Intel readies cheap, low-power desktop platform

Low-cost, low-power notebooks like the Asustek Eee PC and the One Laptop Per Child foundation’s XO laptop are getting a lot of attention lately, but that doesn’t mean cheap and low-power desktops are going out of fashion. Over the past week, we’ve seen the $199 Everex gPC TC2502 receive rave reviews and rumors arise about a desktop Eee PC. Today, DigiTimes reports that Intel is planning a whole new platform specifically for affordable, power-efficient desktops.

The upcoming platform is code-named Shelton’08, and DigiTimes quotes industry sources as saying it will be targeted at systems priced as low as $100. Shelton’08 will combine 45nm "Diamondville" processors and Intel 945GC or SiS 671 chipsets, and it will be certified to support Windows Vista Home Basic—the cheapest flavor of Vista, which lacks all the eye candy.

Reportedly, Intel has spoken with Asustek and Shuttle about the platform already, suggesting a possible link with the rumored desktop Eee PC. That said, DigiTimes’ sources predict that the platform’s low power utilization will see it first adopted in sub-$300 notebooks. Such notebooks will come in the third quarter of next year, while desktop Shelton’08 systems can be expected "shortly afterward."

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    • bhtooefr
    • 13 years ago

    Interesting that they’re code-naming it Shelton.

    Last time they did that, they released a Dothan-core 1.0GHz Celeron with *[

    • prashu
    • 13 years ago

    this is a good practice, considering the fact that still there’s a lot of potential market demand for the low end products in the developing/under-developed nations. It simpy makes it easier for the people with a little budget to afford a pc. And yes, it does compete with low end AMDs and when we have competition, we can expect reasonable prices.

    • deruberhanyok
    • 13 years ago

    I wish they’d just let go of the GMA950 onboard graphics. Maybe start throwing X3100 into the ‘low end’ solutions and improve the bottom line. But then, realistically, it will probably be around for a while yet.

    • DrDillyBar
    • 13 years ago

    This reminds me of a respin of the NPC thin-client circa WinNT 3.51; with notebook bits.
    Edit: Vista Basic works fine on ancient hardware, as long as you don’t expect it to do much more then play a DVD, as far as graphics is concerned, imho.

    • dragmor
    • 13 years ago

    Sounds like intel sells old left over hardware or keeps old fabs running to compete against low end AMD systems.

      • bthylafh
      • 13 years ago

      Intel has sold low-end stuff for ages for embedded systems and the like. I think they were still producing some variant of the 386 until maybe a year ago.

        • dragmor
        • 13 years ago

        There just trying to get another Centrino marketing platform, when what they will get is another Vpro.

    • lithven
    • 13 years ago

    Mmmm, I smell a WHS box.

    • flip-mode
    • 13 years ago

    Sounds like an ideal candidate for a cheap little shared network resource.

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