Intel® Atom™ Processor
Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find information such as processor speed, processor number, cache size, chipset compatibility, pricing, and product order codes?
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For more information about Intel® Atom™ Processors please refer to the following:

What are Nettops?
Nettops are a simplified version of your everyday desktop, designed to be affordable, energy efficient and have a small form factor. The low cost platform solution built around the Intel® Desktop Board D945GCLF with the Intel® Atom™ Processor 200 series is a simplified PC at sub-entry system price points. This category of devices is aimed at content consumption rather than content creation such as, browsing Web pages, watching online video streaming videos, etc. For more information, please refer to the Nettop Platform for 2008 System Design White Paper.

What are mobile internet devices (MIDs)?
Mobile internet devices represent a new category of small, truly mobile devices that give you an amazing Internet experience allowing 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. This 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
  • Email
  • Instant messaging
  • Online photos
  • Streaming videos or music

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

View the entry level desktop PC Web page to learn more.

What are home servers?
Home servers do so much more than traditional external hard drives. Powered by Intel® technology, these clever systems blend the pieces of 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 NAS (network attached storage) system designs.

Can I replace my aging laptop with a netbook?
No. A netbook doesn't have the processing power and functionality you'd need to run many of the applications your current laptop supports, even if it's a few years old. The good news is that today's laptops offer more bang for the buck than ever before. Make sure it’s powered by the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processor family, and your new laptop won’t just be faster, it will be smarter too.

Is there any way of knowing for sure if I'm looking at a netbook?
Yes. 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, too, with many full-featured laptops now available in 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 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.

Use the Tizen website to view latest offerings.

What 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, follow the link to the 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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Intel fast Ethernet 82552V
Intel® WiFi Link 1000

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

Where can I find information about Intel® Atom™ Processors?
Where do I find information about an Intel Atom Processor that is not mentioned on Intel’s support website?

If you cannot find information on the Intel Atom Processor installed in your netbook or nettop system, or your mobile internet device (MID), please contact the system manufacturer or check the system manufacturer's website. Many times, information specific to processor installed in your system is made available only through the netbook, nettop, or MID manufacturer.

To review the information provided by Intel on Intel® Atom™ Processor-based systems, please refer to the following Web page: Notebook Products.

Related products:

Netbook chipsets
Mobile Intel® 945GSE Express Chipset

Nettop chipset
Intel® 945GC Express Chipset

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

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Intel® Atom™ Processor

Solution ID: CS-030201
Last Modified: 13-Oct-2015
Date Created: 16-Feb-2009
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