In the next few months, both Intel and AMD are slated to release the industry's first six-core processors for desktops, but real-world consumer applications for six-core chips remain limited.
Laptops & Desktops
John Morris and Sean Portnoy deliver straight talk about notebook and desktop computers.
John Morris is a former executive editor at CNET Networks and senior editor at PC Magazine.
Sean Portnoy is a former executive editor at Computer Shopper magazine and editor at CNET Networks.
Fujitsu releases LifeBook T900 tablet PC with Core i5, i7 CPUs and miniscule LifeBook UH900 multi-touch netbook
Fujitsu has stayed committed to Windows-based tablet PC's longer than most, and it's not stopping now. The company has just made its new LifeBook T900 series available on its Website, a 13.
Dell's gaming arm is introducing some heft into the pipsqueak world of netbooks with its M11x system, which was introduced at CES a couple of weeks ago. Alienware won't call the laptop the "n" word, but it's clearly marketing it to those who find the usual Atom-based portable lacking in the ability to play games more visually complicated than Solitaire.
Acer's 23.6-inch GD235HZ--one of the first 1920x1080 monitors for 3D gaming and movies--is now available in the U.S.
Touchscreens aren't new to PCs, but until recently they've been relegated to pricey convertible tablets for business, and to a lesser extent to slates--tablets without keyboards--used in niche markets (though I hear Apple is hoping to change that with some new device). Thanks to touchscreen smartphones, however, consumers have become accustomed to touch interfaces.
It's no secret that 3D TV was a big theme at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. Electronics companies are banking on 3D to sell the next wave of flat-panel TVs starting this holiday season.
Qualcomm isn't known as a consumer electronics company, a fact that CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs acknowledged in his first CES keynote.
AMD continues to make waves with its graphics. At CES, the company announced the industry's first mobile GPUs that support DirectX 11, the ATI Mobility Radeon 5000 series.
Nvidia is known for hardcore PC gaming hardware, but at CES company execs instead focused on new areas such as mobile gadgets, smarter cars and 3D display technology.
Since reviews posted earlier this week there wasn't much left to announce, but Intel held a press conference at CES early this morning (Jan. 7) to officially introduce its 32nmWestmere technology.