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Compal Trinity ODM reference design eyes-on

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
Here at its AMD’s Financial Analyst day, the company had a little demo area which is where we spotted this little number — an ODM reference unit from Compal stuffed with the company’s upcoming Trinity APU. Serving as a proof-of-concept, what you’re looking at is one of several units AMD is currently shopping to OEMs in order to demonstrate its APUs power-sipping frugality and outright performance. This particular design rocks a lower voltage variant of the APU (read: not the 35W part), allowing it to fit in a diminutive 18mm shell. Unfortunately build quality wasn’t exactly what we’d call up to snuff, as it was prone to a lot of flex when we handled it — significantly more than the existing flexing champion, Toshiba’s Z830. Yet, with it scheduled to cost roughly half as much (at roughly $500 or $600), you’ll have to decide exactly how much you value torsional rigidity. Other then that, viewing angles from the demo loop were good and it didn’t disappoint in the the connectivity department, with two USB 3.0 ports, mini-DisplayPort and HDMI flanking its left side, and audio jacks, another USB and Ethernet on along its right. Thin and lights are about to get a whole lot more interesting later in the year, which, frankly is a good thing — it’s about time Chipzilla got some worthy competition.

Gallery: Compal Trinity ODM reference design eyes-on

Compal Trinity ODM reference design eyes-on originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 02 Feb 2012 21:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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AMD reveals its 2012-2013 roadmap, promises 28nm chips across the board by 2013

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
AMD pulls back the kimono, reveals impending 2013 APU invasion
Ready for a bevy of more exotic-sounding codenames from AMD? Well, have a seat, as the maker of everyone’s favorite APUs just revealed its roadmap extending through 2013. And folks, it’s quite the doozy. But before we delve into its technical intricacies (which you’ll find tucked after the break), we’ll begin with some general takeaways. Per CEO Rory Read, 2012 and 2013 are “all about execution,” with the company girding itself for the the next “inflection point” where it’ll excel. The key to this strategy, as he describes it, is to continue marching towards a full-SoC design that will cover a host of devices running the gamut from mainstream laptops to tablets and so-called Ultrathins, the company’s forthcoming answer to Intel’s Ultrabook onslaught.

During its announcement, timed to coincide with AMD’s annual financial analyst day, the company also stressed its unique position wedged between Chipzilla and makers of ARM chips. Ask Read and he’ll tell you that’s a key advantage for AMD, that its CPU and GPU IP will bring more value through a better overall experience in the market. That’s a strategy less obsessed with raw specs and sheer speed and more focused on a holistic package. Senior VP Lisa Su said AMD will aggressively enter the tablet arena this year in a big way, reiterating that AMD-based Windows 8 slates are indeed en route, though she stopped short of giving an ETA. Finally, the company’s renewing its focus in the server market, as it seeks to cut a larger slice of the cloud computing pie. That’s AMD’s 2012 / 2013 plans in a nutshell, but if you’re the kind of person who likes a few technical specifics (and who doesn’t, really?) meet us after the break for a peek at what’s in store.

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AMD reveals its 2012-2013 roadmap, promises 28nm chips across the board by 2013 originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 02 Feb 2012 14:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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iPad 3 production starts this quarter according to Susquehanna

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Production of Apple’s third-generation iPad is about to get underway according to Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Jeffrey Fidacaro. According to Fidacaro, Apple’s manufacturing partners have orders to build as many as 1 million iPad 3 tablets in the fourth quarter of this year, in line with an earlier note from the analyst’s colleague at Susquehanna, Christopher Caso. “Our checks indicate that iPad 3 has now shown up on AAPL’s production forecast for a late-4Q production start,” Caso wrote in a recent research note. “We believe 0.6 mln-1 mln units are forecasted for 4Q production.” Last week, Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White said that Apple will unveil a new entry-level “iPad mini” in the first quarter of 2012. The new tablet will not necessarily be an iPad with a smaller form factor, White’s checks found, but rather a lower price tag likely in the mid to high-$200 range. The analyst said Apple will then release a “feature rich standard-priced iPad 3″ in the second quarter next year.

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