Intel Flexes Its Manufacturing
Muscle"> Intel, in the meantime, appears to be using its manufacturing muscle to speed the transition to dual-cores in notebooks. The company, which has said it will begin deliveries of Yonah chips this year, is also expected to offer the dual-core notebook chip, which will be stamped out using a new 65-nanometer manufacturing process, for roughly the same prices as its current single-core Pentium M chip, a measure that will allow PC makers to place Yonah machines into existing notebook price bands.Yonah systems arent likely to immediately fall into the $800 to $1,000 price range, where the bulk of notebooks sold at retail are priced, for example. But they should arrive at more consumer-friendly prices in time for the 2006 holiday season, industry watchers said. Still, at the outset, business buyers or consumers who are willing to spend more, likely somewhere between $50 and $100 extra on top of the $1,200 to $1,500 tag for a mid-range to high-end notebook, should be able to upgrade from a single-core Pentium M to a Yonah chip with all other components begin equal, one source familiar with Intels plans said. Ultimately, the main factor in how quickly the chips proliferate is Intels manufacturing engine and how quickly it can churn out the new chips, McCarron said. "Its making a fairly aggressive transition" to dual-core notebook chips, he said. "But itll still probably be the second half of 2006 before you see it get pervasive." An Intel spokesperson declined to comment on pricing or clock speeds of its forthcoming Yonah chip. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news in desktop and notebook computing.
But the machines are still expected to populate the mid-range and high-end of the market at first, as even if their processors are the nearly the same price, other components may cost more.