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Historically, ARM isn't a company we talk about much. The company's processor designs power a huge number of devices worldwide, but its architectures have focused on the embedded, ultra-low power, ultra-low cost markets where high-end performance simply wasn't a requirement. ARM's target market hasn't changed all that much in the past 18 months, but the fact that Intel intends to push future iterations of its Atom architecture into the MID/high-end smartphone market changes the entire competitive landscape. Intel and ARM probably won't go head-to-head architecturally speaking until the former is at the 22nm node, but ARM isn't planning to wait that long. The company launched its new Cortex-A5... Read more...
Acer announced the extremely compact AspireRevo R3610-U9012. This "one-liter nettop" is a small and energy-efficient computer that is about the size of a book. The AspireRevo R3610-U9012 features NVIDIA ION graphics and Microsoft DirectX, enabling you to view 1080p HD movies and play DirectX 10 games. The AspireRevo R3610-U9012 is powered by a dual-core Intel Atom 330 processor. It comes with high-definition audio support, a 160GB SATA hard drive, and 2GB DDR2 memory. One of the unique features of the Acer AspireRevo is its ability to attach to a TV or LCD for additional space savings. When connected to a TV for instance, the AspireRevo can provide a small and capable PC in the living room. Connectivity... Read more...
At a time when economists and TV pundits are still more likely to characterise the economy as "coasting along the bottom" rather than "recovering," Intel's Q3 results have rocketed past the predictions of even the most optimistic Wall Street analysts. The company's Q4 predictions are similarly rosy—if there's ever been a time when it's been good to be king, the company clearly feels it's now. The very strength of Santa Clara's announcement fueled analyst worries that meteoric results in Q3 could quickly fall to earth in Q4, a worry Intel has been quick to assuade. First, let's do the numbers. For the third quarter of 2009, Intel reported total revenue of $9.4 billion (up $1.4 billion from Q2)... Read more...
When we discussed the launch of Intel's Atom-based SoC CE4100, codenamed Sodaville, we remarked that the company's vision of "smart" televisions had yet to materialize—the same "Widget Channel" and Yahoo partnership that had marked the launch of Intel's CE3100 back in 2008 were still hanging around in 2009. At least one company, however, is planning to take a shot at turning Intel's concept devices into reality. Yesterday, Amino Communications announced it intended to build IPTV settop boxes around the new Intel architecture. According to Amino CTO Dominique Le Foll, "The CE4100 is a powerful media processor that is designed specifically for home entertainment and enables a greatly enhanced consumer... Read more...
There's been a rumor buzzing around, in the wake of NVIDIA's GPU Technical Conference last week, that the company intends to shut down its chipset division. After a bit of sleuthing, Hot Hardware has confirmed that this is not the case. NVIDIA fully intends to continue designing its own core logic, but the scope and purpose of its chipsets will be different going forward than in years past. NVIDIA does not intend to continue developing chipsets for current or future processors based on Nehalem, despite earlier assurances that the company would do so. Company CEO Jen-Hsun Huang was ready to box Intel on the topic as recently as last February, but OEM interest in NVIDIA-built solutions is rumored... Read more...
Tired of waiting for Intel to serve up a proper successor to the aged Atom N270 and N280 netbook processors? So was Haleron, a foreign PC maker who has suddenly shot to fame after equipping its own netbook with not one, but two Atom N270 CPUs. Yes, a dual-CPU netbook. Is the world coming to an end? We're not quite sure, but we'd surmise that a twin-processor netbook is a decent sign that it is.The Swordfish Net 102 Dual, outside of its funky CPU setup, is a pretty standard machine. It has a 10.1" display, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, a 1.3MP camera, 160GB hard drive, Wi-Fi, Windows XP, Bluetooth 2.0 and a built-in 3G module. We do appreciate the trio of USB 2.0 sockets, 4-in-1 card reader, Ethernet jack... Read more...
Quiz time: do you recall that nettop that Lenovo announced just over a month ago? We'll give you three guesses, just as long as your first one involved "Q100." That's right--the IdeaCentre Q100, Q110 and Q700 are all now on sale directly from Lenovo, and if you've been in the market for a small, compact and stylish PC to do little more than sip power and surf the wild, wild web, this just might be the one.The Q100 Mini PC gets started at just $299, and that includes an Intel Atom CPU, Windows XP Home, up to 160GB of hard drive space, 1GB of DDR2 memory, a VGA port and a chassis that measures just 6" x 0.8" x 6.8". The Q110 costs $100 more to start but steps up to a 250GB HDD, 2GB of memory, an... Read more...
