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AMD revealed more information on its first Fusion-class product at ISSCC this week. The new chip will combine both a CPU and GPU on a single package, but don't use either nickname—AMD is  calling the new chip an "APU" or Application Processor Unit as part of its bid to shift product focus from the core components in a system to the tasks and workloads a system is capable of handling. Done properly, this could solve certain nomenclature confusions that have plagued the computer market from the very beginning, but we aren't holding our breath. Both AMD and Intel have tackled this type of rebranding before (think AMD Live! and Intel ViiV), with minimal success. For now, however, we'll roll... Read more...
MSI's new Wind U135 netbook is now available. As the first of the Wind models to feature the Intel Pine Trail Platform with the Atom N450 processor, the Wind U135 Special Edition Netbooks are available today for prices starting at $309.99. The Wind U135 Special Edition Netbooks will come in Silver, Charcoal, Ruby, and Sapphire and feature a 160GB or 250GB hard drive, 1GB of DDR2 memory, and Windows 7 Starter edition. Additional specifications are available below. MSI US Announces Availability of Wind U135 Special Edition Netbook Commemorating the Millions of Wind Units Sold Worldwide The U135 is the first Wind model to feature Intel’s Pine Trail Platform CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – January 26, 2010... Read more...
Data from Jon Peddie Research confirms the positive GPU sales information we've heard from AMD of late, with the GPU market as a whole growing by 14.7 percent in Q4 as compared to Q3, and 10.3 percent for the entire year. Intel led the quarter in both market share and increased unit shipments, thanks partially to the joint impact of Atom chipset sales and its new Clarkdale processors, which JPR is calling CIGs (CPU integrated graphics.) Since Intel effectively owns both categories and Atom's effect on the mobile market has been additive rather than disruptive, Intel's overall volume was boosted for the period in question. In future quarters, Intel's CIG graphics shipments are expected to commensurately... Read more...
At its earnings call last week, Intel detailed its strong 2009 finish after the decidedly uncertain start of the year. The company also gave general forecast information for what it expects in the first quarter of the year and for 2010 in general, and discussed the continuing growth of Atom and its 32nm product ramp. When Intel announced its third-quarter numbers and projected Q4 results last year there was some concern that the company might be overly bullish. As it turns out, this was scarcely an issue—Intel's gross margin of 64.7 percent broke company records. PC revenue, Data Center Group, and "other" Intel Architecture revenue all rose by 10 percent, 21 percent, and 22 percent respectively;... Read more...
If you wanted proof that Intel and ARM architecture licensees will soon be in direct competition with each other, there's plenty of ammo handy at this year's CES. A number of prominent companies have announced multimedia-centric products based around ARM CPUs, including NVIDIA, Marvell, ZiiLabs (a branch of Creative), and NXP Semiconductor. The devices themselves will target a range of customer needs and feature sets; this seems to indicate that an increasing number of manufacturers believe ARM-based products are capable of filling a variety of roles. When we spoke to ARM last fall, the company confirmed that it's long-term plan was to design a series of increasingly powerful Cortex-branded processors... Read more...
With CES scheduled to begin in just two days, NVIDIA has begun publicly hinting about the technology it plans to display at the trade show this year. According to a recent blog post, the company will showcase a new mobile technology under the "Optimus" brand name. Details are scarce; the blog only states the following: "NVIDIA Optimus technology works on notebook platforms with NVIDIA GPUs. It is unique to NVIDIA. It is seamless and transparent to the user. Its purpose is to optimize the mobile experience by letting the user get the performance of discrete graphics from a notebook while still delivering great battery life. Look for more details next month." That's quite vague, even by the standards... Read more...
CES 2010 promises to be a launching pad for Intel in a few big ways. Not only has the company just launched its 32nm Arrandale and Clarkdale platforms in earnest, but it also launched its Pinetrail platform just a few weeks ago. That tiny window of lead time will likely lead to us seeing all sorts of new hardware taking advantage of the new Pineview chip, and as we've already seen with Asus, companies aren't wasting any time showcasing new netbooks based around a fresh CPU.For most (if not all) of last year, netbooks were stuck utilizing Intel's 1.6GHz Atom N270 or the slightly more powerful 1.66GHz Atom N280. Regardless of design changes or anything else, the CPU generally remained the same.... Read more...
