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DigiTimes reports that widescreen notebooks have reached an impressive 79% of total market share for mobile systems. North America has fallen in love with wide-aspect notebooks as the market share for that region is an overwhelming 85%. In stark contrast however is the market in Japan where the traditional 4:3 aspect screens still hold a strong 48% of the market share. With notebooks being much more capable in terms of multimedia applications, it is not surprising to see that the widescreen LCD is gaining more and more traction though there will always be a home for the standard 4:3 aspect LCD with thin and light systems. "Differences in the penetration of wide aspect ratio notebooks for... Read more...
Those who are browsing through Dell's website will find that the company has just released a new notebook which is using an AMD mobile processor. Dubbed the Inspiron 1501, the notebook platform utilizes a 15.4" WXGA display and incorporates AMD's Turion 64 and Turion 64 X2 mobile processors along with ATI's Radeon Xpress 1150 IGP chipset. Looking at the configurator, you can buy this notebook for as little as $549 with a Mobile AMD Sempron 3500+ processor. Should you want an AMD Turion64 processor, prices start as low as $704. Although this is the first AMD-based notebook from Dell, it seems safe to assume that this certainly won't be the... Read more...
As reported earlier this month in Unauthorized Access Denied, Lenovo is shipping encryptable hard drives in its ThinkPad series. Now we see hard drive manufacturers starting to eliminate the middleman and offer this functionality themselves. Seagate is the first to announce encryptable drives with their DriveTrust Technology. DriveTrust Technology delivers new levels of simplicity, transparency and cost- effectiveness for securing digital information. The Seagate security platform automatically protects all drive data, not just selected partitions or files, at all times, and its security functions operate independently of the hard drive, preserving... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that Dell will soon be launching a series of sub $500 notebooks which are using AMD processors. Supposedly launching in the beginning of November, Dell's first AMD notebook will utilize a 15.4" LCD and range in price from $449-$499. A similar 17" model will then follow with the product launching sometime in Q1 2007. ODM's for the two models include Quanta and Compal so there is a slight chance you might recognize the same chassis on some other notebook vendors' models. AMD currently accounts for less than 15% of the global notebook CPU market, but the company expects to grow its share significantly... Read more...
While the article suggests $16 million in losses for unauthorized access and theft for 2006, the actual amount is likely much greater since many violations go unreported. A single violation could easily result in losses of this magnitude when the loss is associated with confidential data from a Fortune 500 company. While some IT managers circumnavigate this problem by simply isolating critical data and prohibit it from being transferred to mobil devices, this is not a practical solution in todays mobile society. I protect sensitive information using EncFS, a Linux encrypted virtual file system. EncFS requires a typed password to decrypt (on the fly) certain folders on my laptop. While effective,... Read more...
X-Bit Labs reports that L International Computers Inc. is claiming to be preparing a Quad-SLI notebook which will be equipped with the latest enthusiast hardware. Here, the system will reportedly feature a factory overclocked Core 2 Extreme X6800 processor (3.37GHz), an Intel P965 chipset, support up to 4GB of PC2-6400 memory, two SATA hard drives, an HD-DVD drive, and a 19" LCD panel. Most importantly, the company plans to utilize four GeForce Go 7900 GPU's. Unfortunately, no price and specific ETA have been provided by the vendor though we assure you we'll have a preview of the unit as soon as humanly possible should the system ever come to fruition.... Read more...
Digitimes reports that Asustek will soon introduce a new brand, ASmobile, to be used by their whitebook products. The first notebook bearing the ASmobile brand will appear during the fourth quarter of 2006. Asustek is trying to repeat the success they enjoyed when they re-branded their low-price motherboards to ASRock. However, the ASmobile will not be tailored for the low end. Instead of low prices, the ASmobile brand will rely on high quality and customer loyalty, most likely targeting the mid to upper parts of the market. "Recently formed, Asustek's team for the ASmobile brand includes R&D, manufacturing and marketing staffs, the sources indicated. Asustek's move also represents... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that the highly publicized AMD notebooks which will be brought to market by Dell later this year will in fact be equipped with ATI graphics chipsets. At this time, it is not known how much influence AMD's recent acquisition of ATI had upon the decision to use Radeon Mobility GPU's. Interestingly enough, comments have been made surrounding NVIDIA's financial reports which would seem to indicate that these AMD-based Dell notebooks will actually be using NVIDIA's nForce chipsets. Could we end up seeing an AMD notebook from Dell which uses an NVIDIA chipset and an ATI GPU? With the notebooks slated to launch in late October or early November, we will know for certain... Read more...
