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The ultraportable notebook marketplace is hotter than ever before. In years past, buying a sub-14" machine generally meant a couple of things: low power and high price. Today, it's still fair to say that ultraportables are generally less powerful and more expensive than the standard-sized 15" machines that sit above them, but the gap is closing fast. Intel's Core i3 and i5 line of processors has ushered in an entirely new segment of thin-and-light machines, and we're getting to the point where 13.3" machines can finally be taken seriously from a performance standpoint. Toshiba's 13.3" Portégé R705 is one of the sleeker, more potent ultraportables on the market today, and in general,... Read more...
AMD always hosts an event in the shadow of Intel's Developer Forum, so it wasn't surprising to hear the company was demoing its upcoming Zacate processor this week. Zacate is the codename associated with AMD's 18W dual-core APU and will target the $500 notebook market. The second chip, Ontario, is a 9W APU that'll chase after Atom's business. According to AMD's Director of Fusion Marketing, John Taylor, Zacate-class APUs are ideal platforms for what he calls "no-compromise cloud computing." Why's that? He's glad you asked. Increasingly, we go online for collaboration and social interaction...Nowhere is this more evident than on social networking sites. These sites...often requir[e] quite a bit... Read more...
Yesterday, we chided AMD for its decision not to reveal more details about Bulldozer and Bobcat, but it turns out we didn't have all the facts. AMD was planning on disclosing more information later in the day at Hot Chips—but the company failed to disclose that tid-bit before we went live with our previous coverage. We're going to take a look at the new information about Bobcat and Bulldozer that's subsequently been revealed; if you want more general backround data you can get it here... Next-Gen AMD Bobcat and Bulldozer CPU Deep Dive... Read more...
Yesterday, we chided AMD for its decision not to reveal more details about Bulldozer and Bobcat, but it turns out we didn't have all the facts. AMD was planning on disclosing more information later in the day at Hot Chips—but the company failed to disclose that before we went live with our previous coverage. We're going to take a look at the new information about Bobcat and Bulldozer that's subsequently been revealed; if you want more general background data, check the links above. Bully For Bobcat We'll start with the high-level block diagram of Bobcat's architecture, then step through some of the pertinent details. Bobcat shares certain characteristics with Atom but AMD's new... Read more...
At Hot Chips 22 today, AMD will be discussing new details of its Bobcat and Bulldozer processors—but don't be surprised if some of the new information sounds familiar. With the exception of a few tidbits on Bobcat's architecture and a new Bulldozer block diagram, much of what the company discussed with us recently was revealed last November at the company's Analyst Day. For those of you who might not keep up with the company's roadmap, here's the current situation. Llano, the 32nm Phenom II-derived APU (read: CPU+GPU) that AMD was hoping to launch at the end of Q4 this year won't tip up until Q1. Normally this means "March 31st," but AMD implied that it might launch... Read more...
When AMD released its second quarter financial results last month it didn't say much about server volumes or market share, save to note that its performance "met expectations." The major news of the call turned out to be the company's decision to pull Bobcat's launch into 2010 and push Llano into 2011, which defrayed most conversation on market share. If AMD's server sales were indeed within the company's expectations, it can only mean the company was expecting to be pummeled. According to IDC's figures, Intel finished Q2 with 93.5 percent of the server market, up 3.3 percent, while AMD's share decreased to 6.5 percent, down by the same amount. That's rather depressing news considering AMD's... Read more...
There was a significant influx of CULV based notebooks earlier in the year, due in part to their excellent balance between power, performance, and price. While CULV based machines were a good fit for many users who didn't want to sacrifice much performance for longer battery life, CULV notebooks are being introduced at a less rapid pace these days. Sure, Intel has low-voltage versions of the mobile Core 2010 processor lineup, but the Core i3 and Core i5 have proven that they don't consume an insane amount of energy as-is, and the performance bump from using a standard mobile chip is definitely noticeable. That's just one of the reasons we're intrigued by Asus' new 14" machine, the U43F. The other... Read more...
