nerdyH writes: Asus is taking pre-orders for a netbook based on Intel's second-generation platform, the secret-shrouded N280/GN40 chipset. Early product specs confirm that the second wave of netbooks are likely to offer faster graphics and lower power use, along with room for much, much larger batteries. The N280 apparently integrates the northbridge and CPU, meaning that the GPU moves to 45nm process technology, the FSB gets replaced by an on-chip interconnect, and overall board real-estate drops to a third of what it was previously (hence the ability to stuff an 8,700mAh battery into a 3-lbs. device). The right shift key is slightly bigger, too, though still no trackpoint pointer (guess I'll keep waiting).