News Bits: Intel Quad Core Notebook Processor, Intel Announcements at IDF, Alienware Laptop with 640GB

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Intel quad-core notebook CPU coming in Q3 ’08

Intel plans to launch a quad-core notebook CPU in the third quarter of 2008 according to a DigiTimes report. During the first half of next year Intel will launch eleven new 45nm processors.

Specifications of the quad-core CPU include a 1066MHz front side bus, 12MB L2 cache, and 45W maximum TDP. Intel noted that most Montevina notebooks will not support the CPU; it will only be offered in Extreme versions.

Intel announced model numbers of the rive 45nm CPUs in the Santa Rosa refresh. The Santa Rosa refresh is slated to launch in January 2008.

Model X9000 T9500 T9300 T8300 T8100
Clockspeed 2.8GHz 2.6GHz 2.5GHz 2.4GHz 2.1GHz
Price in 1000 unit qtys $851 $530 $316 $241 $209

Penryn will acount for almost half (47%) of the total notebook CPU shipments in Q2 2008.

Intel announces more Santa Rosa Refresh, Montevina details

Intel has released more details about the upcoming Santa Rosa Refresh at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF). The Refresh will include Penryn processors using 45nm technology and improved graphics. The Penryn processor will allow for more performance with increased efficiency.

Intel also released more details about the upcoming Montevina platform, which will be released in the middle of next year. It will feature the Cantiga chipset, which supports DDR3 memory, and an option for integrated WiMAX. Expect smaller and lighter notebooks to hit the market – Montevina’s parts are 40 percent smaller than Santa Rosa’s.

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MSI introduces YA Edition notebook

MSI today took the covers off of its new 12-inch widescreen PR210 YA Edition notebook. It has several color choices, including Denim Blue, Coral Pink, and Lime Green. According to the general manager of MSI USA Daniel Wang, the PR210 YA Edition, "this laptop offers consumers a way to stand out from the crowd and express their individual flair."
Key features of the notebook include a fingerprint reader, HDMI, AMD Athlon X2 Mobile processor, and DVD burner. It weighs only 3.96 pounds with battery.

Specifications are as follows:

  • 12.1-inch widescreen ACV (Amazing Crystal Vision) display
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 TK-53 (1.7GHz) processor
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • ATI Radeon Xpress 1270 chipset
  • 120GB SATA HDD
  • 802.11b/g WLAN
  • HDMI output
  • DVD Super Multi drive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Built-in 1.3 MP webcam
  • Fingerprint reader
  • 4-in-1 card reader
  • Windows Vista Home Premium

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Alienware notebooks set new high for hard drive capacity

Alienware today announced they are the first notebook manufacturer to offer the new 320GB Samsung notebook hard drive. It is available in RAID 0 and RAID 1 configurations in the Area-51 M9750 and Aurora M9700 notebooks. With two drives up to 640GB of hard drive space is available.

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HP expects notebook shipments to grow faster than industry

HP has stated that it expects its total notebook shipments to grow faster than the industry itself, which is currently projected to be 28%.

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Dell simplifies recycling for small businesses

Dell has committed itself to further strengthening its stance on protecting the environment by making it easier for small business customers to manage, return, and track unwanted assets. Dell has started a new online product recovery and recycling service

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More information on Dell’s environmental programs

Pinnacle intros HD USB TV tuner

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Pinnale has introduced the PCTV HD Ultimate USB stick, which gives users the ability to watch TV by simply plugging it in. It has an antenna to pick up ATSC digital TV signals and also picks up NTSC analog. No software is required to use it. The device even has a built-in flash memory bank which stores up to two hours of content. It will go on sale for $130 retail in October; the desktop version will be $80.

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