Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Jan 2009 22:25 UTC
Intel We already reported on the fact that updated Intel Atom chips are expected to arrive somewhere in the second half of 2009. With the Atom being Intel's only platform that's actually profitable, it makes sense for the chip maker to focus a lot of effort into improving the platform. Information provided by the usually-reliable DigiTimes points to some serious improvements making their way to Intel's Atom chip. The new chip is codenamed Pineview.
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Atom and Freescale
by TheIdiotThatIsMe on Wed 21st Jan 2009 00:39 UTC
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The Atom chip seems to be pretty impressive, but unfortunately Atom netbooks for me are still too expensive. For the use of most netbooks (email, internet, basic media) can still be well accomplished by older small laptops, which be bought used cheaper than a new atom notebook for meeting roughly the same needs. It seems the Atom will always be for higher end notebooks.

I love the Atom, but I am currently waiting to see how Freescale's efforts pan out. If they can crank out a roughly $200 ARM/Linux based netbook, I will go with that for the main reason I would use a netbook (portable writing).

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