News Bits: HP Shipped the Most Notebooks in Q3, 802.11n ExpressCard Coming Soon, Wireless USB Hub

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HP takes over top spot in Q3 notebook shipments

According to DisplaySearch, HP overtook Dell in Q3 of this year in notebook shipments by about 50,000 units. HP grew at 36% sequentially in shipments in Q3, which is almost double the average market growth of 19% during the quarter.

Although HP led on a worldwide level, they were only able to hold the top spot in two regions – Asia Pacific and Latin America. Dell currently leads HP in North America by a 6% share, and Acer leads HP in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East by a 4% share. Only Acer was able to beat the on-year 29% increase in the total notebook PC market, with an astonishing 49% on-year growth.

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D-Link 802.11n ExpressCard en route to US

MobileWhack reports that the D-Link’s 802.11n Notebook ExpressCard has been approved by the FCC, and should appear in the US anytime now. The card’s full name is the D-Link DWA-643 Xtreme NTM ExpressCard Notebook Adapter. Got it? Now say it seven times fast. Jokes aside, it will operate at 2.4GHz, have a maximum throughput of 300Mbps, and a data transfer rate of 11Mbps. It is only compatible with Windows.

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Compal notebook shipments decline in December

After notebook shipments peaked earlier this month, there is less demand on the market. Compal Electronics expects to see a decline in notebook shipments from the 1.74 million in November to 1.4 – 1.5 million in December. Compal will still beat its original forecast of 4.6 million units for Q4 however; the shipments will reach 4.8 million or higher.

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Gefen Announces Wireless USB with 100-Foot Range

Last year Gefen announced a wireless USB hub with a 30-foot range. In a couple of weeks at CES Gefen is announcing a wireless USB hub with a 100-foot range, along with wireless extenders for component audio, HDMI and VGA. Gefen claims that three of these products are already in production.

  • The four port USB extender uses Wisair’s 3.5GHz ultra-wideband and will have up to 400 Mbps throughput for $249.
  • The component audio extender can deliver up to 1080i resolution within 300-feet line of site. It will cost $1,499.
  • The wireless HDMI extender uses TZero’s ultra-wideband, will have a 30-foot range, and support resolution up to 1080i and 400 Mbps transfer speeds for $499.
  • The VGA extender has a 100-foot range and supports 1280×1024 or 780p resolutions, no word on pricing.

A word of caution though, Gefen announced a similar device at this time last year and we’re yet to see it. This could be similar vaporware.

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iTunes store chokes on holiday traffic

Many customers met error messages and unusually long download times on and a short while after Christmas when accessing the iTunes Music Store. Many analysts believe that the source of the problem was a surge in Christmas gift card redemptions. iTunes received four times more traffic this year than it did during the same period last year according to online market research company Hitwise.

Michael Gartenberg, vice president and research director at Jupiter Research, said, "No doubt it was a very, very popular gift, and no matter how well you plan on the server side of the equation, there are always times when you get caught short."

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