Affordable, ultra-thin Dell laptop may ship in August

Dell's Adamo might look nice and sleek, but not everybody has two grand to blow on a 13.4" laptop with a 1.2GHz Core 2 Duo and Intel integrated graphics. However, Dell may have some equally thin and light systems with much more tolerable price tags (and cheaper Intel "CULV" processors) in the works.

According to DigiTimes, Taiwanese contract manufacturer Compal Electronics has received orders from Dell for CULV-based laptops. The systems are "expected to start shipping in August," so we may see them hit Dell's online store before this summer.

If you missed the memo, CULV stands for consumer ultra-low voltage, and you could call it Intel's answer to the AMD Athlon Neo—a processor series for systems that inhabit the gray area between netbooks and regular ultra-thin laptops. Acer announced CULV-based notebooks priced at $699-899 last week, and they include low-power 1.4GHz Core 2 processors with one or two cores.

DigiTimes says Toshiba and Lenovo also have plans for similar systems. (Incidentally, Compal is supposedly "in the running" to get orders from those two PC vendors.)

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