When we recently wrote up our "Best Of 2009" awards, we knew that those netbook recommendations wouldn't last long. We didn't have any idea they'd only last a few days, though. We had a feeling that the netbook arena would get a lot more interesting in 2010 compared to 2009, and sure enough, Acer is proving that notion right with its first major netbook upgrade in a long, long time. The Aspire One AO532h netbook is a huge step over prior versions thanks to the Intel Atom N450 processor within, which is the first from the company to ship with a Pineview CPU. We suspect that quite a few other netbook makers will introduce netbooks of their own based around the new Pine Trail platform at CES, but... Read more...
The International Consumer Electronics Show is upon us, and that means new kit from every direction will be flowing our way. MSI is a big player in the motherboard, desktop and notebook space, so it makes sense to hear that it'll also be using the show to showcase new gear. One previously unmentioned machine that'll be making its debut in Las Vegas is the Wind Top AP1920, an all-in-one PC that goes easy on the power suckage, measures just 35mm deep and sports an 18.5" display. It will also use Intel's new Pinetrail platform with an Atom D510/D410 CPU. Other new machines in attendance will be the Wind Box DE220 and Wind Box DC500 Mini PCs, both of which aim to cater to users with space problems... Read more...
Intel's Pinetrail Atom N450 is on the loose, like it or not. There's no denying that CES 2010 will be a lot crazier because of it, but as we saw in our testing, it could use a little help on the HD video front. Today, Broadcom announced that its next-gen Crystal HD technology will be available to implement alongside the new Intel Atom CPU platform (yeah, that's Pinetrail), and when paired up, the two can supposedly provide "near flawless HD video" to the user. When it comes to netbooks, the one thing in terms of functionality that always holds it back is how it handles (or doesn't handle) multimedia. This new chip will be offered to OEMs who want to build machines that remedy that, and frankly,... Read more...
With more battery life and "stutter-free" HD video playback, Dell seems to be making a bid to make its Inspiron Mini 10 the go-top device for Internet TV watchers.The redesigned and amped-up netbook, with Intel's next-gen Atom technology will become available in January. With a 10.1-inch display, the Mini 10 can be personalized through Dell's Design Studio or just through the broad range of colors available, Dell said. The palm rest is textured and "smudge-resistant," and the keys are sculpted to make typing more comfortable. The battery will last up to 9.5 hours of continuous operation, too.The highlights: Processor: New Intel Atom N450 at 1.66 GHzDisplay: 10.1-inch with standard (1024x600)... Read more...
If you consider Intel's design execution over the past 12 months or so, you'd have to admit it's nothing short of impressive. Not only did we see the launch of a new desktop chip with the Core i7, but Intel then ramped up clock speeds, introduced lower cost mainstream variants of the platform, and then drove that technology down into the mobile market with the introduction of Clarksfield, otherwise known as Core i7 mobile. Of course all of that execution was centered around more powerful computing platforms with larger form factors and the thermal and power budgets that go with them. These products, though huge contributors to Intel's bottom line, didn't cater to the ultra-mobile set of device... Read more...
If you consider Intel's design execution over the past 12 months or so, you'd have to admit it's nothing short of impressive.  Not only did we see the launch of a new desktop chip with the Core i7, but Intel then ramped up clock speeds, introduced lower-cost mainstream variants of the platform, and then drove that technology down into the mobile market with the introduction of Clarksfield, otherwise known as Core i7 mobile.  Of course all of that execution was centered around more powerful computing platforms with larger form factors, along with the thermal and power budgets that go with them.  These products, though huge contributors to Intel's bottom line, didn't cater to the... Read more...
The proliferation of NVIDIA's Ion GPU has been a long time coming. We've been talking about its merits for the better part of this year, but only recently has it been able to find its way into more than a handful of mainstream, shipping netbooks. We recently had a look at HP's Mini 311 with Windows 7 Home Premium, and while the Ion definitely enabled smooth HD playback where it was previously impossible with a paltry 1.6GHz Atom N270 and Intel IGP, the CPU bottleneck held back the entire system. Today, however, we're taking a look at a much more powerful system. Asus has come a long way since the launch of its original Eee PC. 7" and 8" netbooks are no longer the norm, and the availability of... Read more...
The proliferation of NVIDIA's Ion GPU has been a long time coming. We've been talking about its merits for the better part of this year, but only recently has it been able to find its way into more than a handful of mainstream, shipping netbooks. We recently had a look at HP's Mini 311 with Windows 7 Home Premium, and while the Ion definitely enabled smooth HD playback where it was previously impossible with a paltry 1.6GHz Atom N270 and Intel IGP, the CPU bottleneck held back the entire system. Today, however, we're taking a look at a much more powerful system. Asus has come a long way since the launch of its original Eee PC. 7" and 8" netbooks are no longer the norm, and the availability... Read more...
