News Bits: HP Says No to Intel Turbo Memory, Sandisk Announces 64GB SSD, New PortableOne SXS37

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HP rejects use of Intel Turbo Memory

HP is apparently not in love with the new Intel Turbo Memory (codename Robson) offering. According to, a manager at HP says that:

"We have done quite a bit of research on this [to see] whether there is any true value for our customers, rather than taking what is available and putting it in."

HP did not find that there was any true value for their customers:

"We added 1GB of RAM and saw a much higher improvement in performance compared to using any of the ReadyBoost or Robson technology."

HP cites the fact that you can’t use Intel Turbo Memory and ReadyBoost (where you use external flash RAM such as a USB stick to give the system more available memory within Vista) at the same time, it’s either one or the other, as a drawback for Turbo Memory. HP also indicated they just didn’t see a whole lot of boost from Intel Turbo Memory overall.

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SanDisk announces availability of 64GB SSD

Previously the 32GB solid state disk drive (SSD) has been the upper limit to capacity on these flash based memory drives. However, in Taipei, Taiwan today Sandisk announced the launch of their 64GB SSD for laptops. Hopefully the capacity continues to grow and the prices continue to drop on this technology.

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Info leaked on upcoming Dell XPS m1330 ultraportable

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Engadget has posted leaked information on Dell’s upcoming XPS M1330 ultraportable notebook. It features a sleek design and high-end components. The reported specifications are as follows:

  • 13.3-inch widescreen display with LED backlighting available
  • Intel Core 2 Duo processors up to T7700 (2.4GHz)
  • Maximum 4GB DDR2 dual-channel RAM
  • 32GB Solid State Disk or up to 250GB HDD
  • Slot-load DVD+/-RW drive
  • Available Nvidia GeForce 8400M-GS (128MB)
  • Available WWAN (Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T)
  • WLAN, Bluetooth
  • Integrated 2 megapixel webcam
  • HDMI, VGA, 2x USB 2.0, mini Firewire, dual mini-PCI slots, fingerprint reader
  • Dimensions: 12.5 x 9.4 x 0.87 – 1.33 inches (LED display) or 12.5 x 9.4 x 0.97 – 1.43 inches (CCFL display)
  • Weight: starting at 4 pounds

There is no reported release date or pricing information from Engadget.

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Panasonic Toughbook with Santa Rosa appears in U.S.

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Panasonic today announced the Santa Rosa-based Toughbook CF-52. It starts at $1,650 and reasonable specifications can be had for $2,500. The specifications are as follows:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo processors (T7100, T7300)
  • Up to 4GB DDR2 RAM
  • 15.4-inch WXGA or WUXGA display
  • 80 – 120GB hard drives (shock mounted)
  • DVD Burner drive
  • WLAN, Bluetooth
  • Available 3G
  • 4x USB 2.0, PCMCIA and ExpressCard slots, SD reader, mini Firewire, VGA
  • TPM chip, optional SmartCard reader
  • Integrated handle and spill-resistant keyboard
  • Weight starting at 7.2 pounds

The CF-52 is slated to be available in July.

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Man fined for using coffee shop WiFi

A Michigan man was fined $400 for utilizing an open coffee shop WiFi connection and given 40 hours of community service. The man, Sam Peterson II, was sitting outside the Re-Union Street Caf using the Internet on his new notebook computer when the police found him. Peterson said to FOX News "I think a lot of people should be shocked, because quite honestly, I still don’t understand it myself."

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PortableOne Releases Santa Rosa Platform SXS37 13.3" screen notebook

PortableOne has released the SXS37, an update to its 13.3" SX series notebook. The SXS37 has the new Intel Santa Rosa platform on board and an impressive array of specs:

  • Intel Core Duo 2 T7100 thru T7700 (2MB/4MBL2 Cache; 800MHz Bus)
  • 1GB (1 x 1GB)  DDR2 Memory (4GB Max)
  • Cinematic 13.3" UVA WXGA TFT(1280 x 800) Widescreen Display
  • Optional Indoor & Outdoor TrioView Transflective Display for optimal viewing in direct sunlight
  • 240 Degree Rotating Web Camera w/mic
  • NVIDIA 256MB Dedicated VRAM
  • 120GB thru 200GB 7K200 7200RPM Shock Mounted Hard Drives
  • Intel 1GB Turbo Memory (Robson)
  • Super Multi Dual Layer DVD RW Optical Drive
  • 3 USB 2.0 Ports, IEEE 1394 FireWire & e-SATA Ports
  • Integrated Card Reader & Express Card Slot
  • 10/100/1000 Gigabit LAN
  • Integrated Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (PAN)
  • Intel Next Generation N 802.11a+b/g/n Wireless LAN
  • Built-in Biometric Fingerprint Scanner w/TPM
  • Carbon Fiber Alloy Encasing
  • High-Xchange efficiency copper molding heat sink with heat pipes and Arctic Silver 5 for excellent heat dissipation
  • Inspice Trace & Recovery Theft & Data protection
  • Windows Vista Business Edition w/VCOM7 & P1 Recovery System
  • Weighs only 4.3lbs w/ 6-cell battery


The SXS37 has a starting price of $1,399 and can be configured at here.





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