The big Taiwanese makers of popular netbooks Asus and Acer are not going to introduce the usual plethora of new netbook models in the second half of 2009, according to Digitimes. This is a rather dramatic shift especially for Asus, a company that introduces seemingly endless variations of Eee PC netbooks.
The change in plans is said to be because of Intel's plans to release the new Atom "Pinetrail" platform in 2010 instead of 2009, thus affecting the plans for all OEMs designing netbooks around the new technology.
Acer will reportedly just rely on its current 10-inch Aspire One netbook to carry it through the year, while Asus will still have its touchscreen-based Eee PC T91 and T101 timed with the release of Windows 7. Asus also plans to bring out an Android netbook this year, though there haven't been any confirmed dates for that product.
With netbook technology temporarily at a standstill, OEMs can shift their attentions towards building ultra-thin notebooks for the mainstream market thanks to Intel's CULV chips.
Of course, before that can go into full swing, someone has to figure out the right type of affordable casing material.
I think the bubbles finally burst on the Netbooks
Intel seems to be the ones holding things back. That ticks me off quite a bit.
touch devices for small foot print PCs is the worst idea ever... on the lines of glossy screens... because they trendy iCrap made them appear popular does not mean they are across all platforms... not every has the fingers of an elf either...
To me, touch is synonymous with tablet. I want tablet functionality, in that i want it for things like MS OneNote. When that is affordable and sufficiently functional (battery, performance, heat, capacitive, etc) you will have a killer product.
Yes, touch is almost useless without serious serious design consideration...
How do you think about their IGP? Are they best of the best or lamest of lamest?
with their awesome low power chipsets they could probably own even the ion platform?!?!? (i heard there coming with the huron platform but not for netbooks)