Posts Tagged ‘atom’

MSI Shows Off Pine Trail Netbooks

January 6, 2010

MSI has taken the opportunity to unveil its new line of netbooks, boasting the next-generation of Intel’s Atom processor, at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

Word comes via the Register that the MSI Wind U135, which had been rumoured to include a Pine Trail processor just before Christmas, weighs in at around the ten-inch mark and boasts the Atom N450. That means that MSI’s new netbook has an energy efficient single core, dual threaded processor.

Perhaps more interesting still is the news that MSI’s U135 has been the first netbook based on the upcoming Pine Trail chip to receive a WiMAX certification from the folks at Intel, which is good news for those who’ve been waiting for a more WiMAX enabled future to creep up on them.

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New Atom Breeds New Netbooks

January 4, 2010

Intel’s recently announced update to its range of low-power Atom processors has precipitated a raft of new netbook announcements.

The update from Intel, so far known under its codename, Pinetrail, aims to bring its Atom line up to speed, so to speak, and offer some more energy efficiency and higher-end graphics than the older range. This has drawn enough attention that Cnet is reporting even those a little shy of the netbook market until now have decided that it’s about time to get in on the action, with Gateway and Toshiba among those making the shift.

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Google Netbook Stats Leak

December 29, 2009

With Google’s upcoming entry to the operating system market due for launch soon, and with many already tinkering with it on netbooks, the specifications of Google’s own rumoured netbook have apparently been leaked.

Rumours that Google was to build its own netbook gained some traction with the announcement of a Google-branded phone in the form of the Nexus One, which is built by HTC, but with plenty of input from Google. Word that a netbook could follow a similar model came earlier this month, with some going so far as to say that Google would launch its own netbook when Chrome OS launched officially.

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Netbooks Dominate 2009

December 23, 2009

It seems that netbooks have seen massive growth over the course of 2009, despite many analysts claims throughout the year that the popular devices were essentially a fad and would soon die off.

Word comes from HotHardware that this year has seen a rise of more than 100% in the total number of netbooks shipped. While that’s not an indication of just how many have been sold, the fact that netbooks are proving increasingly scarce in the run up to Christmas is a fairly solid indication of just how hard well those shipments translate into real sales.

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Nvidia Working On Second Generation ION

December 23, 2009

Nvidia is already hard at work on a second-generation version of its ION platform for netbooks with a need for high-end graphics. Word of a second generation ION follows news of Intel’s next-generation Atom line.

Nvidia’s ION has a bit of a love-hate relationship with Intel. The ION itself is powered, at its core, by an Intel Atom processor, so the whole point for Nvidia is that it has to stay nice and tight with Intel when it comes to compatibility and getting its hands on processors. At the same time, the company is competing directly with Intel in the netbook space for graphics with its GMA line.

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Intel Talks Next-Gen Atom

December 21, 2009

Intel has revealed some of the details of its upcoming next-generation Atom processors. For those familiar with current-gen Atom processors, there aren’t any changes but the big one.

For those who haven’t been keeping up, Ars Technica has an excellent article up detailing what we can expect from the new line of Atom processors. As well you might expect, they all weigh in at the 1.66GHz mark, which isn’t any different from the Atom processors we see powering netbooks today. There are two big shifts coming though, and the first is towards a dual core Atom processor, the D510. It might seem small, but keeping the energy efficiency of the Atom line and adding a second core is no mean feat. We’ll be curious to see how it behaves in real life.

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Nvidia Continues Anti-Intel Assault

December 21, 2009

Nvidia’s Intel’s Insides series of cartoons having a few quick jabs at Intel continues this week, with the graphics-centric company releasing more cartoons for a little festive cheer at Intel’s expense.

Nvidia has been railing against Intel for quite some time now, but things really picked up last Summer, when the company needed Intel’s Atom processor line to power its then-upcoming ION GPU solution. Since then, things have only gone from bad to worse, particularly when it emerged that Intel had managed to gain its current market position through “bribery and coercion.”

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AMD Receives Intel Money

December 14, 2009

AMD has announced that it has received the $1.25 billion sum that the New York Attorney General ruled it was to be paid by Intel after allegations surfaced that Intel had used bribery and coercion to earn it a top position in the processor market.

Word comes via Trading Markets that AMD has received the monetary remuneration it was due from Intel, and that we can likely expect the rest of the rest of the bits and pieces that Intel has promised to go quite smoothly. For those who haven’t been keeping up with the story, Intel wasn’t just forced to pay out the $1.25 billion to AMD, but also:

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Nvidia Continues Anti-Intel Comics

December 14, 2009

Nvidia has continued its series of political-cartoon-themed comic strips lampooning chip manufacturer Intel, this time for the apparent failure of its attempt to build its own high-end graphics hardware, codenamed Larrabee.

Nvidia’s first round of comics came after news was released that Intel had been accused of bribery and coercion to achieve, and then to maintain, its position at the top of the CPU market. Intel didn’t take those particularly well, but given the fact that Nvidia hadn’t really said anything that wasn’t already confirmed by the New York attorney general, there wasn’t too much it could about the cartoons.

Now though, Nvidia’s apparent thrill for poking fun at a company whose projects seem increasingly to push it into the graphics specialist’s space continues unabated, with the release of a comic that quite simply has a dig at the fact that Intel hasn’t managed to build itself a piece of dedicated graphics hardware that it’d be happy to release.

Of course, Nvidia isn’t the only company that’s been putting the boot in, last week, AMD couldn’t resist getting a fairly thinly veiled jab in about how difficult it is to develop a GPU, which we’d imagine the folks at Intel didn’t much appreciate.

The only real question, for Nvidia, is whether or not these comics represent it biting the hand that feeds it, so to speak. Nvidia is very much dependent on Intel’s low-power Atom processor line for its ION. ION has been Nvidia’s big project for quite a bit, so we’d have imagined the company would be a little slower to ridicule Intel.

That said, we’d imagine that a significant amount of the bad blood between the two comes from the fact that Intel couldn’t provide Atom processors in the volume (or at the price) that Nvidia wanted during the summertime.

If you’d like to check out the rest of Nvidia’s cartoons, you can see them over at Intel’s Insides.

Dell Releases Chrome OS for Netbooks

November 30, 2009

Dell has released an image of Google’s recently released early build of its upcoming entry to the operating system market, Chrome OS, that can be mounted from a USB stick. It’s made for use with Dell’s Mini 10 netbooks for now.

If nothing else, it’s interesting to see that this Chrome OS build has been released directly from Dell for the Mini 10v specifically. If you’ve not encountered it before, we ran an article a while back on how to get a Mini 10v to run Apple’s Mac OS X (at least up as far as the first update to Snow Leopard, because after that Apple dropped support for Intel’s Atom mobile processor line). For now though, there are some caveats about using Dell’s Chrome OS build.

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