Intel Launches Dual Core Atom N550 For Netbooks

Intel Atom N550Intel has launched the new dual core Atom N550 processor for netbooks. It has a clock speed of 1.5 GHz and is the first dual core Atom.

The netbook space hasn’t been seeing a lot of action lately; almost all major netbook manufacturers like Asus, MSI and Samsung are now planning to launch their own tablets. Tablets are now the next big thing.

However, netbooks may have a chance to regain their lost glory. Today, Intel announced the new Intel Atom N550 dual core processor. This is the first dual core Atom processor and is based on the new Pineview architecture. It has a clock speed of 1.5 GHz and an L2 cache of 2 x 512 KB. It supports DDR3 800 MHz RAM and offers battery life similar to the Atom N450, with much better performance.

Most netbook users have always lamented about the slow performance in netbooks; the Atom N550 will probably change that. It was reviewed by a few hardware sites back in June and performed very well in the benchmarks. It improves the multitasking capabilities and offers improved application and graphics performance. It can also handle 720p video flawlessly and is perfect for watching high resolution Youtube and Hulu videos.

Intel also announced that netbooks based on the Atom N550 will be launched by Acer, ASUS, Fujitsu, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, MSI, and Toshiba by the end of 2010.

Check out the official press release by Intel here.

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