New Dual Core Atom/ION 2 Netbooks Are Here
It’s here: a power thrifty, high performance dual core Intel Atom processor paired with a high performance, second generation, Nvidia ION 2 GPU packed in a little netbook.
The Intel z550 dual core Atom chip runs at 1.5 GHz and supports DDR3 memory. It should make multitasking on your netbook easier. The Nvidia ION 2 chip is suited for playing HD video and improved gaming.
The ASUS Eee PC 1015N may house these chipsets first, expected in September for $399 in the U.S. The 10-inch 1015N looks interesting, but look out for the ASUS’ 12.1-inch Eee PC VX6 with Lamborghini styling.
Network Connection for Connected TVs and More
When you pick up a connected HDTV, Blu-ray player, or AVR receiver, and it needs a high-speed Internet connection, but the wireless router is too far, you might want to consider the Western Digital device called the Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit as a solution. They claim to deliver 200Mbps with this $140 kit; it simply plugs into the wall outlet, the router, and your devices. Just steer clear of using electronically noisy devices like hair dryers, which may cause interference.
End of the SED Era
On August 18, 2010 Canon announced it was closing down SED Inc, a subsidiary of Canon that had been developing Surface-condition Electron-emitter Displays (SED). The idea of a super skinny TV with all the great qualities of a CRT like great color, deep blacks and large viewing angles was attractive. Instead of one beam coming from the long neck of a CRT, an SED would have thousands of individual guns striking phosphors directly in front of them. Unfortunately, it sounds like there were too many obstacles to overcome to make a commercially viable TV from the technology. There’s hope for similar TV technology (FED) using carbon nanotubes as electron emitters, so all may not be lost.