Intel Atom Powered Desktops For Under $200?

jammin - March 14, 2008 12:05PM in CPU's, Manufacturers

According to Intel, prices of desktops sporting its Atom processors could sell in the $199 to $250 range. Obviously the Atom chips aren't powerhouses when compared with regular desktop processors, but Intel expects them to be used in fanless systems meant for basic tasks such as Internet surfing or watching plain old DVDs. So you could think of it as a secondary PC for all those mundane day to day tasks (where you are likely spending 90% of your time in a web browser anyway), at least that is the spin Intel are putting on it. It also offers a low cost option for developing countries. Intel calls its Atom desktops "Nettops" and appears to be pushing them to run Linux (a natural choice to keep costs down). Whether they will offer anything to you and me will be seen when they become available later this year.