May 12, 2009 at 1:07 pm
Intel has recently revealed its processor plans for notebooks, netbooks and CULV ultra-thin notebooks to its partners. From the netbook point of view, the interesting news is that Intel is considering phasing out the Atom N280 CPU and GN40 chipset combination due to low demand. Vendors don’t seem to be thrilled by the GN40 chipset, as it doesn’t offer much of an improvement over the old 945GSE chipset. Intel expects that the Atom N270 CPU and 945GSE chipset combo will be the main components found in netbooks until September this year.
After September, Intel expects to replace the current chips with the next-gen Atom processor (Pineview) and chipset (Tiger Point). This new platform will be targeted to 10-inch netbooks that cost between $399 to $599.
Meanwhile, Intel has designed a cheap 8.9-inch Moblin v2 based netbook for white-box vendors. The new basic netbook will be based on the 1.6GHz N270 Atom CPU and 945GSE chipset. It will include 512MB of RAM and (SSD) storage ranging from 8GB to 16GB. These models should sell for about $250, and Intel will apparently strictly monitor volumes.