Lenovo ThinkPad R61 now with Penryn
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The new Intel Penryn 45nm Core 2 Duo processor is now available in the Lenovo ThinkPad R61 notebook. The R-series ThinkPad is the value-oriented ThinkPad, available with 14- and 15-inch widescreens. The R61 with the Penryn option starts at $777 as of writing. Available processors include the T8100, T8300, T9300, and T9500.
Everex Cloudbook delayed until February 15
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The Everex Cloudbook, originally scheduled to be launched on Jan. 25, has been delayed until February 15. The Cloudbook is an ultra-mobile PC that runs a Linux-based open source operating system from gOS. It weighs 2 pounds, has a 1.2GHz VIA C7-M ULV processor, 30GB hard drive, and a 7-inch display.
Nvidia launches 8800M-GTX SLI notebook graphics
As mentioned in earlier articles on NotebookReview.com, Nvidia has announced that its new 8800M-GTX graphics card will be available in dual-GPU SLI setups from leading manufacturers such as Sager, Dell, Alienware, Eurocom, and Rock in North America and Europe in the next few weeks. The Sager NP9262 is one of the notebooks that will be available with the SLI setup. The 8800M-GTX SLI has already been benchmarked and is pulling over 12,000 points in 3DMark06.
Backlit keyboards may come to Dell, HP notebooks
According to a DigiTimes report, Dell and HP are likely to adopt backlit keyboards for notebooks. Dafron, an LCD TV inverter and notebook keyboard maker, is expecting its notebook keyboard shipments to top 46 to 48 million units this year, or 30 – 40% market share.
Qumonda shipping 1GB and 2GB DDR3 SO-DIMMS for notebooks
Qimonda has announced it has started to ship 1GB and 2GB DDR3 SO-DIMM modules for next-gen notebook computers. DDR3 promises higher power efficiency than DDR2, allowing for increased performance at lower power levels. The DDR3 modules are manufactured in 75nm technology and run on 1.5V instead of the 1.8V required by DDR2. DDR3 SO-DIMMs have 30 to 50% less power consumption compared to DDR2.
Some Intel Core 2 Duos to be discontinued
Intel has announced that some of its older Core 2 Duo and Celeron M processors will be discontinued. Chips headed for termination include the 65nm T5500, T5600, T7200, and T7600. The T7400 will be the last remaining 4MB, 667MHz FSB Core 2 Duo. It will most likely be dropped shortly after. Other CPUs headed for the chopping block include the Core 2 Duo LV T7200 and the Celeron M 520/530.