Intel Atom N550 Dual Core Announced for Netbooks : Since the netbook market has kept growing at a rapid rate, Intel decided to provide system makers with the Atom N550 dual-core chips, and the CPU maker has now proudly announced that a host of PC suppliers have and will provide, through the end of the year, mobile PCs based on it.
Intel Atom N550 is clocked at 1.5GHz, this system on a chip has a 8.5W max TDP, is 64-bit capable, and adds support for up to 2GB of DDR3 RAM. Like previous Atoms, hyper-threading is supported, and the CPU is manufactured on a 45nm process.
Intel says that the new dual-core model is better equipped to handle multimedia, especially web technology using Adobe Flash, including online hotel booking systems and multimedia sites such as YouTube and Hulu.
“In their short history, the netbook category has experienced impressive growth,” said Erik Reid, director of marketing for mobile platforms at Intel. “Having shipped about 70 million Intel Atom chips for netbooks since our launch of the category in 2008, there is obviously a great market for these devices around the world.”
Intel’s press info also touts models from Acer, Asus, Fujitsu, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, MSI, Toshiba and the other usual suspects as going on sale now, while also adding that the company has sold 70 million Atom chips since the launch in 2008.