Last week it was reported that Intel would be aggressive with it’s CULV platform (Consumer Ultra Low Voltage), and it looks like HP and Acer could play a large part of that plan.
DigiTimes is reporting that Hewlett-Packard plans on introducing multiple 13.3-inch CULV-based devices sometime this quarter. They list Quanta Computer and Compal Electronics as being the providers.
DigiTimes also mentions that Acer is looking at 13.3-inch CULV laptops as well, and that Quanta has received orders for 11.6-inch CULV-based laptops that might be introduced this month. Given that we have 12″ netbooks (Samsung NC20, Dell Inspiron Mini 12), it’ll be interesting to see the pricing and features, since a CULV device should out-perform Intel Atom-based netbooks.
Taiwan Economic News is also reporting that Acer will be launching CULV devices, and mentions April as a possibility for introducing them. They go on to say that it won’t be just 11.6-inch devices, but will include 13″, 14″, and 15″ devices. They list Quanta Computer as the provider for the 11.6″ device, Inventec Corporation for the 13″, and Winston Corporation for the 14″ and 15″ models.
They also mention the 13″ models will have a magnesium/aluminum alloy chassis/case. Some of the analysts they mention claim that CULV devices will be responsible for up to 20% of total sales in the notebook market.