We reported earlier that Intel has made some announcements about their new chip line. Most of the Internet is salivating over the new quad-core laptops making it our way from Apple, MSI, and everyone else who buys from Intel. But that Intel report also holds some news that's should be very exciting for the netbook community.
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First of all, the Atom N280 and GN40 chipset set-up looks like it's going to be phased out sometime in the near future. Intel wants the N270 and 945 GSE chipsets to be their flagship products until September of this year. What happens in September? Nothing less than the death of the lauded Atom N270.
"The Atom N270 and 945GSE chipset combination will start to be phase out of the market in September and will be replaced by the next-generation Atom CPU (Pineview) and (Tiger Point) chipset. The new platform will target the 10-inch netbook segment with prices ranging between US$399-599."
We've heard rumors about the Pineview before. Most have hinted at a 'fall' release date, and it looks like we now know when in fall to expect the new line of Atoms. September is when they plan to start "phasing out" the 270, and that's probably when we're going to see Pineview chips hit the market.
I'm a little curious about why Intel is focusing their efforts on 10" netbooks and not any of the smaller offerings. Could it be because they think that the market is going to move away from the 8.9" screens? Or is it just a more profitable netbook segment to target? Either way, we'll know in September. Better start saving your pennies now.