by Chaz and Tiffany Boggs
AMtek’s T10L Touch UMPC
Looks like AMtek has been busy creating a new touch UMPC tablet. There is no word on pricing or availability, but we do have a spec sheet. It may just be a nice little slate, as long as the price is right. It is even being called a “netslate”. Could this be a new category?
The T10L will sport an Intel Atom N270 processor, 945GSE chipset, 2GB memory, a 10.2″ XGA touchscreen (1024 x 600) display, and an 80GB hard drive. AMtek also packed in some nice features like wireless 3945 b/g network, three USB ports, PCCard, VGA-15 pin, headphone and microphone all in a tiny slate weighing only 2.6lbs.
A Closer Look at the Gigabyte NetBook Tablet
CNET Asia takes a closer look at the Gigabyte Netbook M912V. The Gigabyte is a netbook running on the Intel Atom processor, but it’s also a Tablet PC that resembles the Kohjinsha SX Series a bit, but sports slightly less features and a cheaper price tag.
- Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor
- Intel 945GSE chipset
- 1GB DDR2 RAM
- 160GB HDD
- 8.9-inch LCD panel/WXGA 1,280 x 768, w/touchscreen, LED backlight
- 80-key keyboard
- 3x USB ports, dual 1.5watt speakers
- 1.3-mega-pixel Webcam
- SD and ExpressCard slots
- Bluetooth, 802.11b/g wireless
- Li-ion 4,500mAh, battery life 3.5 hours
- Windows XP, Vista Home Basic or Linux
Wonder if we will ever see these tablet netbooks come to the U.S. Seems like it would be a popular seller, especially with the netbook craze.
OQO Launches Live Support
OQO recently announced that they now have Live Help for customers needing assistance. According to OQO: Live Help will provide additional flexibility for our customers, and improve the level of support we can provide to customers from all around the world.
Check out the Live Help link for your assistance needs.
Windows Vista SP2 Beta Now Available
Microsoft this week is opening up the beta for Windows Vista/Server 2008 Service Pack 2 to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Starting yesterday, December 4, it will be available to everyone through the Customer Preview Program (CPP), launched via TechNet.
Windows Vista SP2 will include all of the updates released since SP1 and other improvements. It also adds support for new hardware standards.
GPU Not Necessary for DirectX Acceleration in Windows 7
Windows 7 may feature a software component called WARP10 (Windows Advanced Rasterization Platform 10), which will allow DirectX acceleration to be done on the CPU. This means users without a dedicated graphics card, especially notebook owners, will be able to take advantage of DirectX technology. However, the benefits are limited. Gamers will obviously not want to look towards this solution – a Core i7 running Crysis through WARP10 was only able to muster 7 frames per second on low settings. This is better than Intel’s integrated graphics, but still far from ideal.
WARP10 will make system requirements for Windows 7 simpler, since a system will not need a GPU to be “Windows 7 Capable”. Other than that, WARP10 is more of an experiment than anything.