News Bits: Low Voltage Core 2 Duo, Lenovo N100 Core 2 Duo, Laptop Fire at Yahoo! Offices

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Intel low-voltage Merom chips to arrive Q1 2007

It appears that Intel is planning to launch its low-voltage derivatives of its “Merom” Core 2 Duo lineup around the same time it launches its dual-core Celeron M. The low-voltage Meroms will ship around Q1 2007 in two flavors: the L7200 and the L7400, with clockspeeds of 1.33 and 1.5GHz respectively. Each will have a 667MHz front-side bus.

In Q2, Intel will launch the new 800MHz low-voltage Meroms, the L7300 and L7500, which have clockspeeds of 1.4 and 1.6GHz respectively. They will use the Santa Rosa CPU Socket P. And finally, between Q2 and Q3, the ultra low-voltage Core 2 Duo U7500 will be launched; it will have a 1.06GHz clockspeed and a 533MHz FSB.

According to sources, the L7200 will retail for $284 and the L7400 at $316; pricing for the other chips is unknown.

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Lenovo N100 notebook gets Core 2 Duo option

September 19th – Lenovo today announced its first notebook to feature the Intel Core 2 Duo processor, the Lenovo N100. It is engineered toward small business customers and has Vista Premium-ready capabilities.

The Lenovo N100 also features the latest in wireless connectivity, MIMO (Multiple In/Multiple Out) WiFi technology based on next-generation 802.11n standards.

The Lenovo N100 is available in over 60 countries globally, and has a starting price of $799.

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Dual-core Celeron M to arrive in Q1 2007

Intel is slated to introduce a dual-core, 64-bit lineup of Celeron M processors in Q1 2007. AMD already has a budget 64-bit Sempron chip, which it should still be able to use to its advantage for one more quarter.

If the price gap narrows between AMD and Intel, it will be to Intel’s advantage. Intel’s recent practice of pushing “unofficial” processors that do not appear on the original roadmaps will also play an important role according to sources.

64-bit mobile AMD processors, being supported by leading PC brands and US-based electronic retailers, should remain in demand through the end of the year according to manufacturers.

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Dell laptop explodes at Yahoo! office

Today at Yahoo! offices in Silicon Valley California a recalled Dell notebook apparently went up in flames.  Being a tech savvy company, you would have thought employees there would know about the fact the battery was on recall and should have been replaced.  Apparently the laptop going up in flames gave a few hundred employees a nice 45-minute break though.

Yahoo! employees burnt out Dell laptop

Remember, if you have a Dell Inspiron laptop manufactured in the past 3 years check the recall program to see if your notebook is affected:

Notebook makers discuss new battery standards

September 20th – with the recent battery recalls, several notebook makers including HP, Dell, and Lenovo have met in San Jose, California to discuss new possible battery standards. Sony was not invited to attend, and it is unknown whether Apple attended.

The notebook companies at the IPC industry group-sponsored meeting discussed new ways of manufacturing and testing lithium-ion batteries. Any new standard would need to be voluntarily accepted by member companies.

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U.S. Army chooses Dell to supply notebooks

Dell has been chosen under the Army’s Desktop Mobile Computing (ADMC-2) contract to provide desktop and notebook computers, displays, printers and peripherals for three years.

“Because of our long history and direct relationship with the U.S. Army, we have a thorough understanding of its technology requirements, both domestically and abroad, and are uniquely positioned to support the Army’s global needs,” said Troy West, vice president, Dell federal business segment. “We have the people, the experience and the technology to help our military customers, no matter where they are.”

Apple iTunes 7 update in the works

Although iTunes 7 may be the most significant update to iTunes thus far, it has a number of bugs and quality issues, and does not represent the company’s best work. Frequent crashes, poor audio quality, and interface graphics anomalies are common problems; most of the blame rests on the gapless playback technology.

Apple is aware of the ongoing issues with the latest iTunes release, and hopes to release an update for both Mac and PC versions of the software “as soon as possible”.

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