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Intel says competitors to Apple can use the CPU found in the MacBook Air; 45nm CPU refresh coming this Fall

When Apple unveiled the MacBook Air most every technophile stifled a lustful moan.  However, the paltry specifications included in the Air leave something to be desired -- even to the most ardent of Steve Jobs protégés.

PC manufacturers expect to fill the gap. InformationWeek reports that two PC makers will release similarly size Windows systems using the miniaturized Core 2 Duo processor found in the svelte MacBook Air. 

The low-voltage Core 2 Duo processor found in the MacBook Air is not present in any other computer to date.  Some would claim Intel designed the processor specifically for Apple, though Intel roadmaps designate the ultra-low voltage processor as "publicly available" to any system integrator. 

The low-voltage Core 2 Duo played a big part in the ability for Apple to make the Air so thin. The processor is built on the older Intel Merom processor family, though the "mini" version is 60% smaller that other Merom processors.

The 1.6 GHz Core 2 Duo certainly won't set any speed records.   In fact, the 65nm processor first got its debut at 1.8 GHz in 2006.  Similar performing 65nm Yonah processors at 1.8 GHz debuted almost a year before that. 

Intel announced its 45nm processor line last month, just a week before the MacBook Air announcement.  However, those interested in sacrificing performance for slim footprints won't have to wait long: Intel's corporate roadmap claims 45nm versions of Penryn, the current processor generation, will be available this fall.

Even if PC manufacturers incorporate the mini Merom processor in upcoming notebooks before this Fall,  Apple will certainly opt for the 45nm processor in the next-generation MacBook Air. 

Intel has not released the names of the PC manufacturers anticipating to release slim PCs based on the "mini" Merom processors.

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Technophiles stifled a lustful moan?
By DanoruX on 2/1/2008 5:20:22 PM , Rating: 5
Since when do technophiles, unless they have money to burn, buy Apple products?

RE: Technophiles stifled a lustful moan?
By SharkManEXR on 2/1/2008 6:23:43 PM , Rating: 2
seriously; and why would creating something more fragile be an something people want, I want durability when I buy a laptop, eg. toughbook.

RE: Technophiles stifled a lustful moan?
By Hare on 2/2/2008 5:14:50 AM , Rating: 2
seriously; and why would creating something more fragile be an something people want, I want durability when I buy a laptop, eg. toughbook.
Seriously. Why on earth do people buy small sports cars? I want something with durability and towing capabilities, like a huge truck!

Could it be that people have different needs and appreciate different features? Can't be...

By weskurtz0081 on 2/2/2008 2:19:57 PM , Rating: 1
What features other than thickness does the Macbook Air have?

It's thin, that's it. Anyone with a brief case has enough room for any number of other 13" and 14" notebooks available on the market for a lower cost with higher battery life, a network adapter, and an optical drive.

I doubt anyone but the Kool-aid drinkers are going to buy this. Don't get me wrong, it's "cool" looking, but has VERY little function.

By mcnabney on 2/2/2008 1:40:55 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. Our network people all have those indestro-Pannies. I would love for my team to have them too, but our budget only allows generic HPs.

By jtemplin on 2/1/2008 7:02:57 PM , Rating: 2
I would like to point out--that is a big unless!

(coming from a non-apple-product buyer FWIW)

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