So we hear.
Chalk this up as “not at all surprising,” but according to DigiTimes’ sources Intel is set to launch a new platform to take on AMD’s recently-announced Yukon ultra-portable notebook platform. It’s called the Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage Platform (CULV) and is intended for systems priced between $699 and $899 (~£480 to ~£600).
Intel’s 2009 plans will apparently see segregation between Atom-powered netbooks, 12.1in and above notebooks, MIDs and ultra-portable notebooks with sizes varying between 11.1in and 13.3in. It is that latter bracket which is being targeted by CULV.
Apparently such system’s were previously intended to sport Menlow chips, that is Atom Zxx CPUs, but are now being switched to CULV to better fend off AMD. According to DigiTimes’ sources, HP is making the switch from Atom to CULV for a 13.3in mini-note system it has in production, planned for release in June this year.
While it’s absolutely no surprise that Intel is restructuring its platform offerings to align itself more directly in competition with AMD, we’ll have to wait until products actually using CULV emerge before making any judgement as to its worthiness.