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Acer plans Chrome netbook for next year

Acer has given the Google Chrome operating system the thumbs up and plans to jack it under the bonnet of a netbook, which the company has been developing since mid-2009 in the second half of 2010.

Digitimes quotes Acer chairman JT Wang saying he expects to be the first vendor to launch Chrome-based netbook in the market. Acer is a long term backer of Google Operating systems. It was the first top-tier vendor to launch a Google Android-based netbook in the market.

VIA shows new form factor

VIA Technologies has shown some quite interesting stuff this year and it's quite a shame that we haven't seen many of those concepts in retail, but once again managed to stun us with its announcement of the new Mobile-ITX form factor. The new form factor is 50 percent smaller than Pico-ITX and it basically fits in the palm of your hand, so this is something that will certainly have a bright future in niche markets.

Intel's x57 chipset generation priced up

Intel PM55 is the only chipset supporting Lynnfield processors, which include the current Core i5 and Nehalem-based Core i7 notebook chips. As of now, it is selling for $40 in quantities of 1,000.

Beginning in Q1 2010, Intel plans to launch an additional chipset within the x55 mainstream series (currently just P55) as well we three new x57 chipsets. The HM55 will match the PM55 in regards to price and it will sell for $40 in quantities of 1,000. Overall, this implies that there is not much difference between the two.

Nokia accuses LCD manufacturers of price fixing

Well we can't say that such accusations are rare, since we keep seeing them pop up every now and then, and this time it's Nokia's turn as the mobile phone giant has decided to take action against alleged price fixing on the LCD market.

The Finland-based company has filed a suit in the US Disctrict court accusing the likes of Samsung Electronics, LG Display, Sharp, Hitachi and Chunghwa Picture Tubes of fixing prices on handset LCDs.

Geneva 2010 AMD mobile dual has 15W TDP

After AMD's recently launched Congo platform comes Nile, which is scheduled for launch in 2010. Congo codename got replaced to 2nd generation Ultrathin as some people were against the name because of a massive genocidal campaign in Congo, which claimed the lives of around 5 million people in the past decade. We can assure you that AMD was just thinking about cool codenames for its chips and didn’t have time to bother with politics.

C3 stepping Phenoms shipping

AMD has started shipping C3 stepping Phenom II processors.

The new stepping should allow for some lower operating voltages and power consumption, however, the TDP rating has not been changed.

The new Phenom II 945 and 955 Black Edition are still rated at 95W and 125W respectively. Bear in mind that AMD already reduced the TDP in previous revisions of some Phenom II CPUs.

No price change is expected for the C3 stepping models, and they should sell at the same price as C2 versions, around €120 for the 945 and €130 for the 955 BE.

DRAM prices even out

Prices for DRAM are finally evening out after a period where manufacturers were demanding so much that suppliers couldn't manage to get enough chips to them.

Nanya Technology spokesperson Pei-lin Pai said that the shortage in the contract market was over. He said that PC OEMs can get enough from their contract market suppliers and were not having to buy from the more expensive spot market. Pai said that this had lead to a reduction in the price of DRAM chips, even if the amount of DRAM out there was not particularly high yet.

Hardware accelerated browsers next big thing

When Microsoft announced that it wanted to use hardware based acceleration for its next flavor of Internet Explorer, the tech mags were quick to praise the outfit for being jolly clever.

However it turns out that the world + dog is doing the same thing and it is not particularly clever or original. Mozilla has been on the blower to us saying that it is planning to do the same with Firefox. Already its developers have posted a prototype demonstrating the ability to take advantage of Direct2D and DirectWrite.

Microsoft's IE 9 to get GPU acceleration

The next version of Internet Explorer will gain speed by off-loading as much as it can way from the browser and onto the machine. IE9 will speed up the browser's overall performance by sending image and text rendering chores to the PC's graphic processor.

The idea to use a computer's graphics processor unit (GPU) to accelerate their browsers is also being looked at by Mozilla, which makes Firefox, and Norwegian developer Opera. Steven Sinofsky, Microsoft's president of Windows and Windows Live, said that early work on IE9 had already shown significant performance strides.

Dirt cheap netbooks ready for Black Friday

$199 or $149, lower if you're lucky. Months prior to the original Eee PC launch, IT hacks were talking about sub-$200 netbooks that could change computing on the go for peanuts.

Of course, as soon as vendors realized they could make money on these toys, the market degenerated into showroom for nearly identical, overpriced netbooks based on Intel's brilliant yet very boring Atom CPU. Two years and a recession later, consumers will finally be able to get a brand new Atom netbook at just $199, courtesy of Black Friday.

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