The new Intel Atom N280 isn’t the only new netbook processor in town. While Intel is just starting to ship it’s latest low power chip, competitor VIA is reportedly shipping a whole bunch of Nano processors for Samsung’s new NC20 notebook.
The Samsung NC20 is a 12.1 inch notebook that will be a bit more powerful, but which will also draw more energy than the company’s popular NC10 netbook. And according to DigiTimes, VIA could ship as many as 200,000 Nano U225 processors for the NC20 during Q1, 2009. That might not be a mind-blowing number for Intel, but for a smaller company like VIA, it’s a pretty good number. VIA is also working with a number of Chinese companies to put the Nano processor in netbooks and larger laptops that may or may not ever find their way to the west.
The NC20 isn’t availble in the US yet, but it is available for preorder in the UK from dabs.
As an interesting side note, DigiTimes says that Dell “has decided to suspend shipments” of its 12 inch model, the Inspiron Mini 12. This is the first I’d heard of Dell discontinuing that model. You can still order an Inspiron Mini 12 from Dell’s web site, but if DigiTimes is right, they might not be around much longer.