News Bits: Asus A8J with Nvidia Go 7700 Announced, Core 2 Duo T5200, Acer Partners with Yahoo

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Nvidia, Asus launch A8Js notebook with new Go7700 graphics chip

September 13th – Nvidia today announced that Asus has selected the new Nvidia GeForce Go7700 graphics card for its new thin-and-light A8Js notebook.

The Go7700 has 50% more pixel bandwidth than the previous GPU in the A8 series (Go7600), thanks to 12 pixel pipelines. It features 512MB of video memory and Nvidia PureVideo technology. The Asus A8Js has the following specifications:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor (T5500 – T7600)
  • Intel 945PM chipset, PRO/Wireless 3945ABG WLAN
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home, Professional
  • Built in VGA webcam
  • 14.1″ WXGA+ (1440×900) Color Shine LCD
  • Up to 2GB DDR2-667 RAM
  • 80-120GB 5400RPM HDD
  • Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 2.0
  • DVI-D, mini Firewire, ExpressCard, VGA, TV-out, 5x USB 2.0, Card Reader
  • Weight: 2.39kg

The Asus A8Js will be available in select countries in Asia and Europe in September. See www.asus.com for more information.

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Intel to launch budget Core 2 Duo T5200

Intel is planning to launch a budget Core 2 Duo T5200 processor in October in order to compete with AMD’s entry-level Turion X2 CPUs. The T5200 did not show up on Intel’s initial roadmap, much like the “unofficial” Core Duo T2050 and T2250 entry-level CPUs.

The Core 2 Duo T5200 will be compatible with the Intel 945 chipset, and will gradually replace the Core Duo T2050 and T2250. It should be available for considerably less than the current Core 2 Duo T5500 and T5600.

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Toshiba launches new 1.8″ hard drives

Toshiba announced its new family of 1.8″ hard drives today. They are 10% smaller than its first generation of PMR (perpendicular magnetic recording) hard drives.

The two new models are the 40GB MK4009GAL and 80GB MK8009GAH; both have a 4,200RPM rotation speed and an areal density of 134 gigabits per square inch. The maximum cache size is now 8MB.

Toshiba currently holds an 86% market share in the 1.8″ hard drive market, and their new family should help them increase their lead. 1.8″ drives are used in a variety of consumer electronic devices, including digital audio players, portable media players, GPS devices and digital camcorders.

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Acer and Yahoo! form multi-year partnership

September 13th – Acer and Yahoo! Inc. today announced a multi-year strategic partnership – all new Acer PCs sold globally will have a co-branded toolbar and have their start page set to Yahoo! as the default search engine. Yahoo! now has front-row placement in one of the PC industry’s fastest-growing vendors. Acer is currently the world’s fourth largest PC maker.

When a customer opens a web browser on a new Acer PC (laptops and desktops), a co-branded start page will automatically appear and offer Yahoo! content and services, along with direct links to specific Acer customer services. Acer will also set Yahoo! as the default search engine for IE7 on all of its computers.

Shipments of the PCs featuring the co-branded toolbar and start page will start on October 1, 2006 in Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, and South America.

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Intel offers free “relax pack” with Intel Centrino Duo notebook purchase

Intel is offering a free “relax pack” with purchase of a new Intel Centrino Duo notebook from now until October 31, 2006. It includes:

  • Intel Backpack
  • $100 in Marriott Bonus Bucks Coupons
  • Marriott 2 for 1 Golf
  • 20 sessions of unlimited access from any AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spot
  • Skype Internet calling starter kit
  • $5 coupon to “help you stay connected while you fly”

Link to offer. Don’t forget to relax with the arcade-style mini games.

Virgin Atlantic the latest airline to ban use of Apple and Dell laptops on battery power

Korean Air, Quantas and now Virgin Atlantic have all instigated a policy banning passengers from using a Dell or Apple laptop running on battery power.  You have to remove the battery and use a provided electrical outlet in the seat — if you fly business or 1st class that is.  In coach and economy you’re simply out of luck as there are no outlets so you can’t use a Dell or Apple laptop.  These airlines are of course responding to the battery recalls made by Dell and Apple recently due to overheating and fire hazard risks.

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