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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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RE: Why so slim?
By DigitalFreak on 2/1/2008 8:52:38 PM , Rating: 3
It's a Mac. Form over Function.


RE: Why so slim?
By audiomaniaca on 2/3/2008 11:21:14 AM , Rating: 2
It's a Mac. Useless.


RE: Why so slim?
By qt on 2/4/2008 12:48:38 PM , Rating: 2
You have to give it to Apple, they continue releasing products that consumers want. Only an electronics consumer would buy a cell phone with an internal battery that needs servicing to be changed. My guess is that an electronics consumer will also buy a laptop with an internal battery that will supposedly need servicing to be changed.

But then again an electronics consumer is not a real user, they are a wannabe. Real users will not accept a compromise that puts form over function. Real users have our convictions in place and we demand that our computers meet our minimum specifications.

But then again, this is just my opinion and I could be wrong. Better still, I'll let my money talk for me and it won't be a Mac in my backpack and there will be no iphone in my pocket.

Disclaimer: Owner of a 5G 80GB iPod and a CRT iMac.


RE: Why so slim?
By SoCalBoomer on 2/6/2008 6:55:00 PM , Rating: 2
If it would run Windows (so I could run OneNote - haven't found a Mac equivalent yet. . .) I'd get one in a hurry.

I use a similar Dell X1 right now specifically for OneNote at meetings, etc. and I find it indisposable. . .glad the X1 is very similar in size and weight to the Mac Air. . .but was also quite a bit less expensive. . .

so maybe I wouldn't get it. But I'd want it!


RE: Why so slim?
By oab on 2/8/2008 9:22:35 PM , Rating: 2
Parallels: http://www.parallels.com/
Apple Boot-Camp: http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/bootcamp.html
VMware Fusion: http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/

Why, three programs that will let you run OneNote on a mac.


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