That didn't take long: Atom chips going dual-core

atom DigiTimes is reporting that “Intel is planning to start the mass production of dual-core versions of its Atom processors in the second week of July, according to sources at PC makers.”

The current Atom platform will be able to support the new chips via a simple BIOS upgrade, too, which is good news for manufacturers.

Bad news for manufacturers, though, is that few people are going to buy single core Atom-equipped devices with the dual-core ones right around the corner;

PC makers are concerned the short gap between the launch of single-core and dual-core models could dampen the introduction of single-core Atoms and well as impact sales of traditional entry-level PC CPU platforms meaning PC makers will need to rethink their product lineups for the later half of the year.

Might as well just wait for the quad-core Atoms to come out in August, huh?