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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 joemoedee on 2/4/2008 8:26:52 AM , Rating: 5
What's the utility of having such a slim laptop?

Apple is targeting a specific market with it. Just listen to the music in the commercial, do you think it's targeted to the hardcore gamer/tech?

It's a niche market, which Apple is really good at targeting. Inasmuch as an Alienware, Falcon NW, Velocity Micro, etc target the gamer market. Lenovo targets the business consumer.

Dell/HP try to be all things to all people, which is not the approach Apple takes. (Outside of the iPod, I suppose)

The business market is pretty entrenched, as is the gamer market. The market that has a lot of growth room is the casual user. (Teens/Females/Starbucks patrons/etc) Apple, traditionally, has done well in this market since the first iMac. It's only logical that they bring out a product like this.

This is a great laptop for the casual market. Style matters to them, as well as the "wow" factor. It has both, I don't think many people could deny it that. Would I buy it for myself? Probably not. Would I buy one for my wife? Maybe.

We're not the market. Get over it. =]

RE: Why so slim?
By xti on 2/4/2008 3:59:02 PM , Rating: 4
We're not the market. Get over it. =]

That needs to go near the top of every article right next to 'dont forget to comb your hair today'

"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch

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