Intel to release dual-core Atoms this quarter after profits soar over 400%

Intel will be releasing the highly anticipated dual-core Atom processor this quarter. The announcement comes after the chip maker had an over 400% profit rise for the first quarter this year compared to the same period last year. 

An Intel spokeswoman declined to comment whether the new dual-core Atom processors would be aimed at netbooks or small desktops. As Intel has already released Dual-core Atom processors such as the D410 and D510 for small desktops it is likely the new processor will be for netbooks. Dual-core processors would be a first-of-a-kind for the Atom series on netbooks. They would give users a much wanted boost of power to the small devices which are targeted at users for web browsing and other basic applications. 

Intel released little detail of the upcoming dual-core Atom processors but the future release prompted Intel president and chief executive Paul Otellini to say, "The next innovation coming to Atom is on dual-core". 

This announcement comes as Intel's profit for the first quarter of 2010 was $2.4 billion compared with a $647 million profit for the same period a year ago. The 43 cents per share rise beat analysts' prediction of a profit of 38 cents per share. Overall Intel's first-quarter revenue went up 44% to $10.3 billion over the same quarter a year ago. 

Commenting on the rise in profits for the company Otellini said it was Intel's "best first quarter ever". 

"The industry has nearly fully recovered."

The high profits are due to strong demand for laptop chips but Otellini also cited demand for higher-end PC products, mobile microprocessors and the raising average age of PCs. The raising age of PCs is a possible cause for the recent high corporate demand.

"It makes business sense to swap these out."

Intel is predicted to have higher results from server related sales next quarter after the release of the eight-core Xeon 7500.

Edited to hopefully clear up the confusion over dual-core Atom for small desktops & netbooks

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Yeah I don't understand this article - dual core Atoms have been out for quite some time unless this is a new generation. The existing dual core Atoms are just two single dies in one chip packaging but I guess this could mean there's a true native dual core die on the way.

The chips probably are for netbooks but the article is still perhaps not written all that well.

An Intel spokeswoman declined to comment whether the new dual-core Atom processors would be aimed at netbooks or small desktops. Dual-core processors would be a first-of-a-kind for the Atom series for netbooks.
makes it seem like it could go either way and the author never really makes a point of stating why it'd likely be a netbook as opposed to just another desktop. The existence of the N330 makes it sound more like a reporting error too.

Edited by Smigit, Apr 14 2010, 11:13am :

08993 said,

According to the article, the already existing dual core atoms are for small desktops which pretty much confirms that the ones due this quarter will be for netbooks/tablets.

That's odd considering I had an HP Mini in my hands last night that was running an Atom processor with 2 cores. I thought the original Atoms that came out were for netbooks anyways.

I think this may be the dual-core native (like the Intel Core series when they came out to replace the dual-core Pentium line).

Phemo said,
Yeah I don't understand this article - dual core Atoms have been out for quite some time unless this is a new generation. The existing dual core Atoms are just two single dies in one chip packaging but I guess this could mean there's a true native dual core die on the way.

I think your on to something. The wattage on the current dual core Atoms is horrible in comparison to the single core Atoms. I am guessing that is do to the hacky dual die layout you mention. Having both cores in a single die would most likely use less power making it a good candidate for netbooks. Although there are some N330 netbooks out there. I was looking at one with a N330 and ION chipset but the battery life on it was way shorter then most netbooks.

Tarrant64 said,
That's odd considering I had an HP Mini in my hands last night that was running an Atom processor with 2 cores.

Are you sure you aren't talking about hyper threading?

thealexweb said,
What I've been waiting for is for Dual-Core atoms to go mainstream before I get my netbook.

+1, I have nothing but respect for intel's Atom and Core line of processors - every year they amaze me!

I don't like being a fanboy of anything, however I do have to admit to myself, if there is one company I'm a fanboy of, it's Intel (post Netburst of course!)

Edited by jonnytabpni, Apr 14 2010, 10:37am :

Damn, I'm glad the economy is finally picking up. Can't wait for the dual core atoms, I hope they make netbook performance a little better.

Netbook are available with the Atom 330 and ION chipset. Same for Nettops. I hope they are talking about the replacement of the 330. If not, this article is a year old....

Yeah, maybe, but the D510 is not a big improvement over the 330. it's like going from the N280 to N450, no big improvement there.

The biggest thing is if the ION2 is faster/better than the original ION. That could be neat. But the CPU is not much better.

itzwolf said,
I had my hands on an N450 Netbook two days ago and it was a dual-core... ?

The Atom N450 is not dual core, it supports hyper threading which is why Windows see's two cores.

InsaneNutter said,

The Atom N450 is not dual core, it supports hyper threading which is why Windows see's two cores.

I can tell you, I bought an Acer Aspire One with the N260 a year ago, and just now upgrading to a Gateway LT21 the speed difference is huge. But just my luck, I decide to upgrade and then get shafted by the updates.

Does anyone know if the dual core Atom processors "in question" will share the same socket size as the N450?

You know, i do not know how they are making money over that stupid processor!. Have any of your guys worked on it? i mean even if it is just meant for email and web. IT REALLY DOES EFFING SUCK!

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