Atom N550 Dual Core Eee PC Coming With 13 Hours Of Battery Life

Asus is one of the many companies who are getting ready to upgrade their netbook line with the new Atom N550 dual core chip. But they are also a company who seem to be having some trouble keeping a lid on it. So both today and yesterday, details about their new dual core netbook have leaked on the internet. They are going to bring out their first Atom N550 netbook in the form of the Eee PC 1015PE.

The Eee PC 1015PE will be the first netbook from Asus to have the Atom N550 and will also have certain other extras that will push it in to the next generation of netbooks. According to details fished out of the official product page that accidentally went online for a brief few hours, the 1015PE will support DDR3 memory, thus having a much better performance rate.

Also new would be support for both Bluetooth 3.0 and USB 3.0 standards. The Atom N550 will be in the form of a 1.5GHz dual core processor. It will come with three options for the battery — 48Whr, 56Whr, and 63Whr — which will provide for 10, 11 and 13 hours of battery life respectively. At least that is what Asus claims the performance would be like.

Other than these features, everything else seems to be pretty standard with the netbook. It will have a 10inch display with a native resolution of 1024 x 600. Even with DDR3 onboard, it will have only 1GB of memory and will run Windows 7 Starter Edition at purchase.

The Atom N550 is not the first dual core processor in this line but the last one was not meant for portables due to the amount of power it consumed. This new model is deemed fit for netbook use and said to be high performance while still only sipping from the battery reserve.

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AMD Talks About Next Generation

amdAMD had an analyst investor day recently and there they revealed their roadmap for the year 2011. They are planning to introduce two new processor cores, which are codenamed Bulldozer and Bobcat.

The plan is to make Bulldozer the powerhouse that will power mainstream devices like servers and desktops and to make Bobcat the mainstay for the ultra-thin segment. Bobcat will also be aimed squarely at the netbook market, making it the Atom-competitor of the future.

Bobcat is being touted as being able to achieve amazing feats of power efficiency. They are saying that this new core will be able to achieve 90% of today’s power at just half the entire silicone area. That means they will be able to run the chips at less than one watt of power, which is extremely impressive. If they can actually make this happen, we will be seeing futuristic netbooks in 2011 that have incredibly long battery lives or have really slim profiles.

Prior to launching into the Bobcat initiative, AMD plans to introduce the Nile platform for the ultrathin segment. The Nile platform will support the dual-core Geneva CPU and it will have a DirectX 10.1 IGP or discreet graphics. AMD makes another attractive claim for this platform, saying that it will have a battery life of seven hours. It will also support DDR3 memory, which will definitely become a standard by the time Nile goes mainstream.

AMD then goes on to talk about the Brazos platform that will coincide with the Bulldozer/Bobcat time frame. It will be part of the Bobcat family of processors and will support the Ontario APU, DirectX 11 and DDR3 memory.

Over all, AMD’s promises are all very attractive and they certainly are headed in the right directions. But these are promises that might be hard to keep, so we will have to wait and watch how this unfolds.