March 23, 2009 at 1:22 pm
Intel is considering increasing the price of its 1.6GHz N270 Atom CPU due to
component shortages according to Digitimes. The component shortages have been caused by a number of China makers entering the white-box netbook market. The N270 Atom CPU is one of the most popular CPUs being used in netbooks today mainly due its keen pricing.
To avoid a shortage of the popular CPU it is evaluating the possibility of increasing the price to that of the 1.66GHz N280 CPU. Intel’s N280 Atom CPU has a tray price of $65, although includes the GN40 chipset. The 1.6GHz Intel N270 CPU sells for $44 with the older 945GSE chipset.
In related news, Intel’s flagship 2.0GHz Z550 Atom CPU has been delayed to mid-April according to sources at several MID (mobile internet device) manufacturers. Intel’s 1.2GHz Z515 Atom CPU has also been delayed to the same time frame.
The 2.0GHz Atom Z550 is expected to replace the 1.86GHz Atom Z540 CPU. It will offer greater speed with the same power efficiency and is likely to cost the same as the Z540. Average power consumption and maximum TDP remain at 0.22W and 2.4W. It will also offer 512KB L2 cache and 533MHz FSB. The Atom Z550 will support Intel’s US15W chipset only.
The Atom Z515 features Intel new Burst Performance Technology (BPT), which automatically adjusts core frequency based on performance needs. It has the same power consumption as the Z550 and the choice of either the US15W chipset or low-power UL11L chipsets.