News Bits:Gateway Battery Recall, Intel Processor Roadmap, New Samsung Hard Drives

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Gateway recalls notebook batteries due to risk of fire

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Gateway announced today the voluntary recall of Gateway lithium ion notebook battery packs. According to the CPSC, the battery packs can overheat and pose a fire hazard. About 14,000 of the units have the problem; so far no injuries have been reported.

The battery packs were sold between May 2003 and August 2003. The CPSC recommends that consumers stop using these battery packs immediately and contact Gateway to get a replacement.

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Intel’s summer notebook processor roadmap revealed

This summer Intel plans to release several new processors for notebooks. The first group will come on July 8, consisting of the Core 2 Extreme X7800 and the Celeron M 540. On September 2, Intel will release the Core 2 Extreme X7900, Core 2 Duo T7250, T7800, L7700, U2100, U2200, and Celeron M 550.

In addition, two un-announced CPUs, the Core 2 Duo T5450 and T5250, have been spotted in the specifications of Dell’s Santa Rosa Inspiron notebooks. The specifications of these processors are detailed in the table below.

Processor Model Clockspeed (GHz) Cache FSB (MHz) Price
Core 2 Duo Extreme X7900 2.8 4MB 800 $851
Core 2 Duo Extreme X7800 2.6 4MB 800 $851
Core 2 Duo T7800 2.6 4MB 800 $361
Core 2 Duo T7250 2.0 2MB 800 $209
Core 2 Duo T5450 1.66 2MB 667 N/A
Core 2 Duo T5250 1.5 2MB 667 N/A
Core 2 Duo L7700 1.8 4MB 800 $316
Core 2 Solo U2200 1.2 1MB 533 $262
Core 2 Solo U2100 1.06 1MB 533 $241
Celeron M 550 2.0 1MB 533 $134
Celeron M540 1.86 1MB 533 $107

The Ultra Low-Voltage U2200 and U2100 are aimed at ultra-portable laptops along with the Low Voltage L7700.

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Verizon Wireless available on full line of Panasonic Toughbooks

Panasonic and Verizon Wireless today announced that embedded access to the high speed BroadbandAccess network is now available on the broad range of Panasonic Toughbook notebooks. Products now certified to run on the Verizon Wireless Revision A network include the Toughbook 30 notebook, the Toughbook 19 convertible tablet PC, and the Toughbook 74.

Verizon’s Revision A network has average download speeds of 600kbps to 1.4 Mbps; average upload speeds range from 500 to 800 kbps. Access to the Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess service requires the purchase of the Sierra Wirreless embedded MC-5725 PCI express card and VZAccess software. The full line of Panasonic Toughbook notebooks is available now nationwide through authorized Panasonic Toughbook resellers and "buy now" partners available on

Samsung introduces highest capacity 1.8-inch hard drive

Samsung today introduced its new Spinpoint N2 series 1.8-inch mobile hard drives. They feature the highest capacity available in a 1.8-inch form factor (120GB) and the fastest speed (4200RPM). Samsung claims the N2 series offers the fastest boot times, lowest power consumption, and quietest operation available in 1.8-inch hard drives. The N2 series ranges in capacity from 80GB to 120GB.
According to Andy Higginbotham, director of sales and marketing for Samsung, The 1.8 HDD market is going to explode over the next few years with annual sales expected to increase up to 65% by 2010 as demand for compact consumer devices continues to grow."

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Samsung displays advanced 2.5-inch mobile hard drives

Samsung is showcasing the "industry’s most advance line up of 2.5" Hard Disk Drives"; the company’s new 2.5" hard drives are being introduced today.

The new 2.5" hard drives include the MH80 hybrid hard drives available in 160GB capacities, and the Spinpoint M5 series which offers single-disk capacities up to 160GB and dual-disk models in 250GB capacities. All of Samsung’s new models are shipping now.

The FlashON MH80 hybrid hard disk drive features a 256MB flash memory cache that is optimized to work with Windows Vista notebooks. When used with Microsoft’s ReadyDrive software, it offers increased system performance. The MH80 hard drive has a $299 MSRP.

The Spinpoint M5 series hard drives feature a 5,400RPM speed, 1.5Gbps SATA interface, and an 8MB cache. The 250GB model retails for $249.

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