News Bits: Fujitsu A3130, Intel Joins OLPC, Intel Penryn Uncovered

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Fujitsu introduces A3130 desktop replacement notebook

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Fujitsu on Friday launched their A3130 desktop replacement notebook. It is designed for home users and multimedia. It features AMD Turion 64 X2 processors and a 15.4-inch Crystal View widescreen display. It currently starts at $1,149 after a $100 mail-in rebate.

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Intel joins One Laptop Per Child project

Intel has announced it will take a seat on the board of OLPC (One Laptop Per Child). OLPC may consider using Intel processors if it helps reduce costs; the orignal pricing for the OLPC was more expensive than the $100 target using AMD Geode processors.
AMD responded to the report and said:

"The apparent change of heart by Intel is welcome. AMD is sure they can make a positive contribution to this very worthy project for the benefit of children all over the world. As one of the founding members of the non-profit organization, AMD will remain committed to OLPC and to the goals of our 50×15 Initiative, whose mission is to enable 50 percent of the world’s population with affordable, accessible Internet and computing capabilities by the year 2015."

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Intel "Penryn" mobile Core 2 Duos uncovered

Info has been leaked about Intel’s upcoming Penryn-based Core 2 Duo processors for the Santa Rosa refresh. The new processors have not been given names yet but their basic specifications are known. All four use the 800MHz Front Side Bus of the Santa Rosa platform. Intel does not plan to employ the 1066/1333MHz Front Side Buses of their desktop parts for mobile chips. The chips are as follows

Frequency FSB Cache
2.6GHz 800MHz 6MB
2.5GHz 800MHz 6MB
2.4GHz 800MHz 3MB
2.1GHz 800MHz 3MB

Higher-end Penryn Core 2 Duos will have 6MB of cache while lower-clocked models will have 3MB. The processors will be provided in PGA Socket P and BGA format. An Extreme processor is also planned, and will run at 2.8GHz.

The next-generation Intel mobile platform, Montevina, will not be introduced until Q2 2008. Expect to see the Penryn refresh hit the Santa Rosa platform in Q1 2008.

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Kingston announces two new USB flash drives

Kingston Technology today announced two new USB flash drives – the DataTraveler II Plus Migo Edition and the DataTraveler 100.

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The DataTraveler II Plus Migo Edition has an 8GB capacity and features Migo data synchronization software. It is ideal for consumers who need to share, store, and transport large amounts of data. The retail price of the device is US$154.00.

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The DataTraveler 100 has a "thumb action" slide that allows for easy protracting and retracting of the USB connector. The capless design hides the connector in its case when not in use. It is available in 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB capacities, retailing from US$19.00 to $116.99.



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