When Asus brought out the Eee PC in 2007, it had a promise of providing a stripped down laptop with a low cost. That original vision has all but disappeared in many modern netbooks, as the phrase has become ubiquitous with a portable PC with somewhere between 9-12 inches of screen space. It is not surprising to see $500 netbooks now, competing against budget-friendly 15″ notebooks.
Fortunately for businesses in the developing world, IBM, Canonical, and Simmtronics are working to reverse this trend. The new Simmbook provides a very spartan last-generation netbook configuration. You know the drill: Intel Atom N270 1.6 GHz, 10″ LCD with 1024×600 resolution, the essentials. More notably, they will run Ubuntu, presumably to save cost and are being paired up with IBMs productivity suite Lotus, pre-installed. They are designed to work with IBM’s cloud solutions and are obviously very work-centric. The most important point, of course, is the price: starting at $190. That is old-school Eee PC cheap.
These are business machines and probably will not be used by many home consumers. Still, it would be nice to see this trend continue back into the general netbook market and keep the netbook from becoming a novelty “toy” computer for those who can afford it.
Via Engadget, image via Simmtronics
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SIMMTRONICS SEMICONDUCTORS Ltd., a manufacturer of memory modules, motherboards, and graphics cards, has decided to launch its very own netbook. The netbook will be based on the Intel Atom mobile CPU, and will be ready for release in the Indian market this year.
- It comes with Intel Atom processor N270 at 1.6 GHz core speed with 533 MHz AGTL+ front-side bus (FSB) and 2.5 watts thermal design power2 (TDP).
- Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology reduces average system power consumption. The enhanced low-power sleep states (C1E, C2E, C4E) are optimised for power by forcibly reducing the performance state of the processor when it enters a package low-power state. Designed specifically for mobile devices, it uses a brand new design structure, the dynamic L2 cache sizing -that reduces electrical leakage in transistors-to conserve energy, giving you more time away from the wall outlet.
Commenting on the Netbook plans in India, Vinit Shangle, national sales manager, Simmtronics Semiconductors, said, “We have kept our distribution and marketing plans discreet owing to the ongoing economic recession and increasing numbers of delayed payments and defaulter cases. In the current scenario, we do not wish to invest in branding and marketing promotions. However, when the market gets right, we will launch full-fledged range of Netbooks, in partnership with Intel. We expect to sell 400 units of Netbooks by the end of December.”