Although CES will go on for on for another day, the show is done for me. I've spent much of the past few days meeting with everyone from motherboard manufacturers to ARM to GlobalFoundries.Some of what I've learned you've already read about, but much of it will appear in the weeks and months to come. I don't believe there's ever been a time quite as exciting as this.

I'll start with Intel - the makers of two out of the three most exciting things I saw at CES (Dell made the third if you're curious, but I can't explain why just yet). Intel's focus was obviously Arrandale and Clarkdale, its first CPU with on-package graphics:


Arrandale - the larger die is the 45nm graphics core

Intel had a few demos of what you can do with the on-package 'dale graphics. The first example was Lenovo's new Clarkdale workstation that is actually AutoCAD certified using Intel's integrated graphics.

I gathered that this was a big event for Intel since no previous Intel integrated graphics could garner such a thing. I'm not sure if an AutoCAD user would want to use Intel integrated graphics, but perhaps it's finally sufficient? Either way Intel wouldn't have been able to come close to achieving this in the past. Like I mentioned in the Clarkdale review - Intel's HD Graphics is finally on par with competing AMD and NVIDIA solutions.

Cyberlink dropped by Intel and demonstrated PowerDVD 9 working with the new Blu-ray 3D spec, also on Clarkdale integrated graphics:

The demo worked in 3D but gave me a bit of a headache so I cut it short.

Imagination Technologies - Faster GPUs for SoCs
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  • Calin - Monday, January 18, 2010 - link

    I'm just saying...
    Entry level card (6200 based) - 350 MHz clock, 64-bits, 256 MB video RAM (DDR2 275 MHz) with access to up to 512 MB of computer RAM.
    Compare with an IGP (Radeon 1250, AMD 690G) from AMD: 400 MHz clock and 64-bits access to lowly PC-5300, DDR2-667 MHz in a base configuration.
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  • jigglywiggly - Saturday, January 9, 2010 - link

    eee keyboard == useless Reply
  • Totally - Sunday, January 10, 2010 - link

    yeah, it just dumb. There was a lot of uses that I could think of until they said it can only drive the embedded pc, which limited all uses I had for it to zero. Now raises the question why stuff it in a keyboard in the first place and just make it some kind of Ultra SSF nettop with a screen? Reply
  • GeorgeH - Saturday, January 9, 2010 - link

    More like a missed opportunity. Had they integrated a KVM so that the keyboard could also drive a regular PC, this could have been a useful, if niche, gaming accessory. There are a few low-intensity apps (such as IM'ing and browsing FAQs/Walkthroughs) that it would be nice to run on a little "side screen" so that you aren’t constantly tabbing out of your game. If they made the screen able to "break out" and position anywhere, so much the better.

    As it is, though, calling it useless is being charitable.
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  • ksherman - Sunday, January 10, 2010 - link

    I dunno... With the built-in ability to stream video to a TV, I could see people using it like those old skool Internet Browsing on your TV devices. Niche, sure. Useless, no. Reply
  • Taft12 - Saturday, January 9, 2010 - link

    Thanks for providing some pictures Anand, we haven't seen enough yet of CES coverage. This has been the most memorable show since the dot-com bust days

    The features in those Antec ATX cases are fantastic, shame the looks are hideous :(
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  • buzznut - Sunday, January 10, 2010 - link

    Nice article. I have to agree, I don't care for the direction Antec is going with their cases. The whole plastic grid thing just looks cheesy. Ugly. Reply
  • AznBoi36 - Sunday, January 10, 2010 - link

    You can see pretty much everything about CES at Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/ces">http://www.engadget.com/ces Reply
  • Locut0s - Saturday, January 9, 2010 - link

    I wonder who's idea it was to place the screen on the side of the E-Keyboard? It looks extremely awkward to use that way. You'd think you'd automatically place the screen on top as a detachable unit. Reply
  • afkrotch - Sunday, January 10, 2010 - link

    or just get rid of it all together, which is what I think the other keyboard next to it is. I don't need extra buttons on a random screen on my keyboard. Reply

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