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Intel facing shortage of Core i3, i5, i7 notebook chips?

updated 08:55 am EDT, Thu March 18, 2010

Acer, other majors squeezing Intel CPU supply

Intel may be facing a chronic shortage of its primary mobile processors, some in the notebook business said this morning. Acer is said to have been enthusiastic enough about expected demand that it has ordered large batches of Intel's Core i3, i5 and i7 chips, creating problems for others that want the same parts. The orders are such that DigiTimes has heard Intel is prioritizing "major clients" and leaving many mid-size or smaller PC builders with significant wait times to get their own orders.

The orders are likely to focus on Acer's imminent TimelineX series, which promises a thin design closer to an ultraportable but with full-speed processors. As the second-largest computer company, it's also likely to command a high number of orders for its regular Aspire notebooks.

While very large companies like Dell, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba are likely to be secure, it's unclear how much the alleged shortage would affect significant but relatively smaller companies like Apple. It has so far gone nine months without updating its flagship MacBook Pro notebook line and may already have had to push back its launch to get NVIDIA Optimus technology; a processor delay could compound the situation.

By Electronista Staff


  1. zaghahzag

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Aug 2006


    explains why no updates

    This would explain why we haven't seen updated MBPs and MBs to the core chips. Apple's laptops are still selling well, and why replace them with models you can't ship?

    Keep an eye on the waiting list for core iX chips to see when apple announces new laptops. My guess would be another month.

  1. JeffHarris

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 1999


    Itching to Upgrade

    i7 MacBook Pros can't come fast enough for me!

    Hopefully they'll put a kick-a$$ graphics card in the thing AND put the ExpressCard/32 slot back in the 15-incher where it belongs!

  1. ff11

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    Joined: Apr 2004


    First Motorola, then IBM, now Intel

    Apparently chipmakers are required to be uttlerly incapable of putting out good chips in decent numbers.

  1. facebook_Tom

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    Apple - Smaller company than Dell?

    You might want to check the current market cap of Apple (9 times Dell), net income 6x Dell.

    3Q 2009 - Apple shipped more than Toshiba, higher market share than Toshiba. Maybe a little lower in 4Q 09, but it'll have picked up in Q1 2010.
    90% of PCs sold in 4Q 2009 were Macs.

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