Contrary to popular belief, Intel isn't the only company making waves at the Intel Developer Forum. In fact, the company has invited quite a few other outfits to make the journey to San Francisco to showcase their wares, and it looks as if TabletKiosk took 'em up on that very offer.With MIDs and UMPCs making somewhat of a comeback (or at least they are in Intel's eyes), it's not shocking to see this company re-emerge on the scene with three new Tablet PCs. You may recall TabletKiosk making a splash back in 2006 with a VIA-based unit, and now the company has switched over to Intel along with quite a few of its rivals. The 7" eo a7330D Ultra-Mobile PC, 7" eo TufTab a7230XD Rugged Ultra-Mobile PC... Read more...
Think 32nm is hot stuff? That's nothing. Today at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Intel showcased a silicon wafer containing the world's first working chips built on 22nm process technology. The 22nm test circuits included both SRAM memory as well as logic circuits to be used in future Intel microprocessors, and these days, any reduction in process technology size is a fairly significant step forward. And to think--Intel has introduced not one step down, but two in a single year. While we're currently using 45nm chips, Intel has showcased 32nm processors and now 22nm processors within the span of about six months. Paul Otellini, Intel's head man, had this to say about the announcement:... Read more...
We made our annual pilgrimage to Intel Developer Forum this year and upon arriving in sunny San Francisco, we were greeted with the usual IDF fanfare in a sleek, modernistic environment. Presentations and demonstrations of Intel's latest cutting-edge technologies awaited us in the lobby as we noshed a bit on the continental breakfast buffet, but the glitz of table top demos were not what we really were after. Intel's Sean Maloney introduced Intel President and CEO, Paul Otellini setting the backdrop for this year's Intel Developer Forum with the big idea behind the company's conference theme: The Continuum. Intel's Continuum is a concept and vision of the future of technology where all devices... Read more...
MSI announced the new Wind U110 ECO netbook. Featuring best in class battery Life, the Wind U110 ECO offers up to 15 + hours of untethered computing power with its 9-cell battery. The Wind U110 weighs just 3.2 pounds and measures just 1.24 inches thick at its widest point. It comes with a one-year warranty. Featuring the Intel Atom Processor Z530 (1.60GHz) and a 160GB HDD, this ultra mobile machine features a 10-inch backlit LCD with a resolution of 1024x600, a high definition web cam, two speakers, a built-in mic, 802.11 b/g/n LAN, and is Bluetooth ready. Wind U110 Specifications CPU Intel® Atom™ Processor Z530 (1.60GHz) OS Genuine Windows® XP Home or Windows Vista Home Basic... Read more...
Windows 7 is still over a month away from shipping, but already Hercules is preparing to ship its next netbook with that very OS loaded on. Rather than introducing a new machine with Windows XP at this point, the company is instead introducing a new one with Windows 7 Starter for shipment next month. Believe it or not, this isn't the first small notebook from Hercules, which generally sticks to desktop machines. The eCAFE EC-1000W will boast a rather predictable slate of specifications (aside from Win7, of course), with a 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor powering the rig and a roomy 250GB hard drive providing the storage. There's also 1GB of memory, a 10.1" LCD (1024x600 resolution), a chiclet keyboard,... Read more...
In the past 12 months, AMD has revamped its entire product line around its 45nm Shanghai architecture; the company now has a range of Athlon II and Phenom II parts that stretches from an Athlon II X2 at 2.8GHz/1MB L2 at $60 to the unlocked Phenom II X4 965 "Black Edition" at $245 with 512K of L2 per core and a 6MB L3. Shanghai, as we've discussed on more than one occasion, was a big step in the right direction for AMD—it may not offer competitive performance vs. Core i7/Core i5, but it competes quite well with Intel's Core 2 Duo. Unfortunately, the company's stronger product line has yet to bolster its sagging market share. According to the research firm iSuppli, AMD's share of the global PC... Read more...
Asus is probably best known today for its help in sparking the netbook revolution. The Eee PC is often considered the original netbook, and judging by the dozens of models available, we'd say they've been quite a hit for the PC maker. But netbooks aren't all that Asus offers, and we have to confess that the Eee Keyboard is one of the most unique and most interesting products we've seen in quite some time.Originally showcased earlier in the year, this sleek keyboard actually has a PC within it. As in, a full fledged computer inside of a keyboard. We know it sounds wild, and that's because it is. For months now, we've known that the device was high on the list of priorities for Asus, but we didn't... Read more...
NVIDIA has built its brand and reputation as a GPU designer since the company was founded in 1993, but recent comments by the company have implied that it believes platforms like Tegra and ION will be key revenue generators in the future. We've previously discussed NVIDIA's ongoing emphasis on the GPU as a massively parallel processor capable of handling workloads and programs far outside the realm of video games, but to date, reviewers and analysts alike have treated Tegra as more of a side project than a future core competency.   The two core components of NVIDIA's mobile strategy: ION and Tegra  Given how difficult the last twelve months have been for NVIDIA, it's easy to wonder... Read more...
