Intel does not want dual-core Atoms in netbooks?

By Justin Mann on January 10, 2009, 8:17 PM
If you've been watching the netbook market develop and perhaps even happen to own one yourself, you're likely interested in the idea of ramping up performance on them without sacrificing much of its “netbook” qualities.

One method that about every desktop and laptop out there has now gone through is increasing performance density by using dual-core processors. The dual-core Atom was Intel's answer to the question of how to get very low-power dual-core computing, but apparently the company does not want to see this processor end up in netbooks.

According to Fudzilla, Shmuel (Mooly) Eden, Vice President of Intel's Mobile Platforms Group stated that the dual-core Atom (model 330) was not designed with netbooks in mind, and will not offer the power reduction benefits necessary for them. Furthermore, he believes the processor is not suitable for such mobile devices because they require active cooling.

Dual-core Atoms have been on Intel's agenda for a while, with rumors and hints of the processor first surfacing early last year and a silent launch last quarter. If not netbooks, where will Intel aim dual-core Atoms in the longer run?




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captain828 said:
I smell a lot of fishy things...[quote]The dual-core Atom (model 330) was not designed with netbooks in mind, and will not offer the power reduction benefits necessary for them.[/quote]then why make one? they have the *proper* C2D processors and even C2Q for laptop usage[quote]Furthermore, he believes the processor is not suitable for such mobile devices because they require active cooling.[/quote]uhm... what? show me a modern notebook/netbook that's passively cooled... wait, show me even an old notebook that's NOT cooled by a fan it sure sucks when there's no competition... but let's see AMD's Neothis actually looks really good: [url]http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&ta
k=view&id=11253&Itemid=38[/url][b]EDiT:[/b] From CNET News:[quote]A dual-core chip, code-named "Conesus," will come in the second half of this year, according to AMD's Mahoney. [/quote]heh, we'll see what Intel is going to say then... [Edited by captain828 on 2009-01-11 04:41:55]
JerryWithaJ said:
It's all about money and just as Detroit supposedly killed the mythical carburetor capable of 100 mpg, Intel will do its best to bar dual-core processors from netbooks. Dual core processors are no longer a luxury but are critical to prevent a computer from becoming useless for multitasking when certain programs are run. If the notebook market is feeling the impact of netbooks at the moment, just wait until the dual core models are available. Then, there will be NO way to claim that a netbook is not a full-fledged notebook substitute and the notebook market, along with the profits it generates for both computer and chip makers, will become a niche market for people who want 17" screens for viewing videos. There will be NO business notebook market.
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