[Rumour] Intel Arrandale shortages to last through April

Intel’s Core ix mobile processors continue to suffer supply shortages, with notebook manufacturers looking to refresh their line-ups in summer. Rumours suggest that certain new models could be delayed by as much as three months, if the supply problems don’t improve.

Intel’s CEO, Paul Otellini, had recently acknowledged the shortages, claiming Intel were “slightly behind”. Clearly, the shortages seem more serious than that.

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Intel’s Core ix mobile processors continue to suffer supply shortages,
with notebook manufacturers looking to refresh their line-ups in summer.
Rumours suggest that certain new models could be delayed by as much as
three months, if the supply problems don’t improve.

Intel’s CEO, Paul Otellini, had recently acknowledged the shortages,
claiming Intel were “slightly behind”. Clearly, the shortages seem more
serious than that.

Widespread rumours suggested previously that Acer were over ordering Arrandale CPUs. The CPUs are currently selling for 20% over launch prices – an expected side effect of short supply and/or high demand.

Meanwhile, AMD are preparing their own quad/triple/dual core Champlain CPUs for notebooks, based on the desktop Athlon II products. They are expected to be branded as Mobile Phenom II and Turion II, and will finally bring K10 and 45nm to notebooks. The Champlain CPUs are set for release in May, with notebooks appearing in summer. Given Intel’s Arrandale shortages, this might just be an opportunity for AMD in a market that has been dominated by Intel.

Reference: Techspot

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