News Bits: Qosmio and the World Cup, Intel Santa Rosa Platform

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Toshiba Qosmio G30 to Come With FIFA 2006 World Cup Ticket

The Core Duo powered Toshiba Qosmio was unveiled at CES 2006 (Qosmio G30 at CES 2006) where at the time it did not have a name, but now it does and it’s the Qosmio G30.  This will be a high sticker price notebook when it hits the shelves, but in Germany Toshiba is trying to sweeten the deal for buyers by including a ticket to a World Cup 2006 game.  The FIFA World Cup is in Germany this year of course, so the lucky Germans won’t have to travel too far to use a ticket they get via this offer.  Specs on the G30 should be something like Intel Core Duo 2.17GHz / 1024MB RAM / 200GB HD / 17-inch TFT / DVDRW / WinXP Media Center / $3,000.

Toshiba Qosmio G30 Core Duo notebook as seen at CES 2006 (view larger image)

If you can read German, check out the source for this story here: http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/technologie/0,1518,398106,00.html

Intel Santa Rosa Architecture for March 2007

Intel released its dual core processors in January, and in September / October they’ll release their dual core 64-bit processors, code named Merom.  In March 2007 Intel will introduce its new Santa Rosa platform that will be used in conjunction with the new Merom chips, the Santa Rosa platform will provide a faster 800MHz Front Side Bus (this allows faster transfer of information between the processor and RAM).  Furthermore, the Santa Rosa platform will likely support the newly approved 802.11n wireless standard that will provide greater wi-fi range and much higher wireless throughput rates (up to a theoretical 600MBps) than the current 54MBps that 802.11g supports.

More: News.com Santa Rosa coverage

Toshiba Canada Announces Satellite P100, A100, M100 Core Duo Notebooks

Toshiba Canada has announced the launch of Satellite notebook computers powered by the new Intel Core Duo mobile technology processor. The newly stylized Satellite P100, Satellite A100 and Satellite M100 units are the most powerful yet and are designed for consumers looking for the ultimate mobile, multimedia rich, digital entertainment experience.

Satellite P100

Toshiba Satellite Pro P100

The Satellite P100 comes in two versions, featuring 17-inch wide screen displays, nViIDIA GeForce Go 7300 graphics controller and weighing 3.6 kg. The P100-JR5 is the more powerful unit with 256MB DDR dedicated video memory, while the P100-JR1 features 128MB DDR dedicated video memory. The Satellite P100-JR5 and Satellite P100-JR1 retail for a suggested list price of $2,399 and $1,999 respectively.

Satellite A100

Featuring a 15.4-inch wide screen display and ATI Mobility Radeonl X1400 M54P with 128MB DDR dedicated video memory, the Satellite A100 packs a lot of power in a smaller package and is ideal for digital entertainment computing on the go. Weighing 2.72 kg, the Satellite A100 retails for a suggested list price of $1,999.

Satellite M100

Weighing only 2.46 kg, this unit defines mobile computing. A 14-inch widescreen display means a greater viewing area than other lightweight computers. Whether for work or play, this notebook computer is an ideal unit for those constantly on the go. The Satellite M100 retails for a suggested list price of $1,799.

ShopToshiba.ca and other Canadian retail stores should have these new Satellite notebooks soon.

Analyst Says Dell Will Have AMD Processors in Notebooks by March, NotebookReview.com Says Analyst is 100% Wrong

We’re all a little sick of hearing about Dell and AMD possibly hooking up and having an AMD processor in a Dell machine.  The Register reports that an Analyst from American Technology Research named Doug Freedman in a note to customers says Dell will start putting AMD chips in notebooks by March. Analysts and Wall Street types are usually betting types, I wonder if he’d be willing to bet on this forecast? 

Smooth Creations Modded Laptops

Want a “World Class Paint Job” for your laptop?  CNET featured some paint jobs on notebooks done by Smooth Creations today, there’s some really nice work and it’s well worth browsing some of the pictures provided by CNET.

SmoothCreations does custom laptop paint jobs, an example of their work above



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