Consumers who still complain that the Intel Atom is underpowered will now have cause to rejoice. Intel has begun shipping its first dual-core Atom processors.
These dual-core Atoms are designed for netbooks, the hottest segment in the laptop market today. The new Atom 330 will have the same clock speed as the single core Atom 230, that is, 1.6Ghz. It will also have 1 megabyte of L2 cache that will be divided over the two cores. It is rated for 8 watts and supports DDR2 667 memory.
At a price of $43 per processor, expect this to become the de facto standard among netbooks.