Intel currently does not produce their low voltage and ultra low voltage processors in a way that they could be upgraded in the future — the processors are soldered to the system board. As consumers we’d prefer to have the opportunity to upgrade a processor later on, and not have to replace the entire notebook just because we’d like a new processor. It’s a matter of spending $250 for a new processor or being forced to spend $1,500 or more for a whole new ultraportable notebook.
Not only do consumers want to make it so that the low voltage processors are upgradeable, so do notebook manufacturers and resellers. We’ve heard this from several notebook sellers now. Ivan Gospitch who runs a computer business named PortableOne has been pestering Intel on this issue and was told by Intel to start a petition for this to show that people care, so he has started one in the NotebookReview.com forums and is asking for your “YES” vote and a post with any thoughts you have.
“Currently Intel does not realize the huge channel they have for their mobile LV & ULV processors so they only offer them in BGA format which requires them to be soldered on to system boards. We at PortableOne are working on changing that and are trying to convince Intel that there is a very large demand for the LV & ULV processors in PGA (Socket) format so people can upgrade their processors down the road instead of being forced to replace their entire system. This is a win/win situation for customers, system builders and Intel, so please vote and reply with your suggestions please, the more replies the better…we are hoping to convince them to offer the upcoming Merom LV’s in PGA formats and if Intel sees a demand they will most likely make them in the socket formats like the others.
Thanks, and what better place to start this thread than a forum dedicated to portable computers!”