Use of inexpensive ARM SoCs could pave the way for sub-$200 Chromebooks
When Acer recently introduced the C720 Chromebook, a Haswell Core i3-toting device, we couldn’t help but wonder if users would be comfortable shelling out $350 or more for a Chromebook. This is an especially pertinent question because if there’s one thing that has helped these nifty little devices carve a niche for themselves, it is their greater affordability compared to entry-level Windows machines. The good news is that Chromebooks are likely to get even more affordable in the near future.
Intel refuses to surrender the lower-end of the market.
Years ago AMD was putting pressure on Intel to continue innovating on the high end, but fast forwarded to 2013 and Intel is the last man standing. The new war is in ultra-low powered chips, and the company is years behind. Intel’s response to ARM was the ATOM series of processors, but they were stuck trying to power a heavy and bloated Microsoft OS, while ARM had custom designed operating systems that extended battery life, and created an entirely new market. This year the two companies are destined to meet in the middle, and it will be a pivotal moment in the history of computing. Intel has announced its plans to compete with the current crop of dirt cheap ARM based devices, and to the winner goes the spoils.
Asus, Acer, and others are no longer releasing new netbook models in the U.S.
We can count on one tightly clenched fist the number of consumer netbook announcements so far in 2013. It's zero, zip, zilch, nada, and whatever other word or phrase you want to use to represent a quantity less than one. Netbooks, while once hugely popular, are largely dead in the U.S., so why is Intel holding onto its Cedar Trail M platform? One reason is because Classmate PCs are selling in developing markets.
Two years ago netbooks were all the rage, but how quickly fortunes can fade. Over the last year the market has been losing share to low cost notebooks and tablets at an astonishing pace, leading some manufacturers to back out completely. Toshiba is the latest OEM to call it quits, and the new Toshiba Portege Z830 shown here will never see the light of day here in North America.
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.
Ubuntu’s declining popularity was a hot topic on the Internet recently, with a number of sites using Distrowatch's annual web rankings to ring alarm bells for the popular Linux distro. But there were those who looked askance at these reports -- and quite rightly so, accusing them of grossly exaggerating the extent of Ubuntu’s alleged decline. Whatever be the true extent of its decline, the fact is Ubuntu is still a very popular Linux distro and Canonical will have another chance of redeeming itself with Precise Pangolin in a few months’ time.
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.
After cannibalizing netbook sales for well over a year, media tablets are said to have finally leapfrogged their prey in terms of shipments. According to ABI Research, tablet shipments in 2Q11 numbered 13.6 million units compared to just 7.3 million netbooks. Hit the jump for more.
While it’s a fact that some lame-o ideas flat-out just won’t die, no matter how long in the tooth they are – VHS tapes, dial-up Internet and DRM, anyone? – the inverse is also true. Sometimes, truly groundbreaking ideas pop onto the scene long before the mainstream is ready to embrace it. Rather than praising the success stories, this article takes a look at the lesser known forefathers that made best sellers like the iPad and Hulu Plus possible. Grab a seat and raise a toast to these technologies born before their time; without them, modern life wouldn’t be as comfy and convenient as we know it.