Dean Takahashi has written an article for the Mercury News/SiliconValley.com about possible plans for Apple and Intel, specifically in regards to Intel’s new platform and CPUs coming out next month. As the article mentions, the new platform and CPUs represent the biggest upgrade laptops/notebooks in the past few years. Even if they don’t make their way into Apple’s initial Intel-based Mac offerings, you should see more than a few ultraportables sporting the new CPUs.
Lenovo is having a sale through the end of the month (the memory upgrades expire on the 19th) on ThinkPad X41 Tablets. The sale involves 1GB memory upgrades for $149, and $500 off of what appears to be all X41 Tablet PC models.
Yahoo/Reuters is reporting that Intel’s next mobile platform, “Napah”, and the CPUs – known as “Yonah” will use 25 percent less power while boosting performance, helping it stay on top of the fast-growing market. Scott Hillis writes that according to Keith Kressin (Intel’s mobile platform marketing chief), the new platform will use 28 percent less power while performing 68 percent better than its predecessor.
This will carry over into the ultraportable area, through the Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) “Yonah” CPUs that will be made available.
PC Magazine has put together a small guide to the “Instant-On Multimedia Laptops” – those laptops capable of playing various multimedia formats without actually booting all the way up into Windows (which saves quite a bit of battery life). The ultraportable Sony VAIO VGN-TX670P is mentioned among them.