Intel readies 45nm 'Diamondville' CPU for low-cost PCs
Foundation for Asus' desktop Eee PC?
Intel will next year launch a low-cost desktop PC platform, it has been claimed. The news comes days after Asus said it's developing a desktop version of its Eee PC ultra-compact laptop for a 2008 release.
Intel's platform is codenamed 'Shelton' and is set to centre on a 45nm processors dubbed 'Diamondville', described by company presentation slides posted by Chinese-language site HKEPC as a "purpose-built low-cost processor".
Shelton is being designed specifically for low-cost systems, but will have an appeal to companies making thin clients, the chip giant reckons.
Diamondville can operate without a fan - a cost-cutting measure as much as an attempt to get Shelton into small form-factor PCs - and will be soldered to the motherboard. Boards will be based on either Intel's own 945GC integrated chipset or SiS' SiS671.
And here's the clincher that marks Shelton down almost certainly as the desktop Eee PC's foundation: it's designed to work with 2-4GB of Flash storage. That said, the chipset will also handle parallel ATA and SATA devices, and other peripherals through six USB ports. Early board pictures show a single DIMM slot and one PCI connector.
Shelton-based will be certified to run Windows Vista Basic.
An Eee PC related article without the traditional illustration?
First AMD, now VIA...
Intel has been giving hell to AMD with the new cpu/chipset releases, especially with multi-core and 45nm technology. Now they are aiming for the embedded PC market that's pretty much owned by VIA with the Nehemiah chips in their C3 and C7 line.
Noooo, this isn't just a low-cost, purpose-built CPU. This targets directly into the embedded PC market, specifically the set-top box OEM that VIA has been so cozy with.
Hopefully VIA will respond to the challenge the way AMD has: maybe not keeping up one-on-one with Intel, but at least keeping the market a horse race. Remember how complacent Intel got before AMD kicked their booty with an Opteron wake-up call?
We can only hope...