News Bits: Intel Quad-core Notebook Processors, Windows 7 Coming in 2010, MacBook Pro Explodes

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Intel quad-core notebook CPU coming in Q3

Intel will lanuch its first quad-core notebook CPU, the Core 2 Extreme QX9300, in Q3 this year according to a DigiTimes report. It will go for $1,038 in 1,000 unit quantities according to sources. Intel does not expect quad-core CPUs in notebooks will become the standard in the performance/mainstream market according until the second half of next year. The QX9300 is not likely to become a popular notebook CPU. The QX9300’s clockspeed has been revealed; it will run at 2.53GHz, be manufactured on a 45nm process, and have a 1066MHz FSB. TDP will be 45W, higher than any other mobile Intel CPU at this time, and be released in a Socket P package.

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HP updates business notebook line with Penryn

HP has updated some of its business notebook models with the new 45nm Intel Penryn Core 2 Duo CPU. Updated models include the HP Compaq 6510, 6710, 6720, and 6820. Available CPUs include the Core 2 Duo T8100 (2.1GHz/3MB L2) and the T8300 (2.4GHz/3MB L2). The T8300 is $50 more.

HP’s workstation notebooks have not been updated with Penryn yet but that should change soon.

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Gateway refreshes M-series notebook lineup

Gateway on Thursday refreshed its M-series notebooks with the M-151X and M-151XL models. Both are 15.4-inch models with the Intel Core 2 Duo CPU; the XL model comes with Penryn. They both have graphics power courtesy of the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400XT with 256MB of dedicated memory. The laptops are available preconfigured only. Key features of the machines include a 1.3 megapixel webcam built-in, fingerprint reader, HDMI and VGA outs, and Intel wireless cards.

The M-151X starts at $999 while the higher-end M-151XL starts at $1,299.

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Asus Eee PC to face tough competition this year

Asus will use larger screens and the new low-power Intel Atom processor in the new generation Eee PCs this year, which will push starting prices up. It will be comparable to other machines in the same price range also based on the Intel Atom processor.
Asus plans to ship about 5 million Eees this year.

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MacBook Pro explodes

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One European owner of an Apple MacBook Pro has been the victim of an exploding laptop. He suffered a small burn on his hand when his laptop spewed sparks and flames, catching his desk on fire. He was surfing the Internet at the time. Apple fumbled with the issue at first but is sending the customer a new laptop.

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Windows 7 coming in 2010

Microsoft has confirmed it will be releasing Windows 7 in 2010. The firm said it would release the new OS three years after the consumer launch of Vista. There is no specific date mentioned yet but it should be around the same time of the year Vista was released.

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