Apple Not To Use Intel Atom Processors In “iSlate”?

It seems that Apple has ditched the popular Intel Atom processor for their upcoming but still unannounced iSlatetouchscreen tablet device. The folks over at pocket-lint.com had a conversation with the Apple’s design manufactureapple-logo partners, and they have indicated that Apple won’t be using an Intel Atom processor to power the iSlate.

Apple instead seems to have used a processor made by a firm which they had acquired 2 years ago, named P A Semi. The report from pocket-lint.com says that Apple will not be using the Intel Atom processors, which contradicts the leaked specs of the iSlate , we had reported to our readers a few days ago. The leaked specifications of the iSlatestated that the device will be using an Intel Core 2 Duo low voltage processor. The leaked specification do look over the top to me as fitting all the above said stuff in such a small form factor seems impossible right now, with the available technology. The iSlatewill hopefully be announced on 26th January at the Yerba Buena Center For The Arts as we had reported earlier. Even though Apple has not mentioned anything about a touchscreen tablet device, the whole of the internet is currently abuzz with Apple’s iSlatedevice. Whether these are just plain rumors or whether these rumors are true to a certain extent, can only be found out at the upcoming BigApple event. These rumors have definitely helped Apple though, as the value of there shares are soaring right now.

Lenovo Unveils Thinkpad Edge Series of Laptop

Lenovo today announced its Thinkpad Edge series of laptops targeted towards small to medium sized business firms, at CES 2010. The Thinkpad Edge series will contain laptops with varying screen sizes of 13, 14and 15inches. The Thinkpad series of laptops from Lenovo are known for their durability and reliability. These laptops will feature a spill-resistant keyboard, and a large multi-touch trackpad.

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The 13Thinkpad Edge laptop will be the first laptop in the market to feature AMD’s Vision Pro Technology along with an AMD dual core processor.

Expanding our relationship with Lenovo to include ThinkPad laptops represents a turning point for AMD’s commercial client business and creates enormous opportunity for both companies. By basing these laptops on VISION Pro Technology, Lenovo is enabling customers to gain a competitive advantage with performance you can see on today’s collaboration and visual productivity applications, unbeatable value at every price point and a means of eliminating IT headaches through open standards manageability and security features,said Leslie Sobon, vice president, Product Marketing, AMD.

Lenovo says that the laptops will have a battery life of up to 8 hours. The laptops will also come equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth whereas 3G and WiMAX connectivity features will be optional. The Function (Fn) key has been re-designed by Lenovo so as to provide users with one finger access to the laptop’s multimedia functions. Also the System Req. key has been omitted from the keyboards’ layout. The Thinkpad Edge series of laptop can be powered by either an AMD Neo/AMD Turion processor or by an Intel Core 2 Duo processor.

The 13Thinkpad Edge laptop will be available in retail outlets starting 5th Jan with the base model being available for 549$. The 14and 15versions will hit the market in Q2 of 2010.

CES 2010 Predictions for Intel, HTC, Palm and Microsoft

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2010 will kickoff in few days. CES 2010 is all set to start on January 7th and will continue through till January 10th. CES Expo is a event where most of the technology and auto companies showcase new products which will be launched in near future.

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Other than Apple, who host their own event, most of the big companies will be demoing some really cool technology devices and autos in the span of four days. The event in itself is extravagant, however, it is not easy to predict what will actually be demoed at CES 2010 as most companies want everything to be under a wrap.

There will be around 3000 companies at CES 2010, who will launch more than 20,000 new products and showcase it to the world.

Also Read: Nexus One – From Rumor to Reality, the Complete Coverage

We have taken some time to go through some of our sources and tried to tie up the loose ends, to come up with few predictions as to what you can expect at CES 2010. So without further ado, here are some of our predictions for few of the exhibitors at CES 2010.

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Intel President & CEO Paul Otellini will be one of the keynote speakers at CES 2010 and from what is doing rounds, Intel will be using the stage to showcase their upcoming range of products for the portable computing. One of the products that will be shown is their new Pine Trail platform with Pineview the successor to their Atom processors. Pine Trail is for the Netbook computers, with the GPU & CPU will be on the same die. Unfortunately for Intel, nobody is excited about Pine Trail because of its lack of HD video decoding and what is going to be a very under-powered GPU. Intel might be using this stifled-configuration to distinguish between low-end laptop computers & Netbook computers.

Another possible product to show itself is Intel Moorestone codename for their Mobile Internet Devices platform. Moorestone is a system-on-chip for high-end feature rich cell phones also referred to as Mobile Internet Devices.

