Intel’s Next Generation Processor Dual Core 64-bit Merom Set for September Release?
So as the excitement from the announcement of the Yonah dual core processors from Intel starts to settle down, we start hearing rumblings of a September 2006 release for the next big update to Intel’s mobile processor line, that being the dual core 64-bit Merom (Napa64) processor. This would mean Intel has a 64-bit mobile processor offering ready for the Windows Vista release that will offer a 64-bit version of the OS. Right now the latest Intel processor release features dual-core 32-bit processors. AMD of course already, and has for a long time, offered 64-bit mobile processors in the form of the Turion 64. AMD has been quiet of late about any dual core releases, if they could beat Intel to the punch on a dual core Turion 64 it would be pretty big for them — but obviously Intel is going to try and cut off such a coup by AMD by getting Merom dual core 64-bit chips out as soon as possible — and September is certainly a bit sooner than we thought.
The question for notebook buyers excited about the dual core 32-bit notebooks now, do you go for the current Intel offerings or wait 9-months for the 64-bit dual core offerings? And as always, the answer is buy something when you need it and can use it, technology will always march forward.
Apple Says to Windows on MacBook: “That’s fine with us. We don’t mind.”
The MacBook Pro was announced this week, the first Apple laptop to contain an Intel processor and that could theoretically support both the Mac OS X and Windows operating systems. Apple confirmed that they know very well people will be attempting to load Windows on the MacBook and that, according to Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing Phil Schiller, “That’s fine with us. We don’t mind, if there are people who love our hardware but are forced to put up with a Windows world, then that’s OK.”
Meanwhile, Microsoft officially commented that Windows running on a MacBook is good because “Any new machines that are on the market that run Windows are great.”
However, Apple says their machines are not designed to support Windows and there is no easy or known way to do such a thing, nor will they offer help or support to install Windows. A report from APCMag in Australia sheds some light on how developers might be able to create a hack to get Windows running on a MacIntel machine, but as of now nothing is solid as to how doable Windows on an Apple machine will be.
Fujitsu to Make 120GB 1.8-inch Hard Drive
Fujitsu has long made hard drives for notebook computers, but only the 2.5-inch normal size drives. Toshiba dominates the 1.8-inch and smaller hard drive market. Fujitsu thinks it can compete though, by bringing the quality they are known for in the 2.5-inch hard drives to the smaller size 1.8-inch variety. The 1.8-inch hard drive is popular in ultraportable and sub notebooks. Fujitsu hopes to produce and sell a 120GB 1.8-inch hard drive by September of 2007.
Mac OS Tablet For Sale
We’re all excited about the MacBook Pro announcement, but of course disappointed that there’s no Apple DVR, SmartPhone, MacBook ultraportable or Mac Tablet — okay at least some are disappointed. But wait, there is a Mac Tablet, sort of. An innovative US-based company named ThePlaceforitAll.com has taken it upon themselves to make a touchscreen Apple mobile computer available. They’re dubbing it the “iTab”. The iTab is actually a reconfigured 12-inch iBook retooled with a touchscreen and this is not a mass manufacturing operation, rather each device is retooled by hand and then sold on eBay. You can visit the auction for these devices on eBay where bidding starts at $1,500. Basic specs for the iTab are:
- Apple iBook 12-inch body converted with a touchscreen
- 1.33GHz G4
- 512MB of memory
- 40GB HD
- Mac OS X 10.4.
- Bluetooth 2.0
Asus to Make Dual Core Tablet PC Convertible and Slate Version for 2006
Asus Tablet PC set for a mid-year 2006 release
In yet more Tablet PC news, Asus will be releasing both a slate style and notebook convertible style Tablet PC in Q2 of this year, meaning April or May time. Below are some known specs of the RF1 Tablet PC from Asus:
- 13.3″ Widescreen Display
- Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005
- Intel Yonah 2MB L2 Cache – up to 2.33GHz
- Up to 2GB DDR2 RAM 667MHz
- 80GB/100GB/120GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
- TPM (Trusted Platform Module) Security Chip
- Biometric Fingerprint Reader
MSI S262 Dual Core Ultraportable Laptop Announced
Micro-Star International (MSI) this week announced its first dual core notebook available in the form of the S262, an ultraportable laptop with a carbon-fiber cover and a 12.1-inch widescreen LCD display.
- Intel Core Duo processor
- 12.1 inch widescreen display
- up to 2GB RAM
- dual-layer burner
- carbon fiber shell
- weight of about 4.3 pounds