Desktops and Notebooks: Intel Atom Chip Drives Growth of Netbooks

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2009-09-23 Print this article Print
Intel Atom Chip Drives Growth of Netbooks

Intel Atom Chip Drives Growth of Netbooks

Intel released the low-power Atom processor in March 2008 as a device to bring the Intel architecture into sectors of the industry—such as the growing market for Internet-connected devices—that the chip maker had little presence in. During that time, Intel also has given rise to a new category of small, low-cost, energy-efficient laptops, called netbooks. The systems are low-cost notebooks used for Web surfing and basic tasks. Since that time, netbooks' sales have grown, and IDC in June upped its forecast for global shipments for the year by 20 percent, to 26.4 million, driven in large part by demand in certain areas of the world such as Latin America and the United States and by the telecoms subsidizing the systems. At the Intel Developer Forum, netbook vendors were showing off their offerings. By Jeffrey Burt

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