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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: Breath of Fresh Air
By Digimonkey on 2/3/2008 3:42:37 AM , Rating: 2
Really man, wait for the second generation of Asus EEEPC. Unless you can't make due with the limited screen size. It'll save you a boat load of money.


RE: Breath of Fresh Air
By hiscross on 2/3/2008 10:47:16 AM , Rating: 2
No Thanks. I've seen those things and they represent everything I never cared for in a PC. I know the MBA is not the laptop for many people, but they does people who respond to post, no matter the forum, have to be so, and let me say this as kindly as possible, be so hateful, crude, cruel, and classless? Unless I am using their money to make a purchase, I don't see it's anybody's business what how I spend my money. If people what to buy a Angus PC, then buyone. Just don't tell I should buy one. I know what I want, and that is that. Hope I didn't offend to many people, but I did, then so be it.


"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates











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