If you're looking forward to improved performance from Intel's tiny Atom processors -- used to power netbooks and tablets -- the company has plans to deliver it. In fact, the chip giant says future versions will match the performance of AMD's desktop Phenom II chips.
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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.
While time is running down on 2011 being the year of Bulldozer, AMD is looking to next year to be the year of Piledriver. A leaked roadmap shows the chip company's desktop plans for 2012, and these include a processor that features 10 Piledriver CPUs, which will be improved versions of the forthcoming Bulldozer CPU.
Acer prepping first laptop using Nvidia's Tegra 2 chip, plus Intel Ultrabooks to revive flagging profits
Computer Goliath Acer stumbled in the second quarter, losing money and dropping from second to fourth place in global PC sales. As part of its hoped-for return to profitability for the rest of 2011, the company is working on a couple of new ideas for the notebook market.
Future Google Chromebooks to switch from Intel Atom to Core series processors, push prices above $500
With its Chromebooks, Google has been trying to revolutionize computing by switching to a browser-centered model. As a result, it doesn't necessarily require the beefy parts that a Windows-based laptop needs to deliver the fastest performance possible, relying on an Intel Atom N570 processor to power systems instead.
Long before Intel coined the term Ultrabook, Apple came up with a laptop that slips in a manila envelope. The latest refresh--including Sandy Bridge chips, Thunderbolt, a backlit keyboard and Mac OS X Lion--preps the MacBook Air for a coming wave of Windows competitors.
This afternoon Apple is expected to announce record iPad sales. At the same time sales of competing tablets seem to be falling short of lofty expectations. Why can't anyone build a better tablet?
More details have emerged about Intel's forthcoming Sandy Bridge E processors, the high-performance line that will replace the Gulftown-based Extreme Edition CPUs. According to Turkish Website DonanimHaber (here's the original link in Turkish), the three new CPUs will be known as the Core i7-3000 Series, while also keeping the Extreme Edition moniker.
Once limited to desktops, overclocking has jumped into the mobile world, first with laptops, then smartphones, and now it's starting to show up among the growing number of tablet PCs out there. While many of the overclocking feats with slates has been limited to individual tweaking, is it possible there's a market for overclocked tablets?
When we last saw the Sony Vaio Z laptop, all 2.5 pounds of it, it was available in United Kingdom, but now it's made its way across the pond.
As AMD prepares new dual-core, triple-core Llano desktop processors, it will start phasing out Phenom II CPUs
AMD's gradual roll-out of its Llano accelerated processing units (APU) continues, with information on new dual-core and triple-core desktop processors being leaked. At the same time, the company is looking to halt production of Phenom II CPUs to make room for the new chips.