Wednesday, March 26, 2008

$29 Intel Atom 230 CPUs

DigiTimes has reported that Intel is planning on pricing its entry-level desktop Atom 230 processor down to a price around $29 in thousand-unit tray quantities.

In an attempt to prevent AMD from grabbing a strong hold in the low-cost desktop Laptop and PC market share Intel intends to ship out its new line of low-end desktop and laptop CPUs at incredibly low prices.

The Atom 230 is based on the 45nm Silverthorne platform, featuring a single-core 1.6GHz CPU with 512KB L2 cache and a 533fsb. Similarly Intel plans to price the Atom N270, a Diamondville based laptop CPU, at $44. The 45nm processor will come in various speeds up to 1.8 GHz with a 533fsb and 512KB L2 cache.

Asus has already confirmed that they will adopt the Atom 230 chip in its forthcoming Eee PC-branded E-DT desktop. The E-DT is scheduled to launch at $199 in the May-June time frame. Asus intends to put Atom processors in forthcoming 8.9" Eee PC notebooks due in May, as well.

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