Enthusiasts have been waiting for more details on Intel's latest line of solid-state drives to replace its aging X25-E SSD family, and it looks like that wait is almost over. Pricing information has been leaked about the new SSD 710 series, and the new drives will apparently be arriving in the next couple of weeks.
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.
Despite Intel's lofty claims that its new Ultrabook platform of super-slim laptops would account for 40 percent of the notebook market by the end of the next year, it's been dogged by some issues as manufacturers work to get the first Ultrabooks out the door. The most notable one is the price tag, and the chip giant is stepping up efforts to show that the laptops don't need to cost more than $1,000.
Starting this month, AMD will finally have a chip designed to go head-to-head with the fastest Core i5 and Core i7 Sandy Bridge processors. AMD has been working on Bulldozer for six years and it has a lot riding on the new chip design.
The sales woes for any tablet not named "iPad" continue, as HP's much ballyhooed TouchPad is already being discounted mere weeks after its launch.HP is now selling both its 16GB and 32GB TouchPad versions with a $50 "instant rebate," which is obviously a nicer way of saying "price cut.
Intel is banking on the Ultrabook to breathe new life into the PC, but what exactly makes a laptop an Ultrabook hasn't been clear. Now Intel is providing more details on how the Ultrabook will evolve.
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.
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.