Intel’s “Sandy Bridge” platform

June 3, 2010
Intel briefly demos next-gen Sandy Bridge laptop platform at Computex
Joanna Stern writes about Intel’s next generation Intel Core Processor platform, codenamed “Sandy Bridge.”

“At Computex, (Intel) demoed its upcoming Sandy Bridge platform for the first time. The demo was quite brief, but showed off the power of the future Intel integrated graphics with a side by side comparison with a discrete graphics system. Don’t get your hopes up about seeing these new processors anytime soon — Intel’s Dadi Perlmutter confirmed that they won’t hit the market until 2011.”

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Hitachi touts skinny drives for skinny devices
The Register
Chris Mellor writes about new 2.5-inch hard drives from Hitachi GST, which are designed for skinny netbooks, laptops and other types of portable devices.

“Single-platter drives are thinner than standard dual-platter drives, with a z-height of 7mm rather than the latter’s 9.5mm. Typically they do not require fans for cooling. According to Nick Kyriacou, Hitachi GST’s EMEA director, such drives will deliver near-flash performance but at much lower cost. This will open up the nascent tablet market for hard disk drives (HDDs) and prolong their use in netbooks, widen the market for ultra-thin notebooks like the premium MacBook Air, and provides scope for thinner consumer electronics devices such as set top boxes, media players, and personal video recorders.”

LG shows Windows 7-based tablet to compete with iPad
The Loop
Jim Dalrymple writes about the LG UX10 tablet, which will compete with the Apple iPad device.

“Boasting a 10.1-inch LED capacity touch screen, the UX10 was one of the most solid tablets we’ve had the opportunity to touch. The prototype on the floor was equipped with an Intel Atom Z530 processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, Windows 7 Home Premium, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing Webcam, an SD card slot, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, a 7200mAh battery and a micro-HDMI output.”

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