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Three years ago, the Intel Atom reinvented mobile computing with netbooks and nettops. While the Atom may be a good mobile processor due to its very low power consumption, one area where it falls behind is graphics. NVIDIA took the initiative and introduced their ION chipset that aims to improve the Atom's graphical power. Unfortunately, due to the DMI licensing agreement between NVIDIA and Intel, NVIDIA was not able to produce any chipset for the latest generation of Atom platform, Pine Trail. With the introduction of Pine Trail platform, Intel has integrated the graphics chip into the processor, much like what we saw on its desktop counterparts (Clarksdale and Sandy Bridge). Thus, the need for a separate chipset with integrated graphics is no longer necessary. However, the integrated graphics on the Pine View Atom are weak by today's standards. It only supports DirectX 9 and can only support displays up to 1400x1050 resolution. Most importantly, the integrated graphics lack the full power to decode acceleration for HD and Flash video. What this means that if a user goes to any Flash based sites, such as YouTube or Hulu, the Atom will show frame drops, and the video clip may looks like a slide show.
It seems like computers are just getting smaller and smaller lately. Netbooks, Net-tops and mobile phones that are as powerful as desktop pc's from not that long ago are becoming more and more common. Packing a full pc into a small package has the advantage of taking up less space (obviously), lowering the cost, and typically lowering the power usage. While all of this sounds great in theory, netbooks and net-tops end up being underpowered due to their low-power processor and an integrated graphics that is really only capable of photo viewing, internet browsing and standard definition video. Here is where the Sapphire Edge Mini PC comes into play. The Edge Mini PC definitely fits the main specifications of a net-top; it is extremely small, it will be relatively inexpensive, and it will consume very little power (around 20 Watts). Right there, however, is where the similarities end. The Edge Mini PC utilizes the second generation NVIDIA ION 2 platform. This platform is comprised of an Intel Atom processor paired with a next generation NVIDIA graphics core. The Edge Mini PC was purpose built to be small form-factor, low-cost and low-power all without sacrificing any performance in the process.