Intel officially starts dual-core Atom shipments

More than a month has passed since Intel announced (PDF) its D945GCLF2 desktop motherboard. The mobo comes with a dual-core Atom 330 processor soldered on, and while it's already materialized in some parts of the world, it still hasn't popped up on our price search engine.

Today, we see Intel has posted a notice on its PR chip shots page to say Atom 330 dual-core CPUs have officially begun shipping. Intel quotes the same 1.6GHz clock speed, 1MB of L2 cache, and 8W thermal envelope as before, and it points out that the Atom 330 "is designed specifically for nettops." Not to be confused with netbooks, nettops are "affordable desktops purpose-built primarily for web surfing, email, and basic Internet usage." The Atom 330 is shipping as an "integrated package," presumably separate from the D945GCLF2.

According to DigiTimes, the Atom 330 costs $40 in 1,000-unit tray quantities. That's $11 more than the single-core, 1.6GHz Atom 230, which Intel sells for only $29 in volume. DigiTimes expects Atom 330-based motherboards to cost more than $70, which could pin Atom 330-based nettop prices at around $299.

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