Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th Jan 2008 23:23 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "After the incredible success of the Asus Eee PC, other manufacturers are ready to get their piece of the pie. This means that within the next few months we are going to see this segment go from just two devices - the Eee PC and the Nanobook (which has yet to come out in the U.S. but which we have been hearing about for some time) - to many more." Another article on the Eee says: "Five of the 10 best-selling notebooks, including the top three models this weekend do not run Windows or Mac OS X. In fact, they are different models of the same diminutive notebook the Asus Eee PC - that runs on Linux."
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hmm, good news
by REMF on Thu 31st Jan 2008 12:22 UTC
REMF
Member since:
2006-02-05

my ideal ultra-portable:

9" screen displaying 1024x600
1GB memory
8GB Flash drive
SDHC memory card slot
Silverthorne/Isaiah CPU
OpenGL 3.0 capable unified shader graphics
attractive case like EEEPC (not like the godawful cloudbook)

running opensuse with a KDE 4.1 desktop. ;)

Edited 2008-01-31 12:23 UTC

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RE: hmm, good news
by bnolsen on Thu 31st Jan 2008 16:30 in reply to "hmm, good news"
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

I'm not sure what the availability of 9" screens are but they're definitely not at the price point of the 7" which are taken directly from the cheapest portable DVD market.

EEE can upgrade with no problem to 1GB and can go to 2GB with a different kernel.

Silverthorne will have an option to release with a PowerVR SX which supports openglES 2.0 out of the box...opengl 3.0 doesn't exist!

You'll see the above product definitely release in 2008, maybe release Q2 2008, and likely be $100-$150 more than the EEE as configured.

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RE[2]: hmm, good news
by REMF on Thu 31st Jan 2008 16:35 in reply to "RE: hmm, good news"
REMF Member since:
2006-02-05

i imagine a 9" version will cost more, but i am prepared to pay that premium:

the PowerVR graphics is rumoured to be the SGX535:
http://www.umpcportal.com/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=2051...
which i believe is a unified scalar product capable or DX9, and therefore OpenGL 3.0 at such time as it is released and intel choose to release a driver for it.

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RE[2]: hmm, good news
by lemur2 on Fri 1st Feb 2008 00:11 in reply to "RE: hmm, good news"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I'm not sure what the availability of 9" screens are but they're definitely not at the price point of the 7" which are taken directly from the cheapest portable DVD market. EEE can upgrade with no problem to 1GB and can go to 2GB with a different kernel. Silverthorne will have an option to release with a PowerVR SX which supports openglES 2.0 out of the box...opengl 3.0 doesn't exist! You'll see the above product definitely release in 2008, maybe release Q2 2008, and likely be $100-$150 more than the EEE as configured.


As long as it can run Linux.

As for a 9" low-cost low-power LCD screen, any developer company could always ask Pixel Qi, which seems to have the right design goals. A sunlight-readable screen, too. Bonus. I would hope that a 9" 1024 x 600 format wouldn't be a problem.

http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/01/10/pixel-qi-towards-a-75-laptop/
http://www.pixelqi.com/

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