Intel’s Atom processor used to be the mainstay when it came to netbooks (yeah, remember those machines known as netbooks? They had a good, albeit short run, as the tablet more or less wiped them out of a commercially viable existence), but it seems as though the Atom processor has a new lease of life, with the announcement of the Clovertrail+ Atom SoC which is said to deliver better performance compared to its Medfield and Clovertrail predecessors.
The Intel Clovertrail+ SoCs are said to come in a trio of SKUs, where you will find similar parts albeit with different clock speeds. The fastest of the lot would be the Atom Z2580, with the Atom Z2560 and the Atom Z2520 right behind. The new Clovertrail+ will also see the addition of a Saltwell CPU core that maintains Hyper Threading, resulting in you ending up with four threads. It is said that graphically, there lies the biggest improvement, which is said to be more powerful compared to what the Apple A5X offers.
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