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Intel Ultrabook debuts: sub-$1k Sandy/Ivy Bridge ultraportables

Intel Ultrabook debuts: sub-$1k Sandy/Ivy Bridge ultraportables

Intel isn't willing to let ARM grab all the ultraportable mindshare, and the chip behemoth has obviously decided that some judicious rebranding is what's needed. At Computex 2011 day one, Intel announced its new Ultrabook segment, initially using second-gen Sandy Bridge Core processors (before graduating to 22nm Ivy Bridge chips in early 2012) in sub-0.8-inch thick chassis and with "mainstream price points" that come in under $1,000. Intel expects Ultrabooks to account for 40-percent of consumer laptop sales by the end of 2012, with the first models on the market in time for the 2011 holiday season.

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Intel: Apple shapes our roadmap, ARM MacBook is ridiculous

Intel: Apple shapes our roadmap, ARM MacBook is ridiculous

Intel hasn't just been annoying Microsoft this week; the chip company has also been admitting quite how valuable Apple's roadmap is, and how much it shapes Intel's own product plans. "Apple helps shape our roadmap" senior Intel VP Tom Kilroy told Reuters, "they push us hard." That reliance could be under threat, according to reports earlier this month that Apple was planning a switch to ARM processors for its mainstream notebook line, though Kilroy is quick to dismiss it as unfounded.

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Intel Chief River notebook chips to see mass-production in Sept 2011?

Intel Chief River notebook chips to see mass-production in Sept 2011?

Intel has supposedly been paving the way for mass production of its upcoming Chief River notebook platform, according to DigiTimes' shady sources at motherboard manufacturers.  Built using the company's 22nm Ivy Bridge processors, and boasting native USB 3.0 support, Chief River will apparently go into production in September 2011, with an official launch following in January 2012.

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AMD admits it’s ignoring smartphones

AMD admits it’s ignoring smartphones

AMD has admitted that it ceded the smartphone processor space to rivals, arguing that the company's strengths in graphics don't lend themselves to the handset segment. Instead, SVP and product group manager Rick Bergman suggests, tablets are where AMD's future lies, with the company's Z-series APUs delivering a balance of video performance and battery life. Speaking in Colorado this week, PC World reports, Bergman also reiterated earlier denials of ARM-based chipset plans.

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Razer Switchblade first to grab Atom Z690; still insists it’s just a “concept”

Razer Switchblade first to grab Atom Z690; still insists it’s just a “concept”

Razer has confirmed that its Switchblade gaming notebook will be the first device to use the Intel Atom Z690 processor. The Switchblade - announced at CES 2011 earlier this year, though at the time billed as merely a concept - will use the 1.7GHz chip to run its 7-inch multitouch-capable display and dynamic keyboard, which can change key-legend to suit whatever title is being played.

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TI OMAP4470 1.8GHz dual-core coming 1H 2012 to take on Kal-El and Intel

TI OMAP4470 1.8GHz dual-core coming 1H 2012 to take on Kal-El and Intel

Texas Instruments has outed its latest OMAP4 platform processor, the OMAP4470, at Computex this week, a dual-core ARM A9 1.8GHz chip intended for smartphones, tablets and ultra-thin notebooks. Designed not only with Android and other Linux OS in mind, but with Windows on ARM - one of the incoming Windows 8 builds - the OMAP4470 takes on not only traditional TI rivals like NVIDIA's Tegra and Qualcomm's Snapdragon, but Intel's latest Atom and Sandy/Ivy Bridge chips too. SlashGear caught up with Mark Granger, OMAP platform marketing head, to find out how TI has delivered an 80-percent boost in browsing performance and 2.5x the graphics potency.

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