Intel laptops for 2009: Netbook chip revamp, rise of CULV
Engaging in three different phases of laptop development, Intel seems to have a triple-front release schedule all set to go.
According to Digitimes, Intel's road map for the rest of 2009 is crystal clear and full of code names. Released Tuesday morning, the report shows that Intel is ready to start up-selling consumers on fancier new portable processors later this year across its entire product line. It's a triple-front chip attack on your holiday wallet.
The highest-end ($1,200 and higher) machines will run the long-awaited dual-core "CULV-based processors, low-voltage dual-core CPUs that give more of a real notebook performance, as opposed to the currently limited Atom horsepower of Netbooks. (CULV stands for "consumer ultra-low-voltage.")" platform, which basically refers to better-performing chips. Midrange machines ($700-$1,000) will get
As for the ever-affordable Netbook line, where users can get a, expect the current Atom processors to be sold through the summer in advance of upgraded fancier new Netbook processors--with faster integrated graphics, and probably higher price points--in September. Right now they're code-named " " just to be all top-secret.
CULV is the most intriguing movement. Set to attack the $700-$1,000 price point, dual-core CULV machines will outperform laptops (the