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Lenovo Introduces ThinkPad Tablet PC

Intel Unveils Quad-Core Xeon 5300 and Core 2 Extreme Processors

Apacer Introduces New DDR2-667/533 MHz 2GB SODIMM Modules

Toshiba Launches Second-Generation HD DVD Players

Lenovo Introduces ThinkPad Tablet PC

Lenovo announced the ThinkPad X60 Tablet with two new screen choices and other innovative features, such as MultiView/MultiTouch screen.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X60 Tablet's new 12-inch MultiView indoor/outdoor, anti-reflective/anti-glare display helps increase viewability in multiple environments. This screen choice comes combined with the new MultiTouch feature that allows users to move the cursor with their pen or finger, making interaction with the ThinkPad Tablet PC a natural fit.

The MultiView/MultiTouch screen has 170-degree viewing angle and SXGA+ resolution.

The ThinkPad X60 Tablets come equipped with Lenovo’s patent-pending Active Rotate function. With Active Rotate, the screen immediately orients to the user, no matter which direction it turns. The ThinkPad X60 Tablet's design also focuses on improving more traditional tablet features like navigational tools and the pen. Now a redesigned navigational dial lets users move easily in four directions, and it even remaps keys so "up" is always "up" as the user changes orientation with Active Rotate. Also, a new, more natural and durable pen resumes from suspend mode automatically when a user removes it from its cradle. An enhanced digital microphone repositioned on the front bezel enables accurate voice recognition and rounds out the ThinkPad X60 Tablet's sensory improvements.

The ThinkPad X60 Tablet's design also includes memory, a larger hard drive and longer battery life than Lenovo's previous Tablet PC. Selected models also support 802.11n technology and feature embedded WWAN cards.

Pricing for the ThinkPad X60 Tablet starts at $1,799. The ThinkPad X60 Tablet will be available for shipping in early December with selected models available immediately for pre-ordering.

Source: Lenovo

Intel Unveils Quad-Core Xeon 5300 and Core 2 Extreme Processors

Intel Corporation yesterday unveiled Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5300 and Intel Core 2 Extreme quad-core processor families.

Four Intel Xeon processors were launched at clock speeds ranging from 1.60GHz to 2.66GHz, with front side bus speeds ranging from 1066MHz to 1333MHz, and thermal design power (TDP) of either 80 watts or a performance-optimized 120 watt option. In the first quarter next year, Intel will launch two more quad-core Xeon processors – a low-voltage version for ultra-dense deployments with a TDP of only 50 watts and a processor designed for single-socket workstations and servers.

The Intel Core 2 Extreme quad-core processor QX6700 is available at 2.66GHz with a 1066MHz FSB. It runs on Intel’s existing 975X Express chipset family.

The company plans to offer a mainstream quad-core processor starting in the first quarter next year under the Intel Core 2 Quad processor brand name.

Pricing and availability:

  • Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor X5355 2.66GHz 1333MHz 8MB 120W - $1172
  • Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor E5345 2.33GHz 1333MHz 8MB 80W - $851
  • Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor E5320 1.86GHz 1066MHz 8MB 80W - $690
  • Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor E5310 1.60GHz 1066MHz 8MB 80W - $455
  • Intel Core 2 Extreme quad-core processor QX6700 2.66GHz 1066MHz 8MB 130W - $999

Source: Intel Corporation

Apacer Introduces New DDR2-667/533 MHz 2GB SODIMM Modules

Apacer Technology Inc. is launching a new generation of DDR2-667/533 MHz 2GB SODIMM modules targeting high-end notebook computers. Novelties are fully compatible with mainstream notebook computers such as Acer, IBM, HP, DELL, ASUS, MSI, etc. as well as Apple's Mac Pro, iMac, MacBook, and the Mac mini.

The 200-pin packaged DDR2 SODIMMs are structured in a 256 MB x 8 chip stack organization using high-grade Samsung memory chips. The DDR2 SODIMMs back energy-efficient platforms through low power, 1.8V operation. Suitable for fast and convenient installation in compact systems, these DDR2 SODIMMs implement a Fine Ball Grid Array (FBGA) PCB architecture that is 30 mm (1.181") tall.

The new modules are backed by Apacer's lifetime warranty and support.

Source: Apacer Technology Inc.

Toshiba Launches Second-Generation HD DVD Players

Toshiba Corporation today announced the launch of its second generation HD DVD players in the Japanese market. The company will roll out two new players, HD-XF2 and HD-XA2, from late December.

The new HD DVD players are smaller and offer improved speed in loading and response times over the HD-XA1, the first HD DVD player, brought to market by Toshiba in March 2006. The new high-end HD-XA2 supports Deep Color technology, an optional standard under HDMI that improves representation of color tones and achieves finer color gradation. HD-XA2 also provides support for the 1080p output.

Both players offer advanced navigation and interactive features. A Picture in Picture (PIP) function include the ability to play supplementary video over the main program, allowing viewers to watch bonus content, such as a superimposed director's commentary or a documentary about the making of the movie, while the movie plays. The players' "pop-up menu" displays movie chapters with thumbnails while the movie plays, and allows users to navigate menu features without pausing playback.

The new players support surround-sound formats, including Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD, and also support linear PCM 5.1ch audio. Up-conversion of standard DVD to a resolution of 1080i or 720p (1080p for HD-XA2) through an HDCP-capable HDMI output allows viewers to enjoy their current DVD libraries with an output resolution scaled to match their resolution of their HDTV or HD displays.

The new HD DVD players comply with the European Union's RoHS directive, which came into force in July 2006.

More features:

  • More compact body with faster response.
    At 65.5mm, HD-XF2 achieves the industry lowest height of any next generation digital high-definition player. The players operate faster, including start-up time.
  • High definition picture output with up-converter and HDMI output.
    Through the HDMI interface, high-definition pictures stored on a disc can be displayed digitally in HD, on digital TVs and displays that incorporate HDCP capable HDMI input. Such TVs include Toshiba's new LCD TV REGZA Z2000 series. Through the HDMI interface, standard definition DVDs can be up-converted to an output resolution of 720p or 1080i (1080p for HD-XA2), to complement the performance of a HDTV. HD-XA2 integrates a 1080p compatible up-scaler and a high performance IP converter that supports Deep Color technology to achieve finer color gradation.
  • 4x oversampling (HD-XA2).
    HD-XA2 incorporates a 297MHz/12bit video DAC to support 4x oversampling of 74.25MHz, a sampling frequency for the HD image, and to achieve high-definition picture quality with less noise, even when connected to a TV through D output and component output.
  • Advanced surround-sound formats.
    The new HD DVD players incorporate Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD, advanced surround-sound formats. Both players support PCM5.1ch output through HDMI output, and HD-XA2 integrates analog 5.1ch output, allowing consumers to connect the player to an AV amplifier.


Source: Toshiba Corporation

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