The netbook market is expected to maintain shipments of about 30 million units in 2011 with the top-three vendors to ship about six million units each, according to the word on the street here in Taipei. Netbooks are Dead is a catch phrase that’s been going around since the release of Apple’s
One of the reasons for this change of heart is they have realized they are likely to have difficulty earning good profits since smartphone vendors are also aggressively cutting into the market. So it seems that many are changing their plan to have more balanced approach rather then dropping netbooks for tablets. They have good reason to keep netbooks around, Intel is infact still earning a strong profit and AMD has recently entered the netbook market with its latest APU. Its exciting times for mobile, especially when Intel is upgrading Atom to the N570 at the end of February. And after that Intel’s next-generation Cedar Trail-M platform, consisting of a Cedarview-M processor and Tiger Point chipset, is already set to be adopted by several first-tier vendors such as Asustek, Acer, Lenovo, Samsung and Toshiba.