The computer server industry may not sound like a hotbed for innovation to you, but SeaMicro thinks differently. It's just rocked the server world with a super-computer-like product that's smaller and more power-efficient than any rival's.
The Computex trade show in Taiwan is the venue of choice for new processor announcements from Intel and Qualcomm. Intel's includes the world's thinnest netbook platform, and Qualcomm's announces the company as the smartphone chipmaker to beat.
Intel's revealed some details of its next-gen Atom CPUs, essentially extending the capabilities of the chips that powered the netbook revolution. Since this is over, Intel really wants the Atoms inside tablet PCs, to rival Apple's ARM relationship.
We're all familiar with Intel's tiny, low-power Atom CPU—without it the netbook revolution probably wouldn't have happened. But Intel has just pulled the covers off its next-gen Atom system on a chip, and it has a new target device: Your TV.
Sony said it wouldn't enter the true netbook market as it was just "a race to the bottom" in terms of PC specs. Well, someone in the company's decided it's also a market worth lots of money, as there's now a Vaio netbook.
Though Intel and Psion have kissed and made up over the trademark term "netbook," it doesn't matter. A new PC from Toshiba has finally killed the genre. It's dead and gone. Because the mini NB205 is the quintessential netbook.
"Why so definite about that?" you may ask. Well, just read the specs.
Lenovo's pulled the wraps off its S12, which is far more than a ho-hum addition to its long list of netbook PCs. It's got a 12-inch screen, and is the first netbook to use Nvidia's powerful Ion platform.