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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Netbooks Continue Creeping Into Notebook Country

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 11:30 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2009/10/27/...ons-slightly-f/

"Netbook specs have been held in check by Microsoft and Intel's dizzying array of rules and restrictions for low-cost machines, but now that Windows 7 is out and Intel's getting ready to release the next generation of Atom chips it sounds like things are about to get slightly better."

Netbooks became an incredible explosion in the PC industry, with the wee machines flying off the shelves. Of course, customers soon realized that netbooks, while cheaper, were essentially castrated notebooks. Over time, this has improved, but only in small increments. When Intel starts pushing out its Pine Trail chips, that should change some more with some of the limits imposed on the netbook class being lifted. Of course, I would expect prices to go up a bit as well, which begs the question, is there really a line between netbooks and notebooks anymore?


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Atom Update Due in October

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 01:30 PM

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20090610PD217.html

"Codenamed Pine Trail, Intel's 45nm Atom N450 will be a single-core CPU with built-in northbridge functions, and will be paired with the new NM10 (Tiger Point) chipset."

The new Atom looks to update much of the infrastructure around the Atom CPU itself and supposedly also gives the whole setup the ability to display 1080p video. This mostly seems like an evolutionary upgrade for Intel though it will probably be just enough to keep lots of manufacturers from jumping ship for an alternative solution like the NVidia ION platform. It is good to see progress being made, however small, but outside of improved graphics performance, I am not sure if the netbook/nettop CPU industry really has that much excitement left in it. Manufacturers seem to have found the netbook sweet spot for size, and can only really differentiate themselves with design now. The race to the top does not seem to concern most people. Now it is a race to the longest battery life!


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Intel Previews Upcoming Atom Developments

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 06:00 AM

http://arstechnica.com/hardware/new...-on-die-gpu.ars

"Intel renewed its netbook push Tuesday with the formal announcement of its next-generation Atom platform, codenamed Pine Trail. The details of Pine Trail, including the late 2009 launch date, had already been widely leaked, and today's disclosure provided little new information. But for those who haven't followed the Pineview leaks, I'll break down the details of what was announced."

Ars Technica provides a good glimpse on what we can expect from Intel in the netbook market over the coming months and to be honest, I have to say that I am disappointed. The changes Intel is making smells more of protecting their netbook marketshare instead of pushing for innovation. What really surprised me is how Intel is pricing their solution, making more powerful solutions such as the NVidia ION far more expensive. I was hoping that Intel would come up with something dazzling which would help shake up the netbook market, but now I think that the only netbooks I'll be considering or recommending for the next year will be those based on ION. While 3D performance is not required for most of what netbooks do now, I'm finding it becoming increasingly important. From casual games to Google Earth, the 3D boost is definately worth the extra power consumption.


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