Intel is bringing new Atom processors to market for the low-cost computer segment. Its single core Atom 230 processor is already a favorite in the netbook market, but the company is looking to take things a step further with its first dual-core Atom part, the Atom 330, which is now officially shipping.

The chip is clocked the same as the existing single-core Atom 230, or 1.6 GHz, features 1MB of L2 cache (512KB per core), and support for DDR2-667 memory. With an 8W thermal design power, however, it draws four times more power than the single-core part which would critical to battery life. For this reason, Intel is aiming this chip at nettops (low cost desktop computers) rather than netbooks.

According to Intels pricelist, the dual-core Atom 330 will cost $43 each in 1,000 unit quantities, or about 50 percent more than the single-core Atom 230.