Next quarter Intel will introduce a refresh of its Montevina notebook platform, this will include new chips designed for thin and light notebooks in the $600-$1,200 price range.
Intel wants to close this gap between netbook and notebook by refreshing the Montevina platform which is planned for the second quarter. New CPUs shall allow thin and light notebooks in the price range between 600 and 1,200 US dollar without being forced to the minimum performance of a netbook. There are no further details available for those new products but our colleagues of Golem.de spoke to Intel's marketing director and she revealed a comparison with the only mobile 45 nm Celeron ULV 723. It costs about 160 US dollar and offers a clock speed of 1.2 GHz and a TDP of 10 Watt. Intel specifies a power consumption of 5.5 Watt during typical operation. Power consumption and price of the new CPUs will be comparable.