Later on this year, Dell is expected to launch a plethora of AMD powered notebooks, using AMD's Sempron, Athlon 64, and Turion 64 x2 processors. Dell already has AMD based servers on the market, and AMD based desktops are expected to show up are September. "The first AMD-based models, which will likely be launched in late October or early November, will be 15.4-inch notebooks manufactured by Quanta Computer for the consumer notebook market, the sources said. Then, Dell will introduce 17-inch AMD-based models at the end of the year, the sources added."... Read more...
Alienware has just announced two new mobile platforms that feature NVIDIA SLI technology. The Aurora m9700 is a 17" system that includes an AMD Turion 64 mobile processor and two GeForce Go 7900 GS graphics cards. The new flagship Aurora mALX system is a 19" monster also using the new AMD Turion 64 processor though it is fitted with two GeForce Go 7900 GTX GPU's. Per usual, prepare to be picking your jaw off the floor when you see the price as it comes in at a cool $4500 in the default configuration.  Fortunately for most, the base price of the Aurora m9700 is "only" $1999. Keep your eyes open for a review of the Aurora... Read more...
Dell rolled out new notebook computers that are based on Intel's Core Duo processors and add new wireless connectivity and security features.On the wireless side, the new notebooks - the Dell Latitude D620 and D820 - add optional built-in connectivity to wireless broadband technology. Businesses can choose among cellular carriers such as Cingular Wireless and Verizon Wireless in the United States and Vodafone Group in Europe. Although connectivity to 3G (third-generation) high-speed networks is still limited or not available in many cities, the laptops support Verizon's EVDO (Evolution Data Only) and Cingular's HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) data transmission standards. Cellular modems... Read more...
Just when people were getting excited about SLI coming to notebooks, ATI has given mobile users yet another reason to smile. The Inquirer reports that notebook ODM Clevo is working on a Crossfire-enabled notebook to compliment their SLI-enabled notebooks. Regardless of whether you favor ATI or NVIDIA, one thing is absolutely certain. The desktop replacement notebook is on the verge of becoming just that. When the only deciding factor between choosing a LAN system is size and not performance, the choice of a mobile system becomes painfully simple. A VERY famous notebook Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) Clevo works on Crossfire system for notebooks.... Read more...
Aussie website DigitalReviews.net has just published a very interesting bit of news regarding SLI-capable notebooks. According to their sources, we can expect to see a notebook featuring two GeForce Go 7800 GTX GPU's showing up in retail sometime in late February of early March. Although we can't comment on any details, you can be sure the usual suspects will be offering this configuration as soon as the ODM's have finalized the designs. I suppose the days of laughing at notebooks at LAN parties are gone as an SLI notebook with GeForce Go 7800GTX GPU's would likely trounce 90% of the desktops in attendence.A source close to ITC, a market leader of custom made notebooks in Australia, has informed... Read more...
Having worked for Alienware in the past, I can attest to the fact that they have some of the highest performance notebooks money can buy. Today, the company has completed their refresh of their notebook lineup with the release of a slick new 12" widescreen system and their first-ever shipping AMD notebook. For those looking for a killer gaming notebook, the Aurora M7700 certainly looks the part with specs like this:Cutting-Edge Desktop Processing Power The Aurora m7700 features AMD's Athlon 64 FX and Athlon 64 X2 desktop processors to give you a true desktop replacement. Unbeatable Graphics Performance Powered by the NVIDIA GeForce Go 7800 GTX graphics card, the Aurora m7700 gives you a... Read more...
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