News Bits: Intel Santa Rosa Nears, Dell to Offer Linux Notebooks, 160GB Solid-State Disk

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Intel’s Santa Rosa Centrino platform nears completion

The long-awaited successor to the current Napa platform, Santa Rosa, is being finalized for its projected May release date. TGDaily has been told by sources that the GM965 Crestline chipset will be DirectX 10 compatible. The GM965 chipset will still use shared memory, taking between 8MB – 64MB for the graphics card.

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Dell to Offer Linux on notebooks soon

A couple of weeks ago Dell launched the site DellIdeaStorm.com that allows users to submit ideas they think Dell should implement and offer to customers. It turns out that the number one submission was the request for Dell to offer PCs pre-loaded with Linux. Whether that reflects the true customer base of Dell is questionable, but all the same, the company has said in a published statement they’re taking this suggestion to heart and will be working with Novell to offer Linux on Dell Precision and Latitude business notebooks in the future. There’s no indication whether they would offer Linux or no OS on Inspiron and XPS consumer notebooks, but it’s not out of the question.

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Adtron unveils 160GB Solid-State Disk

Adtron announced last week a 160GB 2.5" Solid-State Disk (SSD), the largest on the market. It will unfortunately be priced well outside of consumer reach.

The company said it will be shipping 96GB and 160GB versions of its 2.5" Flashpak drive for consumers. The drives will be able to maintain a sustained read/write performance "in the 70MB/s range," which is significantly higher than what a typical consumer drive is capable of. Samsung’s SSD for comparison has a read of 57MB/s and a write of 32MB/s.

Pricing is the downside of this drive. The 32GB Adtron Flashpak drive goes for about $10,000; the 56GB is $16,000. There are no figures for the 96GB and 160GB drives Adtron wants to ship, but considering the prices of the lesser-capacity drives, it will be well into the five-figure range. Commercial SSDs are likely to be considerably cheaper.

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Notebook ODMs expect higher shipments in 2007

Quanta Computer predicts it will ship about 25 million units in 2007, representing a 30% increase over the 19.8 million it shipped in 2006. The launch of Windows Vista has boosted notebook sales significantly. Compal Electronics is also expecting increases in its shipments, with totals expected to be around 20 million units in 2007. Compal’s projected shipments represent a 25-30 percent increase over 2006.

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Asus W5Fe with Vista SideShow review

RegHardware has acquired an engineering sample of the Asus W5Fe notebook featuring Windows Vista and SideShow. The W5Fe is the first laptop to make use of the technology, and features a 2.8-inch QVGA (320×240) screen integrated into the lid of the laptop. SideShow is run off of a 1GB memory bank featuring a cut-down operating system, which links to the main Vista OS. SideShow can be used to play music and games, and can also be used to check your calendar and email.

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Dell Vista Upgrade Express disks now shipping

It’s been a frustrating wait and registration process for some of those that bought a Dell laptop and registered for the Vista Express Upgrade, but forum members now indicate that Dell has started to ship Vista Upgrade disks to those that registered. If you bought a Dell and registered for the Vista upgrade at www.dellvistaupgrade.com you should be getting your DVD soon!

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