Intel Atom chip spawns Toshiba, Gateway Netbooks

Add Toshiba and Gateway to the leaked list of Netbook makers using Intel's new Atom processor.

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Toshiba and Gateway are early participants in the growing cavalcade of Netbook makers expected to stretch across the exhibition floor at the Consumer Electronics Show.

New Toshiba Netbook packing Intel 'Pine Trail' silicon.
New Toshiba Netbook packing Intel 'Pine Trail' silicon. Future Shop

These Toshiba and Gateway listings at a Canadian reseller follow Hewlett-Packard's leak of its iMini 210 Netbook specifications. All three models from HP, Toshiba, and Gateway are based on Intel's new N450 silicon, aka "Pine Trail."

The Toshiba and Gateway models both appeared on the Canadian reseller Web site Future Shop and both have similar configurations: the 1.66GHz Atom processor, 160GB (Gateway) or 250GB (Toshiba) hard disk drives, a 10.1-inch screen, 1GB of memory, and an Intel "GMA 3150 Express" graphics chip.

And both systems come with the Windows 7 Starter edition operating system.

Pricing is where the two Netbooks part ways, however. The Gateway Netbook is listed at $299 Canadian, or about $285 U.S. Toshiba's Netbook is listed at $459 Canadian, or $438 U.S.

New Netbooks aren't the only laptops expected to make a splash at CES, which starts Thursday. Full-fledged laptops have leaked already from HP, Toshiba, and Gateway that use Intel's new Core i3 mobile processor.