MSI confirms no ATI Radeon in U110 ECO

March 17, 2009 at 12:27 pm

As we suspected in yesterday’s post regarding the official MSI Wind U110 ECO launch, MSI has made a mistake in the specification list. We were confused when in the list there was an ATi Radeon HD3200 listed for graphics duty. However, given that the Intel Poulsbo US15W chipset features integrated GMA500 graphics and only two PCI Express x 1 lanes it was hard to see how it was possible.

MSI has now officially confirmed that the listing was indeed a mistake and the GMA500 integrated graphics will have to suffice, which may be a disappointment for some.

The Wind U110 offers a nine-hour battery life. Other specs include Intel’s Menlow Atom 1.6GHz Z530, 1GB of RAM and Windows XP, together with a 160GB hard-drive. There’s also optional Bluetooth 2.0 and WiFi draft-n support. Pricing and availability is yet to be announced.

MSI officially launches U110 ECO – 9hr battery life promised

March 16, 2009 at 12:20 pm

MSI has today officially launched its Wind U110 ECO netbook. Its claim to fame is a battery life of nine hours. However, the press release doesn’t make it entirely clear whether this is with the supplied 3-cell battery or optional 6-cell battery. We’d go with the latter which would not be entirely unexpected given the choice of Atom CPU (featuring Menlow platform) and LED-backlit display, saving power over an LCD equivalent.

The unit is powered by a 1.6GHz Z530 Atom CPU and Intel Poulsbo US15W chipset. What I find confusing is that the press release also points to an ATi Radeon HD3200 for graphics duty which was certainly unexpected. However given that Intel’s chipset features integrated GMA500 graphics and only two PCI Express x1 lanes, it’s a bit hard to see how this could be possible. We await to see whether this is a mistake on MSI’s part or it is indeed true. Read more