Netbooks to Get Larger Screens, Discrete Graphics – Report

Netbooks with 10” and 12” Panels Set to Become Mainstream in 2010 – Manufacturers

by Anton Shilov
11/28/2009 | 12:12 PM

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.