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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.
Engage Mobility with Powerful Graphics Processing
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.
Antec have just released a new variant of their original "Notebook Cooler" product, this dubbed the "Notebook Cooler S". As the little brother to the original model, it's ideal for those traveling on a regular basis with their lappies, and gives them the choice to adjust the cooling performance/noise levels depending on the environment they're in.
For more info, grab Antec's official PR folks.
Fremont, CA - December 13, 2006 - Antec, Inc., the leading global brand of high-performance computer components for the PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, has released Notebook Cooler S, a small portable laptop cooler that effectively prevents overheating and associated problems, and NP-100, a high-capacity notebook power adapter that increases the life of laptop batteries.
Notebook Cooler S, the little brother to the original Notebook Cooler, is ideal for notebook users who travel frequently with their laptops. The lightweight cooler uses two quiet, ball-bearing blowers to direct cool air across the base of the laptop as it rests on the device. Notebook Cooler S saves users the worry of malfunction due to overheating, protecting components and prolonging the life of laptops and the valuable information stored on them.
In typical L style, the ultra luxurious computer making company are planning to soon release the most extreme laptop yet, one with no less then two quad-core CPUs. Thats right, 8 cores of powah folks. The CPUs in question will be a couple of Xeon 5300-series ones totalling 8MBs of L2 cache. If that isnt enough to knock your socks off, it will also apparently come with up to 8GB of system memory, and an NVIDIA Quadro FX 2500M 512MB graphics solution, not to mention a nice big 17" LCD with 1920x1200 res and many more goodies (swappable HD-DVD and Blu-ray devices etc.).
L Computers International, a supplier of personal computers known for promising very advanced technologies, announced that its new limited edition Hollywood Pro X8 laptop will feature two quad-core central processing units (CPUs), thus providing users the power of eight processing engines.
The company said its new Hollywood Pro X8 laptop will feature two Intel Xeon 5300-series microprocessors with four processing cores and 8MB of level-two cache in total, up to 8GB of PC2-5300 (DDR2 667MHz) memory, up to 160GB hard disk drive, Nvidia Quadro FX 2500M 512MB graphics accelerator and a 17" liquid crystal display with 1920x1200 resolution. The company said the new notebooks will feature "a suite of available optical drives from high-speed multi-format/dual-layer DVD burner to future HD-DVD and Blu-Ray swappable devices".
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