Gigabyte also planning a small, low-cost notebook

Teeny, low-cost notebooks are all the rage these days, be they Asus’ Eee PC, the One Laptop Per Child’s XO, or the upcoming Everex CloudBook. According to DigiTimes, yet another company plans to hop on the bandwagon and release its own cheap subnotebook soon.

This time, the firm of the hour is Gigabyte. Like Asus, Gigabyte specializes in motherboards but also produces regular notebooks and other hardware products. DigiTimes says Gigabyte will base its forthcoming low-cost laptop on Intel’s Shelton’08 platform and will release it some time in June. No specs are quoted other than the size of the laptop’s display, which is expected to be seven to nine inches from corner to corner.

Previous reports about Shelton’08 suggest the mobile flavor of the platform will combine a 1.6GHz single-core "Diamondville" processor based on 45nm process technology, a 945GSE chipset with DirectX 9-class integrated graphics, and 802.11g Wi-Fi. Supposedly, Shelton’08-based notebooks will draw only 8W of power on average, and they’ll have three to four hours of battery life.

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