News Bits: Market Slow to Adopt DirectX 10, Fujitsu P7230, MacBook Ultraportable Rumors

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DirectX 10 demand will not pick up until 2H 2007

According to Edward Chow, AMD’s graphics marketing director for the Asia-Pacific region, the demand for the DirectX 10 graphics cards will not take off in the first half of 2007 because of an absence of games that use the technology. The graphics card market will stay as it is for 1H 2007; in 2H, demand for DirectX 10 will increase as more games hit the market.

Nvidia has already launched their first DirectX 10 cards, the GeForce 8800 series; ATI’s R600 will not appear until Q1 2007.

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Fujitsu P7230 10″ Screen Ultraportable Coming Soon

Fujitsu LifeBook 7320 (view large image)

The Fujitsu LifeBook P series is an award winning ultraportable line of laptops that features a 10″ widescreen display, ultra low voltage Intel processor plus and integrated optical drive. The Fujitsu P7120 has been available for over a year now and is the latest in this line, but word out of Singapore is that the Fujitsu P7230 is coming soon and it sure looks sleek. It will be offered in both white and black and has been designed by Kenichi Kimura.

Fujitsu P7120
Fujitsu P7120 (view larger)

See a review of the currently available LifeBook P7120 here.

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Intel has no plans to discontinue Napa line

Intel’s manager for Taiwan, Jason LS Chen, says that Intel currently has no plans to discontinue shipping Napa platform components to Taiwan in spite of the fact that the Core 2 Duo has become the mainstream processor. The Napa line is aimed at entry-level and mid-range products, and will fill the gap created by the previous single-core Sonoma (Pentium M) products.

Although manufacturers have varying differences in marketing strategy and pricing, the market continues to migrate toward the Core 2 Duo, and the pace is picking up.

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Quanta receives order for 1 million notebooks from unnamed US vendor

DigiTimes reports that Quanta Computer has most likely received orders for 1 million plus notebooks for a currently unnamed US-based vendor. The order will help increase Quanta’s notebook shipments to 25 million units next year. Orders are slated to start in Q2 2007.

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Ultraportable MacBook specs leaked

Mac OS Rumors is convinced that Apple is working on an ultraportable 12″ MacBook. However, the rumor is hard to believe, especially after seeing the specifications:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo (2.16/2.33GHz)
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM (maximum 3GB)
  • ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 or Nvidia GeForce Go7600 graphics
  • 8 hours of battery life

Fitting all those powerful components into a chassis thinner than the current MacBook Pro? Sorry, but that’s not going to happen.

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New OLPC competitor – the LiteComputer

The OLPC XO now has a fourth competitor, the LiteComputer from a company called Lite Appliances. It will be based on non-standard hardware – no AMD or Intel processors. Having proprietary hardware will help protect the computer from viruses and other malicious software. The processor is the Blackfin from Analog Devices. It is unknown whether the LiteComputer will use the single- or dual-core version of the Blackfin.

Lite Appliances is sure that the LiteComputer will succeed. The company said that a large advantage they have is that all their software was developed in-house – no expensive applications. The LiteComputer will cost about $100 to build, but without an LCD screen. Adding an LCD adds $100 to the price, essentially doubling it. Lite Appliances already has 200 customers waiting. The LiteComputer will be on display at CES.

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