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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 AlphaVirus on 2/4/2008 11:41:58 AM , Rating: 2
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I don't know how many people posting here has seen and used a MBA

I think it speaks for itself. Similar to a Camry and Mustang, you know which one is faster without test driving it.
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The SSD is the way to go

I think this is a bunch of bs. Oh and please let us know the price of this, once you have the pricing then I rest my case.
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As far as a internal burner, I seldom use the ones I have in my other machines, so I don't really need one.

So you never install new software or games, rip or burn cds, watch dvds/hddvd/bluray? If you answered No to all of these then maybe an internal burner is not for you.

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For my needs, I will buy one shortly.

So who are you trying to impress with your $1,800 MBA? Well more than that since you are talking about getting the SSD included.


RE: Breath of Fresh Air
By hiscross on 2/4/2008 10:40:22 PM , Rating: 2
d Let me say this as kindly as possible, you are either hateful, crude, cruel, or classless? Unless I am using your money, I don't see it's your business how I spend my money. Now of the 4 choices above, which one are you?


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