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Netbooks can run any SKU version of Windows 7

According to Microsoft's Brad Brooks, who is corporate vice president for Windows Consumer Product Marketing, all Windows 7 versions will work on mini notebook and netbook computers.


Putting it down to the intelligent development work by Microsoft software engineers, Windows 7 is not only looking to have a smaller OS footprint than Vista, but also come with improvement power management for enhanced battery life, enhanced media capabilities and increased reliability, stability and security.


Netbooks can run any SKU version of Windows 7

PressPass: How is Microsoft supporting small-notebook PCs with Windows 7?


Brooks: Microsoft is offering a clear path for Windows 7 across the board, so as we demonstrated at PDC, WinHEC and CES, Windows 7 provides a great user experience on small-notebook PCs.


With Windows 7, we've matched hardware improvements with some investments of our own. With Windows 7 we are on track to have a smaller OS footprint; an improved user interface that should allow for faster boot-up and shut-down times; improved power management for enhanced battery life; enhanced media capabilities; and increased reliability, stability and security.


These engineering investments allow small notebook PCs to run any version of Windows 7, and allow customers complete flexibility to purchase a system which meets their needs. For OEMs that build lower-cost small notebook PCs, Windows 7 Starter will now be available in developed markets. For the most enhanced, full-functioning Windows experience on small notebook PCs, however, consumers will want to go with Windows 7 Home Premium, which lets you get the most out of your digital media and easily connect with other PCs.


You can find the full Q&A here and the official details on Windows 7 SKUs here.


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Jetway's ZERO MINI-101 series netbooks ready up

We first discovered last month that motherboard maker Jetway was looking to join the netbook market with its upcoming ZERO MINI-101 series.


Jetway's ZERO MINI-101 series netbooks readied up


We're still not sure exactly when Jetway plans to officially release these to market, but they look pretty much ready for the limelight. The company has sent us a few more details about the netbooks today as well as a link pointing to the newly launched ZERO MINI sub-site.


Jetway's ZERO MINI-101 series netbooks readied up
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There are going to be 3 models at the moment:


ZERO MINI-101C (C being the short term for Coffee gold; mirror polish A-Side) - Gorgeous!
ZERO MINI-101B (B being the short term for piano Black; mirror polish A-Side) - Classical!
ZERO MINI-101W (W being the short term for pearl White; mirror polish A-Side) - Elegant!


You can find a full overview on the ZERO MINI-101 series of netbooks here.


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First i7 laptop expected in May

The i7 CPU in all of its flavors is one of the most advanced and fastest CPUs you can buy. It trounces the rest of the competition in most cases and even out does Intel's own line up.


So how would you like to get one in a notebook? That is a question Eurocom wants to answer. They have an i7 powered beast on the horizon and are hoping that putting this type of power in a small package will attract a lot of attention (and buyers).


The new beast will be called the Phantom i7. Specifications include the option of having the i7 920, 940, or 965 CPU, 17" Screen, 8GB of DDR3 (probably not in Tri-Channel mode) up to 1.5TB of storage, 1GB of Video memory an nVidia 280 GPU all on an X58 mainboard.


No pricing information is available yet but a shipping date of May 1st is expected.


Take a look at the specs

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nVidia talks up Ion for netbooks

nVidia seems to be changing its focus. While they will never get away from making GPUs the company certainly has shifted its focus from the desktop to the portable PC world.


In a recent conversation with nVidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, Laptop Magazine finds Huang talking up Ion.


The Ion platform throws the Intel Atom together with the GeForce 9400M GPU (oddly enough the same GPU that powers the new MacBook). Ion is intended to bring greater functionality to the netbook world.


According to Huang the current Netbook is nothing more than a PC that does not work that well. But with Ion the netbook can be a "Premium PC Experience" Huang also says that the current Atom with Intel chipset/GPU will be crushed by AMD's Neo.


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Do you feel Ion would help netbook vendors scale Atom up to designs with 12-inch or larger displays?


