News Bits: Centrino 2 Pricing, Dell Offers Fast 320GB Hard Drive, All Macs Get LED Lighting

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Centrino 2 pricing updated

Intel has finalized pricing for six of its upcoming notebook CPUs to be released with the Montevina platform in late June.

Model Price (USD)(in 1,000 unit quantities)
X9100 $851
T9600 $530
P9500 $348
T9400 $316
P8600 $241
P9400 $209

In the third quarter of this year, Intel will introduce a quad-core Extreme QX9300 at $1,038 in 1,000 unit quantities. Quad-core notebooks are expected to remain niche products, and it will be about a year before they become mainstream.

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2.5-inch hard drive supply to run short in Q3

The global supply of 2.5-inch hard drives is expected to run short in the third quarter of this year due to the increased shipments of Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) and UMPCs. None of the 2.5-inch hard drive makers have expanded their manufacturing capabilities and may not be able to meet demand.

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Dell first to offer 320GB, 7200RPM hard drive in XPS M1730

Dell is the first company to offer the new Seagate 320GB 7200RPM 2.5-inch hard drive in its XPS M1730 notebook. It is currently only offered in the US, although the drive should be offered in international markets soon enough.

The 320GB 7200RPM drive is $50 more than the 5400RPM variant.

Dell Product Page review for the Dell XPS M1730

All MacBooks to use LED backlighting in 2009

According to a DigiTimes report, all Apple MacBooks will use LED backlit displays in 2009. Taiwan-based backlighting unit manufacturer Kenmos Technology will be Apple’s main supplier for LED backlighting units. The company’s shipments were up to 1.5 million units this year, a 5x increase compared to 2007.

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Enermax introduces notebook cooler with 8-inch fan

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Enermax today introduced a new notebook cooler featuring a gigantic 8-inch LED fan. It is made out of brushed aluminum and steel mesh, and has diamond-cut edges. The fan has adjustable speeds the cooler is ergonomically designed. Enermax claims the cooler can take away up to 22 degrees Celsius from a notebook’s temperature.

It should be available soon for $70.

Enermax Product Page

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