News Bits: Hitachi 500GB Notebook Hard Drive, Intel Snubs OLPC, XPS M1530 Now in Blue

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Hitachi introduces 500GB notebook hard drive

Hitachi has introduced the world’s first 500GB 2.5-inch hard drive, the Travelstar 5K500. It is the highest-capacity 2.5-inch hard drive to date. The 5K500 features a 3.0Gbps SATA connection and 5,400RPM rotation speed. The drive will also be available in 400GB capacity and there will be an enhanced-capability version of the 500GB drive, the E5K500, which will be designed for 24/7 operation in blade servers and network routers.

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Intel leaves OLPC

Intel on Thursday left the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) organization. An Intel spokesman said that while both Intel and OLPC share the same interest of putting computers in the hands of children, the companies were not able to settle "philosophical" differences. Intel did not attend a board meeting in Florida, which led to a private dispute and caused the announcement. The Intel spokesman said "We’ve reached a philosophical impasse. [OLPC founder] Negroponte had asked us to exclusively support O.L.P.C.-based platforms.”

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Dell XPS M1530 and M1330 now available in ‘Midnight Blue’

Dell is now offering its new XPS M1530 and M1330 in Midnight Blue. Forum discussion can be found here. review of the XPS M1530

Special thanks to forum member POH for posting this news.

Compal notebook shipments down in December

Compal Electronics’ notebook shipments dropped between 19.1 and 23.4% on-month (1.8 – 1.9 million units) for the month of December, although Average Selling Prices (ASPs) for units were higher. The lower shipments are attributed to sub-prime mortgage issues causing downstream channel vendors to be more conservative in their inventories. Battery shortages also affected the shipments.

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