Absolutely. The resolution of a computer depends on the capability of the GPU. It's completely independent of the ability of the CPU. The amount of data that comes from the Web, whether you have an iPhone or 16:9 high-res display, the GPUs will render and display the image so quickly that the resolution of the display won't matter. Ion will allow you to support resolutions as high as you want to go, from tiny displays to large ones.


How do you think Atom stacks up to AMD's new Neo processor and companion graphics chips?


Atom by itself with Intel integrated graphics would get crushed by the Neo platform. That's because AMD is one of the world's most advanced graphics companies. They bought ATI, who has wonderful technology. When you couple that with an AMD processor, it would destroy the Atom platform.


How about when you pair Atom with Ion?


That's totally different. Atom plus Ion will give Neo a good run for its money, and from my perspective, it's a superior platform. The Atom processor is really terrific-it's small and low powered. Atom plus Ion is just a fabulous machine: It's small, low powered, and full featured in every way.


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Super Talent makes 32GB and 64GB SSDs for Eee PC

Super Talent sends word that they have just launched its newest SSD products and with little surprise, they are designed for the ASUS Eee PC S101.


Super Talent makes 32GB and 64GB SSDs for Eee PC S101

The standard shipping version of the Eee PC S101 comes with just 16GB of solid state storage, which Super Talent doesn't believe if enough. If you also reckon you need a boost in the storage department of your S101, Super Talent has 32GB and 64GB upgrades in the form of the SATA Mini PCIe SSD.


Across the full range (which also includes a 16GB model), Super Talent claim maximum read speeds of 90MB/s and maximum write speeds of 55MB/s. Not bad performance really for a small notebook computer.


You can read the full details over at the press release, which we uploaded here.


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Jetway joins netbook market: ZERO MINI-101

Jetway, although better known for its motherboards has now chosen to join the vastly growing netbook market with a new range of netbooks it calls the ZERO MINI-101.


Jetway joins netbook market: ZERO MINI-101


Running over the specs, they're powered by Intel Atom N270 CPUs at 1.6 GHz, a GB of memory, the usual integrated graphics and a 160GB mechanical HDD. The LCD is 10.1-inch with a native res of 1024x600. Other features include multi-card reader, WiFi and Ethernet connectivity, 1.3MP camera and a 3-cell battery. Color choices are black, white and brown.


Jetway joins netbook market: ZERO MINI-101


Pricing and availability is yet to be disclosed, but for now you can view some more details on the ZERO MINI-101 along with a bunch of pics of it here.


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Sony's compact VAIO P notebook unboxed

Following Sony's unveiling of their impressively compact VAIO P series note(net?)book last week, the folks at Akihabara News managed to get hold of one and take some very nicely presented pictures to help better see what makes its somewhat hefty price tag a bit more warranted.


ony's compact VAIO P series in pictures


It may not quite fit in a pocket as Sony so boldly claimed, but at a mere 636 grams with equally impressive dimensions, as well as the extensive feature-set, there's no doubt it's going to gain quite a big happy crowd of buyers.


ony's compact VAIO P series in pictures


You can view the rest of the pics here.


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Sony releases worlds lightest 8" notebook at CES

Sony has taken the wraps off its latest VAIO P series notebook today, or I should perhaps say netbook. Weighing in at a mere 636 grams, this is said to be the world's lightest 8-inch notebook released to date.




The ultra-wide LCD runs at a resolution of up to 1600x768 and the power behind it is based around Intel's Menlow platform in which Sony has opted for a slower 1.33GHz Atom to further assist in overall efficiency. They have, however chosen to equip the notebook with 2GB of RAM and the choice of a 60GB mechanical HDD or 128GB SSD.




Battery life is said to be in the ballpark of 4 hrs with the standard battery, whilst an option for a larger battery can keep it running for up to 8 hours. Other features of the VAIO P series include HSDPA, 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth connectivity options, Memory Stick Pro, MMC and SD card expansion slots, two USB 2.0 ports (one on each side), headphone jack, display and ethernet ports and webcam with mic.




