Intel formally begun shipping its first dual-core Atom chip, the 1.6GHz desktop-oriented 330, yesterday. The part sits on a 533MHz frontside bus and contains 1MB of L2 cache. It consumes up to 8W of power. The new chip's pin-compatible with the single-core Atom 230, though motherboards will need a Bios update of course. …
Shame they've still not released an improved chipset. It's the biggest stumbling block for Atom based systems, and will continue to hold back this new beastie. You'd have thought that having shot themselves in the foot once already, they'd have been more careful.....
Expect a new Asus eee release soon
Featuring all the same models to now be selectable with dual cores
...and compromised by the chipset
as David says. So it will still glow red hot and eat batteries.
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