Now, according to a DigiTimes report, Asus' recent intentions to end its EeePC line could mark the beginning of the true end to the netbook. Asus has "no plans" to produce any more EeePC netbooks, which is a huge blow to the netbook sector given that it once had over 20 variations available. As of now, only Asus and Acer are giving any attention at all to the netbook space, but most of those units of late have been shipping to emerging markets like South America and Southeast Asia.
Interestingly, it doesn't seem as if Intel is going to cut back too sharply on Atom CPU production, as it is hoping to find embedded applications -- and perhaps even set-top boxes -- to fill that demand / supply balance. We aren't hearing any official word from netbook makers on plans to official cease production globally, but at least in the U.S. market, you can rest assured that 2013 will likely be a year devoid of these miniature laptops.