Intel Announces “Pineview” Based Atom Processors

Netbooks have sold like hot cakes this year. Their small form factor, along with the extraAtom long battery life have made them a big hit among the consumers. The Intel Atom processor which is used by all the netbook manufacturers, has always been criticized for its poor performance, and on the other hand it has always been praised for its low power consumption. The Intel Atom processor is usually coupled with a 945 based chipset which consumes a lot of power. Intel have been working hard on this front and the result is Pineview.

The new processor has a DDR2 Memory controller, graphics processor integrated into its core which not only reduces the manufacturing cost, but also reduces the power consumption by a huge margin. The Pineview series of processor will be coupled with a brand new chipset as well the NM10 Express Chipset. The pineview processor and the NM10 Express chipset collectively form the PineTrail platform. The NM10 Express Chipset supports upto 8 USB 2.0 ports, and has 2x 32bit PCIe Slots along with Intel’s HD Audio.

The Intel Atom processor has fueled an entirely new category of computing over the last year and a half and we think the growth will continue for devices like netbooks and entry-level PCs built around basic computing and Internet usage models,said Mooly Eden, Intel’s   Corporate Vice President and the General Manager of Intel’s PC Client Group.

We’re excited to be delivering the next-generation Atom platform and working across the industry as we head into a second phase of growth, powering innovative new system designs with better performance, smaller footprints and better battery life,”

Intel announced 3 new Pineview based processors D410, D510 and N450. The D510 processor is a dual core one and has 1MB of L2 cache with a TDP of 15W, and are meant only for entry level desktop PCs. The D410 and the N450 processor are single core ones and have a L2 cache of 512KB. The D510 processor has a TDP of 12W (including the chipset) while the N450 has a TDP of 7W (Including the chipset). All the three processors run at 1.66GHz.

Dell Introduces Inspiron One 19 and Studio 17: Touchscreen Desktop and Laptop

Dell, the 3rd largest PC manufacturer of the world, has launched a new notebook and computer each, with touch-screen functionality. dell-logo-online-newThe Inspiron One 19 computer has an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, up to 4GB DDR2 RAM, and a maximum storage capacity of 750GB. The screen size of the LCD is 19″, having a resolution of 1440*900. The screen is, according to Dell, multi-touch enabled.

The Inspiron One 19, and Studio 17 laptop, feature Wifi, 1.3Mp webcam, a dual 2-watt speakersalong with 6 USB ports. The Studio 17 laptop is the first ever notebook from Dell to offer touchscreen functionality. It features a Core i7 processor, and supports a maximum of 8GB RAM. The laptop has a 17.3screen, with a resolution of 1600*900. It also comes with JBL branded speakers, and the storage size of the hard-disk is expandable to a maximum of 1TB. A Blu-Ray Drive is optional with the laptop. The graphics department of Studio 17 laptop is handled by the relatively low-end ATi Radeon HD4650. Both the computer and the laptop, come pre-loaded with Windows 7. Dell did not announce the price of the Studio 17 laptop, but the Inspiron One 19 computer will be available in India with a MRP of Rs 29,900.

MSI X-Slim X350 CULV Laptop

1819030 MSI is soon going to launch a laptop which has a 13.4inch LED Backlit display with a resolution of 1366*768., and weighs in only 3.31pounds. The model number of this CULV laptop is X-Slim X350 and like the earlier X-Slim models, this laptop also features an Intel CULV Core 2 Duo processor.   The laptop has a promising battery life of up to 9 hours. It also features an integrated HDMI port, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, Wi-Fi, 1.3MP Camera, SD Card Reader and an Intel GMA4500 handles the graphics department. The laptop runs on Windows 7 Home Premium and an external DVD or a Blu-Ray drive is optional with the laptop.

There is no official word from MSI about the pricing of this CULV laptop till now. I think this laptop will be launched by MSI at the upcoming CES 2010.

SourceEngadget

Asus To Launch Intel H57 Chipset Based Motherboard For Core i3 Processors

Asus is soon going to launch a premium motherboard for the upcoming Intel Core i3 Processors named Asus P7H57D-V EVO. The motherboard, when available, will be among the few motherboards in the market to support SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0 interface.There are 2 USB 3.0 slots along with 14 USB 2.0 slots and 2 x SATA 6Gb/s, 6 x SATA 3Gb/s ports. The motherboard will be based on the Intel H57 Chipset.asus_logo

One thing to be noted here is that the USB 3.0 controller used by Asus is not made by Intel, it is in fact, made by NEC. Intel announced few weeks ago that they won’t be integrating a USB 3.0 controller in their chipsets before next year.The Core i3 Processor line-up will feature a 45nm based integrated graphics in the same core as the processor and to take advantage of the integrated graphics, the motherboard must have support for Flexible Display Interface. Flexible Display Interface will allow the user to output graphics via the integrated graphics on the processor through HDMI, DVI or VGA port. The motherboard will also support Intel Clarkdale 32nm CPU’s when launched.

