As demand for mini-laptops continues to grow, CPU, display, and other hardware vendors are having a tough time keeping up with demand. According to DigiTimes, DRAMeXchange says that there aren’t really enough netbook components including CPUs, LED parts, and networking components to go around — especially with demand for netbooks starting to rise in China, which, last I heard, represented a potentially enormous market.
So what happens next? We could see some computer launches pushed back, or see shortages of some models. And we could also seem some price increases. DigiTimes reports that prices of Intel Atom and VIA C7-M processors could climb 5 to 10%, and DRAM modules could go up as much as 30% in May.