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Intel to Show Next-Gen Netbook Atom CPUs at IDF Beijing

Written on March 21, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Intel's out to give the netbook platform a big boost at IDF Beijing 2011.

Intel’s definitely got something under their sleeves for the netbook platform, as they plan to unveil their latest Atom processor, the Cedar Trail, at the Intel Developer Forums in Beijing this coming April 12. UMPC Portal got the goods on what the processor giant is planning to show, and one particular Intel session caught the world wide web’s eye immediately: “Designing a New Generation of Netbooks with the Intel Atom Processor Based Platform.” It will be something to look forward to as the session promises to give attendees a sneak peek at the “next generation Intel Atom processor based platform.”

If Intel’s upcoming revelation proves to be something revolutionary, then tech enthusiasts might see the netbooks slowly climb back to its former glory when smartphones weren’t that so smart.

Check out the overview of the said session after the break!

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Could the Mysterious HTC Shooter Sprint Phone be the EVO 3D?

Written on March 17, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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A hint of Android Gingerbread, a cup of dual-core CPU, added with a teaspoon of qHD screen; looks like HTC is cooking something big. Perhaps it's the EVO 3D?

It’s been awhile since we last heard of Sprint’s EVO 3D phone, but a GLBenchmark database report may give us a little light on the matter as it reveals a mysterious high-end phone from Taiwan, the HTC Shooter. The data unveils that the HTC phone is equipped with a 960×540 resolution qHD display and currently runs on Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread. Also known as model number PG86100, it carries an Adreno 220 GPU which will feature a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon. With this much power, could it be the EVO 3D phone or could it be something else? CTIA 2011 is coming next week, so maybe we can gather more information by then.

Hit the break to view the full GLBenchmark database report!

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Qualcomm Adds ‘Krait’ 2.5GHz CPUs to Snapdragon Family, Quad Core Chips Incoming

Written on February 14, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Think your phone is new? Well think again after a couple more months as Qualcomm may inspire manufacturers with their crazy 2.5GHz CPUs!

It was only a matter of time until we see another generation of Snapdragons running about the wilds of the mobile forest. With the proliferation of fast and top-of-the-line smartphones getting the best Snapdragons available, Qualcomm is not allowing itself to get comfortable as it unveils the 28nm ‘Krait’ chipsets, a much-faster, next generation Snapdragon family processors which includes a single (MSM8930), dual(MSM8960) and quad (APQ8064) core CPUs.

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Intel’s Sandy Bridge Processor Impresses Half-Life Developer at CES 2011

Written on January 06, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Sandy Bridge practically fuses the functionality of a regular processor and a graphics card. With this processor, you can experience console gaming on your PC.

Valve boss Gabe Newell was definitely amazed at the CES 2011 after seeing Intel’s new i7 Core processor or simply called “Sandy Bridge”. He mentions that the chip is “a real game changer for us. This (Sandy Bridge) allows for a console like experience on the PC.”

The Sandy Bridge practically fuses the functionality of a regular processor and a graphics card. This means that once the processor is in your harddrive, you won’t need to worry about your CPUs, GPUs, or any other harddrive as it functions just like how a console does. Does this mean we’ll say goodbye to constant changing of GPUs? This is good news to us, but we wonder how NVIDIA and ATI will react to this.

Either way, it’s a big leap in PC gaming. Or is it?

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AMD’s New Quad-Core and Six-Core Processors Unveiled

Written on January 05, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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With the rise of high-definition videos and 3D media content has certainly challenged chipmakers in making the best processors that will quench the thirst of their followers.

AMD has definitely risen to answer the call as it recently unleashes its stellar CPU line-up, including the so called “fastest quad-core desktop processor” and an impressive six-core processor that’ll leave the competition behind. Introducing the AMD Phenom II X4 975 and the AMD Phenom II X6 1065T.

The AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition, the fastest quad-core processor, is a dream come true as it unlocks clock multipliers under the tough and reliable capabilities of a quad-core.The AMD Phenom II X6 1065T on the other hand, is AMD’s latest six-core processor that provides high-quality performance along with the AMD Turbo Core technology and low 95W TDP.

Click the link to see the official press release.

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Intel’s Initial Light Peak Flinches; Drops Light Technology

Written on December 11, 2010 by Kristoff Jones

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Intel's much hyped Light Peak technology will be using copper after all instead of light-based fiber optics for the initial version.

In what Intel describes as the ‘holy grail of connector technology’, Light Peak yields to the practicalities of conventional technology by going back to basic copper. It was originally planned that Light Peak will be using fiber-optics technology, which reports say has the ability to transfer data faster than copper wires. However, Intel subdued the […]

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Hello to Phenom-II X6 1100T: AMD’s Fastest Processor to Date

Written on December 08, 2010 by Kristoff Jones

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AMD's fastest desktop processor to date, the Phenom II X6 1100T ups the ante in the company's line of hexa-cores.

Just in time for the holiday season, AMD releases the next incarnation of the X6 series, the Phenom II X6 1100T. AMD shows off the 1100T as the fastest processor to date that boasts a improved and flexible overclocking.

But despite all the hype we’ve been getting, the performance still falls short against Intel’s impressive (and more expensive) hexa-core line. Reception has been pretty cold from people at TechSpot and HotHardware as they dub the 1100T a “little improvement” from the X6 1090T.

The only good thing that we can root out from 1100T’s release is the price cut of 1090T. 1100T sells for $265 which was the previous price of 1090T before they cut it down to $230. 1100T nonetheless is very cheap for a high quality CPU. But if you’re a bargain-hunter, then 1090T might be a better choice over 1100T.

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AMD and Fusion’s Ontario Chip is On its Way

Written on August 25, 2010 by Adam Eve

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Netbook owners will soon enjoy a crisp and vivid video as AMD will launch its newest CPU+GPU core later this year. What can you say about a processor that gives the same performance but only occupies half of the usual space? That's Ontario!

Officials from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) announced last Tuesday that the company’s smaller, power-efficient and Fusion-based laptops will hit shelves early next year. The AMD-Fusion hybrid chips, dubbed as Ontario, is installed inside a CPU that is based on AMD’s new Bobcat low-power architecture. The Ontario chip is a combination of a central and graphics processing units into a single silicon, and will be shipped starting the fourth quarter of this year. According to Dina McKinney, vice president of design engineering at AMD, the first Ontario chips will include two Bobcat processor and DirectX-11 GPU. This will provide a close to 90 percent performance of the processor used in mainstream PCs, but will only occupy half the space. However, the vice president declined to further elaborate about the power drawn by Ontario chips and the budget of the incorporated GPU core. AMD is hoping that the Ontario chip will make them competitive in the netbook market that is currently dominated by Intel,  as DirectX-11 GPU enables full 1080p video playback on small screen.

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