News Bits: HP Boasts 24-Hour Battery Life, Intel SSDs, Google Data Centers at Sea?

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HP EliteBook claims 24-hour battery life

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HP announced it has reached a milestone in notebook history – 24 hours of battery life on a single charge. The EliteBook 6930p achieves its 24-hour battery life with the optional ultra-capacity 12-cell battery, HP Illumi-Lite LED-backlit display, and Intel solid-state disks (SSDs). HP claims an SSD adds up to seven percent more battery life compared to a traditional hard disk.

The optional 12-cell Ultra-Capacity battery is currently a $189 accessory and weighs 1.77 lbs by itself.

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Intel introduces solid-state disks

Intel announced that its X18-M and X25-M Mainstream solid-state disks (SSDs) are now shipping. They are desinged for use in both notebook and desktop computers. The X18-M is a 1.8-inch drive, and the X25-M a 2.5-inch. SSDs run cooler, quieter, and are faster than traditional hard disk drives.

The 80GB versions of the drives are shipping now, carrying a price of $595 in quantities of 1,000. 160GB drives will begin sampling in the fourth quarter of this year. Intel claims the 80GB drive has a 250MB/s read and 70MB/s write.

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HP outsourcing 15.6-inch notebook production to Taiwan

According to a DigiTimes report, HP is planning to outsource production of its upcoming 15.6-inch notebooks to Taiwan in 2009 – all 13-14 million of them. Quanta Computer, Wistron, Inventec, and Foxconn Electronics will be taking the orders. HP’s 15.6-inch notebooks will have a 16:9 aspect ratio and feature LED backlighting technology. Four out of five HP notebooks with 14-15-inch screens will feature LED backlighting by the end of 2009.

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Google working on floating data centers

Google filed for a patent that details a "water-based data center." The floating data centers would be on barges or platforms, and bring computing to areas where land-based data centers are not practical.

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