The Atom processor is a pretty nifty little thing. It draws very little power, it doesn’t require much cooling – this allows PC creators to put them in just about anything. And, “anything” now includes a toy Ferrari and a vase.
These two computers sport nettop stats, and it’s expected that the Ferarri enclosed machine is being aimed at kids, while the Vase case is for those that just want to hide their machine amongst their pottery.
No word yet on price or availability, but it’s expected that these are simply meant as proof of concept.
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Not only is Packard Bell still around (there's a name we don't hear too often), but the former major U.S. player who now spends its time in Europe (kind of like Hasselhoff) is jumping aboard the Ion train with a nettop dubbed the iMax Mini.
Essentially a rebadged Acer AspireRevo, the iMax Mini comes configured with an Intel Atom N230 processor (1.6GHz, 512KB L2 cache, 533MHz frontside bus), 2GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, six USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, and VGA. Underscoring the Ion platform, the iMax Mini will also come with a gamepad.
Other specs remain scarce, however Packard Bell did say it plans to price the new nettop at £249, or about $400USD.
Netbook makers hoping to offer Nvidia's ION platform will have to open their wallets a little wider than what they might be accustomed to. Straight from the horse's mouth, Intel charges more for the Atom processor as a standalone product than it does when combined with its own chipset.
"We have historically offered better pricing to people who buy more product," Intel CEO Paul Otellini said during a conference call to discuss Intel's $1.45 billion fine from the European Commission.
In January, Nvidia was asked how much the ION would add to the cost of a netbook.
"It's hard to guesstimate, but our GPUs have a price range from $30 to $40," responded Jen-Hsun Huang, Nvidia CEO. "It replaces two other chips, the Northbridge and Southbridge, and will certainly be less than that."
Or more, depending on the price premium Intel puts on ordering a bare Atom chip. Given the record setting fine Intel just received for alleged anti-competitive practices and the existing bad blood between Intel and Nvidia, this could get very interesting.
Not even Intel could have predicted how wildly popular its Atom processor would be, because if it did, it might have scaled back production from the get-go. Instead, the No. 1 chip maker is reportedly keeping its eye on the Chinese market to make sure it doesn't sell too many Atoms, going so far as to reject orders from some China-based white-box vendors, says DigiTimes.
Intel did offer up a response, calling the story unfounded and saying it doesn't comment on industry rumors, but DigiTimes' un-cited sources insist that they're being watched very closely to prevent a surge of Atom chips in China. The sources added that Taiwan-based Intel CPU distributors have had to stop accepting orders from China-based white-box makers.
It might seem strange that Intel would look to sell less product, however fierce competition in China among white-box players has started to cut into traditional notebook sales where there exists a greater profit margin. It's easy to see why, at least in this case, Intel would want to scale back Atom sales, if in fact the chip maker is doing that.
Taiwan IC distributors expect that the supply of Atom processors will fall short of demand by 500,000 units this month in China.
Two new nettops based on Nvidia's Ion platform have been unveiled in Taipei this week, one by ASRock and the other by Pegatron Technology. ASRock's Ion 330 trades in the oft-used single-core Atom processor for a dual-core variant, the Atom 330 CPU (1.6GHz, 1MB L2 cache, 533MHz frontside bus). Not much else is known about the PC, other than it comes with an integrated DVD optical drive.
Taking up a slimmer form factor, Pegatron's Cape 7 comes encased in white plastic and has four USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port, HDMI port, 3.5mm audio jack, and a power connector for an external power brick. It doesn't come with an optical drive, nor are there any details regarding the processor.
While these are some of the first dual-core Atom 330 based nettops to be spotted in the wild, they won't be the last. According to web rumblings, Nvidia expects around 40 Ion platforms to show up on the markt by the end of the year, some of which are bound to come with dual-core Atoms.
According to some reports Asus’ latest nettop, the EeeBox B208, should be arriving sometime in June for buyers over in the UK.
The EeeBox B208 will come with a dual-core Intel Atom 330 processor, ATI Radeon HD 4530 graphics, and HDMI-out (to help provide a full HD experience). As for connections, it’ll be able to hop on your WiFi using 802.11n, or gigabit Ethernet. And, impressively all this will be whisper quiet, making only 26dB of noise.
It’ll presumably all cost around $500. Not bad, considering how well this could handle the role of a media center.
MSI has finally put a price tag on their extremely eco-friendly touchscreen Wind Top. That price? A very reasonable $529.
At the heart of the Wind Top will be an Intel Atom 230 processor, a 160GB SATA HDD, 4 USB 2.0 ports, a 4 in 1 card reader and an 18.5-inch widescreen. It’ll come standard with Windows XP Home, and will even pack a built-in webcam and microphone to let you video conference, right out of the box.
Last week, it was rumored that Acer would unveil the very first Ion-based nettop this week. That rumor has been vindicated by Acer. The AspireRevo, as the diminutive nettop is called, was unveiled on Tuesday by Acer and Nvidia.
The nettop features up to 4GB of RAM, a maximum of 250GB hard drive, HDMI/VGA outputs and six USB 2.0 ports. To put the stats into perspective, the nettop measures 7.1 x 7.1 x 1.2 inches (about the same size as a hardcover book). Its pricing and release date are still awaited.
How do you celebrate the 1-year anniversary of what's become one of the hottest selling chip series in recent history? Make it faster, and then show it off during a keynote at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing..
It was Intel senior VP and GM of the Ultra Mobility Group Anand Chandrasekher who gave the keynote, which included the first live demo of Intel's next-generation Atom-based MID platform, codenamed "Moorestown." The upcoming platform is due out in 2010 and consists of a system-on-chip that integrates a 45nm Atom CPU, graphics, video and memory controller, and I/O hub.
During the keynote, Intel also announced a pair of new Atom processors for MIDs. First on the lineup is the Z515, which incorporates the new Intel Burst Performance Technology (BPT) and runs at 1.2GHz. But of more interest in the Z550. This chip races along at 2GHz and supports Hyperthreading, and it does so at under 3 watts of power.
Obama may have sold the idea of hope and change to the American populace, but can his name sell a low-power PC? Little known Taiwanese company Seed seems to think so, who was spotted selling what it's calling the 'Obama PC,' otherwise known as a nettop, and a pretty basic one at that.
Built around the mini-ITX form factor, the Obama PC comes configured with an Intel Atom 230 processor nestled into Intel's 945GC chipset, 2GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive, DVD burner, four rear-mounted USB 2.0 ports, two PS/2 ports, a parallel port, a serial port, a D-sub connector, and a 10/100Mb Ethernet port. It also adds another two USB 2.0 ports on the front, a 3.5-inch drive bay, and an internal PCI expansion slot.
The presidential PC sells for NT$7,999, which converts to about $242 in U.S. currency. No word on whether or not Seed plans to import a version for sale in the U.S. If it does, look for Biden-branded peripherals to accompany it.