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In a recent business update call earlier this month, NVIDIA CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang went on record to address the company's high failure rate problem with respect to certain mobile GPU designs and the charges against the cost of revenue for Q2 that are anticipated to cover warranty, repair or return of the product.  The blank check was estimated to cost NVIDIA $150 - $200 million and as as a result NVIDIA's stock tumbled hard on Wall Street.  Fast forward to Friday last week and it looks like Dell has set the wheels in motion with respect to a more detailed notification and service program that will help bail their customers out... Read more...
In a business update call earlier this month, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang went on record detailing the impact of certain NVIDIA notebook GPU failures that have been reported and the one time charge the company would have to take against the cost of revenue for Q2 of this year.  The blank check was estimated at the time to be in the range of $100 - $150 million for coverage of anticipated warranty, repair and replacement costs of failed product with major notebook manufacturers.  As a result, as we reported, NVIDIA's stock tumbled hard on Wall Street to the extent that some analysts were calling it a buy opportunity. Further, NVIDIA's Huang noted on the call, "This... Read more...
Computer maker Gateway has voluntarily recalled about 14,000 lithium-ion battery packs, sold as primary or spare power supplies for some of their laptop computers, because they pose an overheating and fire hazard.  The Irvine, Calif., computer maker said the affected battery packs were shipped as the primary or spare battery pack for Gateway 400VTX and 450ROG series notebooks. They were sold during a three-month period from May 2003 to August 2003 in the U.S. through Gateway's Web site and its Gateway Country stores. Gateway said it will replace affected battery packs at no cost to the customer. It did not identify the maker of the recalled battery packs. Last year, the... Read more...
Toshiba is offering what they tout as the world's first slim form factor HD DVD-RW ( rewriteable) drive suitable for laptop PCs. It will read and write both single and dual layer HD DVD disks, as well as DVDs  and CDs.  It might help the HD DVD format a little in its battle with Blu-Ray to become the standard format for large media files. ...the single- and double-layer HD DVD discs are already available in capacities of 15GB and 30GB respectively, while triple- layer HD DVD Rom discs, to offer up to 51GB, are presently under development, and will be available later this year. The "SD-L912A" also allows backup of large-capacity PC hard disk drives to the reusable format of... Read more...
Multitude Of Innovations Boost New Intel-Based Laptops NEW YORK and SAN FRANCISCO, May 9, 2007 – Faster processors and chipsets. Great-looking video and graphics. Stronger and faster wireless signals. Better security and manageability. Designed for energy efficiency to enable great battery life. An option to turbo-speed boot time and software application loading.Intel Corporation today announced a host of new technologies, including faster Intel® Core™2 Duo processors, for its latest-generation Intel® Centrino® processor technology used in notebook PCs for consumers and businesses. More than 230 Intel Centrino Duo and Intel Centrino Pro processor... Read more...
Engadget has the scoop on some brand new Asus laptops built around Intel's upcoming Santa Rosa platform. They've got some specifications and pics posted, and even mention some yet-to-be announced NVIDIA mobile GPUs. "Just in case the recent outpouring of Santa Rosa wasn't doing enough to keep you satisfied, ASUS just announced five laptops sporting the new mobile processor. None of 'em break much ground on the design or form factor side of things, but Santa Rosa isn't the only thing these laptops have going for them. The 17-inch A7S-7S006C runs a 2GHz T7300 Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM, a 1440 x 900 screen and perhaps most excitingly, the new NVIDIA GeForce 8400G mobile graphics card with... Read more...
Information week is reporting that Apple has a patch out to fix performance issues with their Intel powered laptops: "Problems associated with the batteries included them not being recognized by the computer or the battery not charging when the notebook is plugged into an AC outlet. Also, the batteries could exhibit low-charge capacity or runtime when the battery is in fact fully charged. The battery pack could also appear visibly deformed." The phrase "visibly deformed" is just scary.  Having any part of a new laptop deform could cause issues with fit and finish, not to mention leakage, and nobody wants that.     The article goes on to mention some of the other recent problems with notebook... Read more...
