News Bits: Samsung 256GB SSD, VIA OpenBook, Intel Atom, and Windows 7

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Samsung introduces world’s thinnest 256GB SSD

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Samsung has introduced the world’s thinnest Solid State Disk (SSD), the MLC 256GiB. It has a 256GB capacity and a SATA II interface. Samsung says the read speed is 200Mbps and power consumption is only 0.9 Watts. The drive should be available around September of this year. While no price was given, this writer estimates at least two kidneys.

Full Story (HEXUS.net)

VIA unveils OpenBook ultraportable

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VIA Technologies Inc today introduced the new OpenBook mini-note reference design. It is desgined to compete in the continuously growing ultraportable notebook market.

The OpenBook is based on the next-generation VIA Ultra Mobile Platform. Key features include a C-7M ULV processor, all-in-one VX800 digital media IGP chipset, and an 8.9-inch screen, all in a 1 kg package. The OpenBook has high-speed broadband connectivity via a choice of WiMAX, HSDPA, and EV-DO/W-CDMA modules.

Full Story (ViaOpenBook.com)
Via (Laptoping.com)

Intel Atom dual-core processor coming in Q3

In the third quarter of this year Intel plans to introduce a dual-core Atom processor, the 330. The processor will run at 1.6GHz with 1MB of L2 cache and a 533MHz FSB. It will support four threads and have a TDP of only 8W.

Full Story (Fudzilla.com)

Via (Laptoping.com)

Windows 7 will work on recommended Vista hardware specs

Microsoft has released some new details about the upcoming Vista successor, Windows 7. The new OS will not features a new kernel as previously thought. Microsoft stated that "one of our design goals for Windows 7 is that it will run on the recommended hardware we specified for Windows Vista and that the applications and devices that work with Windows Vista will be compatible with Windows 7."

Windows 7 is supposed to ship around January 2010, and beta builds could be released as early as next year.

Full Story (WindowsVistaBlog.com)
Via (HEXUS.net)

Laptop losers: the ten worst security breaches

NetworkWorld is running a story on laptops and data loss. They list the ten largest known security breaches from lost or stolen laptops.

Full Story (NetworkWorld.com)
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