News Bits: VAIO S meets Sonoma, NVidia Go 6800, Fujitsu 120GB Hard Drive

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Sony VAIO S gets Intel Pentium M Sonoma Treatment

A couple of weeks ago we had reported on the Sony VAIO S being available in Japan with the new Intel Pentium M Sonoma processor (1.40GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 533MHz FST) where it was dubbed the HighSpec S92.  We disdained that the VAIO S might never make it to the U.S. with this new chip, but that is not the case.  Rejoice the Sony VAIO S380, the latest upgrade in the S series line.  You can visit SonyStyle.com right now and custom configure a VAIO S with up to a 2.13GHz Pentium M processor, Bluetooth, 802.11 a/b/g, nVidia GeFOrce Go 6200 graphics processor, DVD burner and a whopping 2GB of RAM all in a 13.3″ screen 4lb package. 

NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800 Ultra Released and Available in Dell XPS 2

The NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800 Ultra mobile GPU delivers 3D performance that is unmatched by any commercially available mobile GPU today (well, according to NVidia at least).  NVidia announced this new GPU last week and it is immediately available in the Dell Inspiron XPS 2.  The XPS 2 delivers superb video quality courtesy of NVIDIA PureVideo technology, the industry’s only embedded video processor for HD multimedia content.  

Dell Dell Inspiron XPS 2 for Home (Pentium M 2GHz, 512MB, 60GB)

The Dell Inspiron XPS 2 carries the latest Go 6800 graphics card from NVidia

“The GeForce Go 6800 Ultra mobile GPU was designed specifically for hard core enthusiasts,” said Rob Csongor, general manager of mobile business at NVIDIA. “It takes a company like Dell to leverage the GeForce Go 6800 Ultra mobile GPU and create such a remarkable product. The GeForce Go 6 mobile GPU series is our most scalable mobile architecture to date, enabling NVIDIA to penetrate every mobile market segment from thin-and-light notebooks to desktop replacements. The ultimate execution of that architecture is the GeForce Go 6800 Ultra mobile GPU in the XPS 2 a perfect solution for any mobile user.”

Fujitsu Begins Sampling 120GB notebook Hard Drive

Fujitsu has begun initial production of a hard-disk drive for notebook computers that offers 120GB of storage capacity, the company said Monday.

The new drive offers 20 percent more storage capacity and several other improvements over Fujitsu’s (Profile, Products, Articles) nearest 2.5-inch rival, said Joel Hagberg, vice president of marketing at Fujitsu Computer Products of America. Samples of the drives are already with notebook vendors for testing and Fujitsu plans to begin shipping commercial versions of the drive during the second quarter, he said.

The jump in storage capacity was achieved by cramming data more closely together on the disk’s surface. The result is an areal density of 104Gb per square inch in the new drive. The additional improvements include a doubling of the number of times the drive head can be loaded and unloaded from the disk to 600,000, a cut in power consumption, and an increase in the drive’s ability to handle mechanical shocks.

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