Ah, network attached storage; whether you’re building your own or buying premade, nothing beats a NAS box when it comes to storing and streaming media files across a network. For the most part, NAS boxes offer a stripped-down interface and very few bells and whistles, making them fairly energy-efficient compared to full-fledged PCs. Hey – aren’t netbooks low-powered too? Yep, and now that most everybody’s passing up netbooks in favor of tablets, a new report says that Intel may be planning to shift some focus for its low-powered Atom chips from netbooks to NAS boxes.
While Atom chips don’t offer anywhere near the brawn of Sandy Bridge, they can certainly hold their own against the CPUs currently found in NAS boxes. But then again, most people don’t expect – or even want – too much out of their network storage. Does the thought of an Atom-powered NAS box intrigue you?