Tablet News – Tablet PC Weirdness on, Bill G. Backs the Tablet PC, ATI Delay Costs Loss to NVIDIA

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Tablet PC Weirdness on

(editor’s note – We want to warn our readers to please exercise caution in shopping for a Tablet PC. Should you order the wrong product, you could be in for a “crappy” situation!)

I’m considering buying a Tablet PC, and so I did what I usually do when I’m contemplating an electronics purchase: I bopped over to to see what it had in stock. When I searched for “Tablet PC,” it helpfully told me that it had a Tablet PC section. I clicked through to it and found that the second item listed is InnerClean, a “gentle, herbal compound which was advised by Cayce and recommended by Arnold Erhet for stimulating the eliminations and promoting internal cleansing.”

Um, not the kind of tablets I was looking for…

Bill G. Backs the Tablet PC

…Gates showed prototype Tablet PCs at the Comdex show in Las Vegas in 2001 — a year ahead of their 2002 launch — and at the show said in a company news release, “It’s a PC that is virtually without limits and within five years I predict it will be the most popular form of PC sold in America.”
It’s now a little over three and a half years into the time period he set and to-date Tablet PC has managed to do only marginally better than the now defunct trade show. A handful of vendors market Tablet PCs, but specialist markets like health care account for a large percentage of sales. Other users and those in business have yet to take to the form-factor in a big way.
Approximately 640,000 Tablet PCs were shipped in 2004 and this year shipments are expected to hit 1.2 million units, which corresponds to about 2 percent of the global portable PC market, according to a February report from IDC…

GeForce 7800 GTX Sales to Be Boosted by ATI’s R520 Delay

…ATI is currently revamping the chip design of its R520 at present, said the makers, adding that the company is facing leakage issues, as it attempts to migrate its manufacturing to a 90nm process. The situation is similar to when Nvidia postponed the availability of its 0.13-micron NV30 high-end chip in 2002 due to production issues, the makers pointed out.

Despite the delay of the R520, ATI may launch its mainstream R530 and entry-level RV515 GPUs ahead of its schedule, with both parts being manufactured at 90nm, according to sources.

Nvidia yesterday announced that Acer adopted its GeForce Go 6 series for new TravelMate notebooks. The GeForce Go 6200 GPU with TurboCache technology will be used in the Acer TravelMate 4150 notebook and TravelMate C310 convertible Tablet PC, while the GeForce Go 6600 GPU has been selected for the TravelMate 4650…

Happy 4th! –  Barry



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