Lenovo intros T61, R61 with SLED 10 Linux
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Lenovo has made Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) OS available on select ThinkPad T61 and R61 widescreen notebooks (14-inch). The OS will be available on a wider range of T61/R61 notebooks in February. At current, the SLED 10 Linux-powered ThinkPads are available to large enterprise customers. Lenovo says that much of the business workforce can go from Windows to SLED 10 without a hitch.
Acer to launch Eee PC competitor in Q1/Q2
Acer is planning to launch a low-cost 8- or 9-inch notebook in late Q1 or early Q2 according to a DigiTimes report. It is designed to be a direct Asus Eee PC competitor, and will have a similar pricetag. Production of the notebook is being oursourced to Wistron.
Intel to launch 15 CPUs for Montevina notebook platform
Intel will launch 15 new CPUs for its upcoming Montevina notebook platform in May. 8 of the 15 will come in a smaller package size and are designed for smaller machines. The standard CPUs with a package size of 35mm^2 include a quad-core Core 2 Extreme QX9300 with a TDP of 45W, a dual-core Core 2 Extreme X9100 with a TDP of 44W, two 35W CPUs (T9600/T9400), and three 25W CPUs (P9500/P8600/P8400). The other 8 CPUs will have a smaller 22mm^2 package size and have TDPs ranging from 10W to 25W.
Manufacturers face rising notebook battery prices in Q1
Notebook battery suppliers will raise battery prices in Q1 due to rising prices for core components and materials. Supply will be 15% short of demand until production is ramped up in Q2.