There was a significant influx of CULV based notebooks earlier in the year, due in part to their excellent balance between power, performance, and price. While CULV based machines were a good fit for many users who didn't want to sacrifice much performance for longer battery life, CULV notebooks are being introduced at a less rapid pace these days. Sure, Intel has low-voltage versions of the mobile Core 2010 processor lineup, but the Core i3 and Core i5 have proven that they don't consume an insane amount of energy as-is, and the performance bump from using a standard mobile chip is definitely noticeable. That's just one of the reasons we're intrigued by Asus' new 14" machine,... Read more...
AMD announced its second-quarter earnings yesterday and the company's results, while not perfect, imply continued strong execution. The company's revenue was up 40 percent year-on-year on strong demand for server and mobile parts. Total revenue was $1.65B, up five percent from the first quarter. "Robust demand for our latest mobile platforms and solid execution drove record second quarter revenue and a healthy gross margin," said Dirk Meyer, AMD President and CEO. "Our unmatched combination of microprocessor and graphics capabilities resulted in customers launching a record number of new mobile and desktop platforms. We added Sony as a microprocessor customer and continue to see our existing... Read more...
Intel released its quarterly earnings last night, revealing yet another record-breaking quarter. This is the third time in four quarters that the company has managed to break one record or another; the results imply that the IT industry continues to recover slowly. All of Intel's financial indicators were up; the company earned $10.8 billion in revenue with a net income of $2.9 billion. The PC Client Group (think desktops, netbooks, and notebooks) grew by two percent in Q2 with record mobile shipments. Server revenue, which was extremely weak in 2009, has begun to recover; revenue in the Data Center Group was up 13 percent compared to Q2. Microprocessors ASPs rose slightly and the company reported... Read more...
Toshiba's Singapore division recently launched a new Portégé notebook that features a Honeycomb Structure and Fresh Air Cooling Technology. Thanks to the new Honeycomb Structure beneath the palm rests and base of the laptop, the Portégé R700 is able to feature a light and durable magnesium alloy reinforced casing. This honeycomb structure provides increased rigidity without adding additional weight. Another cool feature of the Portégé R700 is its new Airflow Cooling Technology. Co-developed by Intel and Toshiba, this technology uses powerful jets of fresh air to cool the heat-generating components. In doing so, the Airflow Cooling Technology enables Toshiba... Read more...
Apple's iPad may have arguably rebooted the tablet revolution, but Motion Computing has been producing tablets before the iPad was even a concept in the back of Steve Jobs' mind. The company's new J3500 Rugged Tablet PC isn't your average toy; instead, it uses a tough exterior, durable Gorilla glass and a more solid construction in order to give you tablet-like abilities no matter where life takes you. Even if that's out into the wild. It's the newest member of the J-Series tablet family, and it features an Intel Core vPro processor, dual touch screen technology (the ability to use your hands or a digitizer), Windows 7, and an expanded storage system that can hold a 160GB hard drive and (not... Read more...
Menacing? Oh yes. Mean? Definitely. Powerful? You bet. Digital Storm is an up and coming pre-fab PC builder, and in order to go toe-to-toe with the big guys at Dell, Alienware and HP, they've got to offer cutting edge hardware at a great price. And offering that in a PC enclosure that looks like this doesn't hurt matters. The company's new SPECIAL|OPS gaming PC family is one of the wildest we've seen, with all sorts of options for all sorts of budgets. The new range of overclocked machines can be ordered with Intel or AMD chips, as Core i5, Core i7 and Phenom II processors are on tap. The company even offers free overclocking between 3.3GHz and 3.9GHz, so that alone is a steal. Each TwisterBoost... Read more...
We found Alienware's M11x to be one-in-a-million when we reviewed it earlier in the year, but there's always room for improvement. Even Alienware recognizes that, and they've done quite a bit of improving with the latest edition of the planet's smallest hardcore gaming notebook. The new M11x still retains the tiny 11" form factor and typical Alienware design, but the components within are on another planet. Consumers now have the option to get a Core i5 or Core i7 processor within, and the best news is that battery life should be better thanks to using NVIDIA's Optimus graphics switching technologies. Alienware also allows users to overclock their CPU beyond the standard, and the NVIDIA GeForce... Read more...
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