MSI to ship up to 500,000 Wind notebooks in 2008

MSI Wind

Joseph Hsu, the chairman of MSI, has indicated that the company expects to ship as many as 500,000 MSI Wind notebooks by the end of the year. Hsu also feels that the Atom processor shortage will not be resolved until September. Just how much this is affecting MSI is unclear though.

One comment that does not bode well for Canada (I have had absolutely no luck yet trying to confirm whether the MSI Wind would even make it to Canada to date) is that MSI will focus on emerging markets such as Eastern Europe, Central and South America, China and India this year due to the fierce competition in Europe and the U.S. Will we see limited supplies or will Canada be skipped over entirely?

Powered by a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor (with Intel 945GMS + ICH7M chipset), the MSI Wind U100 comes with a 10-inch display (1024×600) with LED backlight, up to 2GB RAM, a 2.5-inch 80GB SATA hard drive, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, 4-in-1 card reader, a 1.3MP webcam, and 3 USB 2.0 ports. The MSI Wind U100 measures 260 by 180 millimeters in length and width. Thickness varies from 19 to 31.5 millimeters. It weighs just about 1 kilogram with a 3-cell battery. You will also have a choice of colour: black, white, or pink.

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