News Bits: ThinkPads Leaked, DIY Laptop Available, Asus to Intro 15.6-inch Notebook

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New Lenovo ThinkPads leaked

Several new ThinkPad models have been leaked based on information originally from a Chinese based website named  Specifications for the rumored laptops upcoming from Lenovo are as follows:

ThinkPad X200

The X200 is an ultraportable with the following specifications:

  • 12-inch WXGA display
  • Intel Core 2 Duo (45nm) up to 2.4GHz
  • Intel Centrino 2 (Montevina) with vPro
  • 64GB SSD (up to)
  • WiMAX/WWAN/GPS/WiFi/UWB/Bluetooth
  • 9.6 hours of battery life with 9-cell battery
  • DDR3 RAM
  • 1.3 MP webcam
  • DisplayPort connector
  • 3x USB ports
  • 2.93 lbs (starting)

ThinkPad SL series

This is a more mainstream ThinkPad with the three different models: the SL300, SL400, and SL500. They have 13.3-, 14.1-, and 15.4-inch screens respectively.

  • 13.3/14.1/15.4-inch WXGA displays (WSXGA+ on the SL500)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo processors
  • Intel GMA X4500 HD or Nvidia GeForce 9300M graphics
  • WWAN/WiMAX/WiFi/Bluetooth/Bluetooth
  • Optional Blu-ray drive

ThinkPad Tseries

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The T-series will have T400 and T500 models with 14.1- and 15.4-inch screens respectively.

  • 14.1/15.4-inch displays
  • Centrino 2 (Montevina) with vPro
  • Intel Core 2 Duo (45nm) up to 2.8GHz
  • 64GB SSD/320GB HDD (up to)
  • DDR3 RAM
  • 512MB ATI Mobility FireGL V5700 graphics
  • WWAN/WiMAX/WiFi/Bluetooth

ThinkPad R-series

The R-series is a mainstream ThinkPad with two models, the R400 and R500. They have 14.1- and 15.4-inch screens respectively.

  • 14.1/15.4-inch displays
  • Centrino 2 (Montevina) 
  • 320GB HDD (up to)
  • DDR3 RAM (4GB max.)
  • Intel GMA X4500 HD or ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470

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OCZ DIY laptop now available

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The OCZ DIY notebook is now available. It is listed on for $669.99 with free shipping.

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ASUS to push 16:9 notebooks

ASUS is planning to enter the 16:9 notebook market in the second half of this year. Initially, the company will introduce 15.6-inch notebooks; the first ones are expected to appear in the US in July.
ASUS, Acer, Sony, and Lenovo are also planning to introduce 16:9 aspect ratio 14-inch notebooks in the second half of this year, and Acer is slated to introduce a 17.3-inch notebook in Q1 2009.

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American military supercomputer sets new record

A military supercomputer made from cell processors used in video game consoles has reached a computing milestone: 1.026 quadrillion calculations per second.

The new machine is more than twice as powerful as the IBM BlueGene/L, which was the previous fastest supercomputer.

Dubbed the Roadrunner, the new machine cost $133 million and was built by engineers and scientists from IBM and Los Alamos National Laboratory. It will maily be used to solve classified military problems, such as performing calculations to make sure nuclear weapons work correctly as they age.

The power of the Roadrunner is mind-blowing: if the world’s population of six billion people used hand calculators to perform calculations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it would take them 46 years to do what the Roadrunner can do in one day.

The Roadrunner is made of 12,960 chips which are improved versions of the IBM Cell processor, and other AMD Opteron server processors. It has 116,640 processing cores. The supercomputer needs three megawatts of power, which is the amount needed to power a large suburban shopping center.

An introduction to Clevo notebooks

CLEVO is a large Taiwanese computer company specializing in laptops. While the Clevo brand name is perhaps not widely known, their products are re-branded and sold by known boutique brand OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers)… notably Sager, VoodooPC, Falcon Northwest, Eurocom, etc.
They are also considered (by whoever knows about notebooks) to design and manufacturer the best of the best notebooks in terms of superior build quality and innovative designs.

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