Intel and AMD Settle Their Disputes

Intel and AMD have not only been fighting in the Consumer Processor Market, they have also been fighting over various anti-trust issues which led to Intel being fined a whooping $1.45B by the EU. Just a few days ago, New York Attorneyintel-vs-amd-q3-earnings-q4-predictions-2 General Andrew Cuom also filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Intel saying “Rather than compete fairly, Intel used bribery and coercion to maintain a stranglehold on the market. Intel’s actions not only unfairly restricted potential competitors, but also hurt average consumers who were robbed of better products and lower prices.Now it seems that Intel and AMD are making amends and are trying to improve their relationship. Both the companies today entered into a 5 year cross license agreement and AMD also dropped all its lawsuits against Intel. Intel although, has to pay $1.25billion to AMD as a part of this settlement.

AMD CEO Dirk Meyer said Today, I am pleased to announce the last major component of that transformation in the form of a transparent and public agreement with Intel to create a level playing field in the x86 processor industry taking us one big step closer to achieving our bold vision.” Meyer also added “Today marks the beginning of a new era… one that confirms that the game has changed for AMD. It is an important milestone for us, for our customers, our partners, and most important for consumers and businesses worldwide. In addition, it represents the culmination many years of litigation and regulatory engagement.”

MontaVista acquired by Cavium Netowrks for 50 Million Dollars

Acquisition of Open Source software based companies seems to be the current trend.

Sun started it with the acquisition of MySQL AB.

Oracle continued it with Sun’s acquisition.

Intel followed suit, only this time to buy one of the top Embedded Linux companies, WindRiver. Actually, it has been done before. WindRiver acquired FSM Lab’s RTLinux, the hard real-time OS, that was giving WindRiver’s VxWorks a run for their money.

Today, Cavium Networks has announced that it has signed a “definitive agreement” to acquire MontaVista for $50 million, comprising $16 million in cash and the remaining $34 million in Cavium Networks common stock.

MontaVista , a Santa Clara, California based company was the leading developer of embedded Linux software and tools in the automotive, mobile phones   and communications equipments space. MontaVista was a regular contributor to open source software especially in the kernel and PowerPC ports. Arguably, one of the most valuable contributions made by MontaVista’s Robert Love is the real-time kernel preemption patch , rendering the vanilla kernel with soft real-time capabilities.

Cavium Networks makes media, network and security processors based on the ARM and MIPS architectures. It too is a Silicon Valley based company. Interestingly enough, Cavium Networks, which is a publicly owned company was founded a couple of years after MontaVista.

Cavium Networks’ cloning of Intel’s move validates the relationship between processor companies and their attraction towards embedded Linux software companies. Another similarity in these deals is that both WindRiver Systems as well MontaVista will continue as separate operating unit retaining it’s brand name.

Syed Ali, President and CEO of Cavium Networks says “This acquisition will complement Cavium’s market leading processor portfolio with world-class software expertise and will enable us to deliver highly compelling and differentiated solutions to the market”.

Rusty Harris, President and CEO of MontaVista has the following explanation to offer “By becoming part of Cavium Networks, MontaVista can confidently continue to offer industry leading commercial grade embedded Linux, support and services to our customers and partners“.

The move for acquisition seems to be good news for all parties involved since the CEOs of both ARM as well as MIPS Technologies also seemed to be positive about the deal.

Any bets on what AMD might go shopping for ?

Asus Unveils M60J And G60J Laptops With Intel Core i7 Processor

Asus today officially announced 2 new laptops – Asus M60J and Asus G60J. Both the laptops are built on the Intel Calpella Mobile Platform and are based on the PM55 Chipset. Asus M60J features an Intel Core i7 720QM processor1253799407_asus-notebook-llaptop-g60j-490 running at 1.6Ghz while G60J features Intel Core i7 820QM processor clocked 1.73Ghz.

The laptops can have a maximum of 4GB of DDR3 1333Mhz RAM along with a maximum HDD capacity of either 320Gb or 500Gb spinning at  5400RPM or 7200RPM. The usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet Port, Express Card Expansion slot, 2MP Camera, VGA port, HDMI port, Firewire port, 4 USB slots and an eSata port are all present. Both the laptops are also equipped with a 6-celled battery.

The Asus M60J has a 16inch screen with a resolution of 1366×768 and features a Nvidia GT240M with 1Gb of memory. Its sibling, Asus G60J, belongs to the Republic Of Gamers series and also features a 16 inch LED backlit screen which is powered by a Nvidia GT260M featuring 1Gb of memory. The laptop also features the Express Gate technology which enables a user to change the graphics card of the laptop whenever required in the future.

The base configuration of Asus M60J and Asus G60J will cost 1449 and 1899 Euros respectively.