I know this isn't strictly a programming question, but this is still the best place I could think of to ask it.
For a long time now, I've been pondering buying a netbook, but not just any netbook. I have very specific requirements.
When the Asus EEE PC 1015pem, with the intel atom n550, came out, I almost bought it, but there was one catch. maximum 2GB of RAM, which is just a tad low considering what I need, or at least what I think I need. better to be on the safe side anyway.
So I held my breath, pondering, scheming and then suddenly, BAM, Intel released the n570, which apparently can support 4gb of ram. Saying apparently since I haven't been able to find anywhere on their site, where I can confirm the information and the processor specification isn't complete yet for some reason, but I do believe it to be true for other reasons. Among other things, this cpu will also be used in servers.
However, every single netbook manufacturer, who have put specs out for netbook sporting the n570, have included a limit of 2gb.
Now my actual question is, where in lie the limitation. Is it at all likely that it can be circumvented, assuming that the manufacturers do not change the specs?
I don't think it likely that the cpu would be the limiting factor, so what about the rest of the hardware? As far as I know, the memory controller is build in to the cpu, so that probably won't be it either. I suppose it could be a bios limitation.
What do you think?