Intel to sell record number of Classmate PCs in 2009

By Justin Mann on April 16, 2009, 3:14 PM
The PC market may or may not have bottomed out, but either way Intel has high hopes for this year. They are predicting a surge in sales of their Classmate PC, competitor to the XO laptop. After selling only around 700,000 units in 2008, a large enough number in its own right, Intel claims that this year they will churn out over two million of the sub-laptops in 2009.

The chipmaker claims that they are pushing into rural China and other emerging markets in Europe and Southeast Asia, which is where the two million figure primarily comes from. They are doing little to alleviate concerns from netbook vendors that they will erode the netbook market with their own product, aside from claiming that is not their goal. With Intel currently fabbing chipsets, boards, CPUs, GPUs and pretty much every other component found in both netbooks and notebooks, they are in a very interesting position.

The Classmate PC's goal, of course, is not market share at least not according to Intel. It, along with the XO laptop and the OLPC project, is aimed at getting millions of laptops into the hands of children who have never had the chance to do such before. Still, that doesn't mean Intel won't be able to leverage their position as one of the very few hardware providers for such a market to their advantage.




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peas said:
Inhelll screwing over their customers, partners and vendors? Naw...If you believed that Inhell does anything good for the industry, you've been living under a rock the past 30 yrs. Inhell does what's good for Inhell. It's just chance if it happens to be good for anyone else.
Wendig0 said:
Peas: Just how do you figure they are screwing over their customers by trying to market more classmate pc's? "Inhell does what's good for Inhell." I'm curious what you think business is all about. Since when has a company ever not looked out for their own interests? "If you believed that Inhell does anything good for the industry, you've been living under a rock the past 30 yrs." Intel consitently puts out the best processors in the consumer market. AMD can't touch them and hasn't been able to in a long time. Quit being a troll.
midgetmax said:
[b]Originally posted by Wendig0:[/b][quote]Peas: Just how do you figure they are screwing over their customers by trying to market more classmate pc's? "Inhell does what's good for Inhell." I'm curious what you think business is all about. Since when has a company ever not looked out for their own interests? "If you believed that Inhell does anything good for the industry, you've been living under a rock the past 30 yrs." Intel consitently puts out the best processors in the consumer market. AMD can't touch them and hasn't been able to in a long time. Quit being a troll.[/quote]100% agreed with most of it. accept for the fact that you claim AMD cant touch intel chips... where are your sources. imo, its for the users best interest to choose between the two reguardiung what they are going to be using the pc for. Its almost like you are saying Mac cant touch pcs.. but in reality, they both have their own ups and downs. AMD is a better multitasking processor and i feel it handles heavy loads better compared to Intel, but intel runs a bit smoother and they do put out a nice product, but it all depends on what you are going to be using the processor for. I currently own a quad core intel and a dual 2x. love them both in their own ways. i think intel is doing a great thing by offering cost effective units to countries that don't have the money to throw down on a $1000 laptop. i encourage every company that puts out low cost pcs to keep making them cheaper and better so people have a chance to get on a computer that functions great.
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