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ASUS Transformer T100 2-in-1 Specifications, Hands-On, Video

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“We wanted to create something that is truly ultra mobile, truly productive, truly entertaining, truly stylish.”

The ASUS T100. (Our information page is now live here.)

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Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows Tablet Close-Up. (Video)

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Update: Full Dell Venue 8 Pro Specifications now in the database (and we’re adding more content as we find it.)

I’ve managed to get a video close-up of the Dell Venue Window 8, 8-inch tablet. Watch the video and you’ll here the product manager give some new information. I had hands-on too and it feels absolutely great, a real quality tablet. 400gm in weight is amazing.

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Baytrail IDF 2013 Deep-Dive Event. Notes and Images

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At a Baytrail press event at IDF we’ve just had a more detailed update on what’s happening.

Baytrail is the new low-power architecture platform that scales from small tablets to 2-in-1 and desktop devices across, mainly, Android and Windows 8.

Intel PR announcement here.

UMPCPortal BayTrail Launch article

Here are the main points, some notes and images from the event.

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Intel Announces Bay Trail Processors for Tablets, Laptops, and Desktops

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Today at IDF 2013 in San Francisco, Intel is announcing it’s next-generation of low-power Atom, Pentium, and Celeron processors, codenamed ‘Bay Trail’. Intel says that Bay Trail processors will be suitable for tablets, laptops, AIO desktops, and “sleek mobile devices.”

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IDF San Francisco 2013 Keynote Highlights

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Brian Krzanich is on stage…

“Silicon leadership.”

“Lead in every segment of computing.”

First area…re-architecting the data center. Then…

Fanless Y-Series Haswell laptop from HP…

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14nm Broadwell coming. Products in 2014.

First Broadwell laptop. (Based on Harris Beach design.)

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2-in-1’s as low ass $400. “This is where the PC is heading.”

Lenovo Miix 8 is on stage…

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First 22nm phone…

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Internet of things…

 

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Quark series of SoC’s announced.

1.5th size.

1/10th power.

Synthesizable…(with 3rd party IP)

 

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Intel working on wearables.

 

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Rene James on stage. Talking about software…

 

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Progress…

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Task-based computing  (past)–> Lifestyle computing (now) –> Integrated Computing (next)

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Integrated is embedded, wearables, Internet of things…

[Side thought: Not much on BayTrail. We’re expecting that tomorrow.]

More progress…

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Left replaces right and will be like a patch soon.

More on health and personalized medicine and care.

1 persons genomic data is one Petabyte of data.

One single genome sequence costs $10K. Moving  to 1K. Some companies, using DNA maps, moving a biology problem to a computation problem.

Rene highlights the amount of compute power and storage needed for these processes.

Keynote closes with questions.

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Pentium and Celeron Brands to Be Used for Bay Trail Atom Tablets, Notebooks and Desktops

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It looks like Pentium and Celeron branding will be used on Atom chips when Baytrail launches. And why not? As Haswell/Core reaches down into sub 10W territory, where Netbooks used to operate, and Baytrail reaches up into power bands above where Atom Netbooks were, there’s a big overlap. Intel will slap the Pentium and Celeron brands on Atom products. It could be an attempt to re-brand Atom for Windows and Android based devices.

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Acer W3 Screen Test

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Have you been thinking about the Acer Iconia W3 since the price was reduced? A full Windows 8 tablet with a full Web experience, flexible connectivity and a weight of just 540 gram / 1.2lb? I have. At $299 it’s a ultra mobile PC at almost giveaway pricing. It even comes with a Microsoft Office license!

The problem is that the screen is cheap. The viewing angles are tight, there’s a mesh-like layer which reduces clarity and it’s only 1280×800 in resolution.

I had a chance to get the W3 in my hands last week and took four photos that show the viewing angle problem. It is, in my opinion, a real problem for usage in landscape mode. At video-viewing distances, not a major issue but for reading, it’s pretty horrible. In portrait mode, however, it’s not an issue, and that’s how I’d be using the W3 most of the time if I had it because thumbing across the bottom is way easier in this mode.

The choice is up to you though. If you want a UMPC, this is your only choice below 10-inches until the Lenovo Miix 8 or other small formfactor Win 8 tablets appear.

Personally I’m sticking with the Acer W510 that I’ve grown used to and am very close with now. Along with a cheap ASUS Fonepad I’ve got it covers all angles. I would, however, be interested in a lighter 10-inch tablet/2-in-1 with 3G and Windows 8.1. Perhaps later in the year!

Note: I’m on tour at IFA (Berlin) and Intel’s Developer Conference (San Francisco) next week. I’ll bring you any UMPC-related information I uncover.

Video Interview. Chippy and Intel at IDF 2012

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intel sw video screenshotThe Ultimate Coder Ultrabook Challenge was a great experience for me, a challenge for the contestants and I hope, through the detailed information that was written by all concerned, a help and inspiration to some of you developers out there.

During my week at the Intel Developer Forum I met all the teams and also spoke to Bob Duffy who is not only a fellow Vic-20 fan but is responsible for organizing and communicating with the software community around Ultrabooks.

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Intel’s Smart Watch Concept to Demo at IDF 2012

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Sony-SmartWatch-16We’re thrilled to have been invited and sponsored by Intel to attend IDF 2012 this year. Intel Developers Forum is the place to get a feel for what’s going to happen in the next 12-18 months and to get all the questions answered by the experts responsible. Naturally we’ve been looking through the agenda. There are 17 technical sessions directly related to Ultrabooks and an additional 5 that will reveal information about Haswell, the next generation platform that you can expect to see in Ultrabooks in 2013.

One presentation jumped out at us though. Ultrabook™ Innovations – Intel Wireless Charging and Smart Watch Digital Companion.

 

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GoWorld Touchscreen Slider Ultrabook Prototype Hands-on Video at IDF 2012

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At IDF Beijin 2012 GoWorld is showing off an Ultrabook prototype which uses a hybrid sliding design. Intel has been saying that one of the goals of the Ultrabook campaign is to bring the good features from the tablet realm to the laptop — things like instant-on, long standby time, thinness, and light weight. It’s no wonder that along for the ride is touchscreen functionality. Thanks to Windows 8 doing double-duty as a traditional desktop OS and also a touchscreen friendly OS with its Metro half, convertible Ultrabooks could actually become a mainstream reality.

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Marketing, Graphics Options, Compulsory Security Features Revealed in Ultrabook Q&A

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You go to the Intel Developer Forum to learn. You learn about Intel’s heading, new technology and knowledge from other attendees. Unlike trade-shows where you’ll be talking to marketing teams and show-floor assistance, you get to hear from expert engineers, product managers and technologists. Thanks to Intels support at IDF I was able to sit down for a one-to-one with Adam King, senior manager responsible for the Ultrabook sector and get some outstanding questions answered.

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WiDi – Important Value for Tablets, Netbooks and Ultrabooks

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widi logoI believe Intel Wireless Display (also known as Wi-Di) could be one of the best ‘value-add’ technologies Intel has implemented for years. Not because of any technical skill (it’s an extension of the Wi-Fi Direct ‘soft AP’ standard implemented in their Centrino network cards and Core processors) but because it adds capability to the PC platform that makes real sense and doesn’t require any extra interfaces or radios. Wireless display is going to be something that, once you’ve used it, you probably won’t wouldn’t want to lose. Expect to see this on most Ultrabooks next year.

Intel have been working on this for a number of years now [good background story here] and although it’s available in Ultrabooks and other PCs based on Core architecture, it’s also coming to Cedar Trail and Medfield as an option.

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