News Bits: Intel Chip Updates and Price Cuts, New Samsung 64GB SSD

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Intel introduces Core 2 Extreme, Core 2 Solo, cuts prices

Intel confirmed price cuts across its lineup of processors; some saw a 40 percent decrease in price. The company also updated and added new processors in its lineup, including a first-ever Core 2 Solo.

Intel introduced the Core 2 Extreme X7900 for notebooks, which runs at 2.8GHz. The T7800 was introduced and replaces the T7700 as the top-end non-Extreme chip, running at 2.6GHz. As a result, the T7700 and T7500 saw price cuts, going from $530 and $316 to $316 and $241 respectively. The T7800 will take over the T7700’s previous $530 pricing position.

Intel also introduced the Core 2 Duo T7250, which is essentially the same as the T7300 except it has half the cache (2MB L2 vs. 4MB L2). It runs for $209.

The Core 2 Solo is the new single-core addition to Intel’s lineup. The U2200 and U2100 run at 1.2GHz and 1.06GHz respecitively. They are Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) chips, with a 1MB L2 cache and a 533MHz front side bus.

The Celeron M lineup saw some new additions – the 550 and the 530 run at 2.0GHz and 1.73GHz respectively. The Celeron M 540 saw a 20 percent price drop from $134 to $107.

Finally, the Celeron M ULV lineup received a new member, the 523 which runs at 933MHz. It goes for $161.

It should be noted that all prices are in batches of 1,000, so expect to pay more than seen here.

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Samsung ships 64GB Solid State Drive

Samsung today started to ship its 2.5-inch 64GB SATA Solid State Disk (SSD). It is already available in select Dell and Alienware notebooks. SSDs provide higher performance and improved reliability compared to traditional hard drives.

Alienware is currently offering the 64GB SSD in its M9750, which is capable of holding two of the drives. The M9750 currently starts at $2,099, and adding the two 64GB SSDs costs a hefty $2,000, essentially doubling the price of the notebook. We reviewed the Alienware Area-51 M9750 here.

Dell is offering the 64GB SSD in its 13.3-inch XPS M1330 notebook – our review of the M1330 can be found here. The company expects to make the SSD drive available on other XPS systems in addition to its Latitude and Precision Mobile Workstations later this year.

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Quanta has record notebook shipments in August

Quanta Computer shipped 2.9 million notebook computers in August, beating July’s 2.8 million. The company shipped 19.3 million notsbook computers in the first eight months of this year. Quanta projects it will ship 28 million notebook computers this year and it has already shipped 69% of that goal.

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Acer expects 20% sequential growth in notebook shipments in September

Acer is expecting a 20 percent sequential growth in notebook shipments in September. Acer has shipped 1.5 million notebooks per month since July this year. The company is confident that it can reach its goal of 15 million notebook shipments in 2007, representing a 50 percent increase over the previous year.

While Acer is currently not in the ultra low-cost notebook market, Acer Taiwan president Scott Lin says it would only take the company three months to enter it if demand picks up.

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Seagate introduces Momentus 5400.4 2.5-inch hard drive

Seagate today announced its Momentus 5400.4 series 2.5-inch SATA 3.0Gbps hard drive. The 5400.4 has advanced operating and non-operating shock resistance levels, making it ideal for use in notebooks in rough environments. The 5400.4 series hard drive has a 5,400RPM rotation speed and an 8MB cache. Seagate is expected to ship them to OEMs in Q4 2007.

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InnoDisk introduces 32GB ExpressCard + USB device

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Although 32GB SSD Expresscards and 32GB USB flash memory sticks are nothing new, a combination of the two is. InnoDisk has introduced a 32GB SSD ExpressCard that also has a USB 2.0 connector. It will also be available in smaller capacities.

There is no word on pricing for the device but look for it to show up on the market soon.

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