Intel Ramps Up Production to Ease Atom Shortage
Although Intel just officially launched its Atom processor lineup yesterday at Computex, the chip is already in short supply and that has some Taiwanese manufacturers concerned. The low-cost ultra-mobile PC bandwagon is getting crowded these days as more companies scramble to get a seat before being left behind. Asus just announced two new Eee UMPCs along with the Eee box mini-desktop PC, all of which will use the Atom processor. Encouraged by the Eee's phenomenal success, other manufacturers such as MSI (Wind) and Acer (Aspire One) are also launching Atom-based PCs. With Asus forecasting sales of 5 million units this year and Acer predicting sales of up to 7 million units, Intel has promised increased production. The Atom is manufactured on 300mm wafers using a 45nm process. Due to its diminutive size, Intel can squeeze 2,500 processors onto a single wafer. Hardware makers are hoping Intel can solve the supply shortage in time for the back-to-school and year-end holiday sales seasons.