Asustek caused quite a stir with their inexpensive little Eee PC notebook computer. There's been a lot of speculation about the how when why wherefore of the second generation of the unit. According to Digitimes, you can expect an 8.9", touchscreen equipped, 512 to 1GB memory-packing, 8 to 12 GB solid state hard drive wielding, $500 unit in May or June of this year.
The company aims to ship up to five million Eee PCs in 2008 through retail channels and contract orders combined, with quarterly retail-only shipments expected to total 650,000-700,000 units, according to the company. The device is seeing a 50% supply shortage in the Taiwan and Hong Kong regions and 70% worldwide in the first quarter of 2008.
They'll have a hyper-low priced desktop, called an E-DT, clocking in at $199 for release at the same time. Be careful walking past Asustek's competitors' buildings in June. Executives might be pitching themselves out the windows.