Using the Intel Atom N270 which will also launch in June, the netbook platform will include flash storage, a screen less than 10″, the Intel 945GSE chipset (GMA950 graphics,) will support Linux or Windows XP Home (Vista is not mentioned) and will target a $250 system price point. [build price]
This information is taken from a presentation to be given at IDF over the next 2 days and it reveals a number of other things too. Firstly, that there are two model number ranges for Atom processors. The N270 is a 22mm2 processor that will be used for the Diamondville platform and will end up in Intel-based netbooks.
The Z500 and Z540 (or a range of processors, probably defining the varying clockrates that we expect to go from 800Mhz-1.8Ghz.) will be the Silverthorne CPU’s that will go into MIDs and UMPCs. Yes, UMPCs are still talked about at Intel as the slide segment on the right reveals. As I outlined in a previous article, UMPCs are a sub-segment of MIDs and will use high-end Silverthorne processors, be capable of running VIsta and be targeted at work on the go.
Intel expects the netbook market to grow to 50m by 2011 based on two opportunities. Firstly, the sale of the first PC to homes in developing countries. Secondly, the sale of the second PC to homes in developed countries. More details about the Netbook plaform can be found in the presentation BPCS002 on this IDF content page.