UMPCs with 45nm chips to come out later this year?

— 11:37 AM on March 22, 2007

Intel stated in January that it was readying notebook, desktop, and server processors based on its 45nm process technology for a launch in the second half of this year (although some sources claim the chips won't hit stores until early 2008.) The company has now told CRN that it has one more 45nm processor up its sleeve: a chip aimed specifically at ultra-mobile PCs.

Steve Dallman, who is general manager of Intel's Worldwide Reseller Channel Organization, says the UMPC chip is an addition to the five 45nm processors Intel has already mentioned: dual-core and quad-core desktop chips, dual-core and quad-core server chips, and a dual-core notebook chip. What's more, Dallman suggests that the first UMPCs based on its new 45nm chip will come out "in the latter part of the year." The new processor might help UMPCs do better in terms of battery life, since existing devices like Samsung's Q1 only get as much as 3.5 hours of run-time.

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