With the introduction of its Atom chip, Intel has been a significant player in the netbook market. Intel CEO Paul Otellini is optimistic about the future performance of this market. He see revenues and earnings from netbooks increasing from single digits this year to low double digits within the next few years.
According to Otellini, computers are in “a growth industry,” especially with the growth of the technology in emerging markets such as China, India, and Brazil. “We’re on top of a growth engine and we intend to deliver.”
What does Otellini have to say about Apple and the new iPad’s impact on netbook and notebook sales? Otellini believes that tablets and netbooks offer additional means for consumers to stay connected, “I don’t think they will take away market share from other devices.”
Really? We’ll have to see about that — only the future can tell. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on any new developments.
Intel has been rumored to be working on dual-core Atom processors for netbooks, and within the past few days, Intel CEO Paul Otellini confirmed that the company will indeed be bringing this product to market this coming year.
Currently, Intel produces the 1.6GHz Atom 330 microprocessor and rumor on the street is that Intel’s new dual-core processors will join the Atom 500 series of chips. These new chips will have integrated memory controllers and integrated graphics, and potentially support 720p.
According to Otellini, “there will still be significant growth in the netbook business year-over-year.” The dual-core Intel processors will be released in the second quarter, right before the holiday season. Netbooks featuring dual-core chipsets are expected to start selling before the end of the year.