Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th May 2009 22:02 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems It seems like we're getting even more signs that netbooks haven't been doing very well lately. Research figures by IDC on the processor market seem to paint a not-so-rosy picture of sales of Intel's Atom processor, and then figures coming in from DisplaySearch seem to paint a different picture. What's going on here?
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by wanker90210 on Wed 13th May 2009 23:55 UTC
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2007-10-26

Speaking for my own part, the Atom CPU is not super fast (the memory crippling windows license apart). Intel's announcement that newer much better Atom2 chips will hit the market real soon now has at least put of me from buying a netbook right now.

Wasn't it btw a vintage laptop brand that died for announcing the next version of their laptop prematurely, thus killing their sales and then going bankrupt?

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RE: atom 2
by Accident on Thu 14th May 2009 01:06 in reply to "atom 2"
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2005-07-29

Yep......I remember! It was Osborne.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osborne_1#Market_life

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RE[2]: atom 2
by chemical_scum on Thu 14th May 2009 03:36 in reply to "RE: atom 2"
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2005-11-02

Yep......I remember! It was Osborne.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osborne_1#Market_life


No - If you read your link you would see that the failed successor "luggable" computer was the Osborne Vixen.

There was an Acorn Atom computer:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acorn_Atom

Its successor was to be called the Proton and it morphed into the BBC computer which was very successful in the UK educational market in the eighties. The surviving successful spinoff of Acorn is ARM which is of course licensed its technology to Freescale who are now producing a competitor to the Intel Atom in the netbook market.

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RE: atom 2
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 14th May 2009 03:07 in reply to "atom 2"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Well, Intel also has to hold off the potential defection to ARM as well. They'll have to just make do with the sales of all of their other processors.

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RE: atom 2
by Lennie on Thu 14th May 2009 23:25 in reply to "atom 2"
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2007-09-22

In my case it's ARM, that would actually be worse for Intel.

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