Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th Nov 2008 12:42 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Netbooks are still all the rage these days, but according to Intel, this is going to change soon. The company has stated that they first thought that netbooks, who are almost exclusively powered by Intel chips, would be for emerging markets, but as it turns out, they are especially popular in Europe and North America. Intel claims that while these devices are "fine for an hour", they are not something for day to day use. And AMD? They are ignoring the market altogether.
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cheaper but more
by fejack on Mon 1st Dec 2008 17:59 UTC
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In terms of specifications, full-feature low-end computers can hardly threaten high-end ones. But the trick is that before netbooks were invented, customers who didn't require a supercomputer had no choice but to purchase a laptop. Now that they finally get the very product that meets their needs, chip makers are worried that the resulting decline in laptop sales and the low margin on netbooks will drastically reduce their profits. That calculation does not take in account that consumers might be enclined to purchase more netbooks per household than they would have done with laptops. In a family of four, one $200 netbook per person could be a much more flexible alternative than a single $800 laptop everyone has to line up for.

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