Intel is ready to ship the latest edition of its Atom processor family, this time going after the emerging market for low-cost subnotebooks.
The N270 and N230 are processors Computex in Taiwan. The new chips are basically the same chips as the , but they have been tweaked slightly for use with bigger Internet access devices, said Erik Reid, director of Intel's Mobile Platforms Group, on a conference call.and "nettops," and the company plans to unveil them Tuesday at
While the MID category is still very much a niche, the subnotebook is getting a fresh look in both emerging markets and more developed areas. Consumers have shownin devices like the Eee PC as low-cost Internet access terminals. You're not going to want to edit the family reunion video on one of these things, but you can check sports scores and update your Facebook profile without too much difficulty.
Intel estimates that a netbook using the Atom N270 processor running at 1.6GHz, a 7-inch to 10-inch screen, 512MBs of RAM, and 2GBs to 4GBs of flash storage should cost around $250. The N270 processor for netbooks costs $44 in quantities of 1,000 units, while the N230 processor for nettops (think small desktops) costs $29.
Intel plans to make several announcements at Computex, includingthat were covered by my colleague Rich Brown from CNET Reviews.