Acer, Asus and Lenovo follow the Sandy Bridge road - Wikimedia

Acer, Asus and Lenovo are said to be following Apple's lead and developing notebooks built around Intel's Sandy Bridge platform. Not really much of a surprise.

That's according to Digitimes, which says these companies will be launching 13.3- to 14-inch notebooks which feature similar ultra-thin designs to Apple's products, by the end of the first quarter.

Apple's technology has seen incredible success in the consumer sector. It has adopted an open-cell assembly, where panel makers only complete the cell part of the LCD module. They then  ship the unfinished product to backlight unit makers to finish the backend part of LCD module assembly using panel modules of up to 3-5mm thinner than the traditional procedure others use.

Acer will be launching its own ultra-thin notebook, expected to take over its TimelineX series product line, but there is currently no name for the new designs.

Meanwhile Nvidia has said its Sandy Bridge processors will be used in many of the latest laptops and desktop computers from the likes of Acer, Asus, Toshiba, Dell, Lenovo, Samsung and Sony.

Intel is the company which seems to be throwing the most money at the company with Nvidia reportedly powering 125 of the company's notebooks.

And Intel is very very serious about Sandy Bridge. In November it announced that it would begin phasing out twenty one 45nm processors to make way for new products as it gears up for the launch of the much vaunted Sandy Bridge processor early next year.