Inspired by the Eee PC and the urging of Intel Corp. and other chip makers, other large and small hardware makers are racing to introduce their own low-end portables. They are betting that a new low-price category could sharply expand the PC market. The target: kids, college students and others that need an inexpensive way to get on the Internet and do other simple chores.CNet - New Linux Air competitor?
During a keynote speech at the Intel Developer Forum in Shanghai, an Intel executive brandished a Netbook that looked Air-thin. Will inexpensive Linux Netbooks be a poor man's MacBook Air?Engadget - Cheap Laptops
....Consider the typical specifications for a Netbook (best exemplified by the tiny Eee PC) and it's not a stretch to design an ultraportable, ultrathin Netbook:
Power-sipping Atom processor: This chip will draw as little as 0.65 watt, much less than the Air's Core 2 Duo chip which has a TDP (Thermal Design Power, or thermal envelope) of 20 watts. This means less heat dissipation.
Solid-state drive: Netbooks (Eee PC, Intel Classmate) will typically use SSDs, not hard-disk drives--another power- and space-saving feature. (There will be exceptions such as the 2go, which packs a hard drive.)
No optical drive: Typically, Netbooks won't come with optical drives--meaning power and cost savings.
Smaller display: Netbooks will have small, less-power-hungry displays, ranging from seven to nine inches.
Though not as well-endowed as full-fledged notebooks like the MacBook Air, Netbooks won't set you back $3,000 either. It's likely that the price will be much closer to $300--but that's a big unknown at this point.
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