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Coinciding with the launch of their new HD 2000 series desktop parts today, AMD/ATI have also announced a new breed of ATI Mobility Radeon solutions, these essentially mobile variants of the HD 2000 series desktop family, bringing DX10 goodness to notebooks.
Beginning with the immediate availability of the Mobility Radeon HD 2300, this is the 90nm entry-level variant but it is said that the mid-range 65nm DX10 parts (being the Mobility Radeon HD 2400 and HD 2400 XT) will surface in July, and also the high-end Mobility Radeon HD 2600 and HD 2600 XT solutions.
The Dailytech have the rundown on them here folks.
For unparalleled graphics performance on the go, the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 series combines the ultimate DirectX® 10 gaming experiences with the graphics performance gamers demand in a high-end mobile system. Thin and light notebooks featuring ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400 series can multitask with ease using the new Windows Aero interface, run the hottest upcoming DirectX® 10 games or play exciting new HD DVD and Blu-Ray discs. Those in the market for a value notebook will enjoy great performance in Windows Vista and astonishing multimedia using the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2300. ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2000 products feature ATI Avivo HD technology and UVD to deliver outstanding HD DVD and Blu-ray disc playback, and ATI PowerPlay 7.0 power management for long battery life and optimized performance-per-watt operation.6
Notebooks from OEM partners including Acer, ASUS, Fujitsu, Fujitsu-Siemens Computers, Gateway, HP, LG, Packard Bell, Samsung, and Toshiba, and ODM whitebook partners including Arima, ASUS, ECS, First International Computer Inc., and MSI, will be available beginning in May.
If you thought Asus was the only company out there with a solution for external graphics cards for your notebook, think again. Magma has two products, although only one of them is likely to actually be able to accommodate a graphics cards. The Magma ExpressBox and Magma ExpressBox Pro are two external boxes that will take work in conjunction with an Express Card that slots into your notebooks Express Card slot or via an internal x1 PCI Express card in your PC. Although these solutions only work with single slot, sub 55W graphics cards that don't require an external power connector, so it's a slightly more limited solution than the XG station from Asus.
However, Magma is promising a tailor made solution for graphics cards that should make an appearance later this year. The biggest downside to either of these products is the steep price point, US$ 729 and $749 respectively, not exactly what you'd call cheap as you have to add the cost of whatever you want to put inside the box as well.
Have a look at Magma's product page for more information
A mob by the name of Cradia have just issued us with a PDF formatted document which details their new Flex cradia notebook stand, designed to keep your laptop running nice and cool with its massive 220mm fan whilst providing the user with a more comfortable working setup as well.
Though the next-gen 802.11N wireless standard technically hasnt even been finished yet, somehow D-Link are in a position to claim they're the first to release a device compatible with 802.11N, this being an ExpressCard based network adapter for notebooks.
Reg Hardware posted up some brief details on it here.
D-Link has begun shipping one of the first pre-standard 802.11n wireless networking adaptors that will slip into a notebook's ExpressCard slot.
The Xtreme N-branded DWA-643 is an ExpressCard 34 device so it should also fit into laptops with ExpressCard 54 bays. Alas, the the device only operates with Windows, so MacBook Pro owners who don't possess a Core 2 Duo-based model remain out in the cold as far as next-gen Wi-Fi goes.
A little unsatisfied with the quality / features of your notebook's built in audio? Creative come to the rescue there, with a new Express Card based X-Fi audio solution which features optical out/in jacks and a port for the breakout box to connect up your speakers.
Creative Labs may have the entire PC desktop market covered with its extensive X-Fi product family, but the company has yet to bring X-Fi to the notebook realm -- until now.
Creative's current top notebook offering is based on its previous generation Audigy family. The Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Notebook is a PCMCIA-based card that provides THX certified 24-bit Advanced HD audio and 7.1 surround sound.
Seagate have just expanded their Momentus notebook HDD family with the launch of a new 160GB 7200RPM drive, this also said to be more durable with their "Free-Fall" protection in the unfortunate case that the lappy may be dropped or some such.
DailyTech have more details on it here.
March 14, 2007 - Seagate Technology® has announced the worldwide distribution channel availability of the world's first 7200-RPM notebook PC hard drive to combine capacity-boosting perpendicular recording technology with free-fall protection for beefed-up laptop durability. Seagate's newest Momentus hard drive is also shipping to a major original equipment manufacturer. It will be available in Australia in the second quarter of 2007; pricing is yet to be confirmed.
