News Bits: Toshiba 100GB 1.8″ Hard Drive, Intel WiMax Chip Completed, Business PCs not Vista Ready

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Toshiba announces 100GB 1.8-inch hard drive

December 5th – Toshiba announced a new 1.8" hard drive with a 100GB capacity. The new drive, model MK1011GAH, uses Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR) technologyin order to achieve high storage density. The new drive is ten percent smaller than first-generation 1.8" hard drives, and features an 8MB cache. It is specifically designed for notebook computers.

Toshiba plans to start mass production of its 100GB, 1.8" hard drive in January 2007 for OEMs.

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Intel announces completion of first mobile WiMAX chip

December 6th – Intel today announced the design completion of its first mobile WiMAX baseband chip. Paired with Intel’s single-chip, multi-band WiMAX/Wi-Fi radio, the pair makes a chipset called the Intel WiMAX Connection 2300.

The chipset design was demonstrated during a keynote at the 3G World Congress and Mobility Marketplace in Hong Kong. Executive Vice President and Chief of Sales and Marketing Officer Sean Maloney displayed an Intel Centrino Duo-based laptop with mobile WiMAX (IEEE 802.16e-2005), Wi-Fi (802.11n), and HSDPA 3G capabilities. The machine successfully accessed the Internet at broadband speeds over a WiMAX network.

The Intel WiMAX Connection 2300 puts Intel a step closer to an integrated wireless system-on-chip that will help push along WiMAX adoption by minimizing the amount of space needed in mobile devices. The baseband chip has low power requirements and low thermals, allowing it to fit in very small designs.

With the first Intel Connection 2300 complete, Intel plans to test and validate this product, and hopes to sample it in both card and module forms in late 2007.

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Foxconn to ship 3.2 million notebooks in 2007

After securing notebook orders from Apple and Lenovo, Foxconn Electronics is expected to ship 3.2 million notebooks in 2007. Foxconn will start shipping notebooks to Apple in 2007; the total production will be about 1.5 million units. Unit production for Lenovo will top out at about 500,000 units compared to 300,000 this year. Foxconn’s notebook shipments to Sony will remain steady at 1.2 million units.

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Half of North American Business PCs don’t meet Vista requirements

Although over 90 million copies of Vista will ship in the next year, many businesses will have a bleak upgrade path. Many business PCs will not make the cut when it comes to meeting Vista’s system requirements. According to Softchoice research, about half of all North American business PCs will not meet the requirments. Only 6% will meet the requirements for Vista Premium. Businesses still have time yet to prepare for Vista; surveys show that 33% of businesses will wait six months to adopt the new OS, and 27% will wait one to two years.

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Notebook demand to rise in 2007

Microsoft’s Windows Vista operating system and Intel’s Santa Rosa Centrino platform will boost notebook demand next year according to the Taiwan-based Topology Research Institute. Notebook shipments will grow 20% to 87.7 million units worldwide compared to 72.8 million this year. The TRI predicts that the average selling price of notebooks, currently at $1,097 compared to $1,219 last year, will fall slightly and become more stable at $1,086 next year.

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James Kim

Those that keep up on technology news will know CNET and likely have read or watched tech news that James Kim presented for that site; he was a Senior Editor there. Today many will have heard about the sad news of James being found deceased in the Oregon wilderness. He had been stranded with his family in the mountains when their car got stuck in snow after taking a wrong turn. Thankfullly, Kati Kim and the two children were found at the car two days ago where they had stayed while James left to find help. If only James had of stayed at the car too. We, along with the rest of the tech writing community, express our sad regrets at this news.

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