The last we heard of Intel's plans for the Asus Eeee rivalling Shelton platform was back in November last year and basically amounted to "it exists and will appear at some point". No longer though will we have to wonder when we will get out hands on it as Digitimes has managed to sneak some details from various system manufacturers with the latest Intel release schedule and a few specs.
The information suggests that Q3 is the magic release period for Shelton indicating that systems would be available before the end of the year. As you may or may not know Shelton is a platform, much like Centrino, comprised of a Diamodville CPU, 945GSE chipset-based motherboard and single channel DDR2 RAM. Digitimes' sources suggest that 802.11g wireless, SSD hard drives and 7/8in panels will almost certainly feature as well.
Delving a little deeper we're informed that the Diamondville CPU will at first be a single core affair, run on a 533MHz FSB with a 1.6GHz clock speed and have a power consumption of 3.5W. Shelton as a whole is expected to have around an 8W power drain and battery life for PCs based on it is slated at around four hours. Pricing is expected at around the £200 mark depending on the final hardware spec. As the underlying platform is the same for all systems based on it, design and cost are going to be the deciders as well, possibly, as branding - Asus already has as advantage in that sense with its already well-established Eee PC. Competition is never a bad thing though.