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Cheap as chips laptops to replace desktops everywhere

Just as luggables (opens in new tab) were consigned to the tech cemetery, it looks as if desktops, at least in the ultra cheap segment, will soon disappear.

Intel's latest platform, known as Shelton, is set to debut in Q3 2008, according to a report by Digitimes (opens in new tab). The Taiwanese wire wrote that the single core processor, known as Diamondville, would start at 1.6GHz with a power consumption of 3.5w which would provide with a battery life of up to 4 hours, even on cheap 4-cell batteries.

The platform, which is set to start at around GBP 150, will include a DirectX 9 graphic modules - compatible with Windows XP, Solid State Drive support, a Wi-Fi module, a 7 or 8-inch TFT panel and support for DDR2 memory.

The surprising success of the Asus EEE PC has convinced a number of big firms like MSI, Gigabyte, Dell and HP to start designing ultra cheap portable laptops which could also eventually spell the end of expensive sub laptops as well.

Intel is also planning to launch a dual core version of the Diamondville in 2009 as and when the market requests it.

VIA, one of Intel's main rivals, stands to lose the most as the Diamondville platform is set to be more powerful than VIA's current CPU platform while having a similar power consumption.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.