Intel is preparing to ship the first of its Atom processors, which
the chip maker believes will create an entire new category of low-cost
PCs that it calls "Netbooks" and "Nettops."
Intel announced the availability of two Atom processors—the Atom
N270 processor and the Atom 230 chip—at the 2008 Computex conference in
Taiwan. The company also detailed a pair of new chip sets—the 945GSE
for Netbooks and the 945GC for Nettops—that feature integrated graphics
and support for numerous I/O ports.
These Atom processors, formally known as Diamondville, will give
Intel a base to create a new line of low-cost notebooks and desktops
that are designed for emerging market countries and the education
market. Some analysts also believe that smaller businesses might
use these PCs as low-cost alternatives for workers that travel a lot
and need a compact, light-weight notebook that can access the Internet
and basic applications, such as e-mail.