Back in March, ASUS released some details on their Eee PC 1005PR netbook. Just recently, the company has just released more (official) details about the netbook in its own press release and is making it available for purchase at some major retailers for $399.99 plus tax.
Here are some basics about the ASUS Eee PC 1005PR netbook. It features a 10.1″ LED-backlit screen with 1366×768 resolution. It’s equipped with an Intel Atom N450 processor, has 1 GB of RAM, and 250 GB of storage. The 1005PR uses the Broadcom Crystal HD Accelerator BCM70015 for high-definition video playback and has other features including but not limited to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and HD audio. The battery in this mini computer is said to be good for a whopping 11 hours!
It was Financial Analyst Day at AMD. The rustling rumors had abounded for quite some time, with nothing to show to confirm or repudiate them. Speculation reigned where information was scant, but now the announcement has been made. Via webcast in Sunnyvale, California:
By 2009 Advanced Micro Devices will have entered the realm of netbook processors.
The processors introduced over the next few years will support DDR3 memory have two cores. The first to be released in 2009, a slim 45 nm chip which should support a cache of 1 MB, has been codenamed Conesus. A 2 MB chip, Geneva, is due to be released in 2010.
For those with a less technological bent, this means the new processors will be able power more than a basic “Web experience,” according to the senior VP of AMD’s Computing Solutions group Randy Allen. This is a bit vague for my tastes but we’ll see what comes up in the near future.
The announcement has brushed aside rumors that AMD’s efforts at a low-power processor had been abandoned. Last year AMD had announced a chip called the Bobcat, “designed for maximum energy efficiency and performance-per-watt for next-generation mobile devices, scaling as low as 1 watt.” The Bobcat’s development had been alternatively confirmed and denied by officials at different stages, leading many observers to attempt a connecting of the dots between AMD’s consecutive quarterly losses and the Bobcat’s possible abandonment.
Though AMD calls it the “mini-notebook” market (as seen in the top picture), there is no doubt about whom it wishes to compete with. The netbook market is for the moment dominated by Intel’s versatile Atom processor, and AMD hopes its entrance into the market will provide some stiff competition. The Atom is currently available in the Asus Eee PC, among others, so it will certainly be a tight game from here on out.
We’ll keep you updated.