"The growing number of computer users turning to laptops as their primary PCs want every inch of capacity, performance and durability they enjoy in their desktop systems," said Michael Wingert, Seagate executive vice president and general manager, Personal Compute Business. "The new Momentus 7200.2 hard drive epitomizes Seagate's focus on delivering cutting-edge storage technologies that make it easier to move, use and protect digital information in the home, in the office and on-the-go."
Hard drive manufacturer Fujitsu have announced a new notebook HDD dubbed the MHW2 BJ-series which is said to be a world's first in terms of its 2.5" size AND 7200rpm spindle speed, as well as support for 300MB/s SATA transfer rates. Also thanks to perpendicular recording, the drives capacity is right up there at 160GB too.
Tokyo, March 6, 2007 - Fujitsu Limited today announced the development of the new MHW2 BJ series of world's first(1) 7,200 rpm 2.5" hard disk drives (HDDs) with a serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s interface(2). Featuring the world's highest storage capacity of 160 GB(3) for a 7,200 rpm 2.5" HDD, the new series is targeted primarily at high-performance notebook PCs. The new series will be available on global basis at the end of May, 2007.
In addition to achieving the world's leading storage capacity, MHW2160BJ is capable of data transmission speeds at up to 300 MB/s, the fastest rate in the industry. The series also features best-in-class acoustic noise level of 2.5 bels(4) at idle, and low-power consumption, operating at 2.3 watts or less when reading or writing data.
Hexus have just posted up some exclusive content in relation to an external graphics card solution being worked on by AMD/ATI for notebook PCs. They call it the "Lasso", and it will allow one to make use of not just one PCIe based graphics card with their notebook, but several in fact.
Portable computers can compete quite well against desktops in terms of performance, even at the high end, if you like your laptop heavy, but one area where they slip behind is graphics. Not any more, if ATI's Lasso can deliver what we think it can.
Fitting one, let alone two high end graphics cards into a laptop, and then powering them is, well... a bit of a bugger. What would be really cool is if the GPUs could be housed externally, interfacing with the laptop rather than residing within it. "But wait Steve, we've already seen such a solution" you shout, yes? Indeed the ASUS XG station strives to do that for lappies with ExpressCard slots. ATI's working on a little something of its own, however.
This isnt all too disimilar to that of the ASUS XG station, first shown off in prototype format at CES recently. The DailyTech actually have a fresh article up which goes into a lot more detail about the device, as it nears its official OEM launch next month.
Notebook users rejoice: ASUS is set to produce its XG Station external graphics card for notebooks. ASUS previously pulled the wraps off the XG Station at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year. The XG Station will not have retail availability, however, ASUS plans to ship the XG Station to OEMs and channel partners.
ASUS will not sell the XG Station as a barebones external graphics card enclosure. Instead, ASUS will bundle the XG Station with ASUS PCIe graphics cards. Pricing on XG Stations will vary depending on the bundled graphics card.
Intel have just officially launched their new "Wireless-N" networking standard (or 802.11n) offering up to five times the performance and twice the wireless range along with better battery life to boot. The press material also briefs us on their new "Connect With Centrino" program which ultimately provides assurance in terms of networking compatibility and performance in line with certified leading access points.
For full details, have a read of the announcement over at this section of Intel's website.
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 users up to five times** the performance and twice the wireless range - while providing up to an extra hour of notebook battery life when compared to existing Draft-N products.**
This would have to be one of the most eye-opening pieces of technology on display at CES thus far. ASUS have just come up with a solution for being able to easily upgrade the graphics card in your notebook. It's something i'm sure many of you have thought of in the past, and wondered if it would ever show up.... Sure enough, it's an external graphics card system (dubbed the XG Station) which connects to notebooks featuring the ExpressCard system and provides an equivilent to the PCI Express X16 slots available in desktop PCs.
Taipei, Taiwan, January 6, 2007 -ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS), the leading provider of high-performance graphics solutions, today launched the XG Station as the industry's first public demonstration of the world's first external graphics card station for notebook computers. Equipped with Express Card interface, USB 2.0 and Dolby headphones, the XG station seamlessly integrates notebook computing with PC graphics power.
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As technology advances to accommodate all aspects of modern life styles, digital devices are often merged or connected for a combined maximum benefit. As with the case of mobile notebook computing and high powered 3D gaming or multimedia experience, a balance is established with the exclusive ASUS XG Station.