CeBIT 2010

NVIDIA Ion 2 benchmarked: moderate improvement

NVIDIA Ion 2 benchmarked: moderate improvement

Curious as to just how potent that new NVIDIA Ion second-generation chipset is?  After the disappointing benchmark results from the Acer Aspire One 532G demonstrated at MWC 2010 last month, NetbookItalia ran the new ASUS Eee PC 1201PN at CeBIT 2010 through 3DMark06to see how that fared.  Happily things seem a little healthier this time around.

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ASUS Eee PC 1201PN Ion 2 Pine View netbook official

ASUS Eee PC 1201PN Ion 2 Pine View netbook official

Packed full of Intel's latest Pine View processors and NVIDIA's second-gen Ion chipset, the ASUS Eee PC 1201PN is the netbook for those who reckon 10-inch machines are just too small.  The 1201PN has a 12.1-inch 1366 x 768 LED-backlit display, Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz processor and 1GB of RAM, along with a 160GB hard-drive (and 500GB of online ASUS web storage) and the HD-capable GPU.

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AMD 890GX chipset with onboard 1080p-capable HD 4290 GPU confirmed

AMD 890GX chipset with onboard 1080p-capable HD 4290 GPU confirmed

AMD have officially announced their latest chipset, the AMD 890GX, which incorporates integrated ATI Radeon HD 4290 graphics as well as paving the way for the company's upcoming AMD Phenom II X6 hexacore processor.  Out of the box the 890GX chipset will support 1080p HD Blu-ray playback, including picture-in-picture support, in addition to SATA 3.0 6Gbps interface and USB 3.0 support.

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NVIDIA Ion 2 officially announced: 10x graphics grunt & 10hr battery life

NVIDIA Ion 2 officially announced: 10x graphics grunt & 10hr battery life

NVIDIA have officially launched their next-generation Ion GPU, intended to give netbooks and nettops a graphics boost.  It comes as little surprise, given we saw Acer's Aspire One 532G netbook using the new GPU a few weeks back at MWC 2010, but the company have also announced that ASUS' 12-inch Eee PC 1201P will use the chipset, as well as more than 30 products from other companies including AOpen, AsRock, Asus, Foxconn, J&W, Pegatron, POV, Shuttle and Zotac.

Video demo after the cut

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Intel Atom N455 and N475 quietly debut

Intel may have officially announced the Atom N470 processor today – well, actually they pulled the trigger early on Saturday – but that isn’t the only new CPU at CeBIT 2010 this week.  As we’ve seen on netbooks like the ASUS Eee PC 1018P Prime, Intel have also launched the Atom N455 and Atom N475.  The two variant chips are obviously based on the 1.66GHz N450 and 1.83GHz N470 processors, but apparently add in support for DDR3 memory.

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Archos 9 PC Tablet getting 1.2GHz CPU update; capacitive screen & 3G in the works?

The Archos 9 PC Tablet – plagued by launch delays and partially scuppered with underperforming components – may not be the star of CeBIT 2010 this week, but according to a talkative employee from the company it’s scheduled to get a refresh relatively soon.  The rep told jkkmobile that the Archos 9 will see its CPU updated to a 1.2GHz chip, bringing with it HyperThreading support, an improvement in the GPU and a faster bus speed.  Meanwhile, down the line there are apparently even bigger changes afoot.

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ASUS Eee PC 1018P spotted at CeBIT: Atom N455/N475, USB 3.0 & Bluetooth 3.0

ASUS Eee PC 1018P spotted at CeBIT: Atom N455/N475, USB 3.0 & Bluetooth 3.0

Out of all of the leaked ASUS netbooks we saw last week, the most interesting was the Eee PC 1018P.  That's now been officially announced at CeBIT 2010, and the Eee PC 1018P Prime looks even better in photos than it does in renders.  Clad in brushed aluminum, bearing USB 3.0 ports and promising 10hrs of battery life, the 1018P Prime also gets Intel N455 and N475 processors.

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Gigabyte T1000P multitouch netbook gets video hands-on

Gigabyte T1000P multitouch netbook gets video hands-on

Remember Gigabyte's new multitouch convertible netbook, the T1000, spotted on the company's site over the weekend?  Gigabyte have been showing it off properly at CeBIT 2010 this week, and several people have stopped by for a quick hands-on.

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Netgear HD Home Theater Adapter & Ethernet Gaming adapter pack WiFi-N

Netgear HD Home Theater Adapter & Ethernet Gaming adapter pack WiFi-N

Netgear have outed two new wireless home networking products at CeBIT 2010 today, the High-Performance Wireless-N HD Home Theater Adapter (WNHDB3004) shown here, and the Ethernet to Wireless Adapter (WNCE2001) for easily bridging wired devices to a wireless network.  The Home Theater Adapter is apparently capable of supporting multiple simultaneous Full HD 1080p streams, and comes with pre-configured security settings so that, after a single button push, the two towers are linked.

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Mio Moov V780 PND blurs lines with MID/UMPC features

Mio Moov V780 PND blurs lines with MID/UMPC features

It's tough going being a standalone PND manufacturer these days: you can either refine your GPS devices to suit extreme niches or try to incorporate some extra functionality and jump on board the MID bandwagon.  Mio have obviously decided to take the latter route with the Moov V780, a 7-inch WVGA touchscreen slate which goes so far outside of the company's PND realm that the GPS chipset is actually optional.

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Team to show off Xtreem-S1 SSD at CeBIT

Team to show off Xtreem-S1 SSD at CeBIT

CeBIT is kicking off this week in Germany and we will see all sorts of new gear debut at the show. Team will be unveiling its new Xtreem-S1 SSD at the show and promises that the new drive will challenge industry benchmarks for performance in the SSD market.

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TerraTec mobile speakers debut: SubSession Stage 3, Traveller 1, 3 and 5

TerraTec mobile speakers debut: SubSession Stage 3, Traveller 1, 3 and 5

If TerraTec's new home media player is a little too stationary for your liking, the company has a few more sound-oriented gadgets that may fit your mobile lifestyle.  The TerraTec SubSession Stage 3 is a combination laptop cooler and speaker system, fitted with a low-noise fan and a Class D amp powering dual 2W stereo speakers and a 10W sub.  It'll go on sale in late March, priced at €79.99 ($109).  Meanwhile there are three other new portable sound systems.

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