Update: Intel denies this and says there is nothing happening on the 20th.
IT LOOKS LIKE the new Intel CLUV parts will be launched on April 20th on a cloud of vapour. Intel is rather keen to plug the hole it left open between Atom and Core Number Numeral, but pitfalls await.
The idea is simple, Atom is not suitable for real PC use, and the Core Number Numeral parts are too expensive and hot.
Via's Nano has been that niche between Atom and Core, and AMD's new Neo/Yukon is there as well, with Congo to follow in a few months. You can buy the Nano in Samsung devices now, and Neo in the HP DV2. What's a Chipzilla to do?
That answer is easy, paper launch CULV parts to deflate the momentum of people not trying to artificially segment the market. Not that the CULV is going to be a bad chip, in fact we think it will be pretty solid, but it won't be out until summer. Until then, it gives Via and AMD a chance to grab a foothold, and Intel can't let that happen.
So, there will be pomp and circumstance in two weeks, the date may yet change by a day or two. The theme behind the launch is said to be "All day computing" which is translated to mean 6-8 hours on an eight-cell battery. It will be longer than 6-8 hours before you can order one though.
In the end, you get the classic spin sans product, Nvidia would be proud. When they do ship, and you can get a real inexpensive-ish PC in the thin-and-light category, the fun really starts. No, not product, but watching how Intel keeps the CULV parts from eating their Core Number Numeral parts. µ