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Frequently Asked Questions for Intel® Atom™ Processors


Last Reviewed: 17-Feb-2017
Article ID: 000006733

Where can I find processor speed, processor number, cache size, chipset compatibility, pricing, and product order code information?
Find Intel® Processor information by searching the processor products database. If you cannot find the Intel Processor you are looking for, send us your feedback.

For more information about Intel® Atom™ Processors, see the following:

What are Nettops?
Nettops are a simplified version of your everyday desktop, designed with a small form factor to be affordable and energy efficient. The low-cost platform solution built around the Intel® Desktop Board D945GCLF with the Intel® Atom™ Processor 200 series is a simplified PC at subentry system price points. This category of devices is aimed at content consumption rather than content creation—browsing websites, watching online video, and streaming videos.

For more information, see the Nettop Platform for 2008 System Design White Paper.

What are mobile internet devices (MIDs)?
Mobile internet devices represent a new category of small, mobile devices that allow you to communicate with others, enjoy your favorite entertainment, and access information on the go. Consumer electronics and PC companies are using Intel® Atom™ Processor technology to deliver exciting new products for consumers and business users. The latest generation of small, powerful, highly portable Internet connected devices combines many great capabilities with the convenience of a pocket sized solution for your life on the go.

What are entry-level desktop PCs?
An entry-level desktop PC is a versatile, space saving and practical desktop device for basic computing and Internet access in more rooms of the house:

  • Internet browsing where you need it in the home
  • E-mail
  • Instant messaging
  • Online photos
  • Streaming videos or music

As a compact, lightweight Internet companion device to your PC, an entry-level desktop PC is typically powered by an Intel Atom Processor.

See the Intel® Atom™ Processors page to learn more.

What are home servers?
Home servers do more than traditional external hard drives. Powered by Intel® technology, home server systems blend your digital life into a seamless experience the whole family can enjoy.

What is the Intel® Atom™ Processor-based storage platform?
The Intel® Atom™ Processor D400/D500 series-based storage platform delivers energy-efficient performance for innovative home server and network attached storage (NAS) system designs.

Can I replace my aging laptop with a netbook?
A netbook doesn't have the processing power and functionality needed to run many of the applications your current laptop supports, even if it's a few years old. A laptop powered by the 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ Processor family is a good option.

How do I know if I'm looking at a netbook?
If the computer in question is powered by an Intel® Atom™ Processor, it is a netbook. Laptops, on the other hand, may use one of a variety of Intel® Processors. Appearances can be misleading, since many full-featured laptops have ultra-thin and light designs.

Which operating systems are supported?
The Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 driver for the Intel® Atom™ Processor technology supports the following operating systems:

  • Windows*
  • Windows 7 Home Basic* (32-bit and 64-bit versions)
  • Windows 7 Starter Edition*
  • Windows Vista* (32-bit and 64-bit versions)
  • Windows XP* (32-bit and 64-bit versions)

Linux* and Tizen*
Do not use the Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 drivers from Intel home.

Tizen:
Use the Tizen website to view latest offerings.

Which chipsets may be used with the Intel® Atom™ Processor(s) D410 and D510?
The Intel® Atom™ Processor D410 or the Intel® Atom™ Processor D510 may be paired with the Intel® NM10 Express Chipset in an entry-level desktop.

If you are searching for integrated graphics information related to this Intel® Atom™ Processor, see Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3150.

Drivers for the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 are located in Download Center under Graphics » Laptop Graphics Controllers » Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 (Intel® GMA 3150). You may also run the Intel® Driver Update Utility.

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How can I encourage my kids' interests in computers without unleashing them on my work PC?
Computers offer great opportunities for kids to learn and play. Consider the value and ease-of-use of a netbook, which lets kids explore the Internet without interfering with your work.

Where can I find information about Intel® Atom™ Processors?
If you cannot find information on the Intel Atom Processor installed in your netbook or nettop system, or your mobile internet device (MID), contact the system manufacturer or check the system manufacturer's website. Information specific to processor installed in your system is often only available through the netbook, nettop, or MID manufacturer.

To review information provided by Intel on Intel® Atom™ Processor-based systems, refer to Notebook Products.

Related products:

Netbook chipsets
Mobile Intel® 945GSE Express Chipset

Nettop chipset
Intel® 945GC Express Chipset

Processors
Intel® Atom™ Processor for netbooks and nettops
Intel® Atom™ Processor for mobile internet devices
Intel® Atom™ Processors for embedded computing

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