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Intel Says OK To Conroe-Based Notebooks

Intel does not rule out the possibility of seeing the adoption of its forthcoming desktop-use Conroe processors in notebook PCs, according to Jerry Kao, regional marketing manager for mobile products at Intel Taiwan.

Kao made the remark at the sideline of the ongoing Computex Taipei 2006 IT trade show when asked whether Intel will be opposed to plans by some Taiwan notebook makers to try making notebooks based on the Conroe processor instead of Merom CPUs. Conroe processors are designed for desktops, while Merom CPUs are designed for use in notebooks

Since Conroe and Merom both will come with a similar architecture, it is hard to rule out such a possibility, Kao explained.

Kao noted that with a growing trend for slim and energy-efficient notebooks in the global market, notebook models built with desktop-use CPUs will be confined to certain market niche segments such as gaming, and the impact of such models on the mainstream notebook market would be insignificant.

However, sources at Taiwan notebook makers pointed out that some notebook models are now available with a 17-inch or 19-inch display, and that those models would be attractive to performance-seeking game players or to those looking for a desktop replacement if the CPUs were switched to Conroe processors.

Source: DigiTimes

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