Intel has a massive stock of unused notebook microprocessors building up in its channel.
This is a result of the company's decision to move most of its major OEMs to the new Tillamook platform, said Mark Davison, Intel's UK product manager.
He also claimed that unscrupulous companies were using parts not meant for notebooks in high cost portable machines. He said: ?Intel makes 2.9 volt and 3.3 volt parts.? The 2.9 volt microprocessors are intended for notebook machines and give benefits in terms of battery life and heat problems, he explained, but some Far Eastern notebook manufacturers, he claims, are using the 3.3 volt pieces in their machines.
He said that end users had no way of knowing which part was in their notebooks. ?It?s a physical part and can?t be interrogated by software,? said Davison. ?You would not know which part was in your machine.?
The amount of stock in the channel, according to US reports, means that there is a temptation for notebook manufacturers to use the cheaper part rather than the microprocessor designed for the job.
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