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Old 3rd December 2008, 15:06   #1
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Default MSI to revamp the Wind with new CPU

The new units, rumored to be designated U110 and U115, will feature an Atom Z530 and the power efficient Poulsbo US15W chipset, originally developed for MIDs. The CPU itself is no big news, it does draw a bit less power, but the difference (0.5W) is almost negligible. However, the US15W chipset consumes just 4.3W, which truly puts the 11.4W 945GC used on current Wind models to shame. Dell's Inspiron Mini 12 also uses the US15W chipset, but MSI's Wind is a lot smaller, while the Mini 12 can barely qualifiy as a netbook, due to its 12-inch screen.

Apart form the new CPU/chipset combo, MSI is planning to use a hybrid storage approach on the U110. The OS and most applications would be installed on a fast and energy efficient SSD, while an HDD would be used for storage. The user will be able to disable the HDD and use only the SSD, thus improving battery life. Coupled with a 6-cell battery, the SSD and power efficient chipset should significantly improve endurance over current Wind models. emid=38
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