System builders take heed: Intel's latest generation of the Centrino mobile architecture includes several developments designed with the custom-systems integration channel in mind. The technologies include an interface that lets solution providers optimize the way a whitebook uses the new optional Intel Turbo Memory feature and the release of the first two Intel-branded mobile motherboards. The latter are slated to ship first in June as part of a 15.4-inch configurable barebones notebook through Mitac and other local aggregators, according to Intel.
And system builders could expect to see units shipped to them in the same time frame as tier-one vendors. "This is a positive move for the channel in terms of whitebooks and custom systems," said Joe Toste, vice president of Equus Computer Systems, a Minneapolis-based system builder. With the new platform, Intel is slashing the time-to-channel of its systems, putting system builders on a more level-playing field with larger OEMs, he said. "The channel now will have a time-to-market product," Toste said. "In the past, when previous platforms came out, like Napa or Centrino, the channel didn't have a whitebook for six months."