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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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By crystal clear on 2/3/2008 5:27:10 AM , Rating: 2
Ha thats funny ! Now it is fashionable to go GREEN....but serious indeed.

I did not have the opportunity to open up the Mac air-
but what I know -

Intel products are lead free -see press release for 45nm processors.Also this-

Intel Becomes Largest Purchaser of Green Power in the U.S.
Company Tops EPA Green Power Partner List, Vows to Drive for Greater Efficiency While Spurring Growth in Renewable Market

http://www.intel.com/pressroom/archive/releases/20...

Its green all the way now for Intel.

About Apple you have this-

The new MacBook Air embodies Apple’s continuing environmental progress with its aluminum enclosure, a material highly desired by recyclers; Apple’s first mercury-free LCD display with arsenic-free glass; and brominated flame retardant-free material for the majority of circuit boards as well as PVC-free internal cables. In addition, MacBook Air consumes the least amount of power of any Mac, and its retail box, made primarily from 100 percent post-consumer recycled material, is 56 percent smaller by volume than the previously smallest MacBook packaging.



http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2008/01/15mbair.ht...

Majoruty of Mobo manufacturers have gone lead free also.


By crystal clear on 2/3/2008 7:30:23 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I did not have the opportunity to open up the Mac air-


But somebody else did just that-read on

See the pictures of each part with comments about it.

http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/First-Look/Mac/MacBook...


By crystal clear on 2/3/2008 7:39:43 AM , Rating: 2
See this high resolution image & click on the desired componnents to get a closer view of it.

http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/images/air_logic_top.j...


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