ASUS has joined the pre-CES netbook preview bandwagon with some teaser shots of its own attempt to revive the netbook segment, the ASUS Eee PC Flare. Following on from Lenovo's Cedar Trail based IdeaPad S110, the Eee PC Flare builds on designs ASUS previewed at Computex 2011, NotebookItalia reports, with styling cues borrowed from ultrabooks and a choice of Intel and AMD processors.
Earlier today AMD announced their new flagship Radeon HD 7970 graphics card, and while it wont hit the public shelves until mid January -- and for a hefty $549 price tag we are already seeing reviews galore from the PC crowd and figured we'd round them up. What we are hoping for is just what AMD is claiming: "the fastest single-GPU card in the world". Head on down past the break to see what everyone thought -- and if that claim holds true.
This week the AMD Radeon HD 7970 series graphics processor series has been released (for $549 on January 9th, if you'd like to know,) and its codename family "Southern Islands" has been detailed in full to show the world what the company has planned for GPU power throughout the next few years, starting right here at the next: 2012. In a set of affirmations by the group that's about to unleash their newest set of GPU units on the world of gaming, AMD said that PC gaming software sales on the whole were over $15 billion USD in 2011 and are estimated to blow past $20 billion inside 2012. Because of this, and because AMD loves its gaming following out there in gameland, they've also re-affirmed their dedication to their "Gamers Come First" credo, as well as their Gamers Manifesto which says, quite simply: Enablement, Not Disablement.
AMD has outed its latest A-Series desktop and notebook processors, with a thirteen-strong line-up of new dual- and quad-core Accelerated Processing Units (APUs). The new chips offer up to four x86 cores paired with up to 400 Radeon graphics cores, with dedicated HD video processing and AMD Steady Video, providing real-time smoothing and stabilization for jerky clips. Meanwhile, there are also the first ever unlocked APUs for overclocking enthusiasts.
In an interview today, The head of AMD Australia and New Zealand, Brian Slattery, revealed that AMD's competing platform to Intel's ultrathin ultrabooks could debut as soon as next month, which pegs it very likely at this year's CES. Dubbing them "ultrathins" (in a possible endeavor to avoid any naming conflicts with the other named microprocessor company), Slattery stated that processors for ultrathin, yet fast computing would be ready soon. and "while the company hasn't said specifically what processors it'll be using, some variant of the Fusion APU, which AMD announced last January, seems likely."
AMD has been working to update many of its CPU and APU lines to bring them up to par with Intel counterparts. One of the lines of new products that AMD has updated recently is the A-Series notebook line of APUs. The chip firm has added seven new parts to the A-Series and all of the new parts have similar tweaks compared to the existing parts.
When AMD first started talking about its new Bulldozer processors there were a lot of excited geeks out there. On paper, the processor sounded really good with its 2 billion transistors and lots of nice features. Once the processors started getting into the hands of reviewers, the excitement faded for many people when it was noted that the performance wasn't on par with the specs noted by AMD.
Microsoft is expected to reveal its Windows 8 app store plans this week, detailing how it will challenge Apple's thriving third-party download ecosystem with its new breed of notebooks, desktops and tablets. The unveil will come at an event on Tuesday, Fox News reports, and is expected to offer free and paid apps along with trial versions and in-app payment systems, just as on Microsoft's Windows Phone platform.
For all of the Android developers out there, Google’s Android development team has opened up Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.1) for x86 processors for both Intel and AMD systems. Take note that the release isn’t yet completely stable, there being some compatibility issues with Intel processors for sound, hardware acceleration, camera, and ethernet. On the flip side, Ice Cream Sandwich compatibility seems to be working just fine with AMD processors, Wi-Fi, sound, and hardware acceleration for AMD chipsets all good to go.
Notebooks running Windows 8 on ARM processors rather than Intel or AMD x86 chips aren't expected to hit the market until June 2013, insider sources have suggested, indicating Microsoft's Windows on ARM project will lag considerably behind the mainstream build. The platform itself is tipped to go public at the end of 2012, DigiTimes' sources tell them, but with the first hardware not scheduled until midway through the following year, broad adoption isn't seen until 2014 at the earliest.