Intel introduced a reference design for thin and light fanless computers last year called Canoe Lake. But while Intel showed off the platform at events in June and November, no PC makers ever brought anything looking like a Canoe Lake laptop to market… until now.
Malata is showing off an upcoming netbook at Computex in Taiwan, and it’s pretty much ripped straight from Intel’s Canoe Lake playbook — with one key difference. The Canoe Lake platform was designed to work with Intel’s Pine Trail chips, but Malata plans to use a next-generation Cedar Trail chip in its netbook.
That means the laptop will have an Atom N2600 or N2800 processor instead of an Atom N550 chip. The netbook also features a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, a 16GB or 32GB solid state disk, up to 2GB of RAM, and Windows 7 operating system. The netbook measures just about 0.7 inches at its thickest point.
Malata is a Chinese device maker that sells some items under its own brand name and partners with other companies as an ODM (Original Device Manufacturer) to sell products under different names. I doubt this model will come to the US anytime soon, but it’s not beyond the realm of possibility.