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Low power and 2.0GHz Atoms Coming


Low power and 2.0GHz Atoms Coming

Intel is apparently set to broaden it's Atom line-up yet further. According to HKEPC, two new Atom Z5xx-series chips are prepped for release, adding a new top and bottom rung to the Atom ladder.

The Z550 brings with it a 2.0GHz clock speed, while still needing no more than 2.4W of power and claiming an average consumption of 0.22W. Possibly a candidate for the like of Sony's Vaio P-series which is just a tad underpowered for Vista with its entry level 1.33GHz Atom.

Probably of more interest is the Z515 with a dynamic clock speed ranging between 800Mhz and 1.2GHz with a peak power consumption of 0.65W and 1.4W at each respectively. Average power consumption would purportedly sit at around 0.16W which is pretty impressive.

Both chips are said to launch this month, so we'll probably see them appearing in systems in the next couple of months.

HKEPC (Google translated).


March 20, 2009, 8:25 pm

Intel have certainly blazed a trail with power and efficincy in the CPU market but I can't help feeling a few more watts and a dose more power would open up the netbook market to people like me who like the concept but want something that can do some real work (and dont want to pay Sony &#1631500+ for a TT).


March 22, 2009, 12:57 am

I have to agree. As much as I admire Atom and the new market it has created, the machines are just too slow. Ok, perhaps more of them should run Linux (my Dell from Vodafone didn't have the option), but they could be running DOSSHELL and still feel like treacle.

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