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You know how you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover? Well, when it comes to smartphones and netbooks, a semiconductor research firm is predicting that in fact the cover — or rather, the device casing — may soon be one of the only […]

You know how you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover? Well, when it comes to smartphones and netbooks, a semiconductor research firm is predicting that in fact the cover — or rather, the device casing — may soon be one of the only ways to tell the two apart. Portelligent has analyzed the silicon guts of some of the latest generation of netbooks and smartphones, and concluded that they’re becoming more alike — something that should come as no surprise to our readers.

1556chart_pg24EETimes reports that the cost and amount of silicon inside both types of portable devices are getting closer, and that the only remaining distinctions between the two can be found in the form factor and power consumption (I would add voice to that). But as firms like Nvidia and Texas Instruments get their powerful, yet power-sipping ARM-based application processors into mobile Internet devices and netbooks, the power consumption difference could disappear. Especially if OEMs choose those processors over Intel’s Atom.

  1. [...] more than ten words at at time, we often turn to netbooks.  In ways I hadn’t thought of, the two are closer than kissing cousins, says Stacey Higgenbotham. She’s referencing an EE Times article that compare the cost and complexity in each of the [...]

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  2. [...] palygintumėme mažuosius nešiojamuosius kompiuterius su išmaniaisais telefonais, rastume daug panašumų – ir ne vien tik kainos. Lustų bei komponentų kiekis irgi yra panašus. Tai dabar klausimas – [...]

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  3. Yes, it’s true. Mostly, those that are odd looking are the ones that have great capabilities and more functional than the better looking ones. It happens most often in real life.

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  4. [...] Smartphones and Netbooks: Closer Than Kissing Cousins [...]

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  5. [...] the rigid lines between our mobile devices dissolve, chipmakers see an opportunity. When it comes to the brains of these gadgets, Intel, the largest [...]

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  6. [...] if you think of netbooks or mobile Internet devices as cheap computers. The underlying hardware is becoming more similar, connectivity is crucial, and the tasks people use them for are converging. But a key difference [...]

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  7. [...] if you think of netbooks or mobile Internet devices as cheap computers. The underlying hardware is becoming more similar, connectivity is crucial, and the tasks people use them for are converging. But a key difference [...]

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  8. [...] Netbooks and smartphones have remained hot product categories, despite the down economy. In all likelihood, we’ll see more funding for open source efforts in these areas, and even continuing convergence between the two mobile categories.  [...]

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