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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 AlphaVirus on 2/4/2008 5:09:25 PM , Rating: 2
I know my fiance wants laptop and I was showing her some of the ultraportable laptops. She did not like most of them because they had such small keys/keyboards, that is one thing I have to give the MBAir credit for.

Actually, isn't this in some ways what some businesses/schools want? The lack of an optical drive is one more layer of security (prevention of external software getting on the network, just a little harder to take sensitive data out). Just expensive.

I think this is a yes and no. I can think of a system admin trying to install new software to the computers and it could work in both sides favor.
If there is an optical drive, he could just pop the cd in no problem and install everything.
If there is not an optical drive but rather a wireless connection, then he could download the software from the network then install.
So this point is pretty valid.

And as for all of you who are saying that people may be afraid to break this - actually go take a look at it - the metal case makes it feel no less sturdy than a MacBook Pro

To me its still a laptop no matter what the case is. Especially if you have kids, the #1 terror to electronics. The last laptop I had (HP) was dropped at least 20 times within a year. It hit concrete, rug, tile, and even tar grounds. It still worked but 1 of the usb ports stopped working for some reason.

I look at it like this, I spend thousands of dollars on this and never have any type of insurance on it. Anything that makes it seem more fragile is not good from my viewpoint.

You know what else I just thought about, how easy it would be for someone to steal this thing. If you are at Starbucks and you go up to the counter for another drink, someone could easily slip it under their shirt and walk off.
Now of course this situation is not typical but I am sure it would be easy to steal since its so small and 'folio' stuctured.

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