The rumor was started by DigiTimes, who said that it had been told by OEMs that Atom CPUs were only available bundled with Intel chipsets. However, InternetNews.com received an email from Bill Calder, an Intel spokesman:
"There is nothing preventing vendors from using the Ion platform. We sell Atom as a stand-alone processor, or as package with chipset."Ion is obviously aimed at the netbook market and would compete directly with Intel's above-mentioned chipsets. The proof will be when we see the Ion platform in an announced product, I suppose.