Items tagged with Atom

Nettop PCs are sort of a re-purposing of a product category that was popularized in the business world, formerly known as "thin clients."  Though thin client PCs are relatively "dumb" machines that rely on enterprise intranet services and servers to run applications, nettops need to have a bit more capability and operate autonomously.  Regardless, both species of machine are targeted with some of the same fundamentals in mind, low profile, low power consumption computing with at least a semi-stylish appearance that blends in cleanly with its environment.  One byproduct of this minimalist approach is cost and as such, nettops can offer an impressive value for potential customers... Read more...
A little over two years ago, Intel formally unveiled the low-power Atom processor and its related chipset and platform technologies. At the time, Intel's vision for Atom had the diminutive CPU powering a diverse line-up of mobile internet devices, or MIDs, web-connected tablets, portable media players, and handheld gaming devices. Suffice it to say, Intel's original vision for Atom didn't quite go according to plan. Yes, the chip found its way into an array of devices from video phones to set-top boxes, but by and large Atom has dominated the netbook market, a segment Intel didn't pay much attention to when it first unveiled Atom.Regardless of whether or not Atom found its way into all of the... Read more...
A little over two years ago, Intel formally unveiled the low-power Atom processor and its related chipset and platform technologies. At the time, Intel's vision for Atom had the diminutive CPU powering a diverse line-up of mobile internet devices, or MIDs, web-connected tablets, portable media players, and handheld gaming devices. Suffice it to say, Intel's original vision for Atom didn't quite go according to plan. Yes, the chip found its way into an array of devices from video phones to set-top boxes, but by and large Atom has dominated the netbook market, a segment Intel didn't pay much attention to when it first unveiled Atom.Regardless of whether or not Atom found its way into all of the... Read more...
NVIDIA's Ion chipset has been propping up sluggish Intel Atom-based netbook and notebook performance, in HD media playback capability, for some time now.  Even Intel's revamped Pinetrail platform with on-chip graphics couldn't offer enough multimedia muscle to be considered viable beyond standard business class applications, a bit of web browsing and email.  Of course with the new Atom's integrated memory controller, NVIDIA had to re-purpose their technology in the form of what is essentially a dedicated GPU, just for Intel's Pinetrail Atom derivative. So what business does a dedicated GPU have being coupled to a low power nettop platform?  In short, plenty, if you're the type... Read more...
Market analysis firm IDC is planning to release a report this week on the state of the netbook market and the explanation for the segment's slumping sales. Atom sales were the one dark spot on Intel's otherwise perfect first quarter, falling significantly compared to Q4 2009 and more than would be predicted by seasonal trends. "Atom in Netbooks is plateauing," Shane Rau, an analyst at IDC, said in a phone interview with CNET. "With the market recovery, I think end users are going to be looking for more value than just low-cost devices. This is an opportunity for higher-end mobile PCs, for example, that have better performance, bigger screens, bigger hard drives," he said. We agree with IDC that... Read more...
Tablet PCs may just be approaching the mainstream, but "tablets" in general have been around for years. One sector that never really died out was the rugged tablet, with many working in the field needing a touch-based machine with a chassis that could take a beating. American Industrial Systems (AIS) has been making hardcore tablets for awhile, and the company has an all-new one designed to MIL-STD-810F compliance standard for withstanding shock, drops, vibration, temperature extremes, humidity, dust and water. Pretty tough, huh? The new Ruggedized Military Tablet PC is engineered to last even in harsh environments, and while it's not the sexiest machine out there, it can definitely hold up a... Read more...
Life is good for Intel, the No. 1 chip maker who recently announced the best first quarter it's ever had. But that isn't all the company had to say. During an earning conference call on Tuesday, Intel CEO Paul Otellini said another dual-core Atom processor is on the way. "The next innovation coming to Atom is on dual-core," Otellini said. Make of that what you will, but there's already speculation that this could be intended for netbooks. Intel has so far avoided designing a dual-core Atom chip for the hugely popular netbook market, instead reserving those parts for nettops and other low-powered desktops. The timing would be right as well. With Apple's iPad making waves and other tablets to follow,... Read more...
Intel reported its sales figures for the first quarter of 2010 yesterday, and the company's market position could scarcely be better. Revenue in Q1 was $10.3 billion—a record for the quarter—while sales declined just three percent between Q4 2009 and Q1 2010. Processor shipments typically fall about nine percent during this period; Intel didn't just beat the odds, it trounced them. "The investments we're making in leading edge technology are delivering the most compelling product line-up in our history," said Paul Otellini, Intel president and CEO. "These leadership products combined with growing worldwide demand and continued outstanding execution resulted in Intel's best first quarter ever.... Read more...
