No notebooks priced about 100 USD will appear in the nearest three years. This discouraging conclusion was drawn by Gartner analysts. According to them, all existing samples cost significantly more and there are no reasons for price reduction in the short term.
Moreover, they warn that companies focused on breaching the 100-dollar barrier may forget about other problems related to mini-notebooks. Such problems may include elaboration of adequate hardware specifications, availability of power supplies, affordability and price of Internet connection.
According to analysts, mini-notebook prices won't drop by more than 10-15% in the nearest 2-3 years, even considering the growing demand and reduction of notebook part prices. At that, costs of building and software will remain the same.
It's interesting that Gartner believes that mini-notebooks shouldn't be compact copies of their senior siblings. Instead, in terms of features they should be mobile Internet access points.
With regard to all this we wonder if Gartner analysts have ever heard of NPX-9000 or Jointech JL7100.
The answer is: they are all present in Brando's new gadget named USB 4-in-1 Web Cam (UWCAM002300). There's actually a fifth element as well: a suction cup to attach the novelty on any smooth surface.
As the name implies, the device can be connected to a USB 2.0 port. The webcam can be used to capture videos or still images; brightness of the LED light is adjustable; the fan... well, it can be turned on or off.
This multifunctional gadget is sized approximately 75 x 75 x 228 mm and weighs 211 g. According to Brando website, the original novelty costs 23 USD.
In over a year after the first mention of its "asset-smart" ("asset light") strategy, AMD is claimed to finally disclose details of its reorganization plan, which is a part of the cost reduction programme called to help the company return to profitability.
AMD executives have recently stated that the company is already implementing the strategy. "We see the end point," said a company representative. "We are getting closer. It's a fair assumption to say we've begun implementing the program."
While analysts and investors expected more than vague hints, no details have yet been disclosed. Still, the company promised to shed some light in the nearest months.
Actually, having been trying in vain for several months to obtain this information, analysts believe in two possible outcomes: AMD will either spin off manufacture into an independent entity, or will merge it with one of its partner's manufacture.
Anyway, company's official representative refused to comment on these assumptions.
Source: EE Times
Seems like Galaxy decided to stand out on the background of other graphics card vendors by focusing on GeForce 9500GT-based budget products. Thus, the company introduced not two or three, but seven novelties at once.
Such an offer means a wide choice for buyers since cards actually differ both from each other and from products introduced by other companies. The series includes two low-profile cards suitable for media centers or HTPCs and two factory-overclocked solutions. Those who like lots of memory will be pleased with a novelty featuring 1024 MB of DDR2.
Here is a summary table (click to enlarge).
From the angle of gaming, Galaxy GeForce 9500GT GDDR3 OC (on the second photo) is, perhaps, the most interesting. Of seven novelties it offers the highest clock rates and a custom heatpipe cooler. It's also bundled with the Xtreme Tuner fine-tuning utility.
Along with announcements of new graphics cards based on new GPUs came the official press release from NVIDIA.
The newly announced GeForce 9800 GTX+, 9800 GT and 9500 GT can all be used in NVIDIA SLI configurations. According to NVIDIA, these novelties bring support for PhysX and CUDA to the mainstream PC market. The company claims that most affordable solutions will cost less than 100 USD.
Key specs of GeForce 9800 GTX+:
Key specs of GeForce 9800 GT:
Key specs of GeForce 9500 GT:
According to NVIDIA, cards on new GPUs are already being shipped by ASUS, BFG, Colorful, Emtek, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision, Leadtek, MSI, Palit, PC Partner/Zotac, PNY, Point of View, Unika, Unitek and XFX.
Newton Peripherals that announced MoGo series of wireless input devices last year introduced another novelty - MoGo Presenter Mouse PC - combining features of a mouse and presentation remote control.
The new device resembles MoGo Presenter Mouse X54, but is designed for PC/PCMCIA slots instead of ExpressCard/54.
Like a usual mouse, this Bluetooth device allows to move the pointer, scroll lists, make left and right clicks. Also, with a press of a button, MoGo Presenter Mouse PC transforms into a presentation remote control that sends signals within the 10-meter radius.
Source: Newton Peripherals
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