If you're contemplating the purchase of a new laptop, you might want to hold out a bit longer if this report from Digitimes is correct. It seems that Intel, who already dominates the laptop arena, is planning on adding new features that will both enhance performance as well as increase battery life. The Robson technology the article mentions is a flash memory socket or slot that will allow OSes such as Vista to improve hard disk performance and save electricity in the same way that hybrid drives work. This technology sounded really good a year ago, but recently there have been numerous hybrid and solid state disk (SSD) drive announcements from many key players in the storage arena, so the... Read more...
What do you do when you've got a cool million dollars burning a hole in your pocket?  Well, buy a new laptop of course!  And we're talking about using the whole million dollars here, not just a few grand. Apparently, Luvaglio of London is selling custom built, hand-made laptops for $1,000,000. No work on specs or features, and we're not sure if the slick automated box comes with the unit, but the company has this to say on their website: "We've created our own path - our creations, our designs, our attention to detail... are like nothing you've experienced before... We're not interested in 'mass production' or designing 'entry level products' - we leave that to others...... Read more...
Intel is going to bring 802.11n and quad-core to the the mobile masses in 2008 with their Montevina platform.  Check out what DailyTech has to say: "Intel guidance this week revealed that a number of changes have taken place. Intel will offer two versions of its 2008 mobile platform -- Montevina Fundamental and Montevina Professional."  Montevina Professional: * Penryn-based * Cantiga GM/PM chipsets with ICH9M-Enhanced * Echo Peak 3x3 or 1x2 AGN * Shirley Peak 3x3 AGN or 1x2 AGN * Gigabit Ethernet * Intel AMT 4.0 * Intel VT-x and VT-d * Intel Turbo Memory 2.0 Montevina Fundamental: * Penryn-based * Cantiga GM and PM chipsets with ICH9M * Echo Peak 3x3 or 1x2 AGN * Shirley Peak 3x3 AGN... Read more...
Adtron announced that it is now shipping its new generation of Flashpak drives in both SATA and IDE interfaces in the 2.5" form factor. Here's a quick blurb: "Solid state flash disk manufacturer Adtron Corporation, announces today the immediate availability of its most advanced generation of the Adtron Flashpak Family of products including the IDE and Serial ATA (SATA) flash disk models" Adtron has typically serviced aerospace, medical, and enterprise fields, however the release of this drive is very good news for the average Joe. It is likely that once some of the major players start developing and using such high density NAND devices, that trend is going to help drive... Read more...
An article at X-Bit Labs has unveiled NVIDIA's confirmation for the production of the GeForce 8 series for notebooks. While not currently available, it is speculated the launch of the notebook GeForce 8 series will coincide with the release of Intel's Santa-Rosa notebook platform in Q2 of 2007. The head of Nvidia also confirmed that the company has plans to release a family of GPUs for notebooks based on the GeForce 8 architecture in time for Intel's code-named Santa Rosa platform launch, which is likely to be late Q1 or early Q2 2007, which means that commercial shipments of lower-power GeForce 8 are just around the corner. "We are ramping production on our GeForce... Read more...
For a college student like me who needs a laptop for school, the possibility of being able to plug a external graphics card into my ASUS W3J for playing games is awesome. Graphics power for a long time has been one of the limiting factors when it comes to laptops but AMD may have a new product to remedy the situation. AMD's Lasso, the codename of the external graphics card based on ATI's 600 series, is currently under development and may bring some newfound graphics muscle to the laptop scene. While the card may be primarily intended for use with desktops, it will also be useable with laptops featuring PCIe x8 and x16 connections.  Lasso is AMD's codename for external graphics... Read more...
New Intel Wireless Product for Laptops Extends Networking Speed and Range New Compatibility Program for Intel Centrino Users with Wireless-N SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 23, 2007 - Intel Corporation today introduced the Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N network connection, an upgrade to the wireless component found inside Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology and other Intel-based laptops that helps consumers better connect to wireless networks. As notebook PCs increasingly download broadband-intense content such as movies, videos and music, a more powerful networking solution is needed. Based on the draft 802.11n Wi-Fi specification, the Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N technology addresses that need by offering... Read more...
