At CES this week, chip makers Freescale Semiconductor will be launching a ARM chip architecture-based i.MX51 processor, that Freescale reckon could bring about $199 (£140ish) 1GHz netbooks. It’ll be a competitor to Intel’s Atom chip, which powers many of the netbooks in the market today.
However, Freescale don’t see themselves as competing with Intel, because their product is targeted at the lower end of the market, with machines running Linux rather than Windows XP. You’ll start to see machines with these chips in entering production towards the middle of the year, and showing up to buy in time for Christmas 2009.
Freescale Semiconductor (via Cnet)
You wouldn’t think people would ever be pleased to hear they can start drinking their own urine – but the astronauts on the International Space Station are currently over the moon about it.
“There will be dancing later,” Mission Control said, after ISS commander Mike Fincke told Earth that the the orbiting station’s faulty urine processor – which filter space wee, condensation and SWEAT and turns it into lovely drinking water – was finally fixed.
This raises two important questions – how do you dance in zero gravity? And before…
A version of Ubuntu, the popular Linux distribution, will be developed for the ARMv7 processor, Canonical announced last week.
This could bring to market netbooks and other portable devices based on the more energy-efficient ARM processors, and challenge both Intel and AMD.
The Ubuntu Linux netbook version will be officially available from April next year. ARM processors are already used in mobile phones such as the iPhone and G1…
Smartphones aren’t usually rated by their speed – they usually get reviewed on how bloated their set of features is. Unfortunately, that bloat can really slow phones down – I know that when I tested out the N96 it crawled compared to my zippier N95. Asus, however, has just launched what it claims is the world’s fastest smartphone – with an 800MHz processor.
I remember back in the day (though surprisingly not that long ago) when that was a chip in a zippy PC, perfectly capable of playing Quake III, when paired with a decent graphics card. That said, it’s probably not going to be as zippy as an old Pentium III, due to its much smaller form factor.
Intel has unveiled a new version of the Atom processor – which can currently be found in a whole host of netbooks, including the vast majority of the Asus Eee PC range.
Now in it’s second generation, the new Atom – codename “Moorestown” has been shown at the Intel Developer Forum in Taipei.
Intel has announced that its Xeon 5400 processors are now ready to roll, offering up to 3.5GHz speed with reduced power consumption and temperature.
Plus, in a possible bid to keep Greenpeace a little happier, Intel no longer uses halogen as a fire retardant, but instead uses transistors made from Hafnium…
AMD’s going down the whole making-a-PC road, it appears, announcing that it’s launching a complete “solution” aimed at business users.
The AMD “Business Class” PC will be licensed out and sold by partners like Dell, Acer, Fujitsu-Siemens and HP, and will come in a variety of Phenom and Athlon processor specs – plus it’ll support AMD-owned ATi graphics cards and also those of its DEADLY RIVAL Nvidia…
In an incredibly unsurprising development at CeBIT 2008, a computer company has announced it’s making something smaller yet also simultaneously more powerful.
It’s AMD’s turn to rewrite the laws of physics, thanks to its two new 45nm Quad-Core processors which the company has given the rather mystical and alluring codenames of “Shanghai” and “Deneb.”
Both are quad-core for ultimate power, both 45nm for extra smallness
Processor nutters, rear your pasty white little faces and check out this nugget of
truth rumour. Apple and Dell (who Microsoft smooches with most of all), are apparently releasing laptops containing Intel’s glorious new 45-nanonmetre Penryn processor – at the same time!
Someone needs to synch up their Google Calenders, tsk.
This isn’t rumoured to be in the ‘foreseeable future’ either, as according to reports, it could be as early as next week. Apple’s MacBook Pro range has been tipped as the possible product upgrade, with improved…
Apple have released an updated line of MacBook Pro notebook computers, now sporting the Intel Core 2 Duo processors found in the latest iMacs. There are two sizes to choose from, one with a 15.4-inch screen and the other…