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Netbooks on new Intel platform to come in early 2012

Netbooks on new Intel platform to come in early 2012

Taipei, Dec. 29 (CNA) U.S. chip-maker Intel Corp. launched its new low-power mobile platform Thursday that will be used on netbook computers by some hardware manufacturers next year, including Acer Inc. and Asustek Computer Inc. of Taiwan. The third-generation Atom processor-based platform, codenamed "Cedar Trail," features up to 10 hours of battery life while reducing power consumption by 20 percent compared with the previous generation, Intel said in a statement. Low-power devices such as netbooks and healthcare IT products running on the new platform will be available early next year from Acer, Asustek, Hewlett-Packard Co., Lenovo Group Ltd, Samsung Electronics Co. and Toshiba Corp., according to the statement. The launch shows Intel's commitment to the cooling-off netbook market, which has seen sales slow down due to cannibalization by tablet computers. Netbook sales currently account for 20 percent of the total mobile PC market, but the share will drop down to 10 percent over the next two to three years as vendors release new tablets with lower prices, said market research firm International Data Corp. (IDC). IDC forecasts that netbook shipments will decrease by 9 percent to 32.4 million units in 2011 from 35.6 million units last year. On Nov. 25, it was reported that Samsung would discontinue its 10.1-inch netbook product range in the first quarter of 2012 following the introduction of its new strategy for the coming year. It will see the company switching focus to ultra-portable products sized 11.6 inches and 12 inches, as well as Intel Corp.'s Ultrabook laptops. In response to the report, Acer said it will hold on to the netbook business based on demand in emerging markets such as Indonesia and India, where netbooks have become important devices for students to gain information. (By Jeffrey Wu)


Updated : 2021-08-06 02:31 GMT+08:00