Intel optimizes netbooks with dual-core Atom chip

Intel’s latest dual-core, mobile Atom processor is hitting store shelves today in netbooks designed by a number of OEMs, including Acer, Asus, Fujitsu, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, MSI and Toshiba.

Intel spokesperson Suzy Ramirez told TG Daily that the next-gen chip would enable “new levels” of support for applications such as games, Adobe Flash and video streaming sites like YouTube and Hulu. 

“With the dual-core Atom processor N550, [users] can enjoy Internet access on the go with a more responsive experience in the same compact form factor, DDR3 memory support and similar great battery life as the single-core Atom N450.”

Additional N550 specs include: