Dual core Atom chip in the works at Intel
The Atom chip is a low-power chip that powers the vast majority of the rapidly expanding netbook market of tiny, cheap computers, and Intel have just announced the arrival of a dual-core version.
The chip, pictured above, is called the 330, and the clock speed hasn’t been revealed yet. If I were a betting man, then I’d put money on functionality being included to switch off the second core when it’s not being used to save power.
The chip will likely arrive in September, alongside a new motherboard compatible with it. It’s not a mobile version, but I would expect that to follow before long – expect to see the next generation of netbooks showing off multicore support.
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For the heathen English among us, what’s the coin the ship’s sat next to?
That would be an American 1 cent coin, or “penny”, as they call it. It’s 97.5% zinc with copper plating, and 1.55mm thick with a 19.05mm diameter. It weighs 2.5g, and features Abraham Lincoln on one side, with an image of the Lincoln Memorial on the other. It debuted in 1959.
Next time, I’ll try and photoshop in something more British 🙂