Intel has started shipping its dual-core Atom 300 processor, which is designed for desktop computers and has two 1.6GHz processor cores and 1MB of Level 2 cache. The chip also supports 667MHz DDR2 memory. The single-core 1.6GHz Atom 230 chip supports slightly slower 533MHz DDR 2 memory.

Detailed technical specifications of the Atom 330 were not available at the time of writing, but the use of faster memory appears designed to reduce bottlenecks that occur when multiple processor cores compete for access to data that is stored in main memory.

Pricing for the new chip was announced with the release of Intel's latest price list, which quotes a price ($43) based on 1,000-unit quantities, a standard measure of chip pricing.

Intel hasn't announced plans for a dual-core Atom processor designed for laptops.