Processor giant Intel
No, Intel is aiming the third generation of Atom processors straight at the dying netbook market. Although these chips seem tailored for tablets, Intel's press materials highlight netbook launches from several top-tier system builders but never mention the words "smartphone" or "tablet."
Though Intel is a member of the Android consortium, that mobile computing platform isn't mentioned either. Instead, Intel professes support for many flavors of Microsoft
The tablet and smartphone spaces are absolutely dominated by ARM
For Intel's sake, I hope that this is the last Atom generation with a yen for netbooks. The company knows that demand is falling fast in North America, Europe, and the Far East -- key markets, all. Emerging markets are still picking up netbooks, and Intel expects "a long-term, sustainable netbook business driven by emerging countries." Well, fads grow stale even in Africa and Latin America. This too shall pass.
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