News Bits: Hitachi 100GB 7200RPM Hard Drive, Acer Ferrari 4000, Dell Wireless, Toshiba and Microsoft

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Hitachi Releases 100GB Hard Drive Spinning at 7200 RPM — Dell XPS2 Now Offering This Hard Drive Option

Hitachi announced and released the first ever 7200RPM spinning 100GB 2.5″ size notebook hard drive this week.  This is an exceptional speed for a 2.5″ standard sized notebook hard drive and Hitachi has leap frogged their competition by getting to market so quickly with this product.  Dell can be commended also as they are now already offering this in their Inspiron XPS 2 system.

On the XPS2 Product Configuration page you can see a 100GB 7200RPM hard drive is now an option!

From the Hitachi Press Release:

“With 100 gigabytes (GB) of storage capacity, the Travelstar 7K100 is bigger, faster and stronger than its award-winning predecessor, creating an industrial-strength notebook hard drive. Hitachi’s second-generation 7200 RPM 2.5-inch product offers a 67-percent storage-capacity increase and a 33-percent performance improvement (sustained data transfer rate) over the previous generation. In addition, a 50-percent improvement in operating shock tolerance gives users greater system reliability and data integrity. Within its class, the 7K100 features industry-leading 300 Gs and 1000 Gs operating and non-operating shock specifications, respectively.”


Acer Ferrari 4000 With AMD Turion 64 Processor Coming Soon

The Acer Ferrari line of AMD 64-bit notebooks are always popular with consumers and it looks like Acer has decided the time has come for the next release.  According to reports from this website and laptoplogic, the Ferrari 4000 will come equipped with an AMD Turion 64 processor and ATI X700 graphics processor.  Thanks to forum participant fords8 for submitting this news tip.

Upcoming Acer Ferrari 4000

Dell to Push Wireless Cell Communications for Laptops and “Other Wireless Stuff”

In a very confusing report released today it appears that Dell is saying it’s interested in being more agressive about marketing and selling 3G connectivity technologies to be used in conjunction with laptops.  As many may have seen or heard, Sony released the first notebook, the VAIO T350P, with an integrated modem card for connecting to the Cingular high speed wireless data network.  It appears Dell was watching this move and at some point in the future will offer more some type of notebook and wireless 3G bundle, via a provider such as Sprint or Cingular.  But the report to appear in a French newspaper seems to stretch what was actually said to saying that Dell will resell wireless services or simply run headlong into the wireless industry.

My favorite part of the report is this quote from Michael Dell:  “The mobile phone market has great potential…. We will continue to add functions to portable computers, notably third-generation mobile telephony.”  I’d love to know what the “…” part was because in the first part he’s talking about actual cell phones, and then all of a sudden it’s laptops, so did he mean interested in making mobile phones or just using the wireless network that mobile phones use?  Maybe Michael was just tired during this interview and babbling, because now his cohorts in Texas seem to be scrambling to clarify what he actually said.  Dell spokesperson Lionel Menchaca said, “The point Michael was making is that we have an interest in bridging the gap between wireless technology on the computer side like Wi-Fi and wireless technology on the mobile phone.”

The report also says Dell is very interested in the new WiMax technology and HSPDA (High Speed Download Packet Access) for future connectivity in laptops.  But what do you expect them to say, they’re not interested in future technologies for internet connectivity?  Sheesh.

The report is one big mess of information and random somewhat unintelligible quotes (in the context and length they’re given), but to see the whole thing go here:

Toshiba and Microsoft to share Patented Technologies

Toshiba and Microsoft have reached a cross-licensing agreement designed to cut costs and expedite product development.

The pact allows Toshiba, the world’s third-largest notebook computer manufacturer and Microsoft, the world’s biggest software maker, to use each other’s patents on computer, television and other visual technologies.

A Toshiba spokeswoman said the deal would eliminate lengthy negotiations and patent costs when they plan to use each other’s technologies.




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