AAPL Stock: 117.81 ( -0.22 )

Printed from

PC makers to wait on Acer before using new Atom chip

updated 05:30 pm EDT, Wed July 8, 2009

PC makers hold off on N450

Some notebook manufacturers are taking a wait-and-see approach in regards to integrating the next-generation Intel Atom N450 CPU into their products, a recent report says. Instead, sources for DigiTimes claim they will look at PC maker Acer and ASUS, both of whom have already committed to launch products with the new chip before themselves releasing such products. The demand for netbook PCs, which feature sub-11-inch displays and clock speeds that are equal to or less than 1.66GHz, has dropped off lately, with lots of leftover inventory of such systems.

The low demand for this type of product has also resulted in some manufacturers leaving the market. Despite several unnamed Chinese netbook makers receiving engineering samples of the Atom N450 CPU to integrate into their products, the report says they will hold off on manufacturing such products until the first quarter of 2010. Acer and ASUS are expected to release N450-powered products sometime in the fourth quarter of 2009.

The Atom N450 has the same clock speed as Intel's current N280 chip, at 1.66GHz. Built on 45nm architecture, the single-core chip is due to ship sometime in October and would eventually replace the 1.6GHz Atom N270. Based on Intel's Pine Trail platform, the chip will support new visual effects and features. It also promises to be both smaller and more power efficient.

by MacNN Staff



  1. bearcatrp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Put the...

    dual core atom processors in them and you will see folks going after these provided the price doesn't increase.

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Ultimate Ears Megaboom Bluetooth Speaker

Ultimate Ears (now owned by Logitech) has found great success in the marketplace with its "Boom" series of Bluetooth speakers, a mod ...

Kinivo URBN Premium Bluetooth Headphones

We love music, and we're willing to bet that you do, too. If you're like us, you probably spend a good portion of your time wearing ...

Jamstik+ MIDI Controller

For a long time the MIDI world has been dominated by keyboard-inspired controllers. Times are changing however, and we are slowly star ...


Most Commented