Intel has been on a roll over the last couple of years with a series of great innovations being introduced with their new products that is setting the benchmark for speed, low temperatures and reliability. Now the company is set to unveil a new chip that will offer unprecedented battery life. [Read more…]
Via Technologies just announced this week the release of their latest processor – the QuadCore X86. The X86 is designed with mainstream laptops and desktops in mind, but is also great for budget laptops and netbooks. It is meant to run multimedia, productivity, a Internet applications, and can do this easily operating at a speed of 1.2 GHz without drawing on too much power.
According to Via, the processor is one of “the lowest power quad core processors” you can find. With the X86 operating at merely 2.5 watts of power, their statement is clearly true. The low power consumption of the X86 is due to the fact that it is simply a combination of VIA’s two Nano X2 processors, which although released just last January, has proven itself in terms of power consumption. However, according to Jose Vilches of TechSpot, Brazos and Atom still has an edge over the X86 with a lower power consumption although it is competitively priced, being a low-cost processor.
Still, though we appreciate this quad core processor from VIA, we don’t expect them to oust Intel or AMD when it comes to being the processor of choice for PC manufacturers. With VIA having such a small marketshare of approximately 0.2%, it will have to content itself with slowly eating away at the market of AMD (18.9%), and Intel (80.8%). This is despite Intel’s quad core laptop processors performing much worse in terms of power consumption with their i7 processor operating at about 45 watts. Still, we’ll see what happens when VIA starts shipping of its newest chip to PC manufacturers later this year.
Via Tech Spot
We’ll be seeing Intel’s new Atom line, the Pine Trail-M, sometime next year (I hope it comes out Q1), and already the netbook world is abuzz about what it means.
Fudzilla reports that the new netbook platform will consume less energy – about 20% to be exact – than the current Atom iteration. Maximum PC says that Pine Trail-M is smaller and cheaper to produce. The Pine Trail-M is actually 64% smaller than the current Atom! And I thought the Atom is already one of the smallest processors out there. Imagine that.
But for all the hype that it created, what does the Pine Trail-M really mean for us netbook owners?
Lower power consumption doesn’t necessarily mean a noticeable change in battery life.
Remember, the processor is but one component in your netbook. Just because its power consumption has been reduced by 20% doesn’t mean that your battery life will increase by 20%. The other components of your netbook – the hard drive, the monitor, and others -will still consume power the same way they’ve done before.
A cheaper processor probably won’t mean cheaper netbooks.
I know, I know. I’m disappointed too. I want my netbooks cheap. And powerful. But we all can’t have our cake and eat it too, right? I’m guessing that by the time the Pine Trail-M comes out, netbook manufacturers will take advantage of the new processor’s cheaper price point and smaller space to add more components and features into their netbooks. I won’t claim to know what exactly are they cooking up, but let’s imagine netbooks with better, discrete, video cards. Heh, I’d even want a netbook that’ll put a Macbook Air to shame, but that would be kind of pushing it.
But what do you guys think? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.