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ViewSonic Announces New ViewBooks and an All-in-one PC

ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual display, computing and digital content solutions, today announced the commercial availability of three new mobile and desktop PC products previewed at CES 2010 to meet every individual's computing needs. "Our new mobile and desktop PC products truly speak to our green computing initiative," said Sally Wang, ViewSonic's senior director of product marketing. "Whether it's the energy-efficient processors, sleek plastic saving designs, or minimized use of cables and other excessive materials, our ULV notebooks and All-in-One PCs are the smarter solution."

MSI Unveils the X-Slim X360 Notebook Featuring Intel Core i5 ULV Processor

MSI's X-Slim X360, with the Intel Arrandale ULV processor, comes equipped with the Intel Core i5 processor with Intel's Turbo Boost and Hyper-Threading technology for excellent processing performance and up to 9 hours of battery life. Graced with MSI's exclusive stylish rhombic pattern, the X360 is the apex in slim computer technology.

The X360, the latest step in the evolution of MSI's beautiful X-Slim series of notebooks, comes with the Intel Arrandale ULV processor to provide outstanding performance with a longer-lasting, more environmentally friendly battery. The X360 comes with the Intel Core i5 processor with Intel Turbo Boost and Hyper-Threading technology. The Intel HM55 chipset gives the X360 high-quality audio/video performance and 9 hours of ultra-long battery life.

VIA Revolutionizes Compact Embedded Design with the World's First Mobile-ITX Module

VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA-T700: the first product based on the recently announced Mobile-ITX form factor. Measuring a mere 6cm x 6cm, the VIA EPIA-T700 is a uniquely compact computer-on-module that is designed for a range of ultra-compact embedded devices in medical, military and in-vehicle applications.

Designed to deliver a simple modular approach to device design that precipitates greater miniaturization and portability, the Mobile-ITX-based VIA EPIA-T700 makes it easier than ever before to design and manufacture compact devices. With customized carrier boards connected using ultra low profile 3mm connectors, the VIA EPIA-T700 is in a class of its own.

MSI Unveils the X-Slim X420, Boasting the Allure of Urban Fashion

MSI's latest ultra-thin and lightweight X-Slim Series of the dual-core model, X420, features the Intel CULV ultra-portable and energy-efficient platform equipped with the Intel Core 2 Duo processor together with ATI's Mobility Radeon HD5430 3D external display adapter (with built-in 1GB DDR3 VRAM), SRS-certified audio, as well as a battery life that lasts up to 9 hours.

MSI Director of Marketing Sam Chern points out that the X-Slim X420 is MSI's latest 14-inch ultra-thin notebook that carries on X-Slim Series' fine tradition of thin and elegant design. Weighing only 1.88kg, the entire unit is no more than one inch thick. The exterior of the new generation X420 is decorated with many new fashion elements. MSI's exclusive textured pattern color film print coating is used, the cover is treated with translucent Cappuccino Brown color, and the palm rest area is coated with golden film. The entire unit from the inside out is imbued with a bright and smooth pearl texture, redefining the new standard for notebook fashion.

NEC Readies Windows 7 and CULV powered LaVie M

NEC's newest ultraportable jumps onto the CULV bandwagon. The chic LaVie M ultra-thin laptop is a tiny but capable machine in the 13.3 inch form-factor. The screen has a native resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. It is powered by an Intel Celeron SU2300 1.20 GHz processor aided by 2 or 4 GB of memory, and provides 320 GB of storage. Connectivity options include Bluetooth V2.1+ EDR, WIFI BGN, HDMI Out. The fruition of the CULV technology here is its battery life of up to 8.5 hours. The LaVie M is expected to debut in Japan in early November, it comes with Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed. Chassis colour options include red, black, and white.

Fujitsu Unveils CULV 11.6 inch LOOX C Netbooks

Fujitsu Japan introduced its stylish new FMV LOOX C 11.6 inch netbook series. These are powered by Intel's CULV Core 2 Duo and Celeron processors depending on the variants. The specifications include a 11.6 inch display with 1366 x 768 pixel native resolution, the Intel GS45 Express chipset houses Intel GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics. The higher-end LOOX C/E70 sports a Core 2 Duo SU9400 1.40 GHz processor, while the C/E50 has a Celeron SU2300 1.20 GHz processor. While the former comes with a rated battery life of 9.2 hours, the latter has 6.2 hours of it. Both come with 2 GB of DDR2 memory, and 320 GB of storage.

Connectivity options on the LOOX C include Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, and D-Sub to connect to displays. The card-reader is its only removable storage, while three USB ports allow for more storage devices. The C/E50 goes on sale in Japan this 22nd, for 80,000 JPY (around US $890), while the C/E70 comes a little later on the 29th, priced under 100,000 JPY (US $1,113).

