Acer Aspire One hack: Adding a Broadcom HD video accelerator

Most netbooks with Intel Atom processors and integrated GMA950 graphics can handle 720p HD video. But try playing a 1080p clip and you’re in for a choppy, sluggish, battery-killing experience. Two companies have solutions for that. NVIDIA’s ION platform bundles the Atom processor with a higher performance GeForce 9400M graphics processor. Not only do you […]

HP Mini 110 now shipping in white, pink, with HD video accelerator

The HP Mini 110 XP Edition is now available for order with Broadcom Crystal HD Enhanced Video accelerator. The upgrade adds support for HD video playback to the netbook. Normally devices with Intel Atom processors struggle to play 720p or higher resolution video. The Broadcom card isn’t a full-fledged graphics card, but it will help […]

HP launches Mini 110 and 1101 netbooks running Windows XP, Vista, and Linux

HP is expanding its netbook lineup with three new models. All three feature 10.1 inch, 1024  x 576 pixel displays and 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processors. You know, just like the existing HP Mini 1000 line of netbooks. But there are a few details that make the new HP Mini 110, Mini 110 Mi Edition, […]

Next gen Intel Atom chips could feature better HD video performance

The Intel Atom N270 and N280 processors found in most netbooks can handle 720p HD video playback reasonably well. But they tend to choke on higher resolution 1080p videos. DigiTimes reports that Intel is working with Broadcom to address that for the launch of the new Pine Trail platform later this year. Notice I said […]