Category | Processor

Cedar Trail – GMA3600 Handles 27Mbps, Blu-Ray

Posted on 17 September 2011

I remember physically sighing when Intel announced a dual-core Atom as the answer to video playback issues on the netbook. It’s not that way to do it at all which is why I’m very please to have confirmation that Cedar Trail, the latest netbook platform, will have hardware decoding support. The GMA3600 graphics core is based on PowerVR technology from Imagination and while I didn’t get full specs,  (it’s said […]

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Laptop Silicon in the Handheld Space

Posted on 12 July 2011

The more I test Intel Sandy-Bridge based systems the more I am becoming convinced that laptop silicon will eventually extend as a high-dynamic-range platform into to ultra-mobile PCs and tablets. The reason is that the new laptop platforms are using advanced processes and techniques and are extremely efficient at getting things done. ‘Hurry Up Get Idle’ is a simple concept that means if you can get the same job done […]

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Oaktrail Windows Tablet Reviews Start Slowly at GottaBeMobile

Posted on 30 June 2011

A few days ago I found a CPU-Mark score for the ‘Oaktrail’ Z670 CPU. It confirms to us in no uncertain terms that the 1.5Ghz single core Atom CPU is, relative to other X86 CPUs, extremely weak and really no different from the first generation Atom CPUs that came before it. The difference with Oaktrail is that the memory and graphics speeds should be vastly superior to that which we […]

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Intel Switch to PowerVR Graphics for CedarTrail (Unconfirmed)

Posted on 10 May 2011

There’s good and bad news to be drawn out of the news that Intel will go with a PowerVR core on Cedar Trail, the next generation of Netbook platform. VR-Zone report that Cedarview (the processing engine in the Cedar Trail platform) will include an SGX545 graphics core and not Intel graphics as had previously been suggested here. VR-Zone – Cedarview to sport PowerVR graphics. The good news is that it […]

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IDF Beijing: Oaktrail to run 3.75W TDP. Next Gen Netbook Platform to get HD Video Acceleration

Posted on 12 April 2011

Z670 and Z650 Launched with 3W TDP Details of two Oaktrail parts have been revealed by Intel today confirming pretty much everything we knew already! Availability of the Oaktrail parts are ‘now’ but as I mentioned in a tweet a few days ago, the first products shipping with Oaktrail won’t appear until at least May. Two part numbers have been confirmed. The Z670 and Z650 (1.5Ghz and 1.2Ghz)  are both […]

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Cupp Computing – Integrated Southbridge Solution for Multi-Architecture Computing – Analysis

Posted on 21 February 2011

As time goes on, the mobile internet, with it’s apps, location, always-on, customisations and sensors, becomes more its own unique Internet rather than just a subset of the traditional desktop Internet and it becomes more and more important to make sure you carry two devices in order to have the full internet experience. Most of us take two or more devices with us when we travel, especially for business as […]

AMD C-50 (Ontario) – CPU Performance Round-Up

Posted on 31 January 2011

By now we’re fully aware that the Fusion platform comprising AMD Ontario/Zacate CPU and Radeon 6250 can turn in some impressive 3D performance. With HD video decoding on board too it’s a double-punch to Intel platforms with the Atom CPU but with the high-end E-series requiring power that most mobile computers can’t deliver it’s only the C-series (C-30 single-core and C-50 dual core) that we’re concerned with here and in […]

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E-Series (Tunnel Creek) Atom Modules

Posted on 20 September 2010

While we’ve heard about Oaktrail and Moorestown, we haven’t exactly seen a lot of complete products that allow us to test the next-gen Atom CPU architecture. Word from Intel is that we’re looking at 50x less idle power, 20x lower thermal envelope (a statement that is difficult to quantify) and in certain scenarios, 50% or more power reduction. MP3 playback and video playback, for example, should take a lot less […]

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Power VR SGX – Intel GMA600 demonstrated at IDF

Posted on 19 September 2010

The GMA600 is the GPU that will appear in Moorestown, Oaktrail (Z6xx-series Atom) and Tunnel Creek (E-series Atom) platforms that are feeding in later this year and during 2011. It’s a beefed-up GMA500 (400Mhz instead of 200Mhz) with, in some cases, hardware accelerated video recording and the core design is by Imagination. At their booth at Intel’s IDF last week they were showing off some of the capabilities of the […]

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ARM Cortex A15 – 5x Performance for More Than Just Mobile

Posted on 09 September 2010

Just one week before Intel’s IDF will detail more about their mobile CPU roadmap for 2011/2012, ARM have announced some details about their own 2012 high power mobile silicon. Cortex A15 (Codename: Eagle)

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Tegra 2 Javascript Benchmark Shows a Lot of Promise.

Posted on 05 June 2010

At an ARM event in Taipei this week I was fortunate enough to have a few minutes with a Tegra 2-based tablet prototype known as ‘Harmony.’ It’s a fairly standard tablet with a capacitive touchscreen and weighing in at the 700gm iPad-weight. You’ll see more details in the video. I also had a chance to run a javascript benchmark test and got an interesting result.

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WebM/VP8 and Handheld Devices. Ti Already On The Ball.

Posted on 19 May 2010

If you haven’t been following the to-and-fro related to video codecs and HTML5, let me give you a quick update. There’s been a fight over whether H.264 or OGG Theora should be used as the video codec and two problems exist. H.264 is currently free to use but it has to be licensed. In 2015, those license may (or may not) cost money. OGG Theora on the other hand is […]


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