Taiwanese electronics maker AOpen - which sells a small desktop PC that closely resembles the Mac mini - will put Intel chips in the updated version of its device.

The AOpen 'Mac mini-alike' runs Windows, and will use Intel's latest dual-core microprocessor.

The Intel processors is code-named "Yonah". They are scheduled to launch in the first quarter, but samples of the chips are already in the hands of PC developers in Taiwan, said Tony Yang, director of integration brand marketing at AOpen.

The new Yonah-based mini PC will be displayed at the upcoming International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January, he said.

The AOpen PC will be heavier than its predecessor, at around 1.3 kilograms, compared to 1.15 kg for the initial version of the mini PC it launched earlier this year using Intel's Pentium M microprocessors, said Yang. But the new mini PC with the dual-core microprocessor should offer nearly the same power efficiency as the older version, running at around 35 watts, he said.

It will also be designed for use as a home entertainment PC, with connections for digital or conventional TV sets and large hard disk storage space to hold movies and music.

Pricing for the product has not been determined yet.