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Antec debuts DIY notebooks

Posted on Wednesday, August 20 2008 @ 23:50:58 CEST by

Antec released a new series of DIY laptops. These systems will use the Intel MGM45WU and MGM45RM Centrino 2 motherboards and Antec will provide consumers with all the components they need to assemble a notebook.
Antec, Inc., the leading global provider of high-performance components for the gaming, PC Upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, today announced that it is launching a new line of standard components for the mobile computing market. These interchangeable components-known as common building blocks and developed according to a common set of specifications initiated by Intel-continue Antec's legacy as a pioneer in standards-based computing components and extend its reach into the fast-growing portable computing market. The announcement marks the first time that system builders will be able to build customized, personalized laptops from individual components, in the same way they do now with server and desktop PCs.

Earlier this year, Intel announced two new mobile motherboards designed and validated to support Intel(R) Centrino(R) 2 processor technology. These Intel(R) Mobile Boards are based on a new mobile motherboard form factor specification codenamed Rich Creek 2 (RC2). This effort expands upon the earlier Common Building Block program. System builders now have the opportunity to enter the mobile computing market by putting together systems based on the CBB standard.

Antec's new mobile product line contains a wide range of CBB components including two laptop chassis, a docking station, both CBB and RC2-specific keyboards, AC adapters, battery packs, and several components such as integral webcams and Bluetooth(R) modules.

"Our new line of mobile product components offers system builders for the first time the ability to configure and build laptop computers specifically for their important accounts, and to fully support them in the field," said Scott Richards, Antec Senior Vice President. "We are proud to be the pioneer global provider of these products to the channel, helping system builders penetrate mobile computing markets that were previously closed to them."

"Our new Intel(R) Mobile Boards supporting Intel Centrino 2 processor technology, combined with high-class components from proven manufacturers will allow the channel to build powerful, customized laptop systems," said Tom Rampone, Intel's Vice President for Sales and Marketing Group and general manager of Channel Platforms Group. "We are pleased that companies such as Antec are embracing the mobile market by providing these common and interchangeable ingredients."
Earlier this year OCZ rolled out the first DIY Centrino 2 notebooks.



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