The Intel Atom N270 CPU has become pretty popular since it launched in mid-2008. Nearly every major computer manufacturer has put out a netbook powered by this 1.6GHz chip in the last half year or so. And it looks like an increase in the number of white-box computer makers in China placing orders could lead to a shortage of Atom N270 chips.
According to DigiTimes, Intel is looking at raising the price of the Atom N270 processor to help stave off a shortage (or to make a few extra bucks of the high demand for the processor). By pricing the CPU at the same level as the newer Intel Atom N280 processor, Intel could possibly get some customers to choose the N280 instead, which would help the company keep up with demand for both chips.
Intel is also reportedly pushing back the launch of its new Z550 and Z515 processors until mid-April. The Z550 will be the first low power Atom processor with a clock speed of up to 2GHz.