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NVIDIA's Ion platform generated quite a buzz when news first broke of the company's plans late last year. As such, we've been keeping on top of Ion-related developments and have posted a number of stories related to Ion, beginning with our coverage of the platform at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. We followed that up with an evaluation of NVIDIA's own Ion reference system, and a few weeks back took a look at the first design win announced for the platform, the Acer Aspire Revo.Today though, we're going to take a look Zotac's brand new Ion-based motherboard. What makes this product interesting to us is that it's the first one designed for the do-it-yourself crowd looking to assemble their... Read more...
Green is definitely the new black...or something to that effect, anyway. As more and more companies attempt to squeeze more horsepower out of chips while using less energy, Supermicro is looking to raise (or should we say, "lower") the bar even more. The company has just launched its 4W and 8W Atom Server solutions, each of which barely make a dent in the power bill.Weighing just ten pounds and with a depth of 9.8", these "mini-sized" 5015A SuperServers feature a high-efficiency, quiet power supply, two internal hard drives, and a full-height, half-length expansion card option. These are designed for use in embedded applications, though the expansion here makes 'em useful in a variety of situations.... Read more...
We have been talking about NVIDIA's Ion since late last year when news first broke of the ultra small form factor platform. At the time, NVIDIA's tiny Atom-powered prototype system wasn't even called Ion yet, but images of the miniscule motherboard that would eventually be used in the reference platform had already surfaced and the community was buzzing with interest. One of the major concerns with most netbooks and nettops was their relatively weak integrated graphics solutions, and Ion would potentially address that concern.Around the time when Ion was first announced, there was some scuttlebutt that Intel "disapproved" of the platform and that the company wouldn't sell OEMs Atom processors... Read more...
We have been talking about NVIDIA's Ion since late last year when news first broke of the ultra small form factor platform. At the time, NVIDIA's tiny Atom-powered prototype system wasn't even called Ion yet, but images of the miniscule motherboard that would eventually be used in the reference platform had already surfaced and the community was buzzing with interest. One of the major concerns with most netbooks and nettops was their relatively weak integrated graphics solutions, and Ion would potentially address that concern.Around the time when Ion was first announced, there was some scuttlebutt that Intel "disapproved" of the platform and that the company wouldn't sell OEMs Atom processors... Read more...
Generally speaking, Shuttle has stuck to the tried-and-true barebones "XPC" enclosure. That said, the company is trying something a little different with its newest product, the X270V. While certainly not the firm's first nettop, it's still a relatively new category for it. We can't help but be impressed with the differentiation here, but the lack of North American availability (at least for now) puts a slight damper on things for Yanks and Canucks.At any rate, the Shuttle Mini-PC X270V is equipped with a dual-core Intel Atom 330 CPU (1.6GHz) and can be loaded with as much as 2GB of DDR2 system memory. Other specs include Gigabit Ethernet, 6-channel audio, PS/2-connectors, serial interface, 6x... Read more...
Man, we like how Intel parties. Rather than standing around in front of all manners of junk food just waiting for presents, the aforementioned chip maker has decided it best to give us -- the loyal consumers of the world -- a gift on Atom's 1 year birthday. Over at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing, the company is joyously celebrating the first anniversary of the world-changing Atom CPU. Just think -- prior to the Atom, we were forced to deal with notebooks that could barely last two hours and didn't have a shot at fitting in our back pockets. During the past 12 months of MID, UMPC and netbook dominance, Intel has figured it prudent to keep things fresh despite the fact that no real competition... Read more...
OCZ Technology Introduces the Neutrino Netbook, the Latest Solution in their Award-Winning DIY Initiative San Jose, Calif. - March 30, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, components, and systems, today unveiled the Neutrino netbook, their latest Do-It-Yourself (DIY) solution. Building on OCZ’s award-winning DIY line, users ranging from hardware enthusiasts to mainstream professionals can partake in configuring and building their own personalized ultra-mobile solution, complete with everything they need in a portable companion.“There are many consumers that desire the blend of essential functionalities and an... Read more...
Do you remember that cool ASUS Eee Top PC we showed you last month? Now, ASUS is giving US and Canada residents a chance to win one of two Eee Top PCs. In order to be eligible for the giveaway, you’ll need to subscribe to ASUS’ YouTube page and be a member of The Official ASUS Eee PC Group on Facebook or ASUS_TEK MySpace. Here’s how the contest works: When the ASUS Eee Top video posted below hits 50,000 views, the first comment ASUS sees that mentions a highlighted feature from the video will win an ASUS Eee Top. The second Eee Top will be given away in a similar fashion once the video hits 100,000 views. At the time of our posting, the video had around 3,000 views. As ASUS points out in the... Read more...
