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It is looking like Intel is acknowledging the lack of real graphics power behind the current chipsets for the Atom CPU.
According to Digitimes they have contacted nVidia to enable support for the atom on the MCP79. If this is true it will bring a more robust graphics solution to the netbook world.
Read more here.
Nvidia's MCP79 chipset will be the first to support Atom CPUs, however the support will only apply to nettops during the initial period.
Asustek Computer, Gigabyte Technology and Micro-Star International (MSI) have said they welcome the partnership between Nvidia and Intel and believe the cooperation would give them more pricing flexibility.
Get out your heat resistant knickers, it looks like nVidia is still eyeing the netbook market and wants to muscle in on this (at the moment) Intel only playing field.
In an article at PC world nVidia says that with the growing netbook there is a space for graphically robust netbooks that can handle gaming and other high(er)-end graphics demands.
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The netbook market is growing, and it could branch out into product categories such as smartphones and multimedia netbooks that can handle graphics effectively, said Marv Burkett, the company's chief financial officer, on a webcast from the Credit Suisse annual technology conference being held in Scottsdale, Arizona.
"We're not saying we're not interested; it's a matter of how the market will evolve," Burkett said.
Most netbooks today contain Intel's Atom processor and are not capable of handling video games or multimedia effectively, said Michael Hara, vice president of investor relations at Nvidia. Netbooks offer good battery life and are good for basic programs like Web applications, but they don't have the graphics capabilities to effectively play video games or video files, he said.
It looks like MSI is gearing up to fight Asus directly on the netbook battle field. With the recent launch of the Wind U120 and now with information about two new Winds the U110 and U115.
According to UMPC portal the new pair will have some great new features including up to 250GB of storage for the U110 and hybrid storage (combination of SSD and HDD) for the U115. The two new Winds will also include Draft n Spec wireless.
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Now news is spreading that MSI will be releasing two additional netbooks some time around January. The netbooks will be the U110 and U115; I've put the interesting things in bold:
1024×600 10" screen
1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 CPU - which is a more expensive but less power hungry chip (2w) than the Atom N270 (2.5w) which is in almost every netbook you see today
Poulsbo US15W chipset - most netbooks are using the Intel 945G. Poulsbo in combination with the Z530 CPU will make for a total chipset drain of 4.3w
Up to 250GB HDD for the U110
Toshiba is looking to drop a high performance laptop on the market soon.
To make sure they capture the enthusiast and gamers out there they are going stuff three nVidian GPUs under the hood for the world's first three GPU notebook.
The new Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q708 and X305-Q706 will feature two discreet GeForce 9800M GTS GPUs with NVIDIA SLI® technology, and a GeForce 9400M GPU. For maximum power the two 9800M GTS GPUs will run in SLI for great gaming while for maximum power savings they can be powered down and allow the 9400 to take over.
Drool after reading more here
A future member of ASUS' Eee portfolio could launch for $200, according to this report from DIGITIMES.
The company has adjusted the pricing and market positions of its entry-level and mid-range Eee PC offerings and expects, to reach the $200 milestone in 2009.
As widely expected, the company has also confirmed that it will phase out its 7 and 8.9" Eee PC offerings, replacing them with 10" iterations instead.
During a recent ASUS show and tell, an spokesperson said that the Taiwanese company, who made the netbook famous, would soon release a model, apparently called Eee PC 1002HA, that would come with discrete graphics.
ASUS was quick to mention that it should not be confused for the 10.2-inch N10 with Nvidia 9300M graphics, but then again - what exactly is it?
The netbook market is quickly getting out of hand with companies looking to capitalize on the success of the small notebooks. We can't help but thinking though, isn't the point of the Eee PC to be a cheap, small and long battery life notebook?
Adding all these fancy bits and pieces and expensive paint jobs or what-not, is really confusing the once simple netbook. What exactly is the difference between this supposed new model versus a standard 15-inch notebook?
We recently got an email from ASUS' Australian PR company with little more than a picture telling us to look forward for the ASUS Green Collection on the 12th of November - or, it could be December 11th, depending on which date format they've used.
From what we understand, this launch will finally see the launch of the Bamboo notebooks and some more surprises.
Super Talent today debuted its new line of mini PCI-Express SSD drives which are specifically designed for ASUS' range of Eee PC netbooks.
ASUS Eee PC's only come with up to 20GB of storage and clearly Super Talent has been smart in designing a product which expand storage, and importantly, at a viable price point.
Each of the mini PCI-E SSD drives offer up to 40MB/s read speeds and up to 15MB/s write speeds. While these speeds won't set any world records, they will suit the small netbook just fine for those users looking to increase storage capacity on their small Eee mobile computers.
Come sometime in November at mass production stage, you'll be able to pick up a 16GB version for an expected street price of $53 USD, 32GB version for $79 USD and the 64GB drive for $149 USD.
You can read the press release which we uploaded recently, over here, for more details on the product.
Okay, for the record, we know there is a big deal when we start talking about the Eee PC and netbook business - it's for sure, without this business, ASUS would definitely not be posting as good revenue figures as they are currently.
The unstoppable Taiwanese company today has officially launched its new and improved "stylish" Eee PC S101 netbook computer. As far as specifications on the inside go, not much has changed besides maybe a faster SSD, but it is on the outside that we see the biggest changes.
ASUS is calling its S101 Eee an exquisitely designed netbook for fashion forward individuals. Basically, it's an improved Eee PC in that the skin has been updated and it will cost you more money to get your hands on.
Notebook Italia were able to get their hands on a bunch of press shots, which you can view here (Google English). Mobile Computer Mag somehow managed to already get their hands on one and put it through the paces in a full review, over here.
MSI's Director of U.S. Sales Andy Tung has conducted an interview with Laptop Mag and in it he revealed his company's plans to release a new 10-inch Wind 2 netbook called the U120 by the end of this year.
In the interview, Andy said that while the U100 was a big success and great for teenagers, it lacked the features desired by true business users. Those features? 802.11n wireless LAN and mobile broadband aka a built-in 3.5G modem that will accept a SIM card with a mobile broadband data plan.
The MSI Wind U120 will also lose the round "cute" edges and be more square in design and at launch it will come with a 120GB hard drive but later on consumers will be able to pick models with either a 20Gb or 40GB SSD installed inside. While some would have liked to see the inclusion of a dual-core Atom processor, MSI claims that Intel is holding off on the launch of the mobile dual-core Atom until the second part of 2009, so it will have to be single-core until that time.
You can read the full interview, right here.