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Hitachi unveils its new FLORA 220W/270W notebooks

Creative NOMAD MuVo2 — a 4GB model for the New Year

T-Cube: an orange-sized desktop

ATI plans to use high-end GPUs in desknotes

Hitachi unveils its new FLORA 220W/270W notebooks

Hitachi unveiled two notebook series for corporate users, FLORA 220W and FLORA 270W, scheduled for sale to January 9, 2004.

FLORA 220W includes models with 12.1" WXGA (1280x800) LCDs. The 1.5GHz Pentium M should arrive on the date mentioned, while the 2nd model on Mobile Celeron 800A with reduced energy consumption is to arrive on January 16. Other features are identical:

  • 256MB PC2700 (up to 768MB)
  • 30GB HDD
  • 24x CD-ROM
  • i855GME chipset
  • 1 x PC Card Type II
  • 1 x CF Type II
  • LAN
  • V.90 modem
  • 3 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 x 4-pin IEEE 1394
  • 15-pin D-Sub
  • Li-Ion battery, 2.6-hour uptime (2.7 hours for the Celeron model)
  • 296.8x215x29.3mm
  • 1.83kg

Optionally systems might feature optical drives, etc.

As for the FLORA 270W series, it now includes a slim model with 15" XGA (1024x768) LCD that features i855GM chipset, 1.4GHz Pentium M, 256MB PC2100 (up to 1GB). Similar to the models above, FLORA 270W slim will have 30GB HDD and 24x CD-ROM.

Model interfaces include 2 x PC Card Type II, Ethernet, 3 x USB 2.0, 1 x 4-pin IEEE1394, 15-pin D-Sub, LPT, COM, etc. The Li-Ion battery provides about 2 hours of uptime. Sized 330x281x33.2mm, it weighs 2.8kg.

Options include optical combos, V.90 modem, USB Bluetooth V.1.1, etc.

Source: PC Watch

Creative NOMAD MuVo2 — a 4GB model for the New Year

Creative Technology decided to make such a present for the New Year and introduced a new MP3 player, NOMAD MuVo2, with 4GB memory capacity with the MSRP of $300. As the 4GB model announcement is linked to the older model specs at Creative´s NOMADWorld, we suppose the novelty differs only by the increased capacity and also the weight (the 1.5GB model weighed about 90g with its battery).

Interface USB 2.0
Codecs MP3, WMA, WAV
Memory 4GB
Power removable Li-Ion battery
Uptime Up to 14 hours of playback
Size 66.5x67x20mm
SNR Up to 98dB
Output power 1x1/8" stereo minijack, 30W
THD < 0.05%

T-Cube: an orange-sized desktop

At TRON 2004 that took place in Japan these days Japanese Personal Media showcased its T-Cube PC operating under the T-Engine OS.

T-Engine is a project focused on the development of a standard OS for networked PCs that was launched in Japan in 2002. The OS resembles Windows (or the X Window interface).

The T-Cube bases on the NEC VR5701 CPU. Intended for the Chinese market (supporting Multi- and Super-Chinese characters), the novelty should arrive for sale in Q1 2004.

ATI plans to use high-end GPUs in desknotes

As stated in the header, ATI is going to use its high-end GPUs with up to 15W heat power in desknotes. In 2004 ATI´s mobile GPUs will support PCI Express and DirectX9. Besides, it plans to start producing using the low-k technology to reduce the energy consumption at the same clock speeds.

  GPUs Mobile GPUs
High End R423 (PCI Express x16)
R420 (AGP8X)
a variant of R423
Mainstream R380 (PCI Express x16)
RV380 (PCI Express x16)
R370 (PCI Express x16)
RV370 (PCI Express x16)
a variant of RV380 (M11?)
a variant of RV370 (M10+?)
DirectX DX9+(Shader 3.0)

Source: PC Watch, VR-Zone

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