FUD Zilla writes the Intel Atom will eat away the marketshare of the Celeron processor this year. Last quarter, the Atom accounted for 5 percent of Intel's entry desktop segment sales, while the Celeron 400 series had 65 percent. Later this year, Intel expects these figures will shift in favor of the Atom.
In Q2 2009 Atom 300 series dual-core will jump to more than 25 percent of this market, at the expense of Intel Celeron single-core 400 series 65nm than will drop to less than 50 percent.
In Q3, Celeron single core 65nm 400 series will further drop to some 21 percent, while in Q4 2009 its market share will shrink to some 18 to 19 percent of this market. So despite what Intel is saying, Atom is not creating a new desktop market niche, it is, in fact, eating Celeron's market share. Of course, these numbers are Intel's hopes, plans and predictions for quarters to come.