Intel launches low-voltage Core 2 Duos
Intel has discretely launched two low-voltage Core 2 Duos, the L7200 and L7400. They run at clockspeeds of 1.33 and 1.5GHz respectively, and feature a 667MHz FSB and 4MB L2 cache. TDP is 17W for both chips.
Expect to see Socket P versions of the chips, the L7300 and L7500, in Q2. They will have an 800MHz FSB. Socket P is part of Intel’s Santa Rosa Centrino platform.
AMD’s next-generation chipset details
New details have been uncovered about the next-generation AMD South Bridge, the SB700. It will be part of AMD’s next notebook platform, codenamed ‘Trevally,’ which will go head to head with Intel’s Santa Rosa. Trevally will include the SB700 South Bridge, RS690T North Bridge, and Socket S1 Turion 64 X2 processors.
RST690T is comprised of an integrated graphics core with separate access to its own DDR2 memory bank, as well as PCI Express lanes for an 8X graphics card connection.
It is not known when the platform will be launched.
Quanta shipped over two million notebooks in January
Quanta Computer shipped over two million notebooks in January, a 58.3% increase over the 1.3 million it shipped the year before. Quanta says that revenues in January hit the company’s record, US$1.53 billion. Strong notebook sales were supported by the launch of Microsoft’s Windows Vista operating system.
Compal has strong January
Notebook maker Compal Electronics had strong January notebook sales and its revenue skyrocketed 81.5% compared to the same month last year. Revenues topped $1.1 billion in January, representing a 3.5% drop compared to December, which is small. Compal shipped a total of 1.73 million notebooks, beating the forecasted 1.5 – 1.6 million.
Dell cuts all employee bonuses for 2006
Michael Dell announced that he is cutting all bonuses for the 2006 year, and will be cutting its executive staff. No one is receiving a bonus because of the company’s poor performance in 2006. Stock vesting times will be reduced from five to three years as well. Dell will also be reducing the number of executive staff from 20 to 12. Dell said in a statement, "We have great people…but we also have a new enemy: bureaucracy, which costs us money and slows us down. We created it, we subjected our people to it and we have to fix it!"
OQO Announces Model 02 with Integrated EV-DO
OQO announced today that they are now offering the model 02 computer with integrated EV-DO Wireless WAN capability compatible with the Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess service. Customers in the United States will be able to access email, the Internet and business and personal applications utilizing Verizon Wireless’ service. This means customers now have two WWAN options to choose from either Sprint or Verizon.
The OQO model 02 was just released at CES 2007. (view large image)
The OQO model 02 with embedded Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess capability is available now and starting today it can be ordered with Windows Vista pre-installed.
D-Link Announces Mobile Broadband wireless router for sharing EV-DO with others
D-Link has announced a mobile broadband wireless router that allows you to connect to EV-DO, UMTS or HSPDA services and then share the connection over the D-Link wireless router with any other Wi-Fi enabled device. This device will compete with the Linksys Wireless-G Router for Mobile Broadband WRT54G3 we reviewed last year.
The D-Link 3G Mobile Router will be available in two different models, one for EV-DO (model DIR-450, available now) and the other (DIR-451, available next month) for UMTS or HSDPA networks. It will start at $300 without service, so pretty expensive.