Intel tops netbook vendor ranking

Chip giant impresses analyst on netbook technology innovation and implementation

Intel has emerged as market leader in the latest evaluation of the worldwide netbook platform arena by ABI Research.

The chip giant beat off competition from Texas Instruments and Via Technologies the second and third spots in the ABI Vendor Matrix, an analytical tool developed to provide a clear understanding of vendors’ positions in specific markets.

In the matrices, vendors are assessed on the important parameters of innovation and implementation across several criteria unique to each vendor matrix.

For the netbook market analysis, under innovation, ABI examined the speed with which vendors brought products to market; the flexibility of their solutions or designs; bundling of WWAN, WPAN and/or GPS; the use of x86 or Cortex A-8 (or higher) processors; and the products’ support for 720p HD video.

Under implementation, ABI used the criteria of vendors’ announced design wins; their experience with CE and mobile device vendors; their experience with PC vendors; whether they support all PC operating systems; and whether they support all lower level operating systems

“Today, Intel has key customers shipping products in volume. x86-based solutions allows netbook vendors the flexibility to create one product with the option to run Linux or Windows,” explained ABI principal analyst Philip Solis. “However, we expect ARM-based vendors to become more competitive here as netbooks evolve to be much lighter, thinner, and cheaper with longer battery life, and as consumers come to accept Linux OSs more readily.”


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