New Intel Atom Chips Shipping in Q2 2010

Paul Lilly

Just when you thought your netbook had the fastest Intel Atom chip on the planet, the Santa Clara chip maker announced faster parts are just around the corner.

In Q2, Intel will begin shipping the Atom N470, N475, and N455 netbook CPUs, the latter two of which will support DDR3 memory. Where that will come into play in terms of performance on a netbook remains to be seen, but the bigger upside is that the switch to DDR3 could pave the way to more cost-conscious memory upgrades.

Also coming in Q2 is the D525. This dual-core Atom chip will come clocked at 1.8GHz with a 13W TDP, the same power rating as the currently available D510, and will support both DDR2 and DDR3 memory. The D510 is DDR2 only.

Image Credit: Intel

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