Saturday, December 22, 2007

Apple Collaborating with Intel on Ultra-Mobile Technologies

It's sort of like an old-school kung fu movie wherein two former enemies, both at their peak, join forces to fight both evil and crime. And you can't argue with that. According to AppleInsider, Apple is planning to adopt Intel's ultra-mobile PC platform to help compose a new generation of portable devices. Current rumors place Apple as having decided to use Intel's upcoming 45 nanometer Silverthorne chip inside a range of new devices in 2008, including a 3G iPhone and a potential tablet computer.Where cell phones and Apple's long-rumored tablet computer are concerned, Silverthorne seems like the perfect option. The architecture presently uses a mere tenth of the standard power generally consumed by a standard laptop chip while retaining the speed of a second-generation Pentium M processor. The chip is also much cheaper to produce than current mobile chips and can lead to higher profit margins for any device it's incorporated into.

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