Intel Joining AMD In Eschewing Netbooks?
We all heard it when AMD rejected netbooks 2 weeks ago, but we thought it was because they were leaving it to Intel. But now Intel appears to be separating itself from the form factor too.
What happened to the netbook? Once the poster child and darling of the notebook world, heralding in a new future of portability with its record sales, it now appears to be losing support from chip makers of every variety. Two weeks ago, AMD. Now, Intel.
“If you’ve ever used a Netbook and used a 10″ screen size – it’s fine for an hour. It’s not something you’re going to use day in and day out.”
It’s not quite as clear as AMD’s emphatic “We’re ignoring the Netbook phenomenon,” but that line from Intel exec Stu Pann makes a pretty strong statement too. Netbooks have set all kinds of sales records and producers have been full of tough talk lately, but is this a sign that things might slow down? Only time will tell if netbooks will be as big as some people think.
What do you think about the future of netbooks?