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Monday, January 31, 2011

Intel Identifies Serious Chipset Error on Sandy Bridge Support Chip, Halts Shipment

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 12:00 PM

http://blog.laptopmag.com/intel-ide...ries-6-chipsets

"This morning, Intel announced it had detected a serious error in one of the support chips that ships with its 2nd Generation Core Series CPUs (aka Sandy Bridge), and has stopped shipment of the affected chipsets while it manufactures new versions of the chip for shipment to customers in late February. The company expects full volume recovery in April and, accordingly adjusted its revenue projections lower by about $300 million. Due to the delays in shipping the chipset, OEMs may also choose to delay shipping some or all of the their new Sandy Bridge notebooks, though none of the notebook vendors has commented yet."

Given the incredibly complexity of the technology we use today, it's somewhat surprising problems don't happen more often - but Intel is certainly doing the right thing in jumping on this issue before it impacts the wider public. It seems the lessons they learned from the Pentium floating point bug back in the '90s haven't been forgotten.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Broadcom's Crystal HD Helps out Intel's N450 Chipset

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 11:30 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2009/12/22/...abilities-of-n/

"NVIDIA's Ion technology may be hogging the limelight when it comes to netbook graphics, but Broadcom's no stranger to the space. After giving Acer's Aspire One HD playback capabilities that it could only dream of just months prior, the company's newly announced Crystal HD platform could provide Intel's Atom N450 with the multimedia boost it badly needs."

Intel's Atom 450 chipset doesn't do squat for HD video playback - I guess Intel hasn't gotten the memo that this HD thing is kind of big - but Broadcom's Crystal HD chip will give any Intel 450-based system the ability to play back 1080p content, including acceleration of the Flash 10.1 player. This is a chip we'll supposedly see in netbooks from Samsung, Dell, and Asus. I suspect HP will be on that list too, as the HP Mini 110 can be purchased with an earlier version of the Broadcom chip. HP has a $30 up-charge for the current Broadcom chip, so as long as the new chip is in that range, I can see consumers going for netbooks that can handle 1080p videos.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

VIA Announces the VN1000 Digital Media Chipset

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:45 AM

http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/c...n1000/index.jsp

"The VIA VN1000 digital media north bridge chipset is designed for next generation desktop, small form factor and all-in-one PCs, offering a world-class HD multimedia entertainment platform...Combined with VIA Nano and VIA Nano 3000 Series processors, the VIA VN1000 offers a power-efficient entertainment-focused platform that makes light work of HD video and the latest Blu-ray playback. The ChromotionHD 2.0 video processor guarantees smooth playback of the latest Blu-ray titles with superb hardware acceleration of the most demanding HD codecs at HDTV resolutions of 1080p and above. The VIA VN1000 also features the latest display technologies, including Display Port and HDMI support as well as options for dual and single channel LVDS, DVI and VGA outputs."

In my head, VIA has always been synonymous with Cyrix processors - anyone remember that processor from the '90s? Turns out that VIA bought Cyrix, so I wasn't too far off the mark. I have to admit though that I haven't had a very good first impression of VIA CPUs - my first experience with one was the HP 2133 Mini Note in which the VIA 1.2 Ghz CPU struggled to play even DVD-resolution videos. That was then and this is now: VIA has created their own north bridge chipset, and it brings 1080p playback to the table. This is the type of technology that only matters when it's been implemented by an OEM - so we'll see where these chips end up...


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