ASUS EeeTop PC ET20/22 Series - Multimedia Enjoyment with a Contemporary Touch The new ASUS EeeTop PC ET20/22 Series is a range of touch-enabled, all-in-one PCs that provides users with the fundamentals of everyday computing and multimedia entertainment in an elegant space-saving design. Its forte lies in its ability to provide users with the ultimate home entertainment experience. The EeeTop PC ET22 and EeeTop PC ET20 feature a flushed 22-inch and 20-inch touch-enabled display respectively that provides high definition images through the use of state-of-the-art graphics processors. The resulting visual spectacle is complemented by a surround sound experience delivered by the Dual Hi-Fi speakers... Read more...
We knew netbooks were all the rage, but this confirms it. Out of nowhere, Hannspree--a company better known for lower-end televisions and general dodads that typically go unnoticed in the mainstream gadget realm--has issued its very first netbook. Has the world gone mad? Not until we see a netbook from Toyota. Anywho, the Hannsnote netbook is a pretty average fellow, with a typical 10" LCD, 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor (you know, that CPU that's in pretty much every single netbook ever made) as well as a 1024 x 768 resolution, Intel's 945GSE chipset, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, a GMA950 graphics set, 160GB SATA 2.5" hard drive, audio inputs and outputs, a 1.3MP webcam, 3-in-1 card reader, Wi-Fi module, Bluetooth... Read more...
It's hard to say at this point if nettops will ever become as popular as netbooks, but if Acer has anything to say about it, they'll come close. The planet's third largest PC vendor has today introduced its new Veriton N260G-U2802CP, a product that sounds like it's straight out of a Transformers movie. The ultra-compact nettop is aimed specifically at the US professional market, but it should mount just fine on any LCD that's hungry for some attention. The device is housed in a one-liter chassis and can be placed upright or laid flat, and it's retractable stand and VESA mounting abilities should help with either. Leila Axelle Robert, Acer Commercial Systems Business Manager, helped explain the... Read more...
Lenovo has announced a new series of systems today, each of which is aimed at a different aspect of the digital home. Said home is seen as a virtual goldmine for any company that can put its finger squarely on the pulse of what consumers want, and Lenovo thinks it has a winning combination. Fresh out of the launch bay we have Lenovo's first Home Theater PC (HTPC), the IdeaCentre Q700, the D400 storage server, and the IdeaCentre Q100 and Q110 nettops. The concept of a single-point home storage server has a certain universal appeal to any techie, so let's start there.Lenovo's D400: Atom-powered StorageWithout any other systems to compare against, Lenovo's D400 seems deceptively large in photos.... Read more...
When we've discussed Atom and Intel's long-term plans regarding MIDs and handheld devices, we've typically focused on the consumer experience. Intel has made no secret that it envisions a future in which next-generation Atom processors and SoCs power a diverse range of products in both consumer and business markets. What we haven't discussed, save for an occasional nod towards the competition Intel might face from ARM, is the impact Intel's push into the embedded market might have on the integrated device manufacturers (IDMs). Tech-On recently sat down with James Hogan, who helped found Tela Innovations and works in electronic design automation (EDA). The interview gives a different perspective... Read more...
You know what the world needs? Another Mini-ITX mainboard. And you know what the world is getting courtesy of EVOC? Another Mini-ITX mainboard. With the eco-friendly crowd growing larger and more vocal by the day, it makes sense for EVOC to cater to that audience with a new mainboard designed specifically for small, living room PCs that can play back Internet content and maybe even tune into an OTA station or four.The EC7-1812CLDNA, which is impossibly named, was recently launched over in China as a low-cost embedded motherboard complying with Mini-ITX SBC standard. It's based on Intel's Atom N230 CPU and 945GC + ICH7 chipset, and it supports VGA+LVDS display, 1 x 10/100/1000M network port, 6... Read more...
Quick question—what's smaller than a netbook, bigger than a smartphone, and doesn't conform to Intel's definition of a MID (Mobile Internet Device?) If you guessed "smartbooks," give yourself a pat on the back for being prescient. If you've never heard of a smartbook before, don't feel bad; the term refers to a series of ARM-based sub-netbooks companies like Acer, Foxconn, and Pegatron all intend to back. The name is a portmaneau between "smart phone" and "netbook;" the devices themselves are meant to echo the various feature sets common on today's cell phones. Smartbooks were unveiled for the first time at Computex last June, but we'll reportedly see an array of these devices on the market by... Read more...
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