Intel introduced a line of new low power chips for netbooks, tablets, and smartphones this morning. But one of the more interesting things Intel launched wasn’t a chip, but a reference design for creating ultrathin netbooks that use passive cooling instead of noisy fans.
Intel’s new Canoe Lake platform would let PC makers design netbooks as thin as 14mm (about 0.55 inches), and Intel had a demo unit on-hand at its news conference in Taipei today.
This isn’t a real product that’s ready to ship. But it is a reference design that we’ll hopefully see other companies use soon. The folks at Engadget got a chance to spend a few moments with the concept device, and they found that it supports an Intel Atom Pine Trail processor and Intel GMA 3150 graphics. Intel says it will support 720p HD video playback.
The netbook is definitely one of the thinnest laptops I’ve ever seen. I have to wonder what kind of battery life it will get, since there’s hardly room for a high capacity battery — unless the reason for the gap between the display and keyboard is that it provides space for a chunky battery which would ruin the netbooks otherwise super-slim aesthetic?