The company has reportedly punished Samsung and Lenovo by canceling their preferential Atom pricing, after the two companies broke Intel’s netbook restrictions. Considering both have or are planning to launch Ion-based netbooks, it would seem that Intel attempting to stamp down on Nvidia’s platform rather than anything else, but according to DigiTimes it has to do with screen size. Lenovo already launched its 12.1-inch Ideapad S12 whilst Samsung is expected to launch the 11.6-inch N510 this month. Intel, however, along with Microsoft have set the screen limit for netbooks to 10.2-inches or below.
Intel has declined to comment on this citing “customer confidentiality,” though I’d be interested to know if Acer’s recently launched 11.6-inch Aspire One 751 netbook was subject to the same penalty. Otherwise it would seem as if they’ve not learned a thing despite getting a record $1.45 billion antitrust fine in Europe recently.