First revealed back at Computex, Intel's dual-core Atom N550 processor for netbooks was a tease that many of us here couldn't wait to get our hands on. Unfortunately, while the processor has "ready-to-ship" tagged to it, it doesn't look like the processor is being included in any netbooks actually shipping at this very moment.
Broadcom have outed a number of new chips, including a new 1080p-capable multimedia processor and an IP platform intended to add 3D graphics and multimedia capabilities to DVRs and set-top boxes. The Broadcom BCM2763 VideoCore IV Processor is a 40nm chip that can process up to 20-megapixel images and 1-gigapixel 2D/3D graphics rendering, along with outputting Full HD 1080p via HDMI. Meanwhile the Broadcom Persona platform couples a BCM11211 comms processor and BCM11181 multimedia processor, and supports streaming content, complex GUIs and integration with the company's various wireless and wired networking components.
After ongoing rumors and speculation that Intel would miss their Q4 launch for Pine Trail, their next-gen Atom processor line-up, the company has again confirmed that the low-power netbook processors are on course to hit manufacturers in Q4 2009. However the company will not be drawn on how long those chips will then take to show up in commercially-available devices: estimates suggest that Pine Trail based netbooks won't actually be on shelves until Q1 2010 at the earliest.
The days of a universal laptop TV tuner are almost upon us, as CrestaTech begin sampling their CrestaTV "universal broadband receiver". Packing not only support for DVBT, ATSC, Cable QAM, NTSC and PAL TV standards, the CrestaTV also receives FM radio and features a GPS receiver, and could allow travellers to watch TV on their notebooks no matter where in the world they are.
It seems Samsung just hit a first today. They've announced their 2-gigabit or 256MB DDR3 RAM chip, which is the first to be mass produced using their 40-nanometer process.
The great thing about this process is that it allows the company to mass produce very dense chips without upping their power consumption. This keeps costs down as well. The idea here is to offer up 4GB RAM for notebooks and 16GB RAM for servers.
These new chips contain twice as much bandwidth as the old 1 gigabit chips. We don't know at this time how much the RAM will cost or when it will be made available, but you can count on these chips being available pre-installed in computer offerings first.
Intel's Pine Trail platform, set to replace the company's current Diamondville netbook/nettop architecture, could be delayed until the first half of 2010 so as to reassure vendors. According to Digitimes Research senior analyst Joanne Chien, the Intel Atom N450 processor has been pushed back from its original Q4 2009 launch schedule so as to allow the existing netbook market to settle.
AMD may have convinced HP to slap their new Congo into the updated dv2 ultraportable, but if you've been waiting to hear a little more about the dual-core chipset then we've some more detail for you. Targeted at thin-and-light notebooks rather than taking on Intel's Atom N-series chips, Congo is a combination of the new dual-core AMD Neo processor, updated ATI graphics and an improved chipset.
Intel have announced three new Core 2 Duo processors, as well as an ultra-low voltage (ULV) chip and new GS40 Express Chipset. The three new Core 2 Duo chips are the T9900, P9700 and P8800, topping out at 3.06Ghz with 6MB of L2 cache and a 1,066MHz FSB.
Intel's next-gen Atom platform, Pine Trail, may have been reasonably well known before now, but the CPU manufacturer has just released [PDF link] the first official details about the new netbook and nettop chips. Expected to reach the market later this year, Pine Trail's biggest change is in integrating the graphics core into the processor, slimming down both the overall size and the platform's power requirements.