Intel Atom Pine Trail chip

Industry analysts are making a good living these days claiming that netbooks are dead and that tablets are holding the knife. But Intel’s not ready to hold a funeral just yet. In fact, the company just announced that 100 million Atom chips have been shipped since mid-2008, and most of them have found their way into netbooks and low power laptop computers.

Intel is also expanding its Atom lineup to include chips for tablets, phones, and other mobile devices. But for a company which built a name for itself by promising faster, more powerful chips year after year, it’s pretty impressive to see the huge growth in the company’s low end chips.

via Computer Active and Engadget

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One reply on “Intel: 100 million Atom processors shipped”

  1. I actually do think that the bottom end of the netbook market might ultimately loose out to tablets.  9″ screens and small keyboards limit how well they can be used.  But there will always be demand for low cost, relatively low powered notebooks.  Tablets are essentially optimized for media consumption.  If I want to read, watch a movie, or even play a game, a tablet might be my best choice.  But if I want to write a long document, work on a spreadsheet, etc… well then the laptop has definite advantages. 

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