is set to launch its low cost, energy efficient Shelton '08 platform for under US$100 sometime next year. The new platform is intended for low-end desktop PCs aimed at emerging markets, but apart from desktops, Intel plans to use it in sub-$300 priced notebooks in late 2008.
The platform consists of a 45nm Diamondville CPU and with Intel's 945GC or SiS 671 chipsets, and it supports Microsoft Vista Basic.
According to Digitimes, Intel has already informed Asus and Shuttle about its plans for the Shelton'08 platform, and the chipmaker is keen on developing low-cost desktop and notebook platforms. The Asus Eee PC is proof that there is potentially a large market for such devices, and Asus is already planning a desktop version of the Eee PC and a second generation notebook for 2008.