AMD ‘Conesus’ Netbook CPU on the way
AMD is planning to introduce a netbook CPU in January 2009, codenamed Conesus. The CPU will feature two cores and 1MB of L2 cache. The chip will be built on AMD’s new 45nm manufacturing process and have an onboard DDR2 memory controller. AMD is targeting netbook customers who want a fuller PC experience with this chip.
Dell launches Vostro A860 laptop
Dell today introduced the Vostro A860 notebook, starting at $379. It features a 15.6-inch display and Intel Celeron and Pentium Dual-Core processors. The full specifications include:
- Intel Celeron 560 (2.13GHz/1MB L2/533MHz FSB) or Pentium Dual-Core T2390 (1.86GHz/1MB L2/533MHz FSB) processors
- Windows Vista Home Basic or Business
- 15.6-inch 1366×768 display
- 120 or 160GB 5400RPM hard drives
- Intel GMA X3100+ graphics
- Standard 802.11b/g wireless
- 4- or 6-cell batteries
- Weight: 5.4 lbs (w/ 4-cell battery)
- Dimensions: 1.2″ (H) x 14.8″ (W) x 10″ (D)
Intel Atom 330 dual-core bencmarked, less than impressive
PC Pro has benchmarked the new Intel Atom 330 dual-core processor and found it to be less than impressive. It has the same 1.6GHz clockspeed and 533MHz FSB of its single-core counterparts. It shows up as four processors in Windows since it has Hyper-Threading technology.
In benchmarks, the only tests the 330 did significantly better in versus the single-core Atom N270 were the multitasking ones. In some tests, it was actually slower.
The 330 has a TDP of 8W, double that of the N270, so it will be interesting to see how it affects battery life.
ASUS depending on style to help notebook sales
ASUS plans to depend on more style-oriented products to keep its sales up next year, not lower prices. Notebook average selling prices (ASPs) are expected to fall about ten percent next year, but ASUS hopes it will not have to drop its prices that far.
ASUS is expected to introduce several new slimmer, more stylish products at CeBIT 2009.
Intel to phase out older notebook CPUs
Intel is planning to phase out several older notebook processors in this upcoming January. The processors on the chopping block include:
- Intel Core 2 Extreme X7800/X7900
- Intel Core 2 Duo T7800/L7700