News Bits: WiMax Gets Vendor Support, Sony VAIO Zoom, Intel’s Nehalem

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Many top notebook manufacturers to support WiMAX

At the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), top notebook companies including Acer, Asus, Lenovo, Panasonic, and Toshiba have committed to supporting WiMAX wireless broadband with the next Intel Montevina mobile platform. Montevina is expected to ship in May 2008.

Intel CEO Paul Otellini speculates that 1.3 billion people worldwide will find themselves within range of a WiMAX basestation by 2012. He said WiMAX is the "new global network"; currently there are 120 WiMAX trials going on worldwide. Otellini stressed that getting WiMAX into notebooks is critical. The upcoming Montevina platform will include the Cantiga chipset with the Boaz LAN chip. Montevina will also include the following:

  • Shiloh – wireless connectivity (802.11n)
  • Echo Peak- WiFi and WiMAX combined
  • Dana Point – WiMAX-only module

Some questions remain regarding mainstream WiMAX support: Apple, Dell, and HP are missing from the lineup of manufacturers.

Read More (ChannelRegister.co.uk)

Sony shows off VAIO Zoom laptop concept

The Sony VAIO Zoom concept is certainly one of the most unique- and cool-looking concept designs out there. It has a holographic glass screen that goes transparent and a keyboard that turns opaque when off. It is not an official concept but there are many of us out there who would like to see it become one.

Read More (Gizmodo.com)

Intel shows off next-gen power saving chips

Intel today at the IDF demonstrated a new generation of processors that step up performance while at the same time not require any additional power. CEO Paul Otellini said that the company plans to finish the new chips in 2H 2008. The new architecture has been codenamed Nehalem. It will have up to eight cores.

This year Intel will introduce the Penryn processor on November 12, which will be the first mainstream 45nm processor. The current standard is 65nm. Intel will introduce fifteen new 45nm processors by the end of 2007, with 20 more coming in 2008. Intel says the Penryn chips will improve performance while also improving power efficiency. Otellini said that "Smaller is better; smaller is cheaper."

Read More (NYTimes.com)

UltraCell XX25 fuel cell powers GETAC V100 laptop

UltraCell Corporation, a producer of fuel cells for mobile applications, today announced the XX25 fuel cell’s compability with GETAC Inc.’s V100 laptop at the IDF. The XX25 provides up to 25 watts of continuous maximum power and weighs only 1.24 kilograms (2.73 pounds).

The GETAC V100 was announced earlier this year; it is an ultra-light convertible Tablet PC with a magnesium alloy case. It is designed to endure the most extreme conditions. While it gets 6 hours of battery life with the standard battery, it can get an additional 12 to 18 hours with the XX25 fuel cell. It plugs into the same port as the power adapter, eliminating the need for the adapter.

Phase-change memory 1000x faster than flash

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania say they have discovered a new type of non-volatile nanoscale memory that reads data 1000 times faster than flash memory, can scale into the terabit range, and can store data for 100,000 years.

The primary downside of this technology is that it is at least eight to ten years away from hitting the market.

Read More (TGDaily.com)

Microsoft receives 497 million Euro fine from EU

The European Union has given Microsoft a nearly $700 million antitrust fine. The court says that Microsoft did not give third-party software makers enough freedom in relation to the company’s workgroup server operating systems, and used its monopoly in the client operating system market to squash competition in the multimedia player segment (Windows Media Player).

Read More (TGDaily.com)

20 Vista downloads to improve your system

PCWorld is running an article that details 20 different downloads for Windows Vista that help improve your computing experience and help with performance. There are four categories – System Tweakers, Startup, Log-On, and Boot Tweakers, Vista Component Tweakers, and Miscellaneous Tools.

Link to Article (PCWorld.com)

Kensington introduces new notebook mice and keyboard


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Kensington today announced the SlimBlade Lifestyle Collection, a line of new notebook input devices. The devices have simplistic modern designs offered in several colors.

The four new mice include the SlimBlade Presenter Mouse, the SlimBlade Media Mouse, the SlimBlade Presenter Media Mouse, and the SlimBlade Trackball Mouse. Kensington also came out with a SlimBlade Media Notebook set.

Please go to Kensington.com to see full product details.
Kensington Press Release (BusinessWire.com)

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