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It's "Bye bye netbook, hello Sandy Bridge tablet" for Acer

Le 7 mars 2014, 07:51 dans Humeurs 0

Well, it seems like Acer has finally reversed its stand after all. After steadfastly claiming for almost four months that netbooks will still be here to stay despite growing competition from tablet and slate PCs, the company has admitted that the low-performance ultraportable notebooks will eventually have to make way for the next big thing in portable computing.

In an interview with IDG, Acer's Taiwan sales manager Lu Bing-hsian confirmed that the company intends to place more focus on the rapidly growing tablet PC market, and that users can expect to see "two or three new tablet PCs in the first half of the year, including one with a seven-inch screen". However, in typical Acer style, he also dropped a surprising revelation that the tablets are more than just new product launches for the company. Instead of positioning them as separate devices that can be used to complement the netbooks in its mobile lineup, Acer will market the tablets as direct replacement devices for netbooks as part of its strategy in satisfying customer demand.

"They (the new tablets) are aimed at phasing out netbooks," he said. "That’s the direction of the market."

Taking the Aspire One's place will be the company's new line of tablets which are powered by Intel's Sandy Bridge platform and will sport "quad-core processors". However, it will not be Windows 7 that gets pre-installed on the tablets, but Google's very own Android OS. That should not be a problem though, as Android has already been known to play nice with Intel's x86 architecture.

Lu's mention of a quad-core processor is another thing though. While Intel has made huge improvements in attempting to keep the heat output of its processors as low as possible, it is unlikely that a quad-core processor would fit into the tight confines of a netbook without turning it into a heap of melted plastic. This has led us to think that Lu might be referring to dual-core processors with built-in support for HyperThreading, which grants the processor the theoretical performance of a quad-core processor.

That is not to say that the Aspire One line will be discontinued with immediate effect; Acer claims that its netbook production line will proceed as per usual, but at reduced output volumes and with lesser possible hardware configurations. Over time, the company expects to scale down its netbook production even more as tablets and slate PCs continue to grow in popularity.

Reference: Tom's Hardware

ITC denies Apple's bid for emergency ban on HTC products

Le 7 mars 2014, 07:51 dans Humeurs 0

In a last-minute ditch to prevent HTC from importing HTC’s One series smartphone into the U.S., Apple filed for an emergency ban of HTC’s product with the U.S. ITC, but ultimately the agency denied the request.

Apple filed a complaint against HTC for infringement of a patent that dealt with the detection of phone numbers in emails, and if tapped, the number can be directly dialed without having to manually input the number.

After several days of reworking the phones, HTC received approvals of U.S. customs officials. However, Apple remained adamant that HTC had not completed all the requirements necessary to get the ban lifted. HTC argued that the infringement which Apple was referring to was beyond HTC’s control, because the Gmail app which infringed Apple’s patent was a closed-source software from Google.

Since HTC’s product bans were lifted, their stock prices rose and today it added nearly 1 percent to its NT$393.50 at closing—a tremendous boost for a company that haven’t seen a figure like that in almost four weeks.

HTC’s peaked smartphone market share was 10.7 percent in the second quarter of 2012, but has since slipped to 4.5 percent due to Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy line.

Itanium & Xeon On Same Socket In 2007

Le 7 mars 2014, 07:51 dans Humeurs 0

Intel Itanium and Xeon processors will share a common physical socket beginning in 2007. The two architectures, which use different instruction sets, would be designed to use as many common components as possible. The common socket will mean that a Xeon and an Itanium will be able to be swapped for each other. Both architectures will use 64-bit addressing and will contain multiple microprocessor cores on the same die. Intel plans could change between now and 2007 but that a common socket is the new plan of record. In 2007, Intel has plans to roll out 65nm multi-core Itanium processors codenamed Tukwila for MP and Dimona for DP systems.

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