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Cr-48 Hardware

For those curious exactly how much RAM, HD, and what CPU the Cr-48 has, the chrome://system display is rather helpful. Hit the jump for details.

CPU: Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU N455 @ 1.66GHz (source: the CPU line :) )

This is actually one of the nicer Atom chips and came out in Q2 2010. It's a 1.66 GHz chip with one core, hyperthreading, and 512kb L2 cache.

More info on N455

Hard drive: 16.0 GB SanDisk SSD

Source: the dmesg line contains this:

[    1.474388] scsi 0:0:0:0: Direct-Access     ATA      SanDisk SSD P4 1 SSD  PQ: 0 ANSI: 5
[    1.475174] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] 31277232 512-byte logical blocks: (16.0 GB/14.9 GiB)
[    1.475422] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write Protect is off
[    1.475436] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00
[    1.475564] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA

I was actually guessing it would be an 8 gig SSD. 16 gigs, for how the Cr-48 functions, seems like plenty. I can't imagine websites storing 15 gigs of data using HTML5 storage, but eh, who knows, I guess it's just future-proof.

RAM: 1886 MB

Source: meminfo line contains this:

    MemTotal:        1931980 kB

Sort of odd -- I presume it's actually 2 gigs, but some percentage isn't being reported to the operating system. Anyway, about 2 gigs of RAM -- which for a netbook, isn't bad at all. With 1 gig of RAM, I suspect most tech-savvy types would have tried going out and buying an upgrade, anyway, even though the manual states the Cr-48 contains "no user-serviceable parts".

Battery: Hewlett-Packard 63 Wh Lithium Ion

Source: devkit-power line:

Device: /org/freedesktop/DeviceKit/Power/devices/battery_BAT0
  native-path:          /sys/devices/LNXSYSTM:00/LNXSYBUS:00/PNP0C0A:00/power_supply/BAT0
  vendor:               Hewlett-Packard
  model:                Primary
  serial:               00030 11/26/2010
    energy-full:         63.344 Wh
    energy-full-design:  63.344 Wh

Eh, it's a battery. Seems to last long enough.

Touchpad: Synaptic

Source: touchpad line

Graphics: Intel Corporation Pineview Integrated Graphics Controller

Source: lspci line:

00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Pineview Integrated Graphics Controller

See here for a discussion re: the new chipset. It has more components on the die itself, namely the memory controller, DMI link, and graphics core, for overall "betterness", i.e. better battery life/higher performance.

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  1. Cool stuff. What’s the full lspci output?

  2. Nice, thanks for posting this for us! I’m still waiting to see if I get a CR-48, but if I do, now I know its a great netbook. I was hoping for 4GB of storage and maybe a gig of ram, but it sounds like Google did a good job giving it the resources it will need to run for a long time. My guess is that as long as it doesn’t break down, it should last a good number of years. The only thing that might be a downside in the future is if web apps start utilizing serious graphics power, but this thing should be able to handle mos things pretty well. I had a similar configuration on an Acer Aspire One, and it ran Windows 7 really well, with flash content not even glitching. I’m guessing once Google works out the bugs and Adobe and others provide more stable plug ins, this netbook is really going to be worth its use.

    • Yeah, I was expecting an older Atom, 1 GB of RAM, and an 8 GB SSD, so I was pleasantly surprised by the specs :) I’m not sure we’ll be seeing significant discrepancies in graphics performance in the near future, since Chrome OS is designed for mere netbooks…I doubt we’ll ever get anything even remotely as powerful as a dedicated GPU powering a Chrome OS machine. The weekly-updating operating system is cool, too, so hopefully the OS will never be an out-of-date version.

  3. These seem like very good specs compared to what I was expecting based on how fast this computer has been running. It took 10 seconds to load this very simple page. Maybe it’s the network I’m on, though I have 3 out of 4 bars consistently.

    • Eh, I’m running this blog on a 256mb virt along with a number of other ruby webservices — point being, my server could just be overloaded.

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