News Bits: Nvidia 8800 Graphics for Notebooks, Asus Eec PC 701 $199 Laptop, Toshiba Pushing HD-DVD

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Nvidia to release 8800 for notebooks

At Computex 2007, Nvidia showed the NB8E, a 22W version of the GeForce 8800 for notebooks. It will probably come out this summer and be the most powerful notebook video card available. The original desktop GeForce 8800 used over 100 watts of power so some heavy modifications have been made in order to keep the power consumption down. Changes have been made in the manufacturing process and to the way the chips function. There will probably end up being three models – the GeForce 8800M-GTX, -GT, and -GS.

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Toshiba to push HD DVD format with laptops

Toshiba plans to put HD DVD drives in all of its laptops next year in an effort to gain the lead in the next-generation format war. According to Toshiba Senior Vice President Hisatsugu Nonaka, the company is employing a tactic similar to what Sony is doing with their PS3 game console. All PS3s are equipped with Blu-Ray players.

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Asustek and Intel Demonstrate $199 Eec PC 701 Classmate Laptop

Intel and Asustek unveiled their joint effort $199 laptop called the Eec PC 701 (what a mouthful) today. There will actually be two models, a $199 and $299 version. Both will have a 7-inch screen size and include some type of wireless internet capability. It will be a fully functional low-end notebook. Asustek plans to start shipping units this summer, with the goal of selling 200,000 units in 2007 under the Asustek brand. The units would sell for between $199 – $299, the higher amount will be for a version with more on board flash RAM.

The basic specs on this cheap laptop are as follows:

Eee PC 701 Specification:

  • Display 7"
  • CPU & Chipset: Intel mobile CPU & chipset
  • OS: Linux/ Microsoft Windows XP compatible
  • Communication: 10/100 Mbps Ethernet; 56K modem, WLAN: WiFi 802.11b/g
  • Memory: 512MB, DDR2-400
  • Storage: 4/ 8/ 16GB Flash
  • Webcam: 300K pixel video camera
  • Audio: Hi-Definition Audio CODEC; Built-in stereo speaker; Built-in microphone
  • Battery Life: 3hrs (4 cells: 5200mAh, 2S2P)
  • Weight: 1.96lbs
  • Dimension & Weight: 22.5 x 16.5 x 2.1~3.5cm, 0.89kg

It appears the device can run either Windows XP or Linux, but there’s also some kind of stripped down OS that was demonstrated and it’s unclear exactly what is being used in this instance.

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Hitachi now shipping 250GB notebook hard drive

Hitachi today announced that it is shipping its quarter-terabyte Travelstar 5K250 hard drive in volume. The newest 2.5-inch drive from Hitachi spins at 5400RPM and has 56% more capacity, a 23% shock improvement, and an 8% overall application performance gain over its predecessor, the 160GB 5K160.

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Asustek to ship 4-5 million own-brand notebooks in 2007

Asustek Computer announced that its goal is to ship 4 to 5 million of its own-brand notebooks in 2007. Asustek expects to be the number four own-brand notebok vendor in the Asia-Pacific market for Q2. The company is expecting its worldwide ranking to rise to number seven; currently they have been in eigth and ninth place for the last two quarters.

At Computex 2007, Asustek will showcase the C90 high-end notebook, and a 14-inch F8 notebook.

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