Intel may not have decided whether netbooks are for grownups or not. But there’s one thing that’s clear. As long as netbooks are selling like hotcakes, Intel wants to make sure computer makers are buying its netbook parts. DigiTimes reports that Intel’s latest move is to offer white-box computer makers in China access to a handful of kits they can use to build netbooks round the Intel Atom platform.
For the equivalent of about $256, vendors can get a kit with an Intel Atom N270 CPU, 945GSE chipset, 8.9 inch display, 512MB of memory, 8GB or 16GB SSD and Linux operating system. For a bit more money vendors will be able to get a larger 10.2 inch display and other additional features.
We’ll probably never see any of the computers based on these specific kits in the US, since these are specifically for the Chinese market. But that’s not to say that Intel couldn’t offer similar kits to western manufacturers in the future.