A new line of Chromebooks is coming soon powered by Intel's battery-sipping, high-speed Haswell chips.
Google and Intel announced the models from Hewlett-Packard, Acer, Asus, and Toshiba at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Wednesday.
Because of their Haswell-based internals, these new Chromebooks are expected to have a battery life in the range of 9 hours. And following the lead of the popular $250 Samsung Series 3 Chromebook and Acer's $199 C7 Chromebook, they're expected to cost under $300 for the Wi-Fi only models, as opposed to Google's high-end, $1,300 Chromebook Pixel.
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Intel disclosed a lineup of revamped Atom chips Wednesday that target both Windows 8.1 and Android tablets.
The Z3000 series is based on a redesigned Atom processor that promises better performance than the pokey chips that powered Windows 7 Netbooks of the past.
Performance is boosted by employing so-called "out-of-order execution," similar to what Intel uses in its higher-performance mainstream laptop processors. It also packs improved graphics silicon that is essentially the same "HD" technology used in Intel's laptop-class Ivy Bridge processors, said Chris Walker, general manager for tablet processors at Intel, in an … Read more
Future Android tablets with Intel inside will approach two-digit pricing, packing a new -- as yet unannounced -- chip, Intel said Tuesday.
Upcoming Atom-based tablets will appear at the $100 price point, Chris Walker, general manager for tablet processors at Intel, told CNET today. Walker was echoing comments made earlier in the day by CEO Brian Krzanich.
Though Intel Atom chips run both Windows and Android, "the low price points should be Android," Walker said.
Hewlett-Packard has an Android tablet -- the Slate 7 -- that is priced at $140 but uses an ARM processor.
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On Wednesday, Asus is hosting a media event in San Francisco and CNET will be there to bring you live coverage. Join me, my fellow CNET editor Xiomara Blanco, and photo man (or "photographer," as he prefers to be called) James Martin as we bring you on-point and insightful -- with equal doses of objectivity and good-natured pithiness -- coverage of the event.
This comes right smack-dab in the middle of IDF (Intel Developer Forum), so it's a good bet most of what we'll see will be of the Intel/Windows 8 (or 8.1) variety. … Read more
Intel announced a line of tiny chips for new markets, including wearable devices, at the company's annual conference in San Francisco on Tuesday.
Called Quark, it is Intel's bid to stay relevant in the era of wearable computing.
The new lower-power products will address wearable gadgets, as well as industrial "Internet-of-Things" devices, new Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said during his keynote speech.
It's approximately one-fifth the size of the company's already-small Atom chip and draws one-tenth the power.
Intel will sample circuit board designs based on the first product in this family during the … Read more
Apple's September 10 event has iPhones front and center in the minds of industry watchers, but that doesn't mean that's the only topic that will be covered during the presentation.CNET's live coverage of Apple's September 10 event
But if I may offer a suggestion, this would be the perfect time to slip in some modest internal upgrades for most of the Mac line of computers. The only recently … Read more
Future Windows 8.1 tablets will be powered by the marquee attraction at Intel's annual forum that starts Tuesday -- the Bay Trail Atom chip.
What is Bay Trail exactly? At the high end, it is a series of Atom processors built primarily for tablets. (Lower-end Celeron and Pentium variants should appear in low-cost laptops.)
Maybe most importantly, it's a completely redesigned Atom that is trying to break from the past of pokey Windows 7 Netbook Atoms.
On the eve of Intel's annual conference, executives from rival ARM described a more PC-like future for mobile devices in an interview with CNET.
ARM chip designs dominate smartphones and tablets worldwide. Its processors are the brains inside the iPhone, the iPad, Samsung Galaxy products, Google's Nexus line, HTC devices -- and the list goes on and on.
Samsung, Apple, Nvidia, Qualcomm, and MediaTek -- all licensees to varying degrees of ARM technology -- dominate.
That's a problem for Intel as ARM-based devices running Android, for instance, take on more PC-like attributes.
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With the release of its new 8-inch Encore tablet, Toshiba is expected to provide the first glimpse of Intel's new Atom chip, the Bay Trail-T, powering Windows 8.1, industry sources say.
Bay Trail is a complete redesign of the Atom chip and offers performance that comes closer to Intel's mainstream processors, such as its Celeron and Pentium lines -- roughly twice to three times the performance of the current "Clover Trail" Atom.
Many of the Bay Trail-based tablets are expected to come with the quad-core variant of the Bay Trail processor.
The tablets will offer … Read more