13 PM
    netbooks here i come
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    sceen311 , April 14, 2010 4:21 PM
    sliemIn a few years we'll be able to play Crysis on a netbook.

    Sure you wait a couple years, Meanwhile i'll play crisis on my iPad.
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    shadow187 , April 14, 2010 4:29 PM
    Eventually the entire business PC world will be replaced by hand (or arm)-held smartphones and netbooks. Home PCs will always have a place (most likely for gamers, mind you) due to large monitor size, mouse + keyboard gaming (not mousePAD), and the infinitely greater expansion options for a desktop.
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    lemonade4 , April 14, 2010 5:08 PM
    If it can run Adobe Flash smoothly at $400, YES!
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    miloo , April 14, 2010 5:20 PM
    nice~ will have quad core ATom coming, i guess ? hehe
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    babybeluga , April 14, 2010 6:41 PM
    Intel is full of prudes


    looks like I'm all alone again tonight!
  • 0 Hide
    wilhelmjourdan , April 14, 2010 7:41 PM
    wow! this is great!
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    Anonymous , April 14, 2010 7:46 PM
    A dual core is not really preferable on netbooks, because they will suffer battery loss.
    Unless Intel integrated a technology that successfully disables the second core when not in use (or not needed), a second core in a small netbook only adds up to heat, and loss of batterylife.

    It's performance will still be below notebooks, and it's battery just above.
    I'd rather have them push the Atom processor to a die shrink, and give it under/overclock options to run at 600/1000/1600/2000Mhz.
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    ptroen , April 14, 2010 7:48 PM
    Netbooks are a nice cheap server rack option because you get the screen included in the cost.
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    falchard , April 14, 2010 7:58 PM
    I think the question is if it still has the per clock effeciency as a Pentium. If so its still fail compared to an Athlon Neo.
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    gpace , April 14, 2010 8:26 PM
    I hope they make a dual core Atom at 32nm with the same on board graphics chip as the i series (except in 32nm instead of 45nm). Decent graphics and low power of the Atom processor.

    Or if AMD makes the Dual core Neo in 32nm.
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    ta152h , April 14, 2010 9:04 PM
    OK, if a single core is an Atom, how come the dual cores aren't called molecules, especially if they've got graphics with them.
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