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Submission + - Intel unleashes dual-core Ivy Bridge chips, updated ultrabooks incoming (

MrSeb writes: "Intel may have officially launched its new 22nm Ivy Bridge CPUs last month, but this morning’s ultrabook announcement is the chip’s real debut. The new dual-core IVB processors are at the center of the company’s ultrabook plans, and the various OEM partners like Dell, HP, Asus, and Lenovo have readied a full range of product SKUs. Intel’s new dual-core, Hyper-Threaded Ivy Bridge processors retain the same core/thread configuration as their Sandy Bridge-based predecessors. At the upper end of the market, the replacement cycle starts now; Intel delayed the introduction of mobile IVB until now to give OEMs time to clear stocks of older parts. Ivy Bridge’s greatest advantage over Sandy will be in GPU-centric workloads, but the higher clock speed will deliver 12-28% higher CPU performance as well. Interestingly enough, battery life is one area Intel isn’t pushing upwards this refresh. That’s not to say we won’t see Ivy Bridge systems with better battery life, but the company has put its focus on other improvements."

Submission + - Windows 8 pricing "to kill netbooks" (

Barence writes: "Windows 8 pricing will be the final nail in the coffin of netbooks, a leading PC manufacturer has told PC Pro.

The absence of a Windows 8 Starter edition will add around $100 to the cost of selling netbooks, an executive at an unnamed top-tier manufacturer told PC Pro. The executive added that the company would like to continue making netbooks, but that would no longer be feasible in a declining market that has been savaged by the emergence of tablets.

Netbook manufacturers could stay on Windows 7 or turn to Linux, although high return rates of early Linux netbooks has deterred some manufacturers from installing open-sources OSes."

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