Dell announced sales of Inspiron 4150 notebook with special color personalization kits including a cover and handpads.
Inspiron 4150 bases on 1.6/1.7/1.9 GHz Intel Pentium 4-M and Intel 845MP chipset, has 128MB RAM, 20GB hard disk, 14.1" TFT LCD screen (1024x768 max.) and 16MB Mobility Radeon 7500 graphics, 24x CD-ROM drive, floppy, USB and S-video ports, 56K modem and an Ethernet adapter.
The notebook will be shipped with pre-installed Windows XP Home Edition and cost about 180000 yen or $1500. Each color cover or handpad will cost 2500 yen or $21.
And another model is being prepared for sales. It features 14.1" 1400x1050 LCD panel, 8/24/10/24x DVD/CD-RW combo and built-in IEEE 802.11b. It will be available for sale with pre-installed Windows XP Professional.Samsung reported plans to use 1370x1670 mm glass substrates in its 6G TFT LCD production and standardize this size worldwide.
One 1370x1670 mm substrate yields to six 30" and sixteen 19" TFT LCD panels. Current 5G fabs utilize 1100x1250 mm substrates yielding to three 30" and nine 19", respectively.
For the first time we´ve been given a chance to see PCB layers themselves. They can be seen on the 3Dlabs VP870 professional graphics card.
We published photos of VP870 yesterday, and today we present the fragment of its PCB for you to see all the 8 layers through the unvarnished window.
Intel DDR chipsets to be released in the near future.
Can´t say readers will get to know much new from this table, still the comparative data clearly indicate that Intel doesn´t strive so much for DDR333 support, striving to 533 MHz FSB instead.
The second table is more detailed and informative, featuring known specifications of serial and yet unreleased RDRAM and DDR SDRAM chipsets: i845G, i845GL, i845E, i845GV, i845GE, i845PE, i850E, E7205 (Granite Bay) and of just codenamed Springdale-P and Springdale-G (the table is hyperlinked due to the size):
Audiovox offered its alternative RTM-8000 GSM/GPRS module.
RTM-8000 enables to call via GSM networks, supports SMS. It´s also said to call contacts and phonebooks due to pocket PC integration.
RTM-8000 operates in 3 frequency ranges: GSM 900/ DCS 1800/ PCS 1900 MHz. Working as a modem, it provides up to 14.4 Kbps connection, and supports fax (Group 3 / Class 2.0) capabilities. Still, the device requires a SIM card; itself it has Type-1 extended Compact Flash form-factor (62.5x42.8x9 mm).ASUS system boards.
A7N8X bases on nForce2 chipset, supports 200/266 MHz FSB AMD processors, has 3 DIMM sockets (up to 3GB of DDR400/333/266), AGP 8x Pro slot, 5 PCI slots, 2 Serial ATA ports (Silicon Image Sil3112), 2 LAN ports (MCP-T Southbridge), 6 USB 2.0 ports, 6-channel audio supporting Dolby Digital AC-3.
P4S8X Pentium 4 board bases on new SiS648/963 chipset bundle, supports 400/533 MHz FSB, 3 DIMM sockets (up to 3GB of DDR333/266), AGP 8x slot, 6 PCI slots, Promise PDC20376 IDE RAID chip, 2 Serial ATA ports, CMI9739 audio, LAN interface (RealTek).
aJile Systems plans to license its aJ-100WRP platform to developers of PDAs, smartphones, game consoles, mobile POS terminals, wireless tablets, etc.
The platform bases on the proprietary aJ-100 (its specifications are not unveiled even in the detailed .pdf document), has 8MB PSRAM, 8MB Flash ROM, 3.5" TFT LCD display supporting 320Θ240 (QVGA) and 65K color depth, wireless comm port (supporting dual-range GSM/GPRS or CDMA), MP3 decoder, FM synth, IEEE 1149 (JTAG), USB port, QWERTY keyboard, MMC and CompactFlash slot, IrDA port; supports CMOS cam, stereo headphones and mic.
The platform requires rechargeable Li-Ion batteries, works under Sun J2ME / CLDC / MIDP, and has a number of utililites pre-installed: MIDP application manager (JAM), address book, scheduler, calculator, clock, notebook, host sync, phonebook, call history, mail client, HTML browser, SMS client, a player for streaming video, MP3, MIDP games.Acer prepares to release two new PalmOS 4.1 PDAs S50 and S60.
New products will have LCD screens supporting 320 x 320 resolution and 4096 color per dot (and large icons similar to PalmOS 5.0), MemoryStick slot, 33 MHz Dragonball VZ, 16MB RAM and 8MB Flash ROM.
Models differ by a built-in mic and an MP3 player in S60. The size of new products is 122x78x13 mm, weight 145 g. Expected prices: about $292 for S50 and $382 for S60.
Source: Acer PDA User
According to provisional data, Intel isn´t going to reduce prices for several weeks. The closest price cut can happen with the announcement of new desktop 2.8 GHz Pentium 4.
Note that official wholesale prices are usually lower than retail and indicate only price reduction trends.
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