News Bits: Acer Overtakes Dell, OLPC Looks For New CEO, Intel Atom Benchmarks

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ECS G10IL – the Asus Eee PC killer?

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A new Asus Eee PC competitor has emerged, the sub-$500 ECS G10IL. It features an HSDPA 7.2 datacard built in, along with a webcam, 3x USB 2.0, Ethernet, and a 56k modem. It is more than likely it has WiFi and Bluetooth built-in as well.

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Acer overtakes Dell as no. 2 notebook maker

HP has been number one in the notebook market for the sixth quarter in a row now according to DisplaySearch. Thanks to its acquisitions of Gateway and Packard Bell, Acer took over second place from Dell, pushing the firm to third place. Acer and HP are growing quickly due to the increasing transition of consumers from desktops to notebooks.

DisplaySearch also found that the most popular panel size for notebooks was 15.4-inch.

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Intel Atom processor gets benchmarked

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Computer Base, a German website, has done the first benchmarks of the new Intel Atom CPU, also called "Silverthorne". The 1.6GHz Atom CPU is a bit faster than a 1.13GHZ Pentium III (Tualatin) but slower than a 900MHz Celeron M (Dothan) in SuperPi. However, SuperPi is not multithreaded and does not allow the Silverthorne to reach its full potential, as it is HyperThreaded.

The Atom CPU is based on 45nm technology and has extremely low thermal ratings, from 0.6 to 2.5 watts. They will be available in frequencies up to 1.8GHz in the first half of this year.

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OLPC founder Negroponte looking for replacement
OLPC founter Nicholas Negroponte has announced he is stepping down as CEO of OLPC and is looking for a successor, although he will stay onboard as a chairman. He said in an interview with BusinessWeek that "management, administration, and details are my weaknesses" and that the foundation needs to be managed better. He hopes to find a replacement by April or May.

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LED backlighting penetration to reach 70% in 2011
LED backlighting penetration in notebooks will only reach 15% in 2008, but according to the chairmam of Everlight Electronics, it will reach 33% in 2009 and 71% in 2011.

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