The Intel Atom CPU is a low power processor that’s excellent for netbooks since it helps prolong battery life while providing decent performance. But while power saving capabilities are nice in a desktop, they’re often not as crucial for a computer that spends all day plugged into a wall. With that in mind, it looks like Asus plans to swap out the Intel Atom CPU used in its current generation Eee Box small form factor “nettop” computers and instead use an Intel Celeron 220 CPU.
The Celeron chip is cheaper, and will allow Asus to reduce the price of the Eee Box. DigiTimes reports that Asus will offer a new Celeron powered Eee Box with a 120GB hard drive for about $240, which is around $50 to $60 cheaper than the current generation sells for.
via Eee PC.net