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Friday, 12 August 2011 12:06

Intel wants $20 for Atom chipset

Written by Fuad Abazovic

SM35 same, QS67 for $54

Intel is definitely not a cheap company when it comes to mobile devices. In case you want to buy a thousand of Intel's QS67, the crème de la crème chipset, it will set you back as much as $54 a piece. This is Intel’s official price.


The cheapest Core or Pentium chipset is PM 55 that sells for $40 but the netbook ones do sell for significantly less than that. Intel’s NM10 southbridge for netbooks and nettops is selling for $20 but it isn’t packed with features either.

In case you are after SM35, a chipset for Z670 tablet devices, you will have to spend the same sum, a rather saucy $20.

With Atom Z670 priced at sky rocket $75 and SM35 chipset for $20, this definitely shows Intel as most likely the most expensive tablet solution. Chips like Snapdragon, Omap 4 or Tegra 2 are selling for around $10 and they come with most of the chipset parts, all included in the price. Even if the additional logic would set you back additional $10, ARM based solution would end at least three times cheaper compared to Intel’s minimum $95 for two chips.

In case the ARM alliance continues to be as successful as it was over the last two years, Intel will have to reconsider its strategy, especially when it comes to tablet and phone chip pricing.

Last modified on Friday, 12 August 2011 12:32
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0 #1 johndgr 2011-08-12 13:25
Little good cheap ARM. 3 times more for bad Intel.
So... $20 for Tegra+something and the tablet costs $500. $95 for Intel solution and the tablet costs $1500? Right? No? No, Intel tablet costs almost the same.
So, stop blaming Intel (I am an AMD fan anyway) and start blaming the expensive ARM based solutions, considering that they use a $20 chip and a much cheaper, than windows, OS.
-2 #2 dicobalt 2011-08-12 17:53
Yet somehow Atom powered devices are far cheaper than ARM powered devices...
0 #3 redisnidma 2011-08-12 18:35
$20 dollars of crap, that's all you getting for. You have to be insane to drop into this whoever you are.
0 #4 pogsnet 2011-08-13 05:21

Maybe Intel is involve why this ARM based tablets are still expensive. If you recall history they are much capable of doing control of other market than their own product. The rest imagine it...
0 #5 johndgr 2011-08-13 10:06
I don't think so. Android is hot right now so the companies are just selling high because they know they can sell high.
There are companies that have little or nothing to do with Intel. They are selling mostly or only Android products and they would love to see Intel and X86 going down. Intel can not convince them to sell high or threaten them or bribe them.

This article is just another "I love Nvidia and I hate Intel".
Fuad sometimes reminds me of Charlie from Semiaccurate.

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