Intel has encountered a supply shortage that will prevent it from fulfilling more than half of the orders for its Atommobile processors in the next month, according to a report in the Taiwan newspaper Apply Daily and . Less than 40 percent of the semiconductor firm’s requests are purportedly being met and, as a result, are expected to delay or hurt the rollouts of micro notebooks from a number of new entrants to the field, including from AcerDell.
Though unnamed, Apple is believed by many to be readying handheld devicesbased on Atom, which bridges the gap between strictly mobile processors such as the ARM chip in the iPhone and standard notebook processors.
The shortage may prove to be a benefit to manufacturers such as ASUS and HP, both of which have decided to at least temporarily use non-Atom processors for their own micro notebooks. Current versions of the Eee PC 900 are known to use Celerons to let ASUS offer the system ahead of rivals, while the HP Mini-Notecurrently uses a Via processor to meet its power needs without waiting on the Intel chip. Both are ultimately expected to produce Atom-based versions in the future.
Intel Atom processors and platforms facing delays
According to an article over at Electronista, Intel is having problems providing as much as 50% of their Atom orders with actual product. If this is the case, it could be an opening for VIA’s Isaiah architecture to really move into the market and win over some of these high-value OEMs.