Feeds

Samsung turns to VIA Nano for 12in noteboook-not-netbook

Bonkers Intel size rules to blame?

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

VIA may claim its Nano processor isn't for netbooks, but that won't stop Samsung next month unveiling a 12in notebook-not-netbook based on the chip.

According to Asian moles, the Samsung Nano-based machine - dubbed the NC20 - will be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2009.

Specifications include 1GB of memory and a 160GB hard drive. There seems some confusion over which Nano it'll use, but the 1.2GHz U2500 seems the likely candidate.

Curiously, DigiTimes notes that "Intel has a restriction" in the size of netbooks it'll permit to use the Atom CPU - 7-10in, to be precise.

The implication is that Samsung had to use Nano in order to use a 12in display. Sounds like cobblers to us. Intel seems to have had no problem with Dell's 12in Inspiron Mini 12 using an Atom CPU - and one for handheld internet tablets, at that - and it's not the sort of company to encourage its customers to buy from rival CPU suppliers by imposing daft rules. ®

VIA Nano
CPU Preview

Boost IT visibility and business value

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.