AMD Radeon 6000M made official in low-key intro
Without a formal launch, AMD has quietly confirmed the existence of the Radeon HD 6000M for notebooks. Dropping the Mobility tag, the 6300M and 6500M are the direct sequels to the mid-range Mobility Radeon 5400 and 5600 chips; both share the same improved architecture as their desktop equivalents. Both should be faster for the same amount of power and support the same visual features, including more natural morphological antialiasing and hardware tessellation to automatically increase or reduce object detail.
HP Envy 17 gets 3D display, Envy 14 Beats audio
HP's notebook updates today included a pair of special versions of its Envy notebooks. Topping the mix is the Envy 17 3D; as HP's first real 3D notebook, it has a 120Hz, 1080p display that works with bundled active shutter glasses to produce a stereoscopic 3D image. It's seen as a movie-focused system and comes with both a Blu-ray drive and a new version of its MediaSmart app that will play 3D movies.
Fujitsu intros LifeBook with external 1GB HD 550v
Fujitsu on Friday added a new notebook to its LifeBook lineup, the AH530 GFX. The 15.6-inch computer uses an external 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 550v graphics card and is powered by a choice of Intel Core series processors, though which ones exactly haven't been revealed.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 to cost $199?
The upcoming GeForce GTX 460 graphics chipset from NVIDIA may be priced as low as $199, according to a new report originating from Turkish website DonanimHaber. The price slash would come with a version carrying 768MB of RAM, while the 1GB version would cost $229, the sources claimed. Previously, the cards were expected to cost $230 and $250, respectively.
Notebook features TriDef 3D via ATI graphics
Lenovo has begun shipping its first 3D notebook, the IdeaPad Y560d. The notebook uses the TriDef 3D system, driven by ATI's Mobility Radeon HD 5730, rather than NVIDIA's popular 3D technology. A 15.6-inch display with 1366x768 resolution comes standard on all models.
MainGear outs gaming notebook with GTX 480M
Gaming PC maker MainGear on Wednesday introduced its latest gaming notebook, the eX-L 17. It can be had with a choice of Intel's Core i5 or Core i7 processors, topping out at the 1.73GHz quad-core i7, along with a choice of ATI's 1GB Mobility Radeon HD 5870 GPU, 2GB NVIDIA's GTX 480M or a 1GB Quadro FX 2800M. The glare-free 17.3-inch screen puts out a 1080p picture.
Acer designer notebooks come Stateside
Acer today brought its 2010 high-end notebook designs to the US. The 18.4-inch Aspire 8943G carries the PC builder's new Ethos look with a minimal aluminum shell, a chiclet keyboard and a display panel that runs edge-to-edge. As a desktop replacement, it has five speakers plus a subwoofer, and a Blu-ray drive turns it into a home theater.
MSI GE600 costs 900 for Core i5, Radeon HD 5730
MSI today brought its centerpiece gaming notebook, the GE600, to the US. The 16-inch system is relatively fast for the class and musters both a 2.26GHz Core i5 and a 1GB Mobility Radeon HD 5730 while keeping the weight relatively in check at 5.9 pounds. A quicker 7,200RPM 320GB hard drive reduces the effect of storage as a bottleneck on speed.
MSI at CES has new concepts
MSI at CES has rolled out a suite of new systems but notably has also trotted out a pair of prototypes signaling possible plans to get into tablet-class devices. At its booth, the company has been demonstrating a 10-inch tablet using the dual-core Tegra 250. While somewhat heavy, it runs Android and appears to be very responsive, if heavy compared to smaller tablets at the show. Spokespeople didn't have detailed specifications, but it should be capable of 1080p video courtesy of the processor.
Toshiba adds four new Windows 7 Satellite Pros
Toshiba UK on Friday launched four new business notebooks in its Satellite Pro series, all preloaded with Windows 7 Professional. The additions include the 13.3-inch U500, the 15.6-inch L500, the 17.3-inch L550, 15.6-inch L450 and the same-sized L450D. Each includes Toshiba's LifeSpace application suite just for Windows 7-powered Toshiba notebooks, which helps users to organize their appointments and help them find up to 5,000 recently accessed files visually.
Mobility Radeon HD 4860
AMD has used the start of CeBIT to launch two new notebook graphics chips that represent firsts for any video chipset from the company. Both the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4830 and 4860 are made using a 40 nanometer manufacturing process that lets AMD step up the complexity of the processors without significantly impacting relative power or heat output. The feat lets either chipset carry 640 stream (effects) cores and run at clock speeds of 450MHz or 600MHz (for the 4830) and 650MHz (4860) without necessarily requiring a large, desktop replacement-class notebook.
Mobility Radeon HD 3000
AMD's turn at CES announcements has added the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series, its latest graphics chipset for notebooks. Similar to what standard Radeon HD 3000 line did for desktops, the Mobility version is said to bring visual and interface features that have never been seen for portables; it adds new graphics shader support for games and other 3D apps that can use the new features of DirectX 10.1 or more recent updates to OpenGL 2.0, such as new lighting techniques. The HD 3000 range also adds PCI Express 2.0 and can theoretically send data out much faster than the original version. This also adds the first-ever option of relaying video to DisplayPort monitors such as Dell's recently announced Crystal LCD, AMD says.
Mobility Radeon HD 2700
AMD's graphics brand ATI has quietly posted details of the Mobility Radeon HD 2700, a new upgrade to the mid-range HD 2600 graphics chip for notebooks. ATI's update is built around the smaller 65-nanometer manufacturing process as the desktop Radeon HD 3800 and runs both cooler and more efficiently than the 2600 it replaces. To run safely in thin-and-light notebooks, it will carry 120 shader processors versus the 320 of the desktop parts and a smaller 128-bit (versus 256-bit) bus. Clock speeds for the core and memory are likely to increase.