Dual-core Atom for netbooks to land in Q2 2010

April 14, 2010 at 7:57 am

IntelIntel reported its strongest ever first quarter results yesterday, with net profit up by 288 percent to $2.4 billion. Much of this growth was attributed to high-end notebook processors, with Atom processors sliding the other way, declining by 19 percent to $335 million.

The numbers highlight that there has either been stockpiling of Atom processors in previous quarters or that netbook sales are on a downward trend. As Intel has raised its margin guidance for the year to 62-66 cents (from 58-64 cents), it clearly expects the lower-margin Atom CPU to not sell as strongly.

During the investor conference call yesterday, Intel CEO Paul Otellini, reaffirmed his faith in netbook growth. “The heart of the question is netbooks. As I said earlier I still think there will be significant growth in the netbook business year-over-year. I think that there are rather than pricing I think we would look to features and integration as a technical novelty or twist here.”

In answer to a question about what the company is doing to re-invigorate Atom Sales. Otellini replied: “The next innovation coming out on Atom is Dual Core which comes out in the second quarter. So that will ramp for the holiday season this year and I think that will be a very attractive product.”

As the company already ships dual-core Atom processors (D410, D510) for the nettop market, it is likely that Otellini is talking about a dual-core Atom processor part. Great news if true, the netbook market is in much need for differentiation, especially with all the cookie clutter netbooks out there. There’s no further details although I’d expect more information at Computex in June.


268 Responses to “Dual-core Atom for netbooks to land in Q2 2010”

  1. Bob said:
    April 14th, 2010 8:20 AM

    Dual Core is most awaited and required. Add ION2 (perhaps Optimus) capabilities OR have options to place HD accelerators (Broadcom PCI-e Cards) with a super battery life and you got yourself a deal !! Sharp too is coming out with 3D screens that apparently don’t need glasses .. I just hope the prices remain justified .. fingers crossed !! iPad fad may just fade off if this comes about 😉

  2. Jack Bronsky said:
    April 14th, 2010 12:27 PM

    Intel would do better to phase its current Core2duo (SU2300/SU7300) processors into 10″-11.6″ format w/Ion 2 and Tablet capability. The Atom should be allowed to die a peaceful death. Oh and did I say less 2 lb and less than 3/4″ thick like the LG X300.



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