First dual-core Atom slips out

Written by Tim Smalley

August 22, 2008 | 01:49

Tags: #announced #atom #dual-core #hyperthreading #idf #idf-fall-2008 #out

Companies: #intel

Intel has quietly slipped out its first dual-core Atom processor along with a tweaked motherboard to go with it.

The Atom 330, as it’ll be known, hasn’t been given an official clockspeed yet, but we expect the dual-core processor to run at 1.6GHz. HyperThreading technology will, of course, be enabled too, which means a total of four threads will be available on the two physical cores.

Additionally, the chip will be packed with 1MB of L2 cache (512KB per core) and will run on a 533MHz front side bus.

The new motherboard, the D945GCLF2, is a mini-ITX board that’s very similar to the board it is replacing. There are a few improvements though and these include support for Gigabit Ethernet and six-channel HD audio – every other feature on the board is essentially the same.

There’s been no mention of a mobile version of the Atom 330, probably because the power requirements for such a chip would be significantly higher than the single-core Atom processors, but one may follow at a later date.

Availability of the board—complete with an Atom 330 processor—is said to happen sometime in September, but there’s no word on pricing at this time.

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