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Nvidiea, Windows 7 and Netbook

Friday, February 27th, 2009

NVIDIA is currently working with the top ten PC manufacturers in order to bring their graphic chips to Netbooks for the first time, says an executive from the company. Further more, an important part of this push is getting their silicon working with Microsoft’s Windows 7 which is a Netbook friendly operating system compared to Vista. Nvidia would soon release Windows 7 beta drivers for Ion Netbook silicon which it will be handling over in the market. Additionally, Nvidia also demonstrated the applications running on windows 7 while also announcing that their Ion platform is also certified for Windows Vista.

The Ion chipset strengthens its base from GeForce 6400M graphics chipset of Nvidia which can easily handle graphics tasks in MacBook line of Apple. Their aim is to replace Intel silicon which supports the Atom process and also make the notebook perform much like a standard laptop. Currently the Netbooks form companies like Asus, Acer, Dell and Hewlett-Packard use Atom with a supplementary Intel chipset. Dan Vivoli the senior vice president of Nvidia said in an interview that there is no use in purchasing a notebook that cannot do what a PC can do.

In fact, Intel has taken a small step towards this direction. The company increased their ante by shipping a new chipset and Atom N280 processor on an Intel based Atom system for the first time which is capable of running 720p high definition videos. The graphics silicon which can handle this 720p video is considered a small requirement for the large mainstream laptops. However Nvidia, the largest chipmaker in the world probably believes that minimal graphics would not be good enough. Vivoli said that, according to his when Intel had introduced their 740 graphics chip in 1998 there was a worry about not wanting anything beyond that but it did not happen.

The 740 graphics chip ultimately faded away as a chip from 3dfx, from the ATI Technologies and later Nvidia defeated it in the marketplace. As companies generally tend to exaggerate the prospects of any new products, Nvidia also falls in the same category. However there seems to be much at stakes than usual as getting graphics of Nvidia into small devices, where their graphics have always been almost entirely absent it is imperative for their growth.

Vivoli said that he had never seen a product since long which generated so much of excitement that Ian at Apple and at Microsoft, and with anyone they exposed it said they had no idea of Nvidia bringing this type of experience on a platform that is so small and inexpensive. He further said that the big names you have come across are currently working on the Ion design, which is among the top ten companies. However the CEO of Nvidia Jen-Hsun Haung, claimed that Nvidia had the Ion notebook project taking place throughout the world and so most of this actually depends on the success of their customers and the new platform that is chosen.


Saturday, February 21st, 2009

ASUS have almost reached double digits in the number of their notebook variants that are launched. Additionally, the ASUS EeePC 1000HE overthrows the MSI Wind as just the pack of pint sizes notebook wannabes. Something that puts it up is not just its first use of Intel Atom N280 processor but also its revamped keyboard and pleasingly tucked away six cell battery. This EeePC 1000HE has been the new choice among editors in the category where price compassion is para mounted is because it delivers all of these at a reasonable price.

With its design the EeePC 1000HE resembles a vast majority of notebooks with its glossy coat and limited colour variations. Your only choices are among its two colour variations navy blue and black. It weighs about 3.2 pounds which can be heavier than Acer Aspire One, the MSI Wind which is 2.6 pounds and 2.9 pounds NC10-14GB notebook.  There is a frame designed around the six cell carriers which conceals the batteries so that it is flush against the base. In fact the E in EeePC 1000HE actually represents its extended battery which is a massive improvement on the battery over their previous models.

As you open the lid the caps on barreled ends are timed with steel which also include a brushed aluminum enclosure that houses the mouse touchpad and mouse buttons where both offer sharp contrast in black interior. The mouse buttons of 1000HE are substantially larger compared to Aspire One and MSI Wind which look like they are wrapped around the front bezel in the laptop’s center. However similar to other laptops the EeePC 1000HE also uses a 10 inch LED widescreen with great resolutions. Additionally the keyboard of 1000HE is completely refurbished from 1000H notebook. The keys on it are again much similar to those on Apple MacBook 13 inch and Sony VAIO VGN-Z590.

The EeePC 1000HE also does not have any exclusive features over other notebooks like it also sports a webcam, three USB ports, a 4-in-1 card reader, VGA-out, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Ethernet port wit other standard notebook features. However the only real advantage is the in built Bluetooth it features. It includes 160 GB hard drier, but it does not integrate an ExpressCard slot like most of the other notebooks have, which it also does not offer in built mobile broadband.

The best thing is that, EeePC 1000HE is the first laptop to feature 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N280 processor. This means that for a benchmark test or even when really using it you might hardly find any performance difference between the EeePC 1000HE and other systems like Aspire One and MSI Wind. Additionally ASUS have also added their software based over clocking feature similar to their other models which controls the speed of CPU. It lets you switch between different modes like Auto, High performance, super performance and power saving. However, the real advantage in transitioning to N280 processor is the reduction of motherboard space which slims down other form factors and potentially reduces the cost.