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At Computex 2008, the big buzz is about developing a new market for Netbooks, smaller than traditional notebooks but larger than PDAs, and revolutionary new chips to run them. For a recap on what’s happening, read Larry Dignan’s blog.rnrn
Manufacturers are beginning to launch Netbooks based on Intel’s Atom chip.
Nvidia just released a competitor to Intel’s Atom, the Tegra, calling it a high definition computer on a chip.
Acer Aspire One
Acer released its version of the Eee PC called the Aspire One. The $399 Netbook is powered by an Atom chip and Linux-Linpus. The device is 9.8-inches x 6.7-inches x 1.14-inches, weighs less than 2 pounds, and has Wi-Fi.
Not to be outdone, Asus unveils two new versions of its popular Eee PC. The Eee 901 has an 8.9-inch screen and the Eee 1000 has a 10-inch screen. Both are powered by Atom chips.
Asus Eee Box
The biggest selling point for the Asus Eee Box is its price tag of $269.
Other manufacturers, such as Elonex, are taking an early plunge into the Netbook market with less fanfare.
Asus is going to the other extreme by introducing a high powered gaming PC, the G70.
GeForce 9M Series
Nvidia introduces the GeForce 9M Series of graphics processors for notebooks. According to the company, the chips are geared for “graphically intensive games, 3D applications and HD movies at extreme resolutions.” More photos.
Intel 4 Series Chipset
Intel released it own set of Intel 4 Series Chipset graphics units. Intel says its G45 Express chips is Intel’s first with high-definition capability for Blu-ray and HD content playback, post-process HD content, and integrated DisplayPort and HDMI with HDCP keys.
Here’s a demo device that Nvidia envisions for its Tegra chip.
Computex is a lot more than Netbooks and chips. Companies are still developing new types of cable, this one from Hold Key Electronic Wire and Cable.