Intel has been rumored to be working on dual-core Atom processors for netbooks, and within the past few days, Intel CEO Paul Otellini confirmed that the company will indeed be bringing this product to market this coming year.
Currently, Intel produces the 1.6GHz Atom 330 microprocessor and rumor on the street is that Intel’s new dual-core processors will join the Atom 500 series of chips. These new chips will have integrated memory controllers and integrated graphics, and potentially support 720p.
According to Otellini, “there will still be significant growth in the netbook business year-over-year.” The dual-core Intel processors will be released in the second quarter, right before the holiday season. Netbooks featuring dual-core chipsets are expected to start selling before the end of the year.
Haleron delivered a new netbook a few weeks ago, electing for the curious combo of a pair of Intel Atom CPUs on their Swordfish Net102 netbook. Note: that’s not a dual-core CPU, it’s two separate CPUs. That sounds like a nightmare for the netbook’s battery life with dubious performance benefits, to say the least.
Despite the strangeness of the Swordfish Net102, the Swordfish Net20 is a slightly more standard configuration, swapping the two CPUs for a dual core Atom 330. It’s available with 2 GB of RAM and a 160 GB hard drive with a 250 GB option.
Other features include a 10.2-inch, 1024 x 600 pixel LCD display, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, 3 USB ports, an integrated webcam, VGA and a card reader. Selling for $499, the Swordfish Net20 packs a 6-cell battery and 3G modem.
You can get the netbook over at Haleron.com.
Japan is the first country ever to get a netbook that is powered by the Intel Atom 330 processor and a NVIDIA Ion GPU (graphics processing unit). This netbook is from DosPara and is called the Prime Note Cresion NA.
The Cresion has a 12.1″ screen with a resolution of 1366×768, 2 GB of RAM, and a 320 GB hard drive. Other tech specs for this netbook include an integrated optical drive, a memory card reader, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, and HDMI out.
The relatively larger screen size may be nonstandard, but is likely intended to make good use of the high performance graphics unit. The Atom processor in this netbook is paired with a NVIDIA Ion platform, which adds a 9400M GPU for high-definition video playback.
This high-performing netbook doesn’t come at a cheap price. It boasts a price tag of $AU771 (or roughly $630 US dollars), not including the price of the operating system.