Advanced Micro Devices on Tuesday announced inexpensive desktop microprocessors with up to six cores to put pricing pressure on rival Intel.
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They're small. Netbooks are low-cost laptops characterised by screens that measure between 7 and 12 inches. The device could be practical for mobile users with light application demands, such as checking email, browsing the web and using web-based applications. PC vendors offering netbooks include Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Acer, Sony and Lenovo. Netbooks have sold mainly to consumers, especially niche markets like students in search of something light and affordable.
They're great on the go. Netbooks have some enterprise uses, says Jon Provisor, owner and CTO of Guidance Solutions. He finds them handy for travel and presentations and says that about 15 percent of his mobile application development team uses them. "What is most appealing is their price and keyboard-inherent portability," Provisor says. "However, the processing power, screen size and other limitations have kept us from deploying them across our development team."
Hewlett-Packard sees businesses in the future adopting touchscreens, but the technology needs further development to be an alternative to keyboards and mice in corporate environments, a company executive said.
U.S. shoppers are expected to take advantage of lower prices and scoop up the latest MP3 players, LCD (liquid crystal display) and plasma TVs, digital cameras, and notebook computers as retailers enter the holiday season, which officially started the day after Thanksgiving in the U.S. and lasts until early January's sales.