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NEC LaVie Light: a New Challenge to Netbooks?

NVIDIA Stays in the Chipset Market, Prepares New Solution for AMD Platform

New MacBooks in High Resolution

Samsung Electronics Showcases the First Color Carbon Nanotube-based Electrophoretic Display

NEC LaVie Light: a New Challenge to Netbooks?

Japanese NEC joined the netbook race with its new LaVie Light. Some sources believe this might be a challenge to other major companies and their products.

The novelty looks stylish, withstands the pressure of up to 150 kg and has the following specs:

  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3
  • 8.9" 1024x600 display
  • Intel Atom N270 CPU
  • 160GB HDD
  • 1GB RAM
  • Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11b/g)
  • 1.3-Mp webcam
  • SD card reader
  • 3 x USB ports
  • NX Pad - a sliding pad with the gesture recognition feature
  • 250 x 176.5 x 31.3-36.5mm dimensions
  • 1.17 kg weight

It also supports "Power Off USB recharging function" for charging digital gadgets via USB ports even when the notebook is turned off.

The device also has the LaVie Light Menu providing fast 1-click access to the most frequently used software.

The price of LaVie Light has not been disclosed yet, but it's expected to be like that of its competitors.

Sources: Akihabaranews, CDRInfo

NVIDIA Stays in the Chipset Market, Prepares New Solution for AMD Platform

NVIDIA's recent actions obviously disprove summer rumors about company's possible withdrawal from the core logic market. As you might know NVIDIA has just recently released the GeForce 9300 desktop chipset with an integrated graphics core for Intel platforms and a similar mobile solution GeForce 9400M.

According to the source, company's further plans include developing a solution for AMD platform that will replace MCP72. Codenamed "MCP82," this chipset series will belong to the performance segment, supporting AM3, AM2+ and AM2 sockets.

For now, we know of two modifications: MCP82-S1 and MCP82-S2, specs shown on the provided illustration. As you can see, MCP82 chipsets will feature integrated graphics cores supporting SLI, DirectX 10, Hybrid SLI and PureVideo HD.

Another important feature of MCP82 will be support of the ACC technology called to uncover AMD Phenom's clock rate potential. As you might know, this feature is supported by the AMD SB750 Southbridge, a part of the AMD 790GX platform, as well as NVIDIA MCP72/78 chipset series (though in the latter case, addition of such a feature is up to motherboard makers).

MCP82 chip has the same size as MCP72, which should simplify development of new motherboards. According to the source, MCP82 samples have already been shipped to NVIDIA partners. As for the mass production, it's scheduled to start in January 2009.

Source: Expreview

New MacBooks in High Resolution

AppleInsider published three images galleries dedicated to new MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks:

Besides, iFixit published a high-res gallery of dismantling new MacBook and MacBook Pro.

Samsung Electronics Showcases the First Color Carbon Nanotube-based Electrophoretic Display

Unidym, a majority-owned subsidiary of Arrowhead Research Corporation, announced today that Samsung Electronics demonstrated the world's first carbon nanotube-based color active matrix electrophoretic display (EPD) e-paper at the International Meeting on Information Display (iMiD) in Korea. The new color e-paper device is a 14.3" format display and is the result of an ongoing joint development program between Samsung Electronics and Unidym. The e-paper device uses a carbon nanotube (CNT) transparent electrode developed by Unidym.

EPD's offer inherent advantages over traditional flat panel displays due to their low power consumption and bright light readability, making them well suited for handheld and mobile applications. Since they can be produced on thin, flexible substrates, EPD's also are ideally suited for use in e-paper applications. Unlike conventional flat panel displays, EPD's rely on reflected light, and can retain text or images without constant refreshing, thereby dramatically reducing power consumption.

Source: Unidym

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