News Bits: Notebook External Graphics Card, Acer Takes #1 Spot, OLPC Partners With

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Fujitsu external graphics card plays Crysis

Fujitsu Siemens’ proprietary external graphics card solution, the AMILO GraphicBooster that we talked about last May, has finally surfaced and it can actually play Crysis. A video shows that the GraphicBooster, hooked up to an AMILO Sa 3650 notebook via a PCI Express 2.0 interface, has 470% of the performance of the notebook’s integrated ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200 graphics chip.

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Acer is number one global notebook vendor in Q3

Acer ranked as the number one global consumer notebook vendor in the third quarter of this year. The company’s 5.04 million notebook shipments edged out HP’s 4.85 million. HP still leads the overall global market with 8.12 million units, with Acer close on its heels with 7.89 million and Dell further behind with 5.24 million.

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Notebook makers keeping low inventories

According to a DigiTimes report, notebook makers are keeping low component inventories, sometimes with only three to four weeks’s worth of parts. Maintaining a low inventory puts heavy pricing pressure on component suppliers. Typically, inventories are months’ worth of parts.

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OLPC partners with for Give One Get One program and the One Laptop Per Child foundation have partnered for the Give One, Get One program. When a customer buys two notebooks for $399, one is sent to a child in a developing nation.

In related news, the Give One Get One program has reached Europe, where the laptops cost £254.

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USB 3.0 specification finalized

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced that the USB 3.0 specification has been finalized. The end version will be called SuperSpeed USB. Consumer products based on the new specification will become available in 2010, while the first controllers will start to appear this year.

USB 3.0 will be backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1. The 3.0 specification is not only more power efficient, but also is ten times as fast.

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