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Intel gives Atom Z5xx a speed boost

2.0GHz at 2.4 Watts

By Sean Kalinich from Mar 20, 2009 @ 9:54 CDT

The Intel Atom is getting an upgrade. Well more of a speed bump than an upgrade.

Intel is bumping the speed of the Atom up to 2.0GHz at only 2.4 Watts. Intel has been plugging the new Atoms (the Z5xx) for some time now saying they are great as they are, but it looks like they could not resist the urge to get more out of them.

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Intel gives Atom Z5xx a speed boost

They weren't good enough, apparently, as there are two new members now joining the ranks. First is the Z550, featuring a clock speed of 2GHz while still using less than 2.4 watts. Also new is the more frugal Z515, with a dynamic clock speed ranging between 800MHz and 1.33GHz to suit you whether you're playing Solitare or watching Survivor re-runs. These chips too seem destined for mobile phones and MIDs.

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