By DON CLARK
Intel is going all-out to push its silicon into devices that have so far been powered by the competition. The latest example: Chromebooks, the portable computer category created by Google.
The companies on Wednesday–in an announcement pegged to Intel’s annual developer forum in San Francisco–disclosed that new Chromebooks are on the way that are being built with Haswell, the code name for the latest version of Intel’s Core line of microprocessors.
Chromebooks are mainly designed for Web applications rather than software loaded onto the computer. Up to now, they have been built using chips based on technology developed by ARM Holdings, the processors in most smartphones and tablets. Haswell, besides having the performance of a full-sized notebook PC, enable extra-long battery life compared to prior Core versions.
The companies said the new hardware includes newly designed Chromebooks from HP and Acer, as well as new entrants Asus and Toshiba. They are expected to be available for the holiday selling season.
Pricing was not immediately available, but various screen sizes and designs are expected to be available. Some Chromebooks now are on the market for as little as $199, Google notes.
Sundar Pichai, the Google senior vice president in charge of Android and the Chrome operating system, said
Chromebooks represent more than 25% of sales of laptops priced at less than $300, and are popular in many schools. He predicted the new Haswell-powered models will be “hugely disruptive” in the market
They probably mean Baytrail, not Haswell. Haswell is Intel's premium chip & would not work (price-wise) in a Chromebook.
I was wondering about this too - you seem to be kind of schizoprenic - you seem to drift back and forth between different personalities - maybe you should see a shrink
Have to say that the announcement with Google was a bit of a disappointment. The comment by Renee James that "there's no turning back" suggested the announcement would be something meaningful. But Chromebook is a useless piece of gear made only slightly less useless with Intel's silicon inside it. Moreover, it's a poor way to spend $200-$300.
For only $400 one can buy a real laptop with a hard drive and 64 bit WIndows and access the entire WIndows software ecosystem and if the user likes they can multi-boot any 64 bit Linux - not some Linux deviant designed to make the user dependent on Google's cloud. Dealnews just yesterday advertised a 15.6" Acer dual core Haswell laptop with the i4200u and discrete graphics card. The Haswell Acer laptop could deliver value to the owner years after the Chromebook is on the trash heap.