Apple's iPad has left an indelible mark on the Tablet PC universe. It wasn't that long ago when just about everyone gave up on the tablet. Just about every notebook manufacturer in existence tried their hand at making a tablet at one point or another, and just about everyone hung it up by 2005. For whatever reasons, tablets never managed to catch on in the consumer industry, but now, things are different.Consumers have shown a willingness to adapt somewhat and try new things. Some thought ultraportables would never catch on; their steep price tag and small screens didn't make sense to some, but road warriors have proven that these diminutive machines do actually have a place in society. Netbooks... Read more...
Apple's iPad has left an indelible mark on the Tablet PC universe. It wasn't that long ago when just about everyone gave up on the tablet. Just about every notebook manufacturer in existence tried their hand at making a tablet at one point or another, and just about everyone hung it up by 2005. For whatever reasons, tablets never managed to catch on in the consumer industry, but now, things are different.Consumers have shown a willingness to adapt somewhat and try new things. Some thought ultraportables would never catch on; their steep price tag and small screens didn't make sense to some, but road warriors have proven that these diminutive machines do actually have a place in society.... Read more...
What's a company to do after coming off of their best Q1 in recent memory? Forge ahead in the never-ending pursuit of processor perfection. Today, out of nowhere really, Intel announced plans for a new Atom processor-based System-On-Chip, but it won't go where you might expect. Instead of aiming this product at netbooks, Intel is positioning "Tunnel Creek" for IP phones, printers and in-vehicle-infotainment systems for cars, all of which could honestly use a boost in processing power.As of now, Chinese automaker HawTai is planning to incorporate Intel Atom processor and MeeGo software in future in-vehicle-infotainment platform, and outside of the phone world, this is the first time we've seen... Read more...
It's a Tablet PC kind of year in 2010, and as if the iPad's launch wasn't any indication that these things are gaining steam, the onslaught of alternatives from relative no-names should cement the fact in your brain. Just about everyone seems to be coming out with their own tablet these days, and even a company called Highton is getting in on the action. Surfacing over at eCrater, this 10" tablet PC is slightly larger than the iPad yet slightly smaller than the JooJoo, and it boasts some rather unusual specifications. In fact, this feels more like a netbook than many other tablets out there, but of course, without a keyboard and with a touch panel to navigate. Specifications include a 1.6GHz... Read more...
PCs built for kids aren't all that different from the netbooks and notebooks you and I carry around today. Take the latest PeeWee Power Laptop, for example. This 3.5 pound machine features an Intel Atom N450 processor, 1GB of memory, a 10.1 inch LCD screen, and a 6-cell battery. It runs on Windows XP, but also has PeeWee Patrol and PeeWee Privacy software to help ensure your kids are safe on the net and don't get into files they shouldn't access. Recognizing that kids and accidents often meet, the laptop also features drop-proof construction and a spill resistant keyboard. PeeWee PC Announces Availability of New PeeWee Power Laptop Built for kids ages 4-8 the durable, spill resistant notebook... Read more...
Will the Eee PC netbook line ever end? It's a reasonable question, but at the current point in time, we can't see it ever fading completely away. Asus helped to make the netbook popular as a segment, and the Eee PC is still widely known as the go-to netbook line. The new Eee PC Seashell line is the company's most recent attempt to overhaul the original, and these are generally viewed as the "stylish" netbooks, slim and sleek and packed with long battery life. The Eee PC 1001PX is the newest in a long line of portable, low-cost machines, with this one using Windows 7 Starter and promising "all day computing" with a battery capable of lasting for nine hours on a full charge. It also relies on Intel's... Read more...
Claiming to be the thinnest, lightest 10.1-inch netbook on the market today, the new Averatec N1200 weighs 2.2 pounds and measures less than an inch thick. In order to make this design possible, the N1200 incorporates a slim LED LCD as well as a 7mm hard drive and a magnesium-alloy casing. The N1200 features a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, 160GB or 250GB hard drive, 1GB DDR2 memory, and a 1.3-megapixel webcam. This new netbook offers up to six hours of battery life with the extended battery model. The N1200 will come in three configuration options ranging in price from $329 to $379.Averatec Introduces Thinnest, Lightest 10-inch Netbook on the Market Extended Battery Models Offer Up to Six... Read more...
