Better processing options and good graphics for netbooks might be possible
Netbooks which are currently looked down upon for being low processing power computers might now get more processing boost. This is because Intel is being rumored for prepping dual-core Atom family microprocessors for netbooks, reported French Website PC Impact. No further details about these dual-core Intel Atom N500 processors have been divulged yet.
Intel already has a dual-core Atom chip for nettops - Atom D510. If the rumors are to be believed, the processor succeeding the dual-core 1.6Ghz Intel Atom 330 chip found Asus Eee PC 1201N and this new N500 might be its successor. Since there are no details available on the same, we don't know if it would be 45nm fab process built or 32nm fabrication process built chip.
However the dual-core chips for netbooks will have integrated memory controller and integrated graphics. The thermal envelope and the power effectiveness of the chip are still unknown.
If Intel launches dual-core Atom then, by the year-end, we may see a couple of netbooks sporting it. Thus netbooks with dual-core Atom may earn some performance brownie points and compete with the existing single-core Atom bearing netbook models.