MSI is tweaking Santa Rosa

Subject: Mobile | June 29, 2007 - 02:04 PM |
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The MSI PR200 is based on the Santa Rosa design, which has replaced the aging Centrino design.  One of the more interesting things about this laptop is it's 3DMark score.  Even though this is more of a productivity laptop than a gaming machine, it manages to beat the Santa Rosa reference by about 17% on 3DMark06.  With it's 210 minute battery life, you might even have time to get a little gaming in between presentations.  Get the full story at the Hardware Zone.

NotePal Series - NotePal Infinite

Subject: Mobile | June 29, 2007 - 12:22 PM |
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As the world's leading brand in thermal management, Cooler Master has devoted itself to notebook product development for several years, constantly pioneering new solutions through its NotePal series. Cooler Master is very excited to introduce its latest achievement in the NotePal series, the NotePal Infinite, designed with a truly innovative cooling principle, which promises to offer a more stable and comfortable environment for your mobile work and entertainment.

All this begins from the desire to resolve the increasing hassles from multiple heat sources in today’s notebooks.

Soccer moms need laptops too

Subject: Mobile | June 25, 2007 - 04:55 PM |
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HP's dv6500t's feature set is almost boring compared to most laptops hitting the market these days, but then how many people really need that ASUS Lamborghini?  When you consider it in the same light as a ThinkPad, you start to get an idea what HP is thinking.  It is highly customizable, with either a C2D T7300 or T7100, it supports up to 4Gb of DDR2-400/533/667 in dual channel mode, and either Intel's GMA X3100 or an nVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS.  If you are looking for flexibility and power, and as few extras as possible

Source: AnandTech

Turning memory into a multilayer cake

Subject: Mobile | June 20, 2007 - 06:53 PM |
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New with the Santa Rosa chipset is a feature called Intel Turbo Memory, which is flash-based memory designed to cache data, and allow the hard drive to spin down, thus saving energy and extending your battery life.  AnandTech tries it out to see just what effect it has, if any.  As well they contrast it with Vista's RedayBoost technology, which while similar focuses more on performance enhancement than battery extension.

Source: AnandTech

AMD's new attack cat

Subject: Mobile | June 18, 2007 - 02:47 PM |
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The news on the mobile front from AMD is their Puma platform, based around their upcoming socket AM3 Griffin CPU , the RS780 northbridge, and the SB700 southbridge.  It will still utilize DDR2 on a HyperTransport 3.0 bus, offering 2.6GHz 16-bit scalable link.   Sticking with their main game plan in 2007, we will see significantly reduced power consumption, including the ability to separate the voltages supplied to each core in the CPU.  Read the full art

Source: Ars Technica

NVIDIA Unleashes Highest Performance DirectX 10 GPU for Notebooks

Subject: Mobile | June 14, 2007 - 11:36 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - June 12, 2007 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced the GeForce 8700M GT graphics processing unit (GPU) for notebook PCs, a new high-end GPU designed for the most demanding notebook users.  The GeForce 8700M GT GPU extends the award-winning GeForce 8M Series product line to include high-performance notebooks, continuing five generations of leadership for the highest performance notebooks on the market.

NVIDIA GeForce 8700M GT The GeForce 8700M GT GPU, the newest and fastest GPU in the GeForce 8M

Source: NVIDIA

Year of the UMPC

Subject: Mobile | June 13, 2007 - 11:47 AM |
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This may not be the year in which the UMPC catches on as a mainstream consumer product, but it is certainly a year that has seen these ultra mobile platforms make huge leaps forward.  It was the main focus of this years VIA Tech Forum, which VIA Arena participated in.  They have posted a video of the keynote speech, as well as embedding slides from other presentations, all about the new NanoBook.  This will be VIA's reference design for all UMPCs in the next while and will influence most of their mobile prod

Source: VIA Arena

VIA to Define Mobility 2.0 with Revolutionary New VIA NanoBook UMD Reference

Subject: Mobile | June 8, 2007 - 11:14 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 05 June 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator
and developer of silicon chip technologies and device platform solutions,
will unveil the new VIA NanoBook UMD (Ultra Mobile Device) Reference Design
at VTF2007 on 6 June 2007 in Taipei.

Designed to meet the needs of today's Mobility 2.0 lifestyle, the VIA
NanoBook packs the performance, connectivity and functionality of a notebook
PC into a sleek and light ultra portable clamshell form factor that weighs
less than 850g.

Source: VIA Arena

Lenovo goes Santa Rosa

Subject: Mobile | June 5, 2007 - 03:50 PM |
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The ThinkPad series has been updated with new models, the T61 & R61 as well as the X61 & X61s.  XYZ Computing has had the pleasure of trying out both the ultra mobile X61s as well as the larger X61.  They include all of the features you would expect the successor of the X60 series to have, as well as some handy new features.  Not to mention updated hardware.

TV for your cellphone

Subject: Mobile | June 1, 2007 - 02:42 PM |
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MobiTV is the new way to get TV on your cell phone, and they offer service in the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and the UK.  Ars Technica tried out the service on Cingular, and found 43 channels to watch while on the go.  As you might expect, changing channels takes a bit of waiting, as it has to find that signal, but there was some onerous waiting times for Ars when they were simply watching a program.  Get more info on the service in the full article.

Source: Ars Technica