We've already covered the launch of NVIDIA's power-saving Optimus technology and associated Next-Generation Ion platforms for Atom today (including the ZBox from Zotac), but there's a nifty video over at nTersect (NVIDIA's company blog) that's worth a watch if you want to see just how "Off" your video card is when a system uses Optimus technology. NVIDIA describes it thusly: Why? Because with Optimus when the GPU is not needed it is completely powered off automatically and seamlessly WHILE the rest of the system is up and running – the power to the PCI Express bus, the frame buffer memory, the GPU - everything. This is in contrast to switching the GPU to a low-power state or to ‘idle’, which... Read more...
Zotac gave details on the next system in its line of mini-PCs today, the HD-ID11. Externally, the HD-ID11 is nearly identical to the HD-ND01 we reviewed last year, but the manufacturer has made a number of small upgrades to add a few of the features we had on our wishlist for the original MAG. There have also been a few subtractions; we'll have to wait for a hands on review to determine how the new system's balance compares to the original. First, the hardware. The new ZBox is built around an Atom D510 SoC and an NVIDIA NG-Ion GPU with a 512MB frame buffer. External connectivity is provided via six USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA port, one HDMI output, a 6-in-1 memory card reader, and a dual-link DVI... Read more...
Ever since NVIDIA's original ION chipset proved it was possible to pair Intel's low-power Atom processor to a relatively powerful graphics core and attain acceptable multimedia performance, the market has been curious as to what NVIDIA's Ion 2 Next-Generation Ion product might offer. This has also been a topic of some discussion between Intel, NVIDIA, and the FTC. Because Intel's next-generation Atom platform is a system-on-chip (SoC), NVIDIA had to adjust its own plans for NG-Ion.NVIDIA ION 2 Preview, Optimus Enabled... Read more...
Ever since NVIDIA's original ION chipset proved it was possible to pair Intel's low-power Atom processor to a relatively powerful graphics core and attain acceptable multimedia performance, the market has been curious as to what NVIDIA's Ion 2 Next-Generation Ion product might offer. This has also been a topic of some discussion between Intel, NVIDIA, and the FTC. Because Intel's next-generation Atom platform is a system-on-chip (SoC), NVIDIA had to adjust its own plans for NG-Ion.     That's Ion on the left, NG-Ion on the right. Parse the diagram and you'll soon realize that NG-Ion is a discrete GPU, unlike its predecessor. Specifically, it looks to be a low-power, netbook... Read more...
ASUS' Eee PC line is about to get three new models. According to leaked details from blogeee, the three new models–the Eee PC 1018P, the Eee PC 1016P, and the Eee PC 1015P–all have 10-inch displays and likely run on Intel’s latest Pine Trail Atom processors. Although we aren't likely to see official details from ASUS until CeBIT 2010, a few more leaked details are currently available. For starters, the ASUS Eee PC 1015P is apparently a refresh of the current Eee PC 1005P. The most noticeable upgrade with this newer model is a larger touchpad. The Eee PC 1015P features an aluminum body and touts a battery life rated for up to 14hrs. The ASUS Eee PC 1016P reportedly targets business users with... Read more...
The Mobile World Congress runs from February 15-18 this year, and Intel has announced it plans to display several applications specifically developed for netbooks and mobile devices. Intel first announced its plans to debut an App Store for Atom, aka AppUp at CES in January. The company's plans have drawn inevitable comparisons to Apple's App Store, but the presentations at MWC will be a useful first look at what Intel's application developer partners have in mind in terms of customized netbook software. According to an Intel blog post, the following applications will be on display:Jaycut: Billed as the first complete video editor for MIDs, Jaycut supposedly allows users to edit and upload clips... Read more...
For almost 15 years, Panasonic's Toughbook series of laptops has been the gold standard for anyone who needed a notebook capable of surviving being dropped, kicked, flung, run over, or struck by a small tactical nuke. The company no longer owns the ruggedized laptop field—newcomers Dell and HP have fielded their own designs—but Panasonic insists that it remains at the king of the hill. The company's new H1 Field tablet is meant to demonstrate that point.The H1 Field features a 10.4" sunlight-viewable display, is built with a magnesium alloy internal frame, and was independently certified to the IP65 and MIL-STD-801G standards. Panasonic puts a fair degree of emphasis on the fact that these certification... Read more...
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