Intel Ships First Dual-Core Atom Processor

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Intel's Atom processor is now available in a dual-core version -- Intel Atom Processor 330 – targeted for inexpensive desktops or nettops. Previous versions of Intel's Atom processor had been targeted at low-cost PC notebooks.

Intel has released to shipping its first dual-core Atom processor – a chip the company is targeting for low-cost desktops or "nettops" as Intel calls them.  

Priced at $43 when the chip is bought in quantities of 1,000, the Intel Atom Processor 330 is part of a move by Intel to tap into a new market for low-cost PCs in both emerging economies such as India and China, and also in more mature markets such as the United States and Western Europe where users may be looking for a second or third home computer.

While it’s difficult to determine how much of an impact these low-cost netbooks and nettops will have on the worldwide PC market, IDC revised its worldwide PC shipment numbers Sept. 10 to account for the increasingly popularity of low-cost notebooks in both developing economies as well as mature markets.

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