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Ultrabook OEMs demand Intel chip price cuts & marketing subsidies

Ultrabook OEMs demand Intel chip price cuts & marketing subsidies

Intel's $300m Ultrabook fund may only be the start of what investment notebook manufacturers demand if they are to deliver on the sub-$1,000 ultraportables, with talk of further subsidies and billing marketing costs to the Intel purse. While the chip manufacturer has been busily promoting the Acer, ASUS and Lenovo ultrabook launches expected in Q4 2011, DigiTimes reports, skepticism still remains around whether the target pricing can be achieved given the roughly $700 bill-of-materials (BOM).

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Intel $300m Ultrabook Fund will encourage MacBook Air rivals

Intel $300m Ultrabook Fund will encourage MacBook Air rivals

Intel has announced that its Intel Capital investment arm will be using a $300m Ultrabook Fund to encourage the development of innovative technologies that will improve the MacBook Air rivaling ultraportable segment. Expected to be dolled out within the next 3-4 years, the cash will go to "companies building hardware and software technologies focused on enhancing how people interact with Ultrabooks, achieving all-day usage through longer battery life, enabling innovative physical designs and improved storage capacity."

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Acer Aspire 3951 Ultrabook leaks

Acer Aspire 3951 Ultrabook leaks

Images of Acer's MacBook Air rival, the Acer Aspire 3951, have leaked, previewing the company's upcoming ultrabook. The shots, caught on Vietnamese site Sohoa, show a slimline 13.3-inch ultraportable that's expected to weigh 1.4kg and be roughly 13mm thick, powered by a Sandy Bridge Intel Core processor.

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Intel Ultrabook BOM as much as $710: Can Air-rivals turn a profit?

Intel Ultrabook BOM as much as $710: Can Air-rivals turn a profit?

Just how much does an Intel Ultrabook cost? After reports earlier this week suggesting that it was Intel's own greed that was forcing Ultrabook ultraportable notebooks over the original $1,000 price estimates, new BOM (bill of materials) estimates have emerged that indicate those models roughly 21mm thick will run between $475 and $650 in component costs, while slimmer 18mm versions will be between $493 and $710 according to the chip manufacturer's own figures.

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Apple MacBook Air specs leak; white MacBook facing the chop

Apple MacBook Air specs leak; white MacBook facing the chop

Details of Apple's much-rumored MacBook Air refresh, expected to be officially revealed later today, have leaked, giving us a sneak preview of what's happening with the slimline ultraportable. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air will kick off with a 1.6GHz Intel Sandy Bridge processor, so 9 to 5 Mac's source tells them, paired with 2GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD. The more expensive standard configuration will stick with the same CPU but double the RAM and storage to 4GB and 128GB respectively.

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