Intel has quietly added a new flagship model to its Atom processor family.
The new D2560 dual core is positioned above the D2550, which was launched in the first quarter of this year. The D2500 continues to be available as an entry-level model.
The new CPU is also built using the 32 nm Saltwell architecture with a Cedarview processor core. It runs at 2.0 GHz, which is faster than the D2550's 1.86 GHz but 133 MHz slower than the previously canceled D2700 Cedarview chip. Intel did not provide any information on why the D2700 was shelved, other than noting that market demand had shifted when it was dropped not even three quarters after its introduction in Q3 2011.
Like the other Cedarview processors, the D2560 is rated at a maximum power consumption of 10 watts. Like the D2550, it can run four threads in parallel and is priced at $47 (tray). The D2500 runs at 1.86 GHz just like the D2550, but supports only two threads.