Asustek Computer, which was rumored to be a potential Chromebook manufacturer, has just dropped out of contention – at least for the remainder of 2011.
The world’s sixth largest PC vendor said that it was primarily due to constraints on design options, according to Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA).
S.Y. Shian, Asustek corporate vice president, told CNA at Computex 2011: “We talked with Google at the beginning of the project, but Google said it wanted to make a standard prototype of its Chrome-based laptops, which meant any customization or differentiated designs would not be allowed.”
But Chromebook fans should know that Google’s Sundar Pichai is on the case. Meg Chang of Taiwan Today reports that Pichai has met with senior executives from several of Taiwan’s top IT firms to discuss Google’s Chrome vision and strategies, including Acer, Foxconn Technology Group and mobile phone manufacturer, HTC Corp.
Foxconn recently introduced the Z68A-S, an Intel Z68 chipset-based motherboard that supports Intel’s 2nd generation Sandy Bridge processors. The first Chromebooks to be released by
Samsung and Acer will be powered by dual-core Intel Atom processors, which are specifically designed for low-power, energy-efficient performance with longer battery life.