On Friday, the rumor mill suggested Intel would halt shipments of Z-series Atom processors to netbook makers before the end of the year. Supposedly, the move was an effort to "clearly define the boundary between solutions targeting netbooks and those for MIDs."
What does Intel have to say about this? Much like the recent whispers of Pine Trail delays, the company has denied this latest allegation. An Intel spokesman had this to say to the folks at Reg Hardware:
Rumors of 'industry sources' stating that Intel is no longer taking Atom Z processors orders for netbooks, or any other products, or ending production by end of year are 100% inaccurate
In other words, we may see more 11.6" netbooks touting low-power Atom Z processors. Of course, as we just saw in our review of Acer's Aspire One 751 and Gateway's LT3103, those processors (and the Intel platform that accompanies them) might be a tad too sluggish for near-full-size laptops.