NVIDIA GeForce 200M GPU Update - Power numbers and efficiency

Subject: Mobile | June 18, 2009 - 06:20 PM |
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Earlier this week I posted a short preview of the newly announced NVIDIA GeForce 200M mobile GPUs.  At the time (and in reality still today) we don't have a lot of information about the GPUs themselves, the technology on them, changes in architecture, etc.  We have been able to gather some more information in the last few days though about the power consumption and performance these parts will offer and how appealing they may or may not before system builders.

Naptop? Letbook? Just don't call it a CULV!

Subject: Mobile | June 17, 2009 - 06:07 PM |
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HP and AMD are working together to give people who want a mobile computer just a smidgen
larger than a netbook with their dv2 series.  Three different Pavilion dv2s exist, all are powered by the Athlon Neo MV-40 processor,
the differences lie in the maximum amount of memory available, drive size, GPU and a few bundled features.  The low end 1010ea model utilizes an onboard X1250 the two more expensive models sport a Mobility Radeon HD 3410 512MB
card.  How do they fare against the Intel Atom N270
powered MSI Wind? 

Source: Hexus

Zune HD uses NVIDIA Tegra processor - confirmed

Subject: Mobile | June 16, 2009 - 03:04 PM |
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There is a lot of news circulating today about some rumors of the new Zune HD using the NVIDIA Tegra processor.  Several websites have been following the rumor, that

Masochistic mobility

Subject: Mobile | June 15, 2009 - 02:27 PM |
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If Microsoft wants to rename netbooks as "low cost small notebook PCs", then someone should rename the huge 18" bricks like the ASUS N90S Multimedia Notebook
that was recently reviewed at I4U.  Something weighing over 10lbs and sporting an 1920 x 1080 18.4" LCD and a pair of 5400 rpm 500GB HDDs along with a Blu-ray drive and more really doesn't have mobility as it's primary purpose.  You could carry it around all day, along with a cooler to place it on when it is in use and a small diesel generator to power it, but you really are not likely to. 

Source: I4U News

Not a laptop!

Subject: Mobile | June 11, 2009 - 03:02 PM |
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Hardware Secrets has every right to be impressed by the new Alienware M17x, as it seems that Dell hasn't cramped their out of this world designs.  According to their link the highest end laptop you can configure has

"two GeForce GTX 280M, Core 2
Extreme QX9300, 8 GB DDR3-1333, two 256 GB SSD's in RAID0, 1920x1200
17" display, Blu-Ray player, TV tuner, Windows Vista Ultimate) and the
price is obviously jaw-dropping: USD 5,600. OUCH!"

All the cool kids have them

Subject: Mobile | June 9, 2009 - 02:33 PM |
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AnandTech has a quick peek at the new Pre as well as the iPhone 3G, though not the new 3GS as those are fairly difficult to get a hold of right now.  They talk you through the internals of these devices and how they differ.  They also take a close look at battery life, as that is one of the most important things to a user on the road, topping even speed in many cases.  Drop by for a brief look at the brand new Pre and how it stacks up to the competition.

Source: AnandTech

Computex 2009: Lenovo silently introduces VIA-powered S12 netbook

Subject: Mobile | June 9, 2009 - 02:10 AM |
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I know Lenovo has been making a big deal about the new S12 netbook that implemented the ION chipset with the Atom processor just this past month, but there was another revision of the S12 on display at Computex.  VIA was proudly showing this model of the S12, that has been looked over almost entirely, that uses all VIA-based chips. 

Computex 2009: Gigabyte shows slick, dockable notebook

Subject: Mobile | June 9, 2009 - 12:29 AM |
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We aren't quite done with our Computex coverage quite yet - after a weekend of recovery I am still going through my memory cards to find what pictures are most interesting to present.  This time I found a really cool little Gigabyte notebook with a stand up docking station.


Apple's Pre-launch announcement

Subject: Mobile | June 8, 2009 - 03:33 PM |
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If you aren't happy with the speed or battery life of your new iPhone, has engadget got an announcement for you.  The new iPhone 3GS was announced today at the WWGS and it is faster and longer lasting than it predecessors.  That speed comes at a premium, so for those looking for a basic model, the entry fee has been reduced to $99, not counting the contract.

Source: engadget

Great idea; lousy follow through

Subject: Mobile | June 2, 2009 - 02:41 PM |
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At first glance the ASUS W90Vp looks like one incredible laptop; you get a Q9000, dual 320GB HDD, and 6GB (3x2GB) of RAM @ DDR2-667. The LCD is a high quality 1080p display
which makes sense as there are a pair of mobility HD4870's in Crossfire inside this beast.  Unfortunately, those cards will lead you to discover something horrible about the state of AMDs mobile driver, as AnandTech realized when testing this laptop.  Check out this 12lb powerhouse here.

Source: AnandTech

VIA Nano Processor Powers New Tongfong Thin and Light Notebook

Subject: Mobile | June 2, 2009 - 11:53 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, June 2, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the adoption of the VIA Nano processor platform by Tongfong, one of China's leading notebook providers, for their new Tongfong S30A 13.3" thin and light notebook.

The Tongfong S30A includes the high performance yet power efficient 64-bit 1.3GHz+ VIA Nano U2250 processor coupled with the unified VIA VX800 MSP and discrete S3 Graphics Chrome 435 ULP graphics for an HD video proficient, DirectX 10.1 certified notebook.

NVIDIA TEGRA-BASED DEVICES REVOLUTIONIZE THE 'MID' MARKET

Subject: Mobile | June 2, 2009 - 11:49 AM |
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COMPUTEX 2009 - TAIPEI - JUNE 2, 2009 - NVIDIA Corporation and industry partners today unveiled 12 new high-definition mobile Internet devices (MIDs) all powered by the NVIDIA Tegra processor, the world's smallest and lowest power computer-on-a-chip. These new Tegra-based devices, which include netbooks and tablets, deliver desktop-class Internet browsing with Flash video and animation acceleration, and up to 1080p video playback.

Source: NVIDIA

Computex 2009: ASUS shows off new EeeNAS, EeePC Tablet and Eee Seashells

Subject: Mobile | June 1, 2009 - 11:09 PM |
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ASUS is having a press event today to announce a host of new products focused on the Eee brand as you might have guessed. First up  is the touch screen tablet EeePC, the T91:


NEW NVIDIA-POWERED DELL LAPTOP FEATURES KILLER HD VIDEO AND GAMING TO GO

Subject: Mobile | May 28, 2009 - 01:47 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA-MAY 28, 2009-Todays students and young professionals need a versatile notebook that can serve as their workhorse by day and entertainment center at night.

Source: NVIDIA

AVADirect First USA Company to Offer Core i7 Notebook

Subject: Mobile | May 27, 2009 - 01:51 PM |
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Twinsburg, OH (MMD Newswire) May 27, 2009 -- AVADirect, a leading customer computer integrator, has begun offering a Core i7 notebook for sale on its website. AVADirect will be the first official consumer and business retail outlet for this new notebook. AVADirect has already begun taking pre-orders as of last week and plans to ship out the notebooks to expecting customers first week in July.

This new notebook being offered is a big step toward a truly workstation replacement.

Source: Email

Small wonder

Subject: Mobile | May 25, 2009 - 05:32 PM |
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Although very difficult to find on sale, the Acer Aspire One Linux Netbook
will run you about $100 less than the Windows powered version, so slightly over $200.  At that price you cannot expect a supercomputer, but this 8.9-inch netbook runs Linpus Linux Lite on an Atom N270 processor with 512MB RAM, and 8GB flash NAND storage, Intel 945GME graphics, Wi-Fi and numerous other features common to netbooks so you are not missing out on anything. Drop by The Tech Zone for a look at t

ASUS really excited about Eee PC Seashells

Subject: Mobile | May 21, 2009 - 12:26 AM |
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Yeah, ASUS is really excited about the upcoming release of the ASUS Eee PC 1008HA Seashell notebooks...

AMD to showcase Tigris notebook platform next month

Subject: Mobile | May 20, 2009 - 02:22 PM |
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During Computex next month, AMD is apparently going to be showcasing the new Tigris mobile platform that features a host of new chips.  The heart of the platform is the CPU codenamed Caspian, of which little is known.  We know it will be built on a 45nm process and will likely still be a dual-core part but other than that, we are currently in the dark.  The chipset it uses is the RS880M that is likely a 55nm chip that supports integrated graphics with DX10.1 technology. 

ASUS isn't afraid to show off its size

Subject: Mobile | May 20, 2009 - 01:26 PM |
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In a world of mobile tech that is trending towards lighter and lighter devices, the ASUS W90 18.4" Notebook
almost seems to not fit in.  There is a subset of mobile users who are quite willing to tote around 12lbs or more of laptop if it is powerful enough.  The W90 certainly has that power, an HD4870 X2 powers the graphics and a C2Q 9000 along with 6GB of DDR2-667 power the rest of the notebook.  Techgage took it gaming, and it had no problems with current generation

Source: TECHGAGE

Not intended for use on a rainy day

Subject: Mobile | May 14, 2009 - 03:10 PM |
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iUnika, a very green laptop maker in Spain has been showing off some interesting little netbooks.  Made with a starch and cellulose casing, the casing is biodegradable, but one might rightly assume that the CPU, motherboards and other components are not.  Some models sport a solar panel, allowing the laptop to recharge while shut down, a feat made possible by the fact that these netbooks will be in the 3W to 4W power range.  Check them out at The Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer