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Intel’s smallest chip, the Atom, sits inside many netbooks. So when the chip giant reported first-quarter earnings Tuesday afternoon, it also offered some insight into the health of the netbook market. Intel executives said on a call with analysts that demand for netbooks was strong in […]

atom_621Intel’s smallest chip, the Atom, sits inside many netbooks. So when the chip giant reported first-quarter earnings Tuesday afternoon, it also offered some insight into the health of the netbook market. Intel executives said on a call with analysts that demand for netbooks was strong in the first three months of this year — but only strong enough to help reduce an inventory overhang that had built up in late 2008. Still, the company expects sales of netbooks to double in 2009, with Intel CEO Paul Otellini saying, “This is still one of the hot categories out there and one of the great technology stories.” As for ultra-thin, ultra-light notebooks higher up in the market, he said prices could decline this year to the point that they’re not longer just “executive jewelry.”

  1. Make way for Intel’s Atom to take over the world.

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  2. .” As for ultra-thin, ultra-light notebooks higher up in the market, he said prices could decline this year to the point that they’re not longer just “executive jewelry.” <– I’ll look forward to this.

    Anyway with the mobile internet becoming increasingly popular, smaller, lighter notebooks will naturally be so too.

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  3. Netbooks I think will pass typical notebooks in the next year or two, as the economy continues to struggle (and struggle it will for awhile).

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  4. [...] auf die Entwicklung im Netbookmarkt bezieht sich die positive Aussage von Intel, die sie bei der Vorstellung der eigentlich eher nicht so guten Quartalszahlen getätigt haben. Laut Aussage einiger Manager sei [...]

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  5. [...] another tidbit from Intel’s quarterly earnings results yesterday. GigaOm reports that Intel CEO Paul Otellini said that he expects netbook sales to double in [...]

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  6. I call this the Atom bomb

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  7. As a company that works closely with all the wireless industry players, we’re also seeing netbooks surge in popularity with the growing demand for mobile broadband. Consumers are looking to access information anytime, anywhere. With a screen and keyboard larger than a mobile phone’s, the netbook makes it easy to access the Internet and stay productive without the bulk of a laptop. We expect netbooks sales will be a bright spot for the wireless industry, much like mobile phones have led the way over the past decade.

    Marcelo Claure
    Brightstar

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  8. [...] I just forgot the appeal of cheap gadgets, because this weekend I was treated to a taste of how popular netbooks seem to be. On Sunday afternoon, I saw an ad for an HP netbook in the Toys “R” Us weekly circular, [...]

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  9. [...] become more mobile, executives said at a company event today in London. Intel expects to sell twice as many netbooks in 2009 as it did last year. That means Intel is continuing to pay close attention to the flip side of the mobility coin [...]

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  10. [...] to handset news, netbooks continued to make waves. Sales of these new scaled-down notebooks are in the tens of millions and are taking a big bite out of notebook sales.  With such strong sales, there is a great deal of [...]

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