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Antec Targets System Builders With Laptop Component Line

Fremont, Calif. — Antec is launching a line of components for the mobile computing market to allow system builders to build their own customized laptops from individual components in the same way they do with server and desktop PCs.

Antec said the interchangeable components have been developed according to Intel’s new motherboard form-factor specification, announced earlier in the year, codenamed Rich Creek 2.

“Our new Intel Mobile Boards supporting Intel Centrino 2 processor technology, combined with high-class components from proven manufacturers, will allow the channel to build powerful customized laptop systems,” said Tom Rampone, Intel’s sales and marketing group VP and channel platforms group general manager. “We are pleased that companies such as Antec are embracing the mobile market by providing these common and interchangeable ingredients.”

Antec’s new mobile product line contains a wide range of common-building-block (CBB) components including two laptop chassis, a docking station, both CBB and RC2-specificed keyboards, AC adapters, battery packs and several components such as integral Web cams and Bluetooth modules.

“Our new line of mobile product components offers system builders for the first time the ability to configure and build laptop computers specifically for their important accounts, and to fully support them in the field,” said Scott Richards, Antec senior VP. “We are proud to be the pioneer global provider of these products to the channel, helping system builders penetrate mobile computing markets that were previously closed to them.”

An Antec spokesperson told TWICE that system integrators can order the new components from them today, but that pricing would be available to interested parties upon request. Inquiries can be directed to [email protected].