Another Dual-Core Atom on Tap, Could It be for Netbooks? - HotHardware
Another Dual-Core Atom on Tap, Could It be for Netbooks?

Another Dual-Core Atom on Tap, Could It be for Netbooks?

Life is good for Intel, the No. 1 chip maker who recently announced the best first quarter it's ever had. But that isn't all the company had to say. During an earning conference call on Tuesday, Intel CEO Paul Otellini said another dual-core Atom processor is on the way.

"The next innovation coming to Atom is on dual-core," Otellini said.

Make of that what you will, but there's already speculation that this could be intended for netbooks. Intel has so far avoided designing a dual-core Atom chip for the hugely popular netbook market, instead reserving those parts for nettops and other low-powered desktops.



The timing would be right as well. With Apple's iPad making waves and other tablets to follow, it remains to be seen where netbooks will fit in. Netbooks aren't likely to go away, but we can picture tablets cutting into netbook sales, an area Intel has an obvious vested interest in promoting.

This is all speculation at this point, as Otellini didn't offer up any other details. However, he did say he expects there will be "significant growth in the netbook business year-over-year."
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Yea Netbooks will be with us a time longer. I saw my first Asus EEE yesterday at school. It was pretty snappy he installed Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit of course on it. He was toting it around like a purse. As apps do get more demanding those wishing to use their Netbook for more demanding tasks this will be a welcome sign. He said battery life on it lasted roughly 12 hours with the brightness turned down a notch.

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la guy 10 my uncle bought 2 netbooks they are from acer or asus idk and the battery life on it is only like 3 hours...

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@greyad yea when he told me that I was like......maybe in sleep mode or something. 12 hours is half a day does seem a bit extreme. Thanks and I would agree with your assessment of 3 hours that sounds much more reasonable.

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Asus has ones that will do 12hrs. I want the 12" asus net book that is aluminum. Its sweet looking!

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I have an Asus EeePC 1005HA, which they claimed to have 10.5 hours of battery life.  I think if I ran it on Power Saver that might be true, but with normal use I get several hours which is really good for my classes and work throughout the day.

But I'm glad to see some dual-core action coming our way for the netbooks.  They need that efficiency lol

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Will this finally mean we'll see an end to stuttering on HD content on netbooks, or at least an end of benchmarking of such things?

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I won't be getting a laptop or net book of any kind soon :D. But if i am, im probably going for a laptop and maybe a net book for traveling to put in the car :D. The battery life of a net book is pretty low so its going to need a lot of charging for me :P lol.

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The only way I see netbooks sticking around is if they put the swivel hinge on it and call it a tablet.

If they could make 10" netbooks tablets, that would be alot more feasible than trying to compete in an IPad world with a bunch of P4 desktops.

This still seems like an attempt to get rid of outdated Atom tech. I mean, a faster dual core? Why don't we just start to support the I-series in all the upcoming portables. I mean, if the new HP Slate came out with the dual core Atom. Then I would probably wait until they bring down the price, and inject the I-series or better.

Yeah right, who am I kidding....I will probably get the slate no matter what! Ok, I am just as bad as those Apple fanatics! I just hope it is a whole lot cheaper?

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I don't really think that people know what they want when it comes to a portable PC. The netbook's original intention was to serve as a small computation PC that could handle surfing the web and writing up word documents. It really seemed like a cheap and affordable solution for college students that didn't want to lug around Laptops, and certainly not desktops.

And it makes sense, you carry this little pocket computer around and take notes in class and download power points and other documents from the College's webs server, then you can either take the computer and transfer the data to another computer or just leave as is.

And then the netbooks became a hassle because people have already gotten spoiled through fast processors and great GPU's. Now it seems like netbooks want to become laptops but still retain their small design structure originality.

A faster Atom processor makes sense, but will it save the netbooks?

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I don't think that NetBooks need saving Marius. It's turned into a huge market and manufacturers are making a lot of money selling them. They are a functioning (but smaller) Laptop Computer for a lot less money than traditional Laptops sell for. When they were introduced, they sold like crazy and that is still true to this day. My youngest son has a MSI Wind that I had the opportunity to play with for a week and it was a robust little machine with good performance. He has several HD quality movies on it and they played without problem.

They will continue to improve the performance of NetBooks Marius, not because they want to be Laptops, but because the best performing computer in ANY segment seems to sell well. People like to have the fastest, best of everything whether you're talking computers, cars, or whatever.

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Remember how analysts says that Ipad (& tablets in general) is going to kill netbooks? It seems like that is not going to happen anytime soon with Intel introducing the dual core atom that will be targeted towards netbooks.

As Marius mentioned about how a netbook is a little pocket computer you can carry around, it reminds me of the Sony Vaio P series. In my opinion, I think that is a true concept of what a netbook should be. As of now, the other netbooks that are available in the market is just another cheap substitute of a laptop.

The concept of making a netbook as a cheap alternative is not helping. Otherwise, we would have continue seeing strong sales. Something has got to change...very soon...

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