A dual-core Atom netbook with DDR3 memory could be available at the same price as existing single-core Atom netbooks, said Dean McCarron, principal analyst at Insight 64.
The price points for netbooks have been established and may not change as Intel tries to segment the low-cost and mainstream laptop markets. Intel made a major technology shift earlier this year with the introduction of faster and more power-efficient chips for laptops and desktops, and there was room to improve its existing Atom processors, McCarron said.
"The single-core Atom product has sold well, but you can't let the low-cost platform get too distant from the mainstream platforms," McCarron said.
Intel in December introduced new Atom processors, code-named Pineview, that integrated the memory controller and graphics processor inside one chip.
There is very little interest in netbooks in enterprises, so the consumer segment should continue to sustain Atom demand, McCarron said. Atom could also continue to generate good margins for Intel as the cost of manufacturing drops.