Column: CeBIT Hannover - Day 4
Misfortunes never come singly
Intel invited to a desktop & mobile briefing today. They explained the more or less already known schedule in the small round. Ultra-slim notebooks were the center of attention as by numerous other manufactures in the past few days. The new Ultra-Low-Voltage (ULV) processors are to provide sufficient performance and will send the price of the ultra-slim notebooks on a nose dive besides that as well.
According to Intel's "Tick-Tock" strategy, this is the sequence of new chip micro architectures and a completely new processor technology involving a further reduction of the production technique. After launching the Nehalem CPU (Tick) the jump to the 32 nanometers (nm) technology in form of the Westmere chip (Tock) stands before in 2009. The "revival" of the Westmere architecture, with the codename Sandy Bridge (desktop) has also already been announced.
The described technology will affect the mobile user in the form of the upcoming Clarksfield CPU. Intel brings a native mobile Quad-Core in 45nm technology with these. In succession you can look forward to the Arrondale chip with two cores and an integrated graphic in 32nm.
Under the motto: "Thin is in…" Intel responds on the trend towards ultra-slim notebooks. The crucial point should be the future pricing of the chic netbook competitor, which Intel sees between 600.00 and 1200.00. Equipped with a correspondingly low-priced Dual Core CPU these should come close to the efficiency of the current office and multimedia devices. With a small on-site demonstration you could convince yourself of the performance bonus of the Dual Core ULV CPU in comparison to the Atom CPU (wtf? – well hopefully…).
The demonstration of the integrated graphic on the G45 chip set by playing a Blu-Ray disk in HD quality didn't really want to work in the beginning after recurring networking problems. Massive shuddering provided for a few smirks among the attendees. The second try ran smoothly then and we could relax for a few minutes watching "Batman Begins" in a first class presentation.
We discovered a couple of interesting things again today at … surprise: the MSI stand. For instance, the current and the upcoming pallet of the MSI Wind netbooks were presented. The U100 equipped with an Intel Atom N270 CPU, Intel 945 GSE chip set and the obligatory 10 inch display with a resolution of 1024x768 pixels will also be the starting variation further on in the future. MSI stays loyal to the original idea of the first Wind with the matt display surface and continues to set more on practibility than optic.
MSI fits the U110 ECO with completely new hardware packed in the same chassis, though. An Intel Atom Z530 CPU in combination with the Intel Pulsbo US15W chip set will be built into this mini-netbook. The U115 hybrid with the same core component but with a combination of HDD and SSD sounds just as interesting.
For those who would like something a bit more efficient, MSI offers for instance the GT725. This is a 17" gaming notebook with a resolution of maximal 1680x1050 pixels. Processors from Intel and a graphic from ATI are responsible for the corresponding performance. The built in ATI Mobility HD4850 graphic card counts to the strongest graphic chips at the moment and is placed on the level of an nVIDIA 9800M GTX.
An "insider tip" let us finally also find something at the Acer stand where the responsible product manager conjured up a special tidbit at our persistent questioning. We were allowed to make ourselves a picture of the upcoming refreshed design of the Acer range in form of a pre-sample of the Acer Aspire 5935. The new Gemstone design could be enjoyed in the first hands-on an engineering sample. The most important design feature: The "floating keyboard", the keys are kept very flat and are somewhat detached from each other, almost floating over the case. Not only the optic but also the haptic left a very positive impression. Here are the first impressions:
A pre-sample of the low-priced starting series could also be examined. The Acer Aspire 5536 will have an AMD/ATI platform. The low-priced series will include the most important design components like the "floating keyboard". The considerably shrunken media console will be omitted in comparison to the forerunning models.
Now you have completed our electronic tour of the Cebit 2009 with these lines. We hope you have gotten a "notion" of our exposition stay and that you maybe could collect the one or other information. As usual we will close with the NotebookChicks of the day. Thanks for your attention and see you soon.