A new report says that Intel is pushing Ultrabook makers to use fiberglass chassis to bring the price of Ultrabooks under $1,000.
Intel is apparently active on all fronts to make Ultrabooks a success. The specifications of Ultrabooks are hot, but the price for the first models is likely to exceed $1,000. We already reported that makers of Ultrabooks are limiting the production to 50,000 units. The likely reason for that is the high price. The next generation of Ultrabooks is though looking to be priced under $1,000. Digitimes reports that Intel is working with chassis makers on lower cost alternative. Intel is supposed to favor fiberglass chassis made by Mitac for Ultrabooks. The currently announced Acer S3 and others use magnesium-aluminum alloy chassis that are more expensive.
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I suggest that Ultrabook makers together with Intel should compensate the higher cost of the first generation of Ultrabooks to get them out there and anchor them in the market place. Ultrabooks are really a great Windows based alternative to the MacBook Air. Heck, lets have Microsoft chip in as well to subsidize Ultrabooks to push Windows hardware sales this holiday quarter.