While trying desperately to ramp up Atom production, Intel are also looking to the future of their Centrino platform, with the upcoming Centrino 2 Montevina chipset looking likely to include solid-state drives (SSD). According to sources at PC manufacturers, Intel is looking to release SSDs by the end of Q3 2008, in recognition of the fact that the shock-proof technology will eventually become the mainstream notebook storage medium. The range will be known as Intel High Performance SSD, and be targeted at enterprise, mid-range and high-end notebook markets.
As the countdown to the Lenovo IdeaPad U110 continues, we've finally got the full spec-list and the landing page for orders. Priced at $1,899, it confirms that the ultraportable will not have an internal optical drive but will instead ship with an external, USB DVD burner. It also suggests how Lenovo themselves see the U110 differentiating from their own ThinkPad X300: the IdeaPad will be "focused to the consumer" and, at least at first, have a normal 120GB 4,200rpm PATA hard-drive compared to the X300's SSD.
In the market for a new budget ultraportable notebook? In a way, I pity you: the burgeoning niche seemingly has new entrants every day, and a decision which once was "either cheap Eee or expensive Sony" now has multiple contenders. Liliputing know a thing or two about compact computers, and they've decided to throw us all a lifeline; their run-down of the latest & pre-release models should hopefully help you tell the difference between a Cloud and a Wind.