Most Apple laptop raisers of the netbooks that have been manufactured and available on the market run on Intel Atom processors. These processor had a low power profile was small in size and provided a wide range of performance. The atom range of processors were based on system on a chip design and provided a broad range of functions including 3D graphics, video encode/decode, memory, wireless connectivity and low powered audio engines.
The new dual core netbook comes with an all new improved Intel Atom processor. These processors have the codename cedar view and have dual cores instead of one in the older generation of processors. A dual core processor is effectively two processors working within a single architecture. This means double the performance that was earlier provided by this range of processors. It can handle four threads at a time. While the old processors could handle just one thread these new processors can multi task and handle four different threads of instructions. Which means you could have 4 different programs running simultaneously and your computer would not lag in performance.
The atom dual core range of processors offer a clock rate of up to 2.13 GHz. They also feature 1 MB of level 2 cache. The power consumption is said to be around 6 watts and it also supports 64 bit operation.
With the old range of processors netbooks were highly under powered when it came to processor performance. It could not match the performance of processors on laptops and this was listed as one of the drawbacks of using a netbook instead of a laptop. It also lacked support for many programs which could not be run on netbooks.
Now with the launch of netbooks powered by Intel Atom dual core processors the performance gap has been bridged. The 2 GHz clock rate barrier has been breached and the processors can provide faster processing. The 64 bit support means you can run full versions of operating systems and also programs that could not be used earlier. The netbooks have reached a point where they can match the laptops in terms of performance.
It is worth taking note that when laptops were launched they faced the same challenge of slower processors compared to desktops. But once the processing power caught up laptops went on to replace desktops as they were a logical choice. Netbooks powered by the new processor are capable of completing tasks that were not possible earlier.
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