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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 chrisld on 2/5/2008 10:26:12 AM , Rating: 2
I find it incredible that so many people complain about this product, declaring that they won't buy one, it's not powerful enough, too expensive etc..

In the first place. If you are so disinterested in the product why do you take the time to tell us so?

Secondly, no-one claimed this product is a panacea. If you don't care about style, have shallow pockets or need more power then no-one is forcing you to buy one.

When the iPhone was announced everyone said it was too expensive and incorporated no new features and they were largely right. My HTC device from 2 years previous has virtually the same hardware features. Did the iPhone sell though? Yes, it did. Why is that? A certain group of people want products that look stylish and have a good interface. Those people are willing to pay a premium for such products.

Where I live a lot of people drive pick-up trucks. I don't like pick-up trucks and will not buy one but I don't find it necessary to approach people on the street and explain to them why they should get something else instead. It is a narrow-minded person who doesn't understand that other people have different needs and desires to themselves.

As much as I can appreciate your intellectual argument that this product is not for everyone, the fact remains that there is a market for it. This is not a product anyone needs but it is one they want.


“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads











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