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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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You dont need a Lan card
By electriple9 on 2/1/2008 10:40:48 PM , Rating: 1
This a wireless laptop no need for a gigabit buildin. Its allready got pre-n, and can get the usb card if needed. And for the battery, most people who can afford a mac can afford to get a new one before they need to change the battery.




RE: You dont need a Lan card
By robbyjr on 2/3/2008 3:24:27 AM , Rating: 2
Gigabit? It doesn't even come with 100mbps ethernet.

USB card for ethernet?? You mean, using the only USB port one is has? I used to do that with a Toshiba Tecra back in the 90s.


RE: You dont need a Lan card
By psychobriggsy on 2/3/2008 10:33:01 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not really sold on how bad not having an Ethernet port is right now. The only time it is useful is in corporate settings - they're not buying Airs anyway. At home - oddly enough I don't have Ethernet cables hanging around the place, I use wireless. It's more than fast enough for even the best broadband speeds. Sucks for file transfer on the local network though, as will the 10/100 USB dongle. Since Apple is selling that NAS Airport device now, this is something they clearly intend people to do - you'd better hope your wireless strength is good!

The biggest flaw with the Air is the limited number of USB ports, and not having an ExpressCard/34 port. Difficult in the form factor, yeah. But when you need to add that 3G card, or Wimax, you'll be stuck with the external dongle fun.

I can see the long time sensibility of the Air. Pervasive Wireless is the future, and Apple have a nice, but costly, set of options to build a good system with today's technology.

The Air is also a product that gets people into stores, even if they end up buying something else.


RE: You dont need a Lan card
By audiomaniaca on 2/3/2008 11:19:32 AM , Rating: 2
What about no cd drive and no removable battery?

Usually, computers without drives rely on fast connections to copy file from and/or access remote drives to install stuff like software.

Looks to me like a car without the backup wheel(you'll never use it at all, right)


RE: You dont need a Lan card
By Hare on 2/3/2008 11:36:44 AM , Rating: 2
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Looks to me like a car without the backup wheel(you'll never use it at all, right)
And the award for the worst analogy for 2008 goes to...


RE: You dont need a Lan card
By frobizzle on 2/4/2008 9:13:31 AM , Rating: 2
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Looks to me like a car without the backup wheel(you'll never use it at all, right)

What the hell is a backup wheel???


RE: You dont need a Lan card
By BikeDude on 2/3/2008 12:51:43 PM , Rating: 2
Think hotel rooms with a cat5 cable sticking out of the wall, where the only wireless you'll get is in the lobby area.

Me, I have cat5 cabling in my apartment. No messing about with slow (and expensive if you want the latest and greatest at all times) wireless, no security concerns, just plug'n'play.


RE: You dont need a Lan card
By AlphaVirus on 2/4/2008 11:33:05 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I'm not really sold on how bad not having an Ethernet port is right now. The only time it is useful is in corporate settings

The only good time to have wireless is when you are at the airport waiting on your flight or when you are in starbucks schmuckin it up. I can list several reasons why people are more willing to stick with ethernet than following the wireless trend but I think you are already aware of them.

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At home - oddly enough I don't have Ethernet cables hanging around the place, I use wireless.

Why not just get on a PC if you are at home?

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Pervasive Wireless is the future

No, simplicity and automation are the future.
You try teaching your girlfried, mom, aunt, grandparents, uncles, step-parents, inlaws, how to hook up a wireless network and then you will see why wireless is not the future.


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