Intel has announced that the latest generation of its netbook friendly CPU, the Atom N550, which is a dual core system, is about to hit the shops inside a number of netbooks.

The N550 has DDR3 memory support but you should still reap the benefits of extended battery life as with the single-core Intel Atom processors like the N450.

Intel states that Acer, ASUS, Fujitsu, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, MSI, and Toshiba are all on board with the new chip and that the system will "enable new levels of support for applications like games, as well as Adobe Flash technology".

"We are pleased to select dual-core Intel Atom processors for Acer netbooks, helping to empower netbook users achieve even more - both at work and at leisure", said David Lee, associate vice president of Acer's mobile computing business unit.

"In their short history, the netbook category has experienced impressive growth", said Erik Reid, director of marketing for mobile platforms at Intel.

"Having shipped about 70 million Intel Atom chips for netbooks since our launch of the category in 2008, there is obviously a great market for these devices around the world".

The new netbooks are expected to hit stores in the US immediately.

Keep checking Pocket-lint's vast reviews section, where we'll no doubt be giving a number of N550 netbooks a thorough going-over.