War of the 'netbooks' heats up
Intel believes that “netbook” is the proper term to be used instead of the incumbent, “ultra mobile PC”. “Nettop” is Intel's designation for cheap, low-powered desktops built for basic tasks such as Web browsing.
Intel announced a new range of “Atom” processors on 3 June during the Computex show in Taipei, Taiwan. Both the Atom N270 and the 230 feature 45nm cores with Atom microarchitechture, 512KB L2 caches and a front-side bus speed of 533MHz. They also feature SSE, SSE2 and SSE3 streaming SIMD extensions, for optimised performance in multimedia applications. Most importantly, the Atom 230 also features Hyper-Threading, which should mean smooth performance when multitasking.
The Asus Eee PC 901, 1000 and 1000H were announced during the Computex show; all feature Atom processors. The popular Eee PC series is credited with starting the ultraportable trend, but it is facing stiff competition from a number of contenders such as the HP 2133 Mini-Note PC.
The Atom-equipped Acer Aspire One is also causing a stir and will feature an 8.9in screen with a native resolution of 1024x600 at a price point similar to that of the Eee PC. Linpus Linux Lite and Windows XP are being offered as operating systems.
The Atom will be fighting a head-to-head battle against a number of competitors, the Via “Nano” being top of the list. Via is hoping its formidable processor will dent Atom’s strong opening position.
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