CEO Jerry Shen announced that
his company in March is launching a $399 10-inch tablet running on
Google's Android OS. The tablet will likely run Android
3.0 "Gingerbread" that is expected to be released
in March 2011.Currently ASUSTeK has 800 software engineers
working with Android, so it has a great deal of experience with the
OS. Most of those engineers currently work in the smartphone
division, but ASUS is working to shuffle resources to prepare the new
device.While the naming of that tablet remains up in the air,
ASUS did announce a name for a more pricey upcoming tablet.In
December ASUS will ship the Eee
Pad 121 (EP121, for short) a $1,000 monster powered by an
Intel Core 2 Duo processor. The super tablet features a 12-inch
touchscreen and is driven by Microsoft's Windows 7 Home Premium
operating system. The approach is radically different than
iPad, which features lower-end processing hardware and retails
for $499 in base form.Shen comments, "If you want to
compete with the iPad, you have to do more than just be less
expensive. You have to offer more features. We want to spend
more time perfecting the [Eee Pad] before we launch. We're looking
more at Q1 to launch the devices."Another 10-inch tablet
(not the Android one) is also incoming, utilizing an ARM processor
and Microsoft's Windows Embedded Compact 7 software. This model
should be closer to Apple's iPad in terms of form factor and will
also come at a similar price -- between $399 USD and $499 USD.The
announced plans to unleash a grayscale 8-inch e-reader,
priced at under $300. That device, dubbed the Eee Tablet, will
ship in October.
quote: Android 3.0 "Gingerbread" that is expected to be released in March 2010.
quote: You mean 2011, right?
quote: I'll fart out a brick if Gingerbread comes out in two months...
quote: Graphics card vendors to start selling new generation GPUs from AMD in November Monica Chen, Taipei; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES [Thursday 12 August 2010]Graphics card vendors are expected to start selling AMD's next-generation GPU (Southern Islands) in November with AMD to officially announce the series in October, according to sources from graphics card players.To defend its market share, AMD plans to cut prices for its ATI Radeon HD 5000-series GPUs in the near future. The action also serves as preparation for the upcoming Southern Islands GPUs, the sources noted.AMD originally planned to have its next-generation GPUs using 32nm process and codenamed the chips Northern Islands, but Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) skipped its 32nm R&D for GPUs and advanced directly to 28nm R&D. In response AMD adjusted its plans and decided to continue adopting a 40nm process, while changing the product's codename to Southern Islands, the sources explained.AMD declined the opportunity to respond to this report saying it cannot comment on unannounced products.
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