Pricing for the P-series VAIOs begins at a hefty $899USD; you can read more details on it within the PR here folks.


LAS VEGAS (CES Booth #14200), Jan. 7, 2009 - Sony today took the wraps off the world's lightest 8-inch notebook- the new VAIO® P Series Lifestyle PC.


About the size of a business envelope and roughly as thin as a cell phone, the VAIO Lifestyle PC weighs just 1.4 pounds and is small enough to slip into a jacket pocket or handbag while integrating full-PC features.


The model incorporates a high-resolution, 1600 x 768, LED backlit 8-inch ultra-wide display (diagonal), making it easy to view everything from entire spreadsheets to full web pages- no side-to-side scrolling necessary. It also incorporates Sony's XBRITE-ECO™ LCD technology, producing images in brilliant detail for razor-sharp viewing on-the-go.


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ASUS first to launch notebooks with Radeon HD 4600

ASUS had today announced the first notebooks to make use of AMD's ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4600 series GPUs, also released today.


The two models include ASUS' N81Vp and N51Tp and along with leveraging the latest in GPU technology, they also include other advanced features in the way of efficiency with the use of the Super Hybrid Engine (SHE) being said to preserve battery life by up to 35% more than standard notebooks running identical specs. The built-in Express Gate operating system is also implemented along with ASUS' SmartLogon facial recognition system.


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Briefing over the Mobility Radeon HD 4600 series GPUs, these are DX10.1 based which offer performance closely equivilent to HD 3850 desktop models. You can read full details about the new Mobility series of GPUs here.


ASUS official PR on the new N series notebooks can be found here.


ASUS is proud to announce the world's first notebooks equipped with the AMD ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4600 Series GPU-the ASUS N81Vp and N51Tp. These notebooks will leverage the new GPU technology to deliver astounding multimedia experiences for discerning consumers. Furthermore, each N Series notebook also comes with innovative technological developments such as the highly-efficient Super Hybrid Engine (SHE), the built-in Express Gate operating system and the SmartLogon facial recognition system.


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FreeScale to build ARM based Netbooks

Freescale has had an Epiphany. They have come to the sudden realization that a netbook is just that, a netbook. It is not meant to play HD content nor is it meant to run Crysis it is meant to perform the relatively simple and routine tasks of getting on the internet, checking e-mail and office productivity work.


Now we all know that netbooks are not meant to be powerhouses; that is not the revelation that Freescale has had. What they have found is that your average smart phone could double as a netbook in term of processing and GPU power.


This has lead them to consider making an ARM based netbook to challenge Intel dominance in this new market.


Read more here.


FreeScale to build ARM based Netbooks

"People do prefer Windows and that environment," Burchers said. "I believe there will be good-better-best categories where for Intel and for Windows a user will pay a premium in price and in battery life. We want to replace the traditional Windows environment. There are iPhones; people don't ask, why can't it run the same [programs] on my iPhone? It's a different device from my computer."


At its heart, the i.MX51 is designed around a 1-GHz Cortex A8 core, ARM's most powerful, offering 1.8 times more performance per MHz than the ARM 11 core and roughly 3 times the processor performance of an iPhone, Burchers said. Because the Cortex is an integrated core, with its peripherals built into the chip, the company believes that between 6 to 8 millimeters can be shaved off of the thickness of a netbook, versus an Atom processor, he said.


A number of dedicated cores surround the main processor, allowing the processor to offload tasks that normally the core would have to process by brute force: a vector DSP unit runs MP3 playback, while OpenGL and Open VG cores process 3D and 2D graphics, respectively. Adobe recently said that it had ported its Flash technology to the OpenVG engine, meaning that the Cortex processor has dedicated hardware support for Flash-powered Web sites, which other architectures lack, he said.


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