One of the most interesting features that came with Apple's recently released MacBook Air is its version of the Intel's 65nm Core 2 Duo processor that's around 60 percent smaller than its standard-sized counterparts. Now, according to PC Advisor, it seems that the Air's custom-built processor could soon be licensed for use by other PC vendors in Windows systems.

According to the report, at least two unnamed computer builders are expected to use the special Core 2 Duo in systems to be released "soon." The Merom-derived chip runs at 1.6 or 1.8 GHz with the Intel 965GMS chipset and integrated graphics, and its packaging is based around the same S-series design used by some processors for Intel's upcoming Montevina mobile platform, making it a good candidate for smaller and lighter notebooks that could compete in size with the ultra-thin MacBook Air.