Dell has decided to offer a laptop that's suitable to be used outdoors. Its new ruggedized Latitude ATG D620 laptop has all sorts of features that you'll need, if you need to compute out in the real world of sunlight and hard knocks: The new laptop sports a shock-mounted 80-GB hard drive that is encased by rubber so the drive is not affected by dropping the machine. In addition, the D620 sports a spill-resistant keyboard and an extra-bright display meant to offer better viewing in full sunlight. The new Latitude will put Dell in competition with Hewlett-Packard and Panasonic, both of which offer ruggedized notebooks that can deal with... Read more...
I have been expecting a slow switch to solid-state storage for a while now. NAND flash is lighter and requires less power that conventional hard drive storage. Its one draw back is price, however, NAND prices have been dropping over the past year due to higher yields and better processing techniques as evidenced from ever dropping thumb-drive prices.So it comes as no surprise that Fijitsu has jumped aboard the flash hard drive bandwagon. Fujitsu Ltd will release for the first time in Japan laptop computers that use flash memory instead of a hard disk drive, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported, without citing sources. Flash memory is lighter, more... Read more...
Now this is just too cool for words but also pretty far off in space.  Roll-up keyboards have been around for a while but these folks are taking it one step further. "Roll-up laptop displays and keyboards for more portable computing are just two of the proposed applications for a new "shape shifting" technology for solid structures developed at Cambridge University. According to Keith Seffen, an engineering lecturer at the university, "morphing" structures can be used to produce more flexible configurations for hard materials like metals without using complex parts or manufacturing processes. A specific area of interest is improving the portability of computer technology and to this end... Read more...
In response to the numerous reports of defective laptop batteries that could pose a fire hazard risk, Virgin Atlantic has banned the use of certain laptops from their flights. The ban covers certain Dell and Apple laptops, ones which contain the faulty batteries manufactured by Sony. The laptops are still permitted to be brought on the flight, though people are being asked to remove the battery before boarding the plane. "All seats in Virgin's Upper Class sections are supplied with power sockets allowing travellers in these cabins to plug in their laptop. Also some seats in Premium Economy in some newer Virgin aircraft also have power... Read more...
While you can't draw any conclusions based on a single, isolated instance like this, it is still interesting to see what happened to the underside of a Maxtor hard drive that seemed to have spontaneously combusted.  We're talking charbroiled here folks.  Actually, now that I look really close, it looks like something my wife could have cooked. "Dell batteries you say catch fire? Well don't worry about that Dell battery, look inside your PC case at your HDD, mine just went up in smoke and flames..."... Read more...
One thing hardware enthusiasts love is customizability. We want our computers to be different, to stand out from the crowd of boring OEM boxes, and to be personal. We love customizing our computers so much that many of us spend days, weeks, months and even years customizing and polishing our own rigs. Hardware manufacturers have not been blind to this phenomenon and they have since turned our desires into big business. All of this is possible thanks to industry standardization of just about every component found in a Desktop PC. Extensive standardization has made it possible to take the latest and greatest hardware right off the shelf and stick it into a chassis that's nearly a decade old,... Read more...
Intel(R) CoreTM2 Duo Processor Unified Brand Name For Upcoming PC, Laptop Processors New Brand, Common Microarchitecture Will Make it Easier for Computer Buyers to Choose a Great Computer; Developers to Design Software SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 8, 2006 - The Intel(R) CoreTM2 Duo processor is the new brand for Intel Corporation's upcoming powerful and more energy-efficient processor families for desktop and laptop computers that will arrive in the third quarter, the company announced today. Formerly codenamed Conroe and Merom, the Intel Core2 Duo processors for desktop and notebooks PCs respectively are based on the newly designed Intel(R) CoreTM microarchitecture and will include two processing... Read more...
Users may soon see flash-based disks in laptops and other mobile computers after Samsung announced that it has started offering a 32GB drive to customers. The South Korean technology company showed off its solid-state disk (SSD), a flash-memory based replacement for hard-disk drives, at the Cebit IT trade show in Hanover, Germany, earlier this month. On Tuesday, the company said it was already offering the drive to customers. The company expects the market for SSD drives to reach US$4.5 billion by 2010 thanks to the growth of mobile computing, according to Chang-Gyu Hwang, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Samsung's semiconductor... Read more...
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