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Intel's Atom processor has become the darling of the netbook market. Intel's 45nm processor runs at 1.6GHz and provides adequate performance for everyday computing while keeping power consumption very low.

Intel's Atom is also attractively priced so it has become a must-have processor for manufacturers looking to jump in on the $300 to $500 netbook market. Nowhere is this more evident than on's laptop sales leader board according to Mac Rumors.

Netbooks currently occupy nine of the top ten spots on the sales chart. The only non-netbook on the top 10 list is the 2.4GHz Apple MacBook which rings in at $1,203.98 after a $75 rebate. On the other hand, the netbooks on the list range in price from $329.99 for the Acer Aspire One and ASUS Eee PC 900 16G to $479.99 for the ASUS Eee PC 1000H.

All of the netbooks on the list -- with the exception of the Eee PC 900 -- use Intel's 1.6GHz Atom processor. Of the nine netbooks on the top ten list, seven of them are running Windows XP Home.

If we expand the standings to include the top 20 notebooks, netbooks occupy 16 of the top 20 spots.

The brisk sales of Atom-based netbooks seem to indicate that Intel is making inroads on increasing production of the popular processor. DailyTech reported in late August that some manufacturers have been forced to use Intel's older Celeron M 353 due to Atom shortages.

Looking forward, Intel is not resting on its laurels with the current single-core 1.6GHz Atom processor. Earlier this week, Intel began shipping its dual-core 1.6GHz Atom processors which have a TDP of 8W.

"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive

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