It took Intel more than three years to deliver an entry level, ultra cheap platform.
The Shelton (opens in new tab) processor has been announced back in 2004 and has been pushed down Intel's priority list ever since.
The processor was first seen and tested by Hong Kong site HKEPC (opens in new tab) back in September 2004 and it proved to be more powerful than similar low cost platform from VIA.
What brought it back is certainly the fact that Intel considers that the time has come to flood the market with a platform so cheap that people will not even consider other alternatives (i.e. the one laptop per child project).
Shelton (opens in new tab)will be built using Intel latest 45nm technology meaning that its costs will be low and while its performance will not be stellar, it will be more than adequate to run Windows Vista Basic.
The platform, called Diamondville, is schedule to come to life next year in systems as low as USD 100 and will almost certainly power the desktop version of the Asus EEE laptop (opens in new tab) that the Taiwanese firm has announced a few days ago.
Rivals AMD and VIA both have low cost platforms although they are not in a position to mass produce them on the scale that Intel envisages it and doing so would seriously undermine their average selling price.
AMD did also launch a similar ultra-cheap platform (opens in new tab) back in 2004 but the company seems to have abandoned it altogether and switch to the OLPC project.