Ars Technica: The State of the Netbook, Part I

Ari Allyn-Feuer over at Ars Technica has put together a comprehensive series that looks at the history and future of netbooks, as well as where they stand these days. They go all the way back 15 years ago to the mid 1990s when HP rolled … Read more

Intel to Push CULV Platform – 2Q 2009

DigiTimes is reporting on a new platform that Intel is developing, to be rolled out sometime in the second quarter of 2009. Their sources believe that it’s targeted at AMD’s Yukon platform. This Consumer Ultra Low Voltage (CULV) platform is a good indicator of Intel’s … Read more

Windows 7, SSD Netbooks, UMPCs

Windows 7 A couple of more ultraportables have had Microsoft Windows 7 pre-beta installed on them, with information / benchmarks listed.

UMPC Fever has a forum member who installed Windows 7 on a Fujitsu U2010, which worked great, from the included screenshots. They were able to use Vista drivers, and it was supported better than XP. They mentioned it was faster than Vista.

Ultramobile PC Tips had news of another forum user on a Spanish-language site who had installed Windows 7 on a Gigabyte UMPC U60. They reported that it booted faster than Windows XP Tablet PC Edition (SP3) and runs just about as fast overall. It also had no problems with the U60’s WiFi (Vista did). (via SlashGear)

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Fujitsu LifeBook (U2010) U820 at the FCC

The 5.6-inch Fujitsu LifeBook U2010 is headed to North America as the Fujitsu LifeBook U820. It has been submitted to the FCC and is awaiting their approval. It has quite a few updates over its predecessor, the Fujitsu LifeBook U810: – Display is 1280×800 instead … Read more

Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1 Hands-On (Akihabara)

Akihabara News has posted one of the first extensive looks at the new 5.6-inch Intel Atom-powered Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1. The CF-U1 is a “rugged’ type of device, made to withstand drops of around 3 – 4 feet and is sealed to protect it from exposure … Read more