We've been curious as to why Intel decided to keep the N330 chip out of netbooks, and now we finally know: The chip's just too damn hot and not even all that fast.

Testing done by computer builder Haleron revealed that the N330 couldn't match the, now used, two-chip N270 processor in speed all the while actually being worse on battery life. Guess that, along with its need for an internal cooling system, explains why resellers have been trying to get rid of the N330 as quickly as possible. [Newswireless]