updated 06:55 pm EST, Mon February 16, 2009
Archos netbooks and tablet
Archos has announced several new devices based on Intel's Atom processor and Moorestown platform, expanding its netbook line and adding a 9-inch tablet. The Archos 10s netbook will feature a slim form-factor, measuring just 20 mm thick, and support for 3.5G networks. The computer offers some of the same specs as the Archos 10 announced last month, including an Intel Atom processor, 1GB of DDR memory, hard drive capacities up to 160GB and Windows XP.
The 9-inch MiniPC Tablet will offer a full virtual keyboard and handwriting recognition, driven by Intel's Atom Z5xx series processor and System Controller Hub. The device weighs around 0.8kg and features a profile just 17 mm thick, with hard drive capacities ranging from 60GB to 160GB.
Archos recently announced plans to enter the cellphone market, with a variant of its Internet Media Tablets that will be based on Google's Android operating system. The device would be similar to the Archos 5, with a faster ARM Cortex processor, HSPA support and potential storage capacities up to 500GB.
Looking further ahead, the company's forecast for 2010 includes tablets based on Intel's next-generation platform codenamed Moorestown. The products will focus on offering expanded capabilities, while the components will built into progressively thinner housings.
The Archos 10s is expected to ship sometime in April, while the tablet won't reach the market until the third quarter of this year.