AMD introduces ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 graphics cards
AMD has announced the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series graphics cards for notebooks at CES 2008. The initial models consist of the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3400 and HD 3600; both are optimized for the upcoming ‘Puma’ platform. The cards fully support DirectX 10.1 and PCI Express 2.0. ATI Avivo HD technology allows for HD playback at 1080p. For connectivity, the HD 3400 and HD 3600 support DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort. Finally, the cards have ATI PowerPlay technology to balance power usage and performance.
Mobile Intel Penryn benchmarked
Anandtech has done a thorough review of the new Intel Mobile Penryn processor for notebooks. The current ‘Santa Rosa’ Intel platform for notebooks is being refreshed with the Penryn processors, which are based on a 45nm process; they are advertised to have better performance while consuming less power. In the tests, the Penryn T9500 2.6GHz chip had an increase in battery life of about 5 to 10% on average over a similar Merom (current Core 2 Duo chip) powered notebook. Performance also increased between 5 to 10% on average.
Packard Bell EasyNote XS/Nanobook could give Asus Eee competition
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The folks over at Engadget got some hands-on time with the new Packard Bell EasyNote XS Nanobook, a small ultraportable notebook. They report the notebook feels a bit ‘plastick-y’ but nice and runs Windows XP without any problems. The machine could give the Asus Eee PC a run for its money.
See our news story on the Everex CloudBook (US version of the same notebook) which will be available at Walmart.com later this month.
Samsung announces 500GB notebook hard drive
Right on the heels of Hitachi, Samsung has announced its own 500GB 2.5" notebook hard drive. The new Spinpoint M6 500GB features an 8MB cache, 5400RPM rotation speed, and a 3.0Gbps SATA interface. The drive is expected to be available in March 2008. Pricing has not yet been revealed.