Toshiba Announces Stylish Satellite T130 and T110 Intel CULV Powered Laptops

Toshiba UK today announced the Satellite T110 and T130 - the first Toshiba laptops to feature Intel CULV (Consumer Ultra Low Voltage) processors, designed to offer the performance and functionality of full-sized laptops with portability and a battery life of up to eleven hours.

The Satellite T-series is the perfect balance of thin and light eye-catching design, portability, extensive connectivity and stunning battery performance, at an affordable price point. Consumers have a choice of sizes and colour options - the T130 is available with a 13.3'' screen, whilst the smaller T110 offers an 11.6" alternative. The T130 will be available in the Satellite Pro range for business users.

VIA EPIA-P720 Brings Fanless HD Video Playback to Pico-ITX

VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA-P720 Pico-ITX board, which takes advantage of the latest VIA VX855 media system processor to deliver stunningly smooth playback of the latest HD video formats for next-generation digital interactive devices.

"VIA continually strives to offer customers compelling product designs that open up new worlds of possibility," said Daniel Wu, Vice President, VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. "The VIA EPIA-P720 enables a new class of extremely compact embedded devices that can comfortably handle the most demanding video playback whilst remaining entirely fanless. No other compact platform currently offers these features in tandem."

Acer Readies Ferrari One Ultraportable

Acer has a history of designing Ferrari-branded notebooks powered by AMD processors. The newest in the league is the ultraportable Acer Ferrari One. This is one of the first implementations of AMD's Congo notebook platform that makes use of ULV tech friendly AMD Athlon X2 L310 dual-core processor clocked at 1.20 GHz, ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics and a 11.6 inch 1366 x 768 pixel screen. The biggest selling point besides the Ferrari branding, colours and is its ultra-thin chassis that looks to have a dash of carbon fiber. Other specs include WiFi, HSDPA/3G, gigabit Ethernet, and a 6-cell battery. Slated for October 22, the Ferrari One will sell for 499 EUR, with Windows 7 pre-installed.

Samsung Unveils X120 Ultraportable Notebook

Following its recent announcement of a pair of netbooks, Samsung also unveiled its newest CULV ultraportable notebook, the X120. With a chassis more or less resembling that of the N100 series albeit larger, the X120 doesn't target the ULPC/netbook crowd. It holds a 11.6-inch display with a native resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. It is powered by an Intel CULV-class Celeron M 723 processor, up to 4 GB of system memory, and 500 GB of storage. Connectivity options include 10/100 Ethernet, 801.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth (optional), and 6-cell or 4-cell battery. The 6-cell one provides up to 9 hours of usage. It will be available later this month priced at around 700€.

MSI Readies AMD-Based Wind12 U210 Ultra-Portable

Having recently announced the Wind12 U200 ultra-portable, MSI is readying its twin based on the AMD Yukon ULV platform. While the U200 uses an Intel Penryn ULV SU3500 processor, the U210 will feature AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 1.6 GHz. Two sub-variants of this, bring about slight changes in the specs. The U210-002 is priced at 399€, and packs 1 GB of memory, 160 GB of storage, and Windows XP Home. The 449€ U210-010 on the other hand, sports 2 GB of memory, 250 GB of storage, and Windows Vista Home Premium. The Wind12 series consists of 12.1" ultra-portables pack the most essential features with a touch of luxury, in its 297x 190 x 24.5~31 mm chassis, tipping the scales at 1.4 kg.

MSI Announces the Ultraportable Wind12 U200

Craving for a 12.1" widescreen display with a svelte and portable design? Check out the MSI Wind12 U200. The Wind12 U200, similar in weight and volume to 10" notebooks on the market, weighs only 1.4 kg (with battery) and features a 12.1" HD ready 16:9 aspect ratio glittering crystal frameless screen that promises improved performance. With the The power-sipping brand new Intel Consumer Ultra Low Voltage (CULV) processor, U200 provides you the long battery life and the portability.

VIA EPIA N700-10EW Brings Total Stability to Industrial PCs in Extreme Environments

VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA N700-10EW Nano-ITX board, designed for industrial and embedded applications in environments with extreme temperatures. Guaranteed to maintain absolute stability at temperatures ranging from -20 degrees C to 70 degrees C, the fanless VIA EPIA N700-10EW can be employed in environments that traditionally inhibit x86 computing. These include specialized industrial applications where machinery can create intense operating temperatures, as well as extreme climate scenarios like desert, mountain and high altitude environments.

"By expanding our range of EPIA products to include extended temperature products, VIA is addressing the broader needs of our extensive customer base," said Daniel Wu, Vice President of VIA Embedded, VIA Technologies, Inc. "Extreme thermal competency usually comes at a premium, the VIA EPIA N700-10EW will help to significantly lower that barrier."

Intel Updates CPU Launch Schedule

Intel's upcoming processor and compatible platform launch schedule gained some clarity today with tentative launch dates and time-frames surfacing from industry sources. Highlights on the client front include:
  • Desktop platform initially based on Lynnfield quad-core processor and P55 chipset to be out between September 8~11
  • Three recently detailed mobile quad-core processor models based on the Clarksfield core will be announced towards the end of September or early October
  • Around the same time as above, Intel will release two new budget chips for its CULV platform, called Celeron SU2300 and Celeron 743. Expect these to be toned-down variants of the existing Core 2 CULV chips

MSI Announces X400 Ultra-Slim Notebook

MSI' latest X-Slim X400 14" ultra-slim notebook based on Intel's new ultra low-voltage CULV platform is so slim it is thickness never exceeds one ich. When the battery is included, the notebook weighs just 1.5kg yet delivers long run times. The X400 produces very little noise and heat during its operation so it doesn't heat up after extended use. X-Slim's seductive lines and personalized color bezels redefine the allure of minimalism, making the X400 the best choice of the fashionable urban elite!

The external appearance of the X400 makes clever use of sensual urban curves and a special glossy finish. The perfect proportions enhance its minimalist style while the personalized color bezel gives the X400 a sense of depth. The indentations emphasize X400's exquisite attention to detail and quality, making it a perfect way to express your own personal metro style and professionalism. With the battery included, the X400 is a feather-light 1.5kg making it the world's lightest and thinnest 14" NB. All of these exclusive features on the X400 make its external design the perfect embodiment of minimalist appeal and high quality craftsmanship.

Lenovo Introduces IdeaPad S12 Powered by VIA Nano

Lenovo finally made the initiative to include a netbook powered by the VIA Nano processor. This IdeaPad S-12 uses the same exact name and chassis as the one powered by Intel Atom, based on i945 chipset, and exists merely as a variant in the S12 series. On the brighter side, it is priced $50 lower than its Atom-based cousin.

Its specifications include a 12-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, VIA Nano ULV 2250 processor clocked at 1.30 GHz, 1 GB DDR2 memory, VIA VX855 chipset with S3 Chrome9 HC3 integrated graphics, 160 GB of storage, and a 6-cell battery, 1.3 MP web-camera, WLAN and Ethernet, and optional Bluetooth. It comes with Windows XP SP3 pre-installed. Backed by a one-year warranty, the S12 is priced at US $449.

MSI Announces the Ultra-Slim X-Slim X600 with Discrete Graphics Card

The MSI X-Slim X600 notebook computer uses Intel's latest CULV platform to deliver perfect processing performance at just one-sixth of a conventional notebook's power consumption. The built-in discrete graphics card also delivers even better display performance so slim aesthetics and discrete graphics are no longer mutually exclusive options.

The lines of the X600 were inspired by the round shape of a feather. The feather represents lightness and the styling makes the notebook impression of stiffness a thing of the past. What makes the X600 stand out is that it weighs just 2.1kg with the batteries fitted, making it possibly the lightest and thinnest 15.6" notebook in the world.

Intel Debuts Four New Processors and a Mobile Chipset for ULV-based Laptops

Intel today introduces four new mobile processors, and a new mobile chipset. The new CPUs include three Core 2 Duo models - T9900 (TDP 35W, 6 MB of L2 cache, $530 price), P9700 (TDP 25W, $348 price), P8800 (3 MB of L2 cache, $241) clocked at 3.06 GHz, 2.80 GHz and 2.66 GHz respectively, and the ultra-thin laptop orientated SU2700 that works at 1.3 GHz. As for the Core 2 Duo models, they all feature a 1066 MHz FSB. In addition, Intel today unveils the Mobile Intel GS40 Express chipset for future ULV-based laptops. This value chipset enables ULV-based laptops to support features consumers have come to expect from laptops including HD playback, Windows Vista Premium support and native support for integrated HDMI. All new Intel stuff is shipping now to retail and OEM channels, so you should expect availability very soon.

Intel Tables Plans to Tackle Notebook and Netbook Markets in H2 2009

Intel has everything going its way when it comes to mobile computing, and the processors it sells that power notebooks and netbooks across every segment of the market. Intel uses the common classification of portable computers (consumer segment), using sizes and form-factors to differentiate mainstream notebooks, performance notebooks, ultra-thin notebooks, "larger" sub-notebooks (netbooks), and common entry-level netbooks. To cater to each of these, Intel made things easier by coming up with platforms (sets of processor and chipset combinations), a market approach both Intel and AMD have been using recently.

Starting with mainstream, and performance notebooks (traditionally above 14-inches in size, above US $1200 in price), Intel has the Calpella platform, that marks the entry of Nehalem architecture to the mobile scene. This is slated for 3Q 2009. Intel will simultaneously lower the prices of its current Montevina platform, to let inventories digest. Major hardware manufacturers are preparing their "launch-vehicles" for the Calpella platform, which will make it in time for Q3 2009.

MSI Introduces the Light and Slim X340 Notebook

MSI announces X340 in X-Slim Series. The concept for the bottom framing of the X340 originated from the lightness of the feather as well as its elegance and richness, further freeing our notebook from the traditional grimness.

The most unique features of the X340 has to be that it is only 6 mm at its thinnest, 19.8 mm at its widest, and the entire notebook is only weights 1.3 kilograms added with the battery! Making the X340 the world's lightest and slimmest 13" notebook.

BenQ nScreen i221 All-in-One PC Surfaces

BenQ is in the expansion mode with its all-in-one PC lineup. Almost a month ago, the company's nScreen i91 surfaced, characterized by the AMD "Yukon" ULV platform that drives it. The company's Japanese division is out with another such PC: the nScreen i221. This model is the larger model, with a 21.5-inch HD LCD display, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. On the inside, the hardware remains the same as with the nScreen i91: an AMD Sempron 210U 1.50 GHz CPU that's non-upgradable, 1 GB of DDR2 memory, AMD 690E core-logic with ATI Radeon X1200 integrated graphics, and 160 GB of storage. On the peripherals front, it features a 1.3 MP web camera, 4-in-1 digital card reader, and connectivity that includes WiFi, and Ethernet. The nScreen i221 is expected to be launched globally by October.

VIA Surfboard Rolls Out Peak HD Performance for Mini-Notebooks

VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA Surfboard C855 Reference Design - an ultra-compact mainboard incorporating the VIA C7-M ULV processor, the brand new VIA VX855 unified IGP chipset, and advanced VIA multimedia and connectivity silicon, that has been specifically designed for easy integration into devices targeted at the rapidly growing mini-notebook market.

Unveiled today at the VIA Global Mobility Bazaar (GMB) Tech Forum Spring in Shenzhen, China - an event bringing together a host of PC manufacturing and infrastructure partners focused on delivering affordable, power efficient mini-notebooks to global markets - the VIA Surfboard C855 Reference Design will not only reduce development time and costs for system manufacturers, but offers the latest advancements in ultra-mobile technology including smooth playback of high bit-rate 1080p HD video and outstanding 8-channel HD audio.

Samsung Adopts VIA Nano Processor for the Samsung NC20 12.1'' Mini-Notebook

VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that Samsung has adopted the VIA Nano processor in the new Samsung NC20 mini-notebook.

Mobility is enhanced by 802.11b/g and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and a six-cell battery that provides up to 6.5 hours of use independent of any power supply, while storage options include either a solid state disk or a SATA hard disk drive. Other features include an integrated 1.3 mega pixel digital motion camera, 3-in-1 memory card reader and three built-in USB ports.

Ion-Based Acer Hornet Nettop Surfaces

Amidst a virtual faceoff between Intel and NVIDIA over what the ideology behind a ULPC should be, NVIDIA's Ion platform gains another taker, the Acer Hornet. NVIDIA's Ion platform consists of a ULV/ULPC processor made by Intel (soon VIA), paired with NVIDIA's MCP79-derived core-logic that bundles NVIDIA's powerful integrated graphics, system management, features and energy efficiency that the company claims to dwarf anything Intel has to offer as far as platform technologies go.

Acer Hornet builds on the basic Ion nettop design. It uses an Intel Atom processor, paired with NVIDIA chipset. The main unit is designed in a way that allows it to be placed on a desk with a stand, or mounted on any display panel that supports the VESA wall-mount standard. It is expected to use a single-core or dual-core Intel Atom processor. It's MCP79-derived chipset features a GeForce 9400-class IGP that can provide smooth HD video playback, and also some light-gaming thrown in. Furthermore, it supports a certain motion-sensing game controller that lets you play certain Wii-style games. The same controller can be used as a pointing device (what Acer calls "air-mouse"), and also a media center remote control. We will know more in the weeks to come. Head over to DonanimHaber for more pictures.

Intel to Launch New Ultra Low-Voltage Processors for Small Notebