Intel Arrandale CPUs to Launch in 1Q10 – Here Come the New Macbook CPUs

Posted by Kevin Hanson | Posted in Apple, Misc, Technology | Posted on 24-07-2009-05-2008

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intelThanks to Tech Report for the update. DigiTimes reports that Intel is gearing up to release up to seven Arrandale CPUs in the first quarter of 2010. The great news is that these chips are coming – the bad news is that they’re not coming until 1Q10. Initially, there were rumors that these CPUs would squeak into 2009. Apple is expected to use these chips in their MacBook & MacBook Pro line.

These chips are based on Intel’s newer, smaller 34nm build process. Currently, Intel’s Penryn Core 2 Duo chips use a 45nm build process. The smaller process should yield lower power usage and less heat output. Furthermore, these chips have integrated graphics processors. It will be interesting to see what Apple does with the integrated graphics chip, given the interesting legal battles between Intel and nVidia. Theses future-MacBook CPUs will be launced at 2.4, 2.53, and 2.66ghz. I’m holding off upgrading my MacBook Pro until I can get one with these CPUs.

FINALLY! A dual core Atom Netbook?

Posted by Kevin Hanson | Posted in Misc, Technology | Posted on 15-06-2009-05-2008

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Well lookie lookie here. That’s the first dual core Atom 330 based netbook I’ve seen yet. Thanks to Overclockers.com for the heads up. Netbooks have become quite popular, and my personal favorite is the Asus Eee PC 1000HE. Ubuntu Netbook Remix makes a great fit for it, but if I had one complaint about the netbook, it would be that it bogs down during multitasking. It’s a great music player, video viewer, web browser, word processor, etc. Try to do three of those at once and you have a problem. That’s where the Atom 330 should help out. Packing twice as many cores as the N270 / N280, these should really help to blur the line between netbook and notebook. Initial thoughts are that this thing is speedy! Judging from the language on the link, I doubt this netbook will come stateside any time soon, but keep your eyes open for a mainstream computer maker to produce one of these in the near future.

Intel Moblin Beta 2.0 First Impressions

Posted by Kevin Hanson | Posted in Linux, Technology | Posted on 21-05-2009-05-2008

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Netbooks are all the rage these days, but there is a constant debate around which OS to run. Microsoft has made a hard push to make Windows XP the OS of choice, Canonical has their Netbook Remix of Ubuntu out the door, and now Intel wants to try their hand with the Moblin OS. Read on to find my opinions / impressions of the newly released OS.

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