Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Oct 2009 16:00 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems In what is about as surprising as the sun rising in the morning, Michael Dell has started talking down netbooks. Dell made his comments about netbooks at the Churchill Club in Silicon Valley, and considering the impact of netbooks on manufacturers' bottom lines, it's really not that surprising.
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On a similar note
by jgagnon on Wed 14th Oct 2009 19:07 UTC
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2008-06-24

The next big die shrink should allow for MUCH faster and lower-power processors. They could start having dual, triple, or even quad core CPUs running under 1 watt (under load, of course). Screen size aside, this would make the netbook experience far more enjoyable.

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RE: On a similar note
by vivainio on Wed 14th Oct 2009 20:29 in reply to "On a similar note"
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2008-12-26

The next big die shrink should allow for MUCH faster and lower-power processors. They could start having dual, triple, or even quad core CPUs running under 1 watt (under load, of course). Screen size aside, this would make the netbook experience far more enjoyable.


I don't think the netbook experience has much to do with performance - the scope of utility is already capped by form factor, to the extent that it doesn't matter much how well it's performing.

Which is probably what is irking Dell.

The performance issues I had with EEE 900 went away when I switched from Firefox to Chromium.

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RE: On a similar note
by darknexus on Wed 14th Oct 2009 22:16 in reply to "On a similar note"
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2008-07-15

Die shrink or not, I'd be worried about heating issues with a more powerful CPU in a form factor such as a netbook. I saw a Fujitsu subnotebook once, the thing was about the size of a netbook but had a core duo in it. The thing got super hot, to the point where it was uncomfortable to hold, and didn't last long before the contained heat fried the motherboard. I don't know if x86 CPUs, aside from the low-energy kind such as the Atom, could ever be made to run cool enough at that power point to make something like a quad core netbook a possibility. ARM, on the other hand, is a completely different matter and given the design of those CPUs a quad core ARM netbook just might work.

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