The market for nettops-small, highly-integrated, mini-ITX desktops, typically based around Intel's Atom-didn't explode off the block the way netbooks did in the past 18 months, but an increasing number of manufacturers from Acer to Dell have released new designs built around the standard, and the systems in question are steadily becoming more powerful. Zotac is no stranger to the mini-ITX market, but the company's line of mini-PCs aims to provide more than just a motherboard. Zotac now has two complete systems on the market-the HD-NS01 (Atom 270, 1GB RAM) and the HD-ND01 (Atom 330, 2GB RAM). We'll be evaluating the latter system today, with an eye towards the features and capabilities Zotac has... Read more...
The market for nettops—small, highly-integrated, mini-ITX desktops, typically based around Intel's Atom—didn't explode off the block the way netbooks did in the past 18 months, but an increasing number of manufacturers from Acer to Dell have released new designs built around the standard, and the systems in question are steadily becoming more powerful. Zotac is no stranger to the mini-ITX market, but the company's line of mini-PCs aims to provide more than just a motherboard. Zotac now has two complete systems on the market—the HD-NS01 (Atom 270, 1GB RAM) and the HD-ND01 (Atom 330, 2GB RAM). We'll be evaluating the latter system today, with an eye towards the features and capabilities Zotac... Read more...
Your smartphone has an app store, so why doesn't your netbook? That's a question that Intel wants answered on the double, and with the adoption of netbooks still in "explosion" phase, Intel is expecting a new explosion in applications that are specifically tailored for use on these lower-powered machines. If you think about it, most mainstream desktop applications were designed for an average desktop or notebook, not necessarily a slower, less powerful Atom-based netbook. In some cases, trying to run those highly capable applications on a netbook can lead to an unsatisfactory experience, but Atom-based machines make the perfect proving ground for a new breed of software that is stripped clean... Read more...
The Asus Eee Top ET2002 is an all-in-one desktop computer that provides the basics for everyday computing as well as multimedia entertainment in a space-saving design. It features a large, 20-inch 16:9 widescreen display and a 1.6GHz dual core Intel Atom 330 processor. Perhaps one of the coolest new features of the ET2002 is the fact that it is one of the first all-in-one computers from Asus to feature NVIDIA Ion integrated graphics for additional multimedia processing horsepower and perhaps even a bit of light gaming. While the basic components of the ET2002 aren't all that different from those found in your typical netbook, this computer is able to handle HD video and a few other higher-end... Read more...
The Asus Eee Top ET2002 is an all-in-one desktop computer that provides the basics for everyday computing as well as multimedia entertainment in a space-saving design. It features a large, 20-inch 16:9 widescreen display and a 1.6GHz dual core Intel Atom 330 processor. Perhaps one of the coolest new features of the ET2002 is the fact that it is one of the first all-in-one computers from Asus to feature NVIDIA Ion integrated graphics for additional multimedia processing horsepower and perhaps even a bit of light gaming. While the basic components of the ET2002 aren't all that different from those found in your typical netbook, this computer is able to handle HD video and a few other higher-end... Read more...
Last week, Google open-sourced its Chromium OS project, more than a year before the operating system is scheduled for release. In doing so, Google hopes a variety of developers and companies will become involved in the project, and has pledged to release regular updates as well as a comprehensive log of bug reports and fixes. We've spent a few days playing with Chromium and exploring its design and come away impressed—but not without questions. This article should not be considered a review of Chromium in any way—at most, it's a very early preview. We won't be discussing performance or spending too much time on the operating system's "look and feel." Google has stated up front that a number of... Read more...
Whether you hate Flash or, well, hate it less, there's no denying that the multimedia platform has a near-total lock on the development and distribution of rich multimedia content. The rise of Web 2.0 (and its cohort of equally vague cutesy phrases) has resulted in a huge increase in the amount of video published online, whether one considers CNN or YouTube. The fact that Flash is ubiquitous to the point that it's impossible to swing a dead cat more than six inches without smacking into a video of someone swinging a dead cat is what makes recent news from Adobe all the more intriguing. The latest Flash beta (10.1.51) is capable of offloading the task of H.264 decoding to the GPU, provided you've... Read more...
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