Toshiba gives up on netbooks  in the US -

Toshiba has decided that there is no point trying to sell netbooks to the US.

While the company is going to continue to make them, looks like the Intel Cedar Trail-based Toshiba NB510, will only be seen in third world countries like the UK.

Samsung and Dell already showed their willingness to ditch netbooks last year in the hope that they can make higher-margins with something else.

The Toshiba NB510 should have done well if there had been a market for netbooks. It had a 10.1" system powered by a 1.6GHz Atom N2600 processor, Intel GMA 3600 graphics, 2GB RAM, a 1024 x 600 display and 320GB of storage space.

Toshiba thinks the future, particularly in the US, will be Ultrabooks such as the Toshiba Portege Z830, which offers a thin and light form factor but does not run like an asthmatic ant with a heavy load of shopping.

The question is what will those who are short of cash do now as Ultrabooks cost $800.

Toshiba appears to think that the netbook market will head towards tablets. In particular its Excite line of tablets.

Tosh has been walking away from a lot of its production lines lately.  Recently we reported how it was abandoning making tellies in Japan.