News Bits: Intel Penryn Coming January 6th, Dell Vostro 1200, LG P300 Introduced

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Intel Penryn mobile roadmap revealed

Intel is planning to reveal its 45nm Penryn Core 2 Duo and Extreme mobile processors on January 6, 2008 according to a DailyTech article. The current T7500, T7700, and T7800 will be replaced by the new T8300, T9300, and T9500. The mainstream T7250 will be replaced by the T8100 and the ultra high-end Extreme X7900’s replacement will be the X9000. Expect a large number of new/refreshed notebook announcements from various manufacturers including Apple to follow the new processors. All Penryn processors will have a 35W TDP. 25W models will arrive with the new Montevina platform in Q2 2008.

The processors coming in January are as follows:

Model Frequency (GHz) TDP L2 Cache Launch Pricing
X9000 2.8 35W 6MB $851
T9500 2.6 35W 6MB $530
T9300 2.5 35W 6MB $316
T8300 2.4 35W 3MB $241
T8100 2.1 35W 3MB $209

Dell Vostro 1200 revealed, to land in December

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According to a forum post (translated), Dell is planning to launch the new Vostro 1200 on December 18. It will be the smallest model in the Vostro lineup, most likely featuring a 12.1-inch screen. Given that the Vostro 1200 will fill a low-price slot in the Vostro lineup, it may be powered by AMD processors as the current base Vostro 1000 is.

Dell and Apple receiving LED BLUs from Kenmos and Nano-Op

It has been confirmed that Kenmos Technology and Nano Electro-Optical Technology (Nano-Op) are now suppliers of LED backlighting units for notebooks for Dell and Apple. Dell is already receiving 12.1-inch LED BLUs and Apple has validated 13.3-inch LED BLUs.  This would indicate Apple may soon be releasing a new notebook — speculation is for that to occur in January.

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LG introduces XNOTE P300 13.3-inch with LED backlight

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LG has introduced its latest notebook, the 13.3-inch LG XNOTE P300. It features a WXGA LED-backlit display and is powered by a 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 processor. Graphics power comes from an Nvidia 8600M-GS (other models available with an 8400M-GS) with 256MB of VRAM. Other features include a built-in 1.3-megapixel camera, WWAN, HDMI, and a 1.6 kg weight. The price? About 1900 EUR.

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The Asus Eee PC 20GB + Bluetooth mod

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A forum member on has completed his Asus Eee PC modification, which involved adding 16GB of flash memory (for a total of 20GB) from a Corsair Voyager USB flash stick and internal Bluetooth via a Microsoft Bluetooth adapter. He made use of the empty mini-PCI Express slot and USB connections via the wireless card’s mini-PCI Express slot to add both devices on internal USB ports.

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Wistron gets more low-cost notebook orders from HP, Acer

HP and Acer placed more sub-$600 model notebook orders with Wistron. Dell has added about two million more units to their order while Acer has added about one million. Demand for the low-cost notebooks comes from the US and emerging markets. Sources say many notebook ODMs will put more focus on development of low-cost notebooks.

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Vista counterfeited half as much as XP

According to Microsoft, its new Vista operating system is counterfeited half as much as XP, and the company claims that Vista is better at preventing counterfeiting attempts. Microsoft VP Mike Sievert says Vista’s authentication system "is a proven and effective way to combat piracy. Customers want to know the status of their systems, and how to take action if it turns out they were victimized." Microsoft plans to step up piracy prevention with SP1.

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