News Bits: XPS M1330 Shipping, Fujitsu N6460 Available, Windows Vista Performance Patches

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Dell XPS M1330 to ship this week

After many long shipment delays, Dell has announced that it is finally expecting to begin large-scale production of its XPS M1330 notebook computer. Production will begin in all regions. Some components will still add time to the build process, such as the LED display option. Those who have ordered the XPS M1330 may check their order status on Dell’s website.

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Intel 45nm notebook CPUs will make up 50% of shipments in Q2 ’08

Intel is planning to step up production of its Penryn 45nm mobile processors; by Q2 next year, they will account for 50% of Intel’s total notebook processor shipments. The 45nm Penryn processors will first appear in Q1 2008 for the Santa Rosa refresh, and will account for 20% of the mobile processor shipments during that time period.

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Fujitsu launches LifeBook N6460

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Fujitsu today launched its flagship 17″ multimedia notebook, the LifeBook N6460. It features the following specifications:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo processor
  • 17-inch WXGA+ (1440×900) display
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 graphics
  • Up to 400GB hard drive space
  • Optional Blu-ray drive

Configurations are available ranging from $1,499 to $2,499. Shipments are beginning immediately.

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Microsoft Windows Vista performance and compatability patches leaked on the web

According to site Microsoft has released two Performance and Reliability Patch updates for Windows Vista to Private beta testers. These patches were leaked on the web earlier today, but have since been taken down. The rumor is that Microsoft will officially release these sometime next week as part of a combined patch update. Following are some of the performance improvements the beta 938979 patch will offer:

  • Improves performance in resuming back to the desktop from the Photo and Windows Energy screensaver.
  • Resolves an issue where some secured web pages using advanced security technologies may not get displayed in Internet Explorer on Windows Vista.
  • Resolves an issue where creating AVI files on Vista may get corrupted.
  • Improves the performance in calculating the ‘estimated time remaining’ when copying/moving large files.
  • Improves performance in bringing up Login Screen after resuming from Hibernate.
  • Resolves an issue where a computer can lose its default Gateway address when resuming from sleep mode.
  • Improves the performance when copying or moving entire directories containing large amounts of data or files.
  • Improves the performance of Vista’s Memory Manager in specific customer scenarios and prevents some issues which may lead to memory corruption.

And following are some compatibility issues the beta 938194 patch will offer:

  • Improved reliability and compatibility of Vista when used with newer graphics cards in several specific scenarios and configurations.
  • Improved reliability when working with external displays on a laptop
  • Increased compatibility with many video drivers.
  • Improved visual appearance of games with high intensity graphics.
  • Improved quality of playback for HD-DVD and Blue-Ray disks on large monitors.
  • Improved reliability for Internet Explorer when some third party toolbars are installed on Vista.
  • Improved Vista reliability in networking configuration scenarios
  • Improved reliability of systems that were upgraded from XP to Vista.
  • Increased compatibility with many printer drivers.
  • Increased reliability and performance of Vista when entering sleep and resuming from sleep.

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Microsoft announces 60 million Vista shipments

Microsoft last week announced that more than 60 million packages of Vista have been shipped in the last six months. The number also includes the sales from the Express Upgrade program, which started on October 26, 2006 and ended March 15, 2007. Microsoft claims the selling rate of Vista is about 10 million units per month but with the Express Upgrade sales subtracted out, that number shrinks to 6.7 million.

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