Netbooks Cause Worry in PC Industry?

MSI Wind PC The New York Times has a two-page article by Matt Richtel covering the rise of netbooks and other smaller PCs and notebooks, and the dramatic impact they are starting to have on the PC industry.

In an article entitled “Smaller PCs Cause Worry for Industry”, he writes that they are a cause for concern among some of the larger manufacturers and retailers because of the smaller profit margins and the dominance by smaller manufacturers.

They mention that Dell, Acer, and HP, among some of the largest overall producers have plans or are in the process of carrying them out:

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Intel Atom Shortage, VIA Sales, Nano Shipments

Intel Atom Couple of quick articles on Intel and VIA CPUs for the netbook market.

First off, DigiTimes mentions the impact the Intel Atom shortage is having on the netbook industry. They mention that because of the shortage, that LCD panel makers who handle the manufacturer of the 7″ to 10″ LCD panels for these devices are concerned about shipments of these devices (i.e. people waiting for specifically for an Intel Atom device). It’s not helped by the fact that there is a battery shortage (which might ease up this month – note the word “might“). The Intel Atom shortage on the other hand could last through the fall (into September).

DigiTimes mentions that for 8.9-inch displays, AU Optronics (AUO) and Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) are the primary suppliers. When it comes to the 10.2-inch displays, Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) and HannStar Display ship the majority of those. Kind of interesting little bit of information. Another company, Innolux Display, is ready to start producing panels for the low-cost / sub-notebook market.

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Tips to Improve Your Mini (Sub) Notebook

LAPTOP Magazine has put together a guide for solutions on common problems that many people run into when it comes to the top three Sub / Mini / Netbooks in North America, the 7-inch Asus Eee PC, the 8.9-inch HP Mini-Note, and the 7-inch Everex … Read more

Everex CloudBook and Windows XP

Could it be that the 7-inch Everex CloudBook is finally getting Microsoft Windows XP? It is if you are buying it in Taiwan and you are specifically buying the Everex gBook SC1200T. The 1.2GHz VIA C7-powered ultraportable device was spotted with a box listing the … Read more