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Computex 2010 : Intel Debuts Four New Atom CPUs

While Intel has offered a preview of its next generation of Oak Trail-based architecture, the hardware behemoth has also quietly announced four new processors, a pair for mobile platforms and the other for desktops.

The N455 and N475 (both set to replace existing netbook processors) will arrive in devices over the next few weeks and while all four are DDR-3 compatible, only the D525 is a dual core model, one which runs at 1.8GHz.

The D425 is the other desktop-based model launched by Intel. The N455 and the N475 have the same power consumption - 6.5W - but the latter runs at 1.83GHz compared to the former's 1.66GHz. Speeds of the various Atom processors have stayed the same over the last two years or so.

Intel has not confirmed the speed of the D425 (should be 1.83GHz) , only that it consumes 6.5W compared to the D525's 8.5W. The N475 replaces the N470 while the N455 replaces the N450 according to Intel's latest pricelist.

The company has also confirmed during a press conference that it will be shipping dual core Atom processors for netbooks.

This model, rumours have confirmed, should be the Atom N550 which should run at 1.5GHz and come with two 512KB L2 cache and a TDP of 8.5W. Expect it to be released towards the third quarter of 2010.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.