June 2, 2009

Intel Announces Ultra-Thin Laptop Chip

The largest chipmaker in the world, Intel Corp., launched on Monday a lighter, power-saving microprocessor intended for use in ultra-thin laptops.

The new processor comes during a time when investors fear that cheaper processors like the Atom, designed for use in ultra-cheap netbooks, are taking over the market share for more expensive chips.

Asustek and Acer said that they will build laptops that have the chip, and Microsoft has ensured its software supports it.

By the fourth quarter of 2009, Intel expects about a fifth of its consumer shipments will be for the new-generation laptops, slimmer and more energy-efficient.

Intel's director of mobile platforms product marketing Uday Marty said that Intel is excited about the ultra-thin market and expects "explosive growth in 2009, very similar to the netbook growth."

Asustek, who created a low-cost netbook PC in 2007, is expected to unveil five new laptop models based on Intel's new technology this year.

Intel's CULV platform, according to analysis, offers a cheaper alternative to the traditional processors it makes for laptops, while giving laptops the ability to begin an approach of a more diminutive size of netbooks.

Intel also released three new Core 2 Duo processors and a new mobile chipset on Monday.


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