Technology.am (Apr. 8, 2009) — Netbooks may soon become the personal computer of choice for millions of end users, according to Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs.
Qualcomm is launching Snapdragon line of processors for netbooks later this year and expected that this Snap dragon will challenge Intel’s Atom chip, which presently dominates in the the netbook market.
The fact that the netbook’s explosive growth comes in a year when overall PC shipments are expected to fall nearly 12 percent from 2008. According to Gartner, consumers will take netbooks in a big way. Some 21 million netbooks will ship this year, nearly double last year’s total.
The mini-notebooks, which are fine for Web-surfing, word processing, email, and a few other basic chores, are relatively cheap, and ISPs like AT&T are now offering netbooks with 2-year service plans for as little as $50.