Netbooks might not be getting bigger (or else they'd be called notebooks), but according to Slashgear, the average screen resolution in systems using Intel's Atom N-series chipsets is going up, and with the chip maker's blessing.
"According to HKEPC, Intel has increased the maximum allowed resolution from 1024 x 600 to 1366 x 768, as seen on the recently-announced Sony VAIO W," Slashgear wrote.
As it stands right now, in order to use the higher resolution panels, companies must choose from Intel's Z-series Atom chips, or else forgo the preferential N-series pricing. Intel's reasoning for doing this has been to clearly distinguish between a netbook and notebook, but perhaps the company is now content to let the physical screen size separate the two segments.
You can already order Core i7-based notebooks from OEM outfilts like CyberPower and Eurocom, but doing so means settling for a desktop chip crammed into a laptop chassis, power management be damned. If you've been holding off for Intel to release mobile versions of the popular desktop chip, you might not have to wait much longer.
According to news and rumor site DigiTimes, Intel has updated its launch schedule for three laptop Clarksfield CPUs -- a trio of mobile chips built on the Nehalem architecture that will most likely carry the Core i7 brand -- for a late September or early October release.
The upcoming Clarksfield chips include the Core 2 Extreme XE (2GHz), Core 2 Quad P2 (1.73GHz), and Core 2 Quad P1 (1.6GHz).
In addition to the Clarksfield CPUs, Intel also plans to announce Celeron SU2300 and Celeron 743 processors for ultra-thin notebooks around the same time.
Intel had earlier made it clear that it doesn’t perceive Chrome OS as a threat to its open source OS Moblin. Now, according to a report, it wants to give a thrust to Google’s Android platform as well. According to a Digitimes report, the world’s leading chip manufacturer wants mobile internet devices (MIDs) based on its chips to run on Google’s Android platform. The report quotes sources at Taiwanese MID manufacturers. The report goes on to add that Android-based MIDs can only be expected once Intel’s Moorestown platform is out.
News of a Google operating system sent shockwaves through the technology industry last week, but unfortunately the announcement left us with more questions than answers. In an attempt to stem the flow of emails on the subject, VP of Product Management Sundar Pichai posted a follow up FAQ on the Official Chrome Blog. The posting doesn’t say much, but it at least confirmed that Chrome OS, just like every other Google product, will be absolutely free. Pichai also detailed the industry partners working with Google, and it’s an impressive lineup, even though Intel was noticeably absent.
Intel’s only comment on the issue at the time was to defend its own operating system initiative, code named Moblin, and to insist that it wouldn’t compete directly with Chrome. What they neglected to mention at the time oddly enough, is that they have actually been working closely with Google on Chromes development, and are extremely pleased with its progress. According to an Intel spokesmen, "We have been privy to the project for some time and we have worked with Google on a variety of projects, including this one. We welcome Google's move here."
Do you think this will cool Intel’s warm relations with Apple and Microsoft?
Google's announcement of Chrome OS hasn’t quite riled Intel’s feathers, if Michael Chen, director of Intel's embedded sales group (Asia-Pacific), can be taken for his word. As Chrome OS will primarily be targeted at MID devices, netbooks and nettops, it will always be on collision course with Moblin. For those of you who don’t know, Moblin is an open source OS that Intel developed for the above named device categories. "Our long-term goal is providing hardware for devices with different operating systems... more competition will drive up more innovations and that's good for consumers." Michael Chen said. Intel’s lack of concern is not entirely unprecedented, for companies usually greet a rival’s product with either customary skepticism or dubious unconcern. (Certified fake screenshot below)
Some recent reports have suggested that Nvidia is planning to launch their new 40nm GeForce GT 220 and GeForce G210 GPUs at the end of September.
Until now, Nvidia has had to delay the launch of their 40nm GPUs due to low yield rates from TSMC. But, recently the rate has improved a great deal, allowing Nvidia to schedule a launch before the end of the year and most importantly – in time for the holidays!
Rifling through the box that the Intel DX58SO “Smackover” board came in, we were surprised not to find “love” and “hate” brass knuckles, because the motherboard definitely conjures feelings of both extremes.
If you think we’re being disrespectful, just take one look at the board’s SATA ports. That will tell you that somebody at Intel still doesn’t know that today’s graphics cards are big, huge, honking affairs. Since Intel oriented all the SATA ports vertically, you’ll have a hell of a time accessing the ports with a dual-slot GPU parked overhead.
And if that doesn’t make you bust out the hate knuckles, the memory slots might. We’ve seen four previous boards for the Core i7—two from Asus, one from DFI, and an MSI mobo—and all have had six DIMM slots so you could run up to 12GB of RAM and maintain tri-channel mode. Not Intel’s.
According to some recent rumors that have surfaced over at DigiTimes, Intel will be using some intellectual property from their new foundry partner, TSMC, in order to help fill out its upcoming ultramobile chipset.
The intellectual property, currently codenamed Langwell, will work as the southbridge for Intel’s Atom successor, which is only known by the codename Moorestown. The diagram above displays how an Atom-based CPU core, a GPU core, a memory controller, and two video processing blocks can be worked around the Moorestown platform.
No word yet if this rumor is true, but the evidence looks pretty solid.
According to recent reports, Samsung is planning to launch an 11.6-inch netbook based off of Nvidia’s Ion in July.
The reports haven’t said much, but what is known is that the netbook will be run off of an Intel Atom N-series CPU, and that it’ll break Intel’s previously listed 10.2-inch size limit for netbooks. Intel has since cancelled preferential pricing for Samsung.
No official word yet on exactly what the netbook will be called, or what regions can expect it.
Freedman believes manufacturers will have to ultimately “go with a metal case” to achieve that ultra-thin form factor they are after. However, the use of metal cases will make ultra-thin notebooks costlier.
A reference to Intel’s CULV (Consumer Ultra Low Voltage) technology – meant for ultra-thin notebooks - in Freedman’s report elucidating the design issues prompted Intel to clarify that the “case design issues reported to be found by an ODM, not consumers, in early production units for ultra-thin laptops have nothing to do with Intel processors whatsoever.”
Freedman had said that some manufacturers are more interested in manufacturing 11-inch and 12-inch netbooks with the Atom processor rather than ultra-thin notebooks with Intel’s CULV technology.