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Intel Expands 2010 Intel Core Processor Family to Ultra-Thin Laptops

Seagate Delivers Its Fastest Laptop HDD: Momentus XT Solid State Hybrid Drive



Intel Expands 2010 Intel Core Processor Family to Ultra-Thin Laptops

Intel Corporation introduced new Intel Core processors today, extending the availability of its Intel Core processor family to more ultra-thin laptops. Based on Intel's 32nm technology manufacturing, the processors are more than 32% smaller and are claimed to deliver 32% better performance, all in a lightweight, sleek design. These new processors are also claimed to reduce power consumption more than 15%.


Processor Number Base Clock Speed, GHz Turbo Frequency, GHz Cores/Threads Intel Smart Cache Graphics Frequency, MHz 1ku Boxed Pricing
Intel Core i7-660UM 1.33 Up to 2.40 2/4 4M 166-500 $305
Intel Core i5-540UM 1.20 Up to 2.00 2/4 3M 166-500 $241
Intel Core i5-430UM 1.20 Up to 1.73 2/4 3M 166-500 n/a
Intel Core i3-330UM 1.20 n/a 2/4 3M 166-500 n/a
Intel Pentium Processor U5400 1.20 n/a 2/2 3M 166-500 n/a
Intel Celeron Processor U3400 1.06 n/a 2/2 2M 166-500 $134

Processors that feature Intel Turbo Boost Technology will automatically accelerate performance, adjusting to the workload to give users an immediate performance boost when needed. Intel Hyper-Threading Technology, available in Intel Core i7, Intel Core i5 and Intel Core i3 processors, provides responsiveness and helps reduce latency when performing several tasks simultaneously. With Intel HD Graphics, the processors deliver clear visuals, vibrant colors and smooth high-definition video and audio playback.

In addition, the recently announced Mobile Intel 5 Series Chipset designed for use with the ULV-based laptops expands support for multiple video and audio options, enhanced data and PC protection with Intel Anti-Theft Technology and data protection for users' digital assets.

More than 40 designs are expected from computer makers such as Acer, Asus, Lenovo and MSI, and will be offered at a variety of price points beginning in June.

Source: Intel Corporation


Seagate Delivers Its Fastest Laptop HDD: Momentus XT Solid State Hybrid Drive

Seagate today announced shipments of the Momentus XT drive, its fastest 2.5-inch laptop PC hard drive, combining SSD-like performance with the massive capacity and much lower cost of HDDs. The Momentus XT drive also features Adaptive Memory -- a new proprietary technology that learns and optimizes the drive's performance to each user by moving frequently used information into the flash memory for faster access. The Momentus XT solid state hybrid drive is claimed to boot up to 100% faster than traditional 5400RPM drives.



Today's high-performance SSDs for mobile computing cost as much as 10 times more than hard disk drives of the same capacity, with the price of a 250GB SSD outstripping even the cost of many laptop PCs. As a result, most consumers and system builders are unwilling or unable to pay the high price for the greater speed and quiet operations of SSDs. Additionally, SSDs offer fewer capacity options than hard disk drives.

The Momentus XT drive is a best-of-both-worlds solution that combines a 7200RPM spin speed, 4GB of solid state memory and Seagate's Adaptive Memory technology to deliver improved hard drive performance. The Adaptive Memory technology works by identifying patterns in how often certain digital data is used, and then moving the most frequently used information to the embedded solid state memory for faster access, effectively tailoring hard drive performance to each user and their applications.

ASUS has also announced that it will offer the Momentus XT drive as an upgrade option for its new Republic of Gamers (ROG) G73Jh notebook. The system is powered by an Intel i7 720Qm quad-core processor, 8GB of DDR3 memory, and DX11 capable ATI Radeon Mobility HD 5870.

The Momentus XT drive installs as easily as a traditional 9.5mm-high notebook drive for new systems or laptop upgrades and, unlike early hybrid drives, operates independently of the operating system and the motherboard chipset.

In addition to the laptop drive, Seagate is also delivering an addition to the mainstream Momentus series. This new Momentus 750GB drive is a traditional hard disk drive for mainstream to high-performance machines and external backup enclosures. The Momentus 750GB drive also features a SATA 3Gb/s interface with NCQ, 16MB cache, silent acoustics and low power consumption.

Specifications:

  • Model Number: ST95005620AS, ST93205620AS, ST92505610AS
  • Interface: SATA 3Gb/s
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Capacity: 500GB, 320GB, 250GB
  • Areal density (avg): 394Gb/in2
  • Guaranteed Sectors 976,773,168
  • 9.7mm (0.378 in) x 70.10mm (2.76 in) x 100.55mm (3.959 in) @ 110g (.238 lb)
  • Spin Speed: 7200 RPM
  • Average latency: 4.17ms
  • Random read seek time: 11ms
  • Random write seek time: 13ms
  • I/O data transfer rate: 300MB/s
  • Unrecoverable read errors: 1 in 1014
  • Annual failure rate: 0.5%
  • 5V start max current: 1.0A
  • Average idle power: 0.8W
  • Average operating power: 1.1W
  • Average seek power: 2.2W
  • Operating temp. 0 ~ 60C
  • Nonoperating temp. -40 ~ 70C
  • Maximum operating temperature change: 20C per hour
  • Maximum nonoperating temperature change: 35C per hour
  • Operating shock (max.): 350 Gs for 2ms
  • Nonoperating shock (max.): 1000 Gs for 1ms
  • Acoustics (idle volume): 2.3 bels
  • Acoustics (seek volume): 2.6 bels

Source: Seagate


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