Global notebook shipments are expected to start gaining momentum in February and March, due in part to Intel’s launch of the Sonoma platform and also in part to low inventory levels, both in distribution channels worldwide and at manufacturers. Meanwhile, to optimize the better graphics and audio/video performance of the new platforms, most makers are choosing to launch more widescreen models to appeal consumers. For instance, Asustek’s 12.1-inch model in its W5-series notebooks and a 13.3-inch model in BenQ’s S52-series notebooks will both be available with a widescreen display. Although the Sonoma platform will support PCI Express and DDR 2 memory, some makers may also launch value versions of Sonoma-based models without PCIe and DDR 2 support, in order to boost demand.

Global notebook shipments are expected to start gaining momentum in February and March, due in part to Intel’s launch of the Sonoma platform and also in part to low inventory levels, both in distribution channels worldwide and at manufacturers. Meanwhile, to optimize the better graphics and audio/video performance of the new platforms, most makers are choosing to launch more widescreen models to appeal consumers. For instance, Asustek’s 12.1-inch model in its W5-series notebooks and a 13.3-inch model in BenQ’s S52-series notebooks will both be available with a widescreen display. Although the Sonoma platform will support PCI Express and DDR 2 memory, some makers may also launch value versions of Sonoma-based models without PCIe and DDR 2 support, in order to boost demand.