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Even though Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp. pretend that they do not want to see netbooks with screens larger than 10”, which means that the majority of such devices should utilize 8” or 9” screens, makers of actual computers say that 10” and even 12” screens will become mainstream in 2010.

The increase of screens to 12” will drive average selling prices of netbooks – that are based on Intel Atom processors – to around $526 - $588 and may approach the cost of ultra-thin notebooks powered by more powerful AMD Turion or Intel Pentium processors. The cost will be increased not only because larger screens, but also because of discrete graphics chip option.

Apparently, the next-generation netbooks powered by Intel Pine Trail platform as well as Intel Atom “Pineview” processors will also support discrete graphics adapters, which naturally adds to the bill of materials cost. According to DigiTimes web-site, Nvidia Ion 2 platform also sports discrete graphics.

A number of netbooks available today already feature 12” screens as well as Nvidia Ion (GeForce 9400M) platform with improved graphics cores. Moreover, Asus Eee PC 1201N system even features dual-core Atom – something not intended for netbooks – in addition to Nvidia graphics technology.

Intel, Nvidia and other parties involved did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Intel, Nvidia, Geforce, Nforce

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I was fairly sure dual-core Atoms were actually intended for netbooks, it was just that most manufacturers were to cheap to use them.
The fact is that most netbooks cost them less to build then cheap laptops, but they love the margins... why not make a lot of money with the new 'in' thing?
Too bad greed is getting the better of most companies- netbooks were supposed to be the cheap alternative to notebooks. Not so much anymore...
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Dual-core Atoms should be in all netbooks. I just purchased Acer Aspire One (8GB SSD) and was disappointed with the performance of single-core atom as well as of SSD. The SSD is really bad. I am unable to browse smoothly due to SSD and Atom. Netbooks should be purchased very carefully. Economical netbooks are just a waste of money due to very low performance, even for browsing with IE, Chrome, Opera, or Firefox.
0 0 [Posted by: boyfriend  | Date: 11/29/09 01:29:59 AM]
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SSD in netbooks really aren't SSD drives. AFAIK they are merely "drives" that use the same flash memory as your typical USB or SD flash card. They are merely for low power usage and by no means capable of any sort of performance.
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