Here's a different kind of motherboard that not only may appeal to DIY system builders but also possibly to desktop manufacturers. Asus is showing off at Computex a "concept" board that includes an ATI Radeon discrete graphics card built onto it, as well as Lucid Hydra technology that allows that Radeon card to work in tandem with another graphics card, regardless of whether it's ATI or Nvidia.
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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.
Nvidia's Optimus technology, which allows a laptop to switch between integrated graphics and its discrete card depending on what type of application is running, was launched several months ago, but was only introduced for a handful of systems (mostly from Asus) since then. This week's Computex show has changed that, as more than a dozen notebooks using Optimus have been announced here.
Via Technologies thinks it's found a way to compete against the iPad—not just a lower price, but a iPod Nano price. The processor company tells Bloomberg Businessweek that a handful of tablets using its technology will be available in the second half of this year for prices ranging from $100 to $150.
AMD gave its first public demonstration of a working Fusion Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) at Computex on Wednesday.
Intel is doing nothing to downplay expectations for Sandy Bridge, its next-generation microarchitecture. At Computex this week Intel execs have been showing more details and promising a big performance boost.
With a series of Atom announcements here at Computex, Intel showed it has big plans for its littlest processor including dual-core Atoms for netbooks and Oak Trail for tablets.
This year's installment of Computex is getting off to fast start when it comes to tablet PCs that hope to compete with the iPad. While most top-tier computer companies haven't provided details on devices that can go head-to-head with Apple's tablet, two of the major Asian brands have unveiled their challengers at the Taiwanese expo.
It was only about two weeks ago that Intel CEO Paul Otellini said that the rumors of its Larrabee graphics chips' demise were greatly exaggerated. Late last year the company said that it was yanking its hardware project and concentrating on Larrabee as a software platform, but Otellini suggested that details about the project were being rushed out to the public and basically we should stay tuned.
Nvidia has announced its first DirectX 11 GPU for laptops. The GeForce GTX 480M, which Nvidia claims is the world's fastest mobile GPU, will be available in laptops starting in June.
Intel has already made news today with details of its new processors for ultrathin laptops and the promise of tablet-focused CPUs to be announced next week. But some other Intel CPU news has also leaked that will interest power users.