MSI Updates Its Wind Box Line of PCs with AMD E-350 APU and Intel Core Processors

MSI Wind Box AMD, Intel Refresh - Computex 2011Intel Atom Chips with NVIDIA graphics were nice, maybe for the last two years, but now MSI is taking things up a notch performance-wise with their line of Wind Box nettops. The company has redesigned the product offering and is expanding the consumer base by offering three models to suite people's needs: 1-liter Wind Box DC100 [...]

ARM to Become the Next Big Thing in Personal Computing

Ubuntu Netbook Edition ARM Reference DesignIt seems the stars are aligning for proponents of ARM processors. We're seeing them used in our mobile devices, network media streamers, TVs, and soon our laptops and desktops. IDC is predicting that 13% of computers by 2015 will be using them (related). We told you that the next version of Windows will support ARM [...]

Intel’s WiDi 2.0 Update Brings DRM Compatibility for DVD and Blu-ray Discs

IDF 2010 Intel Atom WiDi DemoBig news today for those following wireless display technology. Intel has just announced that a new driver update will enable WiDi equipped laptops to playback DVD and Blu-ray discs, as well as other HDCP 2.0 protected content, to your HDTV in 1080p sans cables. Remember, previously one could only mirror unprotected media from their laptop [...]

Intel Intros the SSD 510 with SATA 3.0 (500MB/s Read) in 120GB and 250GB Storage Capacities

Intel SSD 510For those still nursing the whiplash of Intel's Thunderbolt news, you'll be happy to learn that Intel has just released their speediest SSD-based SATA drive to date [press release]. Unfortunately, it's still a long ways from taking advantage of Thunderbolt's bi-directional 10Gb/s transfer rates (effective: 1.25GB/s). The SSD 510, nonetheless, boasts an impressive 500MB/s read, 315MB/s [...]

Is Thunderbolt (Formerly Light Peak) Overkill for Today’s SATA Drives?

Thunderbolt LogoI'm reading Intel's press release for their new Thunderbolt I/O data connection technology that boasts a bi-directional data transfer speed of 10Gb/s through a PCI Express interconnect — which is awesome. However, today's hard drives can't take advantage of those speeds because SATA drives — even the latest SATA 3.0 drives [PDF] — aren't that [...]

What Is and Isn’t a Smart TV

Google TV- Search InterfaceIt seems Intel has coined a new descriptor for connected home devices that defines a new category within the space. Personally, I like the term "Smart TV." Trouble is many have started grouping unintended devices and platforms as part of the mix when reporting on Smart TVs. According to Intel, a Smart TV is able [...]

Intel’s Next Atom CE4200 SoC for Set-tops and Smart TVs to Include H.264 Encoding and 3D Support

Intel Atom CE4200 IDF 2010 SlideLooks like the next generation Smart TVs are going to get a bunch smarter, or if anything... better looking. Intel is announcing the future "Groveland" Atom CE4200 SoC will boast H.264 encoding, 3D support, "sync-and-go" tech for portable devices, and power-saving technologies that can shut down parts of the chip when not in use. Fingers [...]

Intel Makes AppUp Generally Available to Netbooks

Intel AppUp Boxee Download PageWe've talked about Intel's app store for netbooks before. Now, Intel is making AppUp generally available to Windows and Moblin users (soon MeeGo), as well as announcing new partnerships with manufactures and stores to have their app store software pre-loaded on netbooks to make it ease for users to download and install software — including [...]