Netbooks are a computing platform to reckon with. You only need to look at total sales over the last year to see it’s the only growth area for Intel and the computer manufacturers. I think the performance of Intel Atom CPU’s while not perfect is ‘good enough’. The next target for improvement is to give netbooks the cell phone-like ability to conserve the battery. Maybe Pine Trail can do that.
Larrabee is getting larger and later. These are not desirable traits if you are competing in a market dominated by nVidia and AMD. You have to have to on time, no bigger than other competitors GPUs as die size is a huge cost variable. Lastly you have to compete on price. If as Intel is doing you make the product so many things to so many people, and make it outperform products ‘currently’ available,… In two years there will be on market for your product.