Habey USA's new BIS-6630 compact fanless embedded PC isn't quite small enough to inconspicuously jam into your pants pocket, though at just 7.5 inches (W) x 7.5 inches (L) x 2.5 inches (H), it's just the right size for digital signage applications, which is what it's intended for. It's built around Intel's Cedar Trail platform and has a power efficiency rating of just 12W.
Computers are getting smaller. Processors are getting smaller. Why shouldn’t hard drives get smaller, too? Don’t worry – IBM’s working on it. Late last week, the company announced that its researchers had “successfully demonstrated the ability to store information in as few as 12 magnetic atoms.” In comparison, it takes close to a million atoms for current HDDs to store a bit. Apparently, being dense is a good thing!
Intel has been talking up a storm about its plans to infiltrate the mobile device market and inject x86 processors into smartphones and tablets, and at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Intel was still talking about it, only with a little more detail. Two of the things Intel announced at CES is a multi-year, multi-device strategic relationship with Google-owned Motorola Mobility to deliver Atom-powered devices.
The introduction of Intel's Cedar Trail platform might spark some renewed interest in the netbook category, especially as buyers looking for an affordable and highly portable machine grapple with whether to overspend on a underpowered/under-equipped tablet PC, or really overspend on a newfangled Ultrabook. A new generation of netbooks could be just the thing these folks are looking for, and Asus will try to entice them with its upcoming Eee PC Flare series.
Intel has now begun shipping third-generation Atom mobile chips, the company announced today. Codenamed Cedar Trail-M, this new crop of Atom processors was originally expected to arrive in the third quarter, only for their release to be pushed back twice due to driver issues. Though there was no official word on it, the possibility of a late December release was hinted at in a report last month. Hit the jump for more.
The netbook form factor isn't dead, it's just not the new kid on the block anymore, nor the most popular or even the most portable. Those designations belong to Intel's new Ultrabook category, which sport only slightly larger screens (11.6 inches and 13.3 inches) but a much slimmer profile, and better hardware to boot (albeit with much higher prices). And then there are tablets, these thin slabs of hardware currently incapable of fully replacing a notebook PC, but certainly able to cannibalize a sale here and there. If you're a fan of netbooks, keep your chin up, Asus is still in your corner, plugging away at the once crazy popular form factor.
How do you chip away at a giant who keeps getting bigger no matter what the circumstances? AMD would pay good money for an answer, as chip giant Intel yet again increased its share of the microprocessor market, and did so even as the demand for netbooks fell significantly. Netbooks, as you know, are almost entirely powered by Intel's Atom processors, and that served Intel well from 2008 to 2010 when the netbook market enjoyed double-digit growth.
Originally scheduled for sometime during the third quarter, the launch of Intel’s next-generation “Cedar Trail” Atom chips was pushed back to November owing to driver issues and the chip maker’s failure to secure WHQL certification for them. We have almost come to the end of the month and there is no sign of the Cedar Trail-M platform yet. But not everyone is clueless.
Everyone's attention is currently fixated on handheld devices like tablets and smartphones, but at least one chip maker hasn't forgotten about netbooks and nettops. Intel has quietly come out with four new Atom processors split evenly between these two segments, including the N2600 and N2800 for netbooks, and D2500 and D2700 for nettop systems.
Taking on Intel in the microprocessor space is a monumental task, a point that's underscored by IHS iSuppli's latest market share data. But if there's on area in which Intel can ill afford to blink, it's in mobile. Tablets are taking over, netbooks aren't as sexy as they once were, and ARM is in position to dominate the field. Can Intel's Atom processor line turn things around?