August 14, 2009
Next-gen Intel mobile processors out next month
Tony Smith writes that Intel’s upcoming mobile quad-core processors, codenamed “Clarksfield,” may be released earlier than originally planned.
“Originally anticipated in October, the three CPUs – two mainstream parts and an Extreme gaming-centric chip – will actually be launched on 23 September, according to Intel documents website Xbit Labs says it has seen. The three chips will be Core i7 offerings: the i7-720QM, the i7-820QM and the i7-920XM, clocked at 1.6GHz, 1.73GHz and 2.0GHz, respectively. All three have four cores, though HyperThreading will make that appear to the host operating system as if the chips have eight cores.”
“Ultimately, the desktop virtualization market sounds quiet a bit like a next-generation successor to the thin client market. So it’s safe to expect virtualized desktops to surface within settings where thin clients first emerged – health care, retail and so forth. But longer term, virtualized desktops could go broader.”
Joshua Topolsky writes that Microsoft announced yesterday that its Zune HD player is now available for pre-order.
“Microsoft announced (yesterday) that the heavily hyped media player will be making its way into retail channels come September 15th, and will be up for pre-order at select spots (Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart, and the Microsoft Store) (yesterday). The Tegra-packing, HD Radio-playing, 720p-outputting device will come in a black, 16GB flavor for $219.99, or a beefier, ‘platinum’ finish 32GB version clocking in at $289.99.”