During our recent time with Asus' Eee PC 1000HE, we tried playing back a 1080p movie trailer just for kicks. To our surprise, it did manage to stutter along and get through it, but it was far from "watchable." And that was with an Atom N280 within. Now, we're seeing a diminutive new media PC with Intel's aging 1.6GHz Atom N270 that can reportedly handle 1,920 x 1,080 high definition material -- which just has to be a joke, right?Not quite. Habey's unique BIS-6550HD, which has undoubtedly put the company on the consumer electronics map, possesses something than most netbooks and nettops simply do not: a hardware-based HD decoder. The ultra low power HD AVC/VC-1/MPEG-2 hardware decoder is supposedly... Read more...
You may not ever hear about these after today, but Intel has launched four new, unique versions of its Atom processor. We know what you're thinking: "Why in the world won't I hear about 'em?" Probably because these are out in the open in the way its N270 and N280 are; instead, these are meant for use in behind-the-scenes type applications. Think  in-car infotainment devices, media phones, eco-technologies and other industrial-strength applications. The new chips are all meant to serve Intel's flourishing "embedded" business, with each of them falling within the Atom Z5xx series. Now that Intel has a fairly firm grip on the netbook market -- despite counterclaims from the likes of NVIDIA... Read more...
Intel, TSMC Reach Agreement to Collaborate on Technology Platform, IP Infrastructure, SoC SolutionsIntel to port Atom CPU cores to TSMC’s technology platform to expand market for Atom Processors SoC Customers Santa Clara, CA & Hsin-chu, Taiwan, March 2, 2009 – Intel Corporation and TSMC today announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on addressing technology platform, intellectual property (IP) infrastructure, and System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions. Under the MOU, Intel would port its Atom processor CPU cores to the TSMC technology platform including processes, IP, libraries, and design flows. The collaboration is intended to expand Intel’s Atom SoCs availability for Intel... Read more...
Green technology has generated a lot of buzz lately. Regardless of your views of global warming and going green, we can all agree there are financial benefits to products that require less energy to run. Realizing a lot of energy is wasted on idling servers, Microsoft has revealed a new research and development project named Marlowe. This project is looking into more efficient ways of turning servers on and off throughout the course of a day. Through its research, Microsoft has found servers typically process more requests in the morning when people are catching up on their email, firing up programs, and surfing the Internet. The servers hit a quieter period later in the day and occasionally... Read more...
Synopsis: The Eee Top ET1602 builds upon Asus' popular line of Eee-branded products by introducing an all-in-one desktop form factor, complete with a 15.6" touch screen. Like the Eee PC netbooks that preceded it, the Eee Top ET1602 is built around Intel's low-power Atom platform, with the 945 GSE chipset. Other features include an integrated webcam and 802.11n Wi-Fi, 4W speakers with SRS Premium Sound enhancement, and a flash memory card reader. At about $599, the Eee Top ET1602 is relatively expensive considering its performance, but its integrated touch screen and proprietary Asus Eee applications help to somewhat justify the investment for a system that offers such ease of use and innovative... Read more...
NVIDIA Collaborates with Microsoft to make premium, low-cost PCs a reality Microsoft Certifies NVIDIA ION to Deliver a Premium Windows Experience on PCs Starting as Low as $299 SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 11, 2009 - In an effort to deliver an outstanding computing experience on small, low power PCs, NVIDIA announced today that NVIDIA ION has been Certified for Windows Vista. With NVIDIA ION and premium versions of Microsoft Windows, small form factor notebook and desktop PCs will have rich media capabilities and full graphics support for the first time.Microsoft Corp. has validated NVIDIA ION with certified Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) drivers for Windows Vista Home Premium. NVIDIA... Read more...
Intel may be placing its quad-core Itanium server chip back in the oven, but it's having no issues whatsoever shipping the latest iteration of its white-hot Atom CPU. The Intel Atom N280, which should arrive in ASUS' Eee PC 1000HE before any other mainstream machine, is now making its way to PC makers across the globe. Reportedly, the processor will improve performance and graphics capabilities in the nettops and netbooks that it meanders into. The single-core chip can be paired up with a GN40 chipset that enables users to watch 720p high-definition video, which is a feat that many thought would be impossible on the low-cost laptops of the world. Company spokesman Bill Calder even asserted that... Read more...
Just days after QNAP announced that its Turbo NAS devices would be gaining XDove Mail support, now it's introducing an all new unit for storage junkies to swoon over. The TS-439 Pro Turbo NAS is admittedly aimed at business users, though there's nothing in stone that says enthusiastic consumers can't find a lot to love. The device features a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, twin gigabit Ethernet jacks, five USB 2.0 sockets, two eSATA ports and support for RAID 0/1/5/6/5+spare configurations.The four-bay unit also includes Online RAID Capacity Expansion and Online RAID Level Migration along with advanced functions such as iSCSI target service with Thin Provisioning, AES 256-bit volume-based... Read more...
In early January, back from our road trip to Vegas with CES show buzz and bewilderment still fresh in our minds, we brought you a video interview with Drew Henry, General Manager of NVIDIA's MCP products. Drew gave us a first-hand glimpse at a new small form factor PC platform that NVIDIA was developing based on their recently released GeForce 9400M chipset with integrated graphics. In this new era of HTPCs, netbooks, nettops and all things tiny, NVIDIA's Ion reference platform for the Intel Atom processor offers the promise of an ultra low-profile, low power device that quite literally fits in the palm of your hand, and thus could be easily tucked away in various small places in a number of... Read more...
ASUS Announces the Upgraded Eee PC 1000HE, Available Now for Pre-Order-- First netbook to feature Intel Atom N280 processor, the new Eee PC offers more power, 9.5 hours of battery life, and comfort and style -- FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (February 2, 2009) - ASUS, the innovator who revolutionized the mobile computing landscape with the original Eee PC netbook, today announces its most powerful and long-lasting Eee PC yet – the 1000HE. Available for pre-order from selected online E-tailers, the Eee PC 1000HE is the pinnacle of netbook computing, offering more power, longer battery life, increased comfort and legendary ASUS quality.World’s First Atom N280 NetbookWith the extra power of the Intel Atom... Read more...
The terms "Intel" and "Mobile Internet Device" have long since been spoken together, but the chip maker is reportedly gearing up to make another substantial push in the still-growing handheld market. The company is purportedly readying an undisclosed amount of new chips alongside a tweaked version of Linux designed with one goal in mind: to run well on future MIDs. It's anticipated that Intel will aim the handheld computing devices -- which are generally larger and more capable than the average smartphone yet smaller than a netbook -- at individuals who place a high value on portability and who can't skimp on functionality. It's an interesting paradox for Intel, who also wants to continue... Read more...
NVIDIA ION Recognized As Industry-Changing Technology By LAPTOP MagazineNVIDIA ION Platform Named “Best Enabling Technology” of 2009 Consumer Electronics Show SANTA CLARA, CA - JANUARY 20, 2009 - CES attendees stopped in their tracks to admire breathtaking HD video running on a 50-inch display, but the real shock came when they realized that those images came from a PC the size of a paperback book. They had never seen such amazing graphics from such a tiny PC. That’s why the NVIDIA ION platform – which offers unprecedented capabilities in a palm-sized PC – attracted outsized attention at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show. Among a flurry of media accolades, LAPTOP Magazine named the ION platform... Read more...
NVIDIA is planning to take the plunge into the netbook market. NVIDIA contends that the current crop of netbooks lack enough video processing power, and hope to bring users a richer netbook experience. Rene Haas, NVIDIA's VP of World Wide Sales, said, "It's really about developing a platform which attaches to the Atom."NVIDIA's plan is to replace the legacy 3 chip design with a two chip combination of the Geforce 9400M and Atom. The Geforce 9400M, which is currently being used in Apple's Macbooks, will give netbooks a much needed performance boost for many applications, allowing them to offer much of the functionality of a full-sized PC. Haas believes that while the Atom... Read more...
ASUS Introduces World's Smallest Desktop PCs with HD CapabilityEee Box B204 and B206 Boast Hardware Decoder and HDMI Output for Superb HD Home Entertainment Taipei, Taiwan – ASUS today unveiled HD versions of its popular Eee Box—a tiny 1L-sized desktop PC—that it launched in June 2008. With the new Eee Box B204 and B206, users will be able to enjoy viewing hardware-accelerated HD content on LCD TVs, monitors and projectors via an HDMI output—making them ideal for families seeking a simple, space-saving home entertainment solution. The Eee Box B204 and B206 are also preinstalled with Eee Cinema, a full-featured media player that enables users to play high definition content easily. Eee Cinema... Read more...
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