The launch of Windows Mobile 7 may get delayed even further, according to Taiwanese website Digitimes. Its sources have revealed that Microsoft may push the launch to 2011. Another delay will leave the Windows Mobile platform with very little chance of drawing level with other platforms, leaving its rivals ample time to stretch their technological lead even further.
The report claims that Microsoft will further prolong its longer-than-expected countdown to Windows Mobile 7 by unveiling another minor update in the form of Windows Mobile 6.6 (codenamed Maldives) at the Mobile World Congress in February. The minor update will support capacitive touchscreens and help Microsoft bide its time. If the report is correct, then MWC 2010 may not even feature a fleeting glimpse of Windows Mobile 7.
Race fans, fire up your wallets! AMD’s first 45nm chip, the Shanghai quad-core has finally made its appearance at online resellers.
These bad boys aren’t cheap, either. The quad-core 2.7GHz chip will run potential buyers $2,499 over at PC Connection and $2,240 (for the chip without any fan) over at Buy.com. And these prices are pretty standard all the way across the board.
Admittedly, expectations might be low for these chips considering the debacle caused by the massive delays of Barcelona due to the production issues. Still, AMD’s hopes remain high. Shanghai is currently in full production, and supposed to have a 20 percent performance boost over Barcelona. There have also been confirmations from the likes of Sun Microsystems for plans to offer the chip in current x64 platforms that are running Barcelona by as early as Q1 2009.
While these chips do offer surprisingly low power consumption for a quad core chip (only 75 watts) and some burly clock speeds, the prices are pretty difficult to swallow. Although, to be fair, they’re meant for servers… or badasses.
Barcelona might have been a sullen nightmare for AMD but it seems to have moved on. It has now pinned its hopes on Shanghai, a quad-core processor for the server market, which happens to be its first processor to be synthesized on a 45-nanometer process.
The company has begun shipping Shanghai to its OEM partners. Shanghai will be launched ahead of time, before the end of this year, unlike Barcelona that was plagued by delays.