Nvidia GPU problems not so bad after all?
In an op-ed piece over at Fudzilla, editor Fuad Abazovic took a closer look at the Nvidia mobile graphics card issue, and suggests that the problems are not as bad as they have been made out to be. Dell and HP, both major notebook companies, have yet to issue a recall for notebooks with Nvidia graphics cards. Abazovic argues that since Dell and HP are major users of Nvidia graphics cards and both are not seeing the need to offer much more than a software update, the issue cannot be as widespread as it is believed to be.
Notebook battery supply problems to continue
Simplo Technology, the world’s largest notebook battery manufacturer, said that a global shortage of power cells will last an additional three months more than expected. The shortage was originally expected to end by Q1 2009, but it now looks like supply targets will not be met until Q2 2009. The current notebook battery shortage will impact prices, shipments, and sales according to industry sources.
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Sony introduces VAIO A-type 18.4-inch notebook for photographers
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Sony has introduced a notebook for photographers, the 18.4-inch VAIO A-type. Its large screen has a full HD resolution of 1920×1080 pixels and an anti-glare coating. The monitor is already color-profiled, and photo and video editing software come standard. Other specifications include a Core 2 Duo T9400 2.53GHz, 4GB RAM, Blu-ray drive, Nvidia GeForce 9600M-GT graphics card, dual 250GB hard drives, and an eSATA port. The standard battery life is two hours.
Compal drops 2008 notebook shipments estimate
Compal Electronics president Ray Chen is blaming weak demand in Europe and the US for the estimated drop its notebook shipments this year. The company has adjusted its shipment goal to 28 – 29 million units, down from the original 32 million. In 2009, Compal expects to ship 30 – 40 million.
Voodoo Envy 133 now shipping
After months of waiting, customers are finally starting to receive their much-anticipated Voodoo Envy 133 ultraportable notebooks. The Envy 133 was originally announced on June 10. It features a low-voltage Core 2 Duo processor, LED-backlit display, backlit keyboard, and a starting price of $2,099.