Intel have revealed some of their future plans for the netbook and notebook market.
Firstly it seems that Intel is thinking about phasing out their new Atom N series CPU the N280, and GN40 chipset combination.leaving the Atom N270 processor with the 945GSE chipset as the current king of netbooks. This is probably due to low market demand, with most netbook manufactures still going with the cheaper N270 CPU. Also, it might be due to knowing the more powerful GN40 chipset can’t compete with the Ion platform.
The Atom N270’s reign will last until September this year, and then will be phased out by the next-generation Atom, the Intel Pineview CPU and Tiger Point chipset. It will target the 10-inch netbook market with prices ranging from $399 to $599.
Intel have also created a 8.9-inch standard netbook for “white-box” vendors, for their own branding. The $256 netbook will feature the Intel Atom N270 processor, with 512MB RAM, and 8/16 GB SSD storage.