I’m going to replace my Dell Mini 9 with a new MacBook Air. I want one powered by Sandy Bridge and if rumors are to be believed, I won’t have long to wait. In the meantime, I’m on a quest to transform the Dell Mini 9 to what it is and that is a netbook; a laptop made for surfing the web.
Windows 7 is a fine OS. It works well with the Dell Mini 9, but it’s a bit much for what is ostensibly an internet machine. What I want is Google Chrome, but I can’t have it because Google is only shipping it with Chromebooks. There are Chromium builds, but I’ll get to that later.
A few morsels of info for Intel’s next generation Atom processor surfaced today. The details are scarce — no performance numbers — but we were given some interesting details.
New platform name is codenamed “Pine Trail”
“Pine Trail” platform will consist of two steps instead of the current setup of three
The CPU, GPU & Memory controller will live in one 45nm chip codenamed “Pineview”
I/O functions (SATA, HD Audio, etc) will live in the other chip codenamed “Tiger Point”
Exciting? A bit. By integrating three major components into the same chip package will undoubtedly yield performance benefits. Cooler running platform? Definitely! It’ll also be cheaper to manufacture which will hopefully mean cheaper netbooks for us all.
Intel isn’t just focusing on hardware for netbooks. Take a look at their Moblin 2.0 operating system:
I would have loved to download and write up some impressions on the newly released Red Faction: Guerilla demo, however I’m currently breaching 90% of the bandwidth limit. So instead, I’ll be talking about my Mini 9 and my impressions of it after five months of use.