Local builders ready for mobile dual-core

Local builders ready for mobile dual-core

Local assemblers are readying laptop offerings based on the newly launched Intel Core2 Duo mobile processor.

Synnex product manager of system integration, Jason Lee, said the distributor had six notebook designs ready to drop the new processors into as soon as the chips arrived.

"We haven't started building as our allocation isn't in yet," he said. "But we have our Verified by Intel designs ready to go. They're made by Asus, Compal and Quanta."

Intel announced Core 2 Duo processors for both desktop and mobile PCs last month.

Altech has already started building the new processors into its MSI-branded notebooks. National sales manager, Kevin Hartin, said it had spent a lot of time doing research to determine the best notebook models to release with the new chips.

"The big advantage of dual-core in a notebook is that you're not compromising performance because of the form factor," he said. "People looking for desktop replacement can now get notebook with full processing power."

Hartin acknowledged desktop replacement notebooks weren't new, with some builders putting desktop chips into notebooks in the past to achieve the requisite 'grunt'. However, he said this was the first time a low-power, low-heat desktop replacement could be built into a mobile format.

Altech is also exploring building the new mobile chips into its media centre PCs.

"Most media centre PCs have a large form factor. That's partly because of the chip being used," Hartin said. "In testing, we've been pleasantly surprised by the capability of machines built on the Core2 Duo mobile to handle high-end applications, such as decoding high-definition TV."

Hartin said the con to using Core2 Duo mobile processors in media centre PCs was price.

"The only downside is you pay a premium for the low heat output," he said. "So it becomes a balancing act to get a premium product in a smaller form factor. A mobile processor is going to be about 20 per cent more expensive."

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