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No notebook demand pickup until July – channel vendors

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No notebook demand pickup until July - channel vendors

Affected by the US financial crisis plus the news that Intel will launch its new Centrino 2 (Montevina) platform by the end of May, most consumers are taking a wait and see attitude over notebook purchases which has caused notebook demand to slow down, according to sources at channel vendors, who added that they expect demand will start picking up in July after Centrino 2 and Windows Vista SP1 show up. The sources expect that after Centrino 2 is launched, Intel will drop its previous Santa Rosa and Santa Rosa Refresh platform pricing to help clear inventory.

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