Notebooks’ are getting only cheaper

December 5, 2008

Notebooks have got cheaper and cheaper and are set to kill the desktops gradually. But will the notebooks become more cheaper now with the global economy slowdown ?

Notebook manufacturers, distributors and component suppliers in the U.S. and Asia are reporting weak demand and order cancellations. Well the market situation can be enough reason for manufactures bring down the prices once again.

Notebooks have gained enormous popularity and acceptance over the years over the desktops due to its maneuverability, advancements in chip design has helped in increasing backup time and storage capacities, and ofcourse the falling prices due to higher demand and competition. Infact much of the credit for making the Notebook popular belongs the advancement in chip design.

Senior chip analyst JoAnne Feeney, was quoted stating “Clearly the economic slowdown is spreading to notebooks and we’re seeing it in two ways, one is in lower unit shipments, but also a mixed shift to cheaper units. And that’s going to filter down through the semiconductor world.”

Its no wonder that the notebook sales have become more critical to the health of chipmakers, as they make up a larger and larger portion of PC sales every year. Feeney expects fourth-quarter shipments of semiconductors for notebooks to fall 5 percent to 10 percent from the previous quarter, compared with a previous forecast for an increase of 10 percent to 15 percent.

Analysts also expect Intel Corp, the world’s biggest chipmaker, to cut prices to compete with rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc as demand shifts to lower-cost notebooks.

How competitive the notebook market has become can be guessed from the fact that most manufacturers today offer a notebook at below 30K. The Lenovo recently launched seven notebooks with a starting price of just Rs23 K.

Hope we can seen more notebooks below 20k in the near future.


Intel’s next-gen processor

November 13, 2008

Intel’s next generation processor may be launched in November itself, hinted Suryanarayanan B, Director (South), Sales and Marketing Group, Intel South Asia. The Intel’s next generation processor, codenamed Bloomfield, is based on a completely new microarchitecture called Nehalem.

The Nehalem microarchitecture, is said to be an extremely energy efficient design. Developers have introduced the turbo mode and dynamic power management and hyper-threading technology. Intel has already pointed out during the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), TAIPEI that it has a 32nm version of the Nehalem, which should be out soon.

The new processor is expected to facilitate a huge performance increase, almost 2X, with Nehalem.

Suryanarayanan B, said on the sidelines of the Intel Channel Conference in Banganalore that Intel had made concrete efforts in launching environmentally-friendly products during 2008 and has started organizing channel conferences in 150 cites and towns in India.

He said that on the design side, Intel’s products are created to minimize environmental impact. “We continue to dramatically increase the energy efficiency of our products and incorporate more environmentally sensitive materials into our design process”, he said.

He added that the Intel Core 2 Duo processors for desktops consume up to 40 percent less energy and are 40 percent faster than previous generations.

Intel’s breakthrough 45nm Hi-k silicon technology delivers greater energy efficiency then previous generations. Intel’s newest 45nm processors are manufactured using lead-free technology today and halogen-free packaging technology. The transition to lead and halogen free is important because these materials can potentially have adverse affects to the environment if not properly recycled, Suryanarayanan pointed out.

According to the director, Intel introduced halogen-free packaging technology for its processor and chipset products starting in 2008, and will convert most of its 45nm processor and 65nm chipset products to halogen-free packaging technology by the end of 2008.

Futuristic Laptops

October 16, 2008

Lenovo has always attracted PC customers with attractive offers. When the company launched a complete new range of futuristic consumer PCs – seven new notebook PCs with five choices of screen size and a diverse palette of color, style and design – in Bangalore yesterday it left everyone baffled.

The new generation PCs are loaded with futuristic features including expanded facial recognition for simple and convenient log-in, Gesture recognition for ease of use, One-Key Rescue System to recover data with just one touch and High-definition entertainment features.

Lenovo has recived an overwhelming response to its consumer PC range, now the comany is investing further in the Indian market with the launch of this impressive new product range.  With this launch Lenovo has made a statement that it aspires to becom the leader in of PC market in India.