News Bits: DIY Notebook, Acer Gemstone Blue Now Available, New Atom-Based Eee PC

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OCZ announces DIY notebook series


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OCZ has announced its own line of do-it-yourself notebooks. Product Manager for OCZ System Solutions Eugene Chang said in a statement "With the OCZ Do-It-Yourself Notebook initiative, OCZ empowers with the resources like validated component guides, documentation, tech support, and a warranty to allow consumers to configure and build a true gaming notebook with the exact specification that matches their unique requirements."

OCZ plans to offer notebooks that can be fully customized just like a desktop. Their first machine is a 15.4-inch gaming notebook with Nvidia’s popular GeForce 8600M-GT graphics card. The chassis OCZ is using is a customized Compal IFL90.

No pricing nor availability information has been released.

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First Centrino 2 benchmarks emerge

The Intel Centrino 2 platform will be officially announced next month at Computex 2008. NotebookJournal.de has obtained a pre-sample notebook based on the new platform and has done a preliminary performance analysis.

Centrino 2 features faster processors up to 3.06GHz with a higher FSB (now 1066MHz from 800MHz in the current Santa Rosa platform). It also features newer integrated graphics, the GMA X4500.

In performance tests, the X4500 nearly doubled the performance of the X3100 in the current Santa Rosa platform. Processor performance benchmarks were less impressive, providing only small improvements in performance.

Full Story (NotebookJournal.de)

Samsung to enter notebook market


Samsung says it will pull out of the notebook market if it does not triple sales in three years. By 2011, the company needs to ship 11 million notebooks. According to Samsung executive Sukyong Hong, Samsung should meet its target if it moves into the US market.

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New Acer Gemstone notebooks now available in North America


Acer has announced that its new Gemstone Blue series notebook PCs are now available in North America. The notebooks were revealed in March, and feature 16- and 18.4-inch displays. Other features of the notebooks include Nvidia GeForce 9-series graphics cards, full HD displays, and Dolby Home Theater technology.

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Microsoft, OLPC reach agreement, XP to go on laptops

Microsoft and One Laptop Per Child have finally reached an agreement after years of fighting. Microsoft did not join the project initially because it used the Linux operating system. Sales of the laptop have been slow due to a lack of confidence in machines that do not run Windows. The first of OLPC’s XO laptops will be tested next month with Windows XP, and the first notebooks with the OS should be available by September. Windows will add approximately $3 to the cost of each machine. An extra $7 will be added onto dual-booting models featuring Linux and Windows. At current, the XO laptops cost $200 apiece; the goal is to bring the price down to $100.

Microsoft will not sit on the OLPC board and no payment was involved with the agreement.

Full Story (NYTimes.com)

ASUS Eee PC with Atom revealed


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The image above according to French website blogeee.net shows the Eee PC 901 featuring the Intel Atom processor. It looks similar to the current Eee PC 900 with a few small differences, including the absence of the ASUS logo (replaced by the Eee PC logo to show brand separation), a new set of buttons above the keyboard, and hinge styling changes.

Some rumors are that the Eee PC 901 could hit the market later this month; no official information on availability or pricing is available.

Via (HEXUS.net)

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