Atom-ic Notebooks Coming to a Store Near You
A flurry of notebooks based on Intel's Atom low-power processor are destined for retail shelves by the end of the second quarter according to the chief of Intel's Asia-Pacific business unit. The newly re-badged Atom is based on Intel's Silverthorne architecture and is designed to be used low-power, low cost devices Intel has chosen to refer to as 'netbooks'. According to Intel, you should these units coming in at around the $250 - $300US range, with some beefier units approaching $350. The new notebooks are going to compete directly against Asus Eee PC and will offer performance on par with the original Intel Pentium M mobile processors, plenty of power to access e-mail and browse the web. Other features will include screens ranging in size from 7" to 10", with some units offering tablet-like capabilities. Others will come equipped with solid state drives. The notebooks based on the Atom processor will ship with either Windows XP or some flavor of Linux.