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Samsung NC20 gets video unboxing

Samsung NC20 gets video unboxing

We've already heard enough about the Samsung NC20 to perk our interest - HD support and 6hrs runtime out of the box will do that - but it's taken until now to see the 12.1-inch budget ultraportable appear on video.  NetbookNews have an impromptu unboxing and some early first impressions of the NC20; benchmarks will follow, but for now Sascha tells us that "the Intel Atom got a real competitor."

 

Check out the NC20 unboxing video after the cut

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VIA NSR7800 8-bay eco-friendly 16TB server

VIA NSR7800 8-bay eco-friendly 16TB server

After playing with VIA's ARTiGO A2000 barebones NAS earlier in the month, and coming away impressed with the file-sharing and backup performance of its 1.5GHz C7 processor, we're interested to see VIA drop the same CPU into their altogether more serious 8-bay rack server.  The VIA NSR7800 is a 2U rack server with eight 3.5-inch SATA-II drive bays and dual gigabit LAN, which apparently consumes at least 50-percent less power than rival products.

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Netbooks: Buy now or wait?

Netbooks: Buy now or wait?

Intel Atom, NVIDIA Ion, AMD Neo and VIA Nano - do you buy a new netbook today, or is there something much better waiting just around the corner?  In a way, the netbook market today is a microcosm of the full-size laptop market as it was five years ago: there's the potential for significant leaps in capability, as manufacturers and chipset OEMS find their feet in the budget ultraportable niche.  Nobody wants to waste their money, but most of us would also like a new toy sooner rather than later.  SlashGear picks out the next big thing in netbooks, and helps answer the eternal computing question: buy now or wait?

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Ion netbooks from $399; AMD Neo could ‘crush’ Atom says NVIDIA CEO

Ion netbooks from $399; AMD Neo could ‘crush’ Atom says NVIDIA CEO

Netbooks using NVIDIA's Ion platform - that couples an Intel Atom CPU with a NVIDIA GPU - have a target price of just $399, and will give customers the "full PC experience" rather than the "inferior" performance of current devices.  That's the opinion of NVIDIA's plain-talking cofounder, president, and CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, who has been talking with LaptopMag about the proliferation of mobile devices and ultra-low voltage chipsets.  According to Huang, today's netbook is "a low-cost PC that doesn't work that well" and that is in fact hurting the PC software industry due to its poor support for common applications. 

After the cut, Huang on Ion, AMD, MIDs and more

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Samsung NC20 previewed: HD capable, over 6hrs runtime

Samsung NC20 previewed: HD capable, over 6hrs runtime

Samsung made a great first-impression with its debut to the netbook sector: the NC10 won praise both for its excellent keyboard and lengthy battery life.  So there's plenty for its sequel, the Samsung NC20, to live up to.  Ukrainian site gagadget have managed to acquire an NC20 of their own, and have been testing out how the switch to VIA's Nano U225 processor and Chrome9 HC3 integrated graphics impact on performance.

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VIA dual-core Nano 3000 CPU coming 2010

VIA dual-core Nano 3000 CPU coming 2010

VIA are planning single- and dual-core Nano 3000 processors each with very low power requirements, expected to begin to hit the market from late 2009.  The single-core Nano 3000 CPUs will be made using 65nm processes, and offer integer and floating-point enhancement over the existing Nano 1000/2000 series chips; meanwhile the dual-core Nano 3000 will have a native dual-core design, be built using 45nm or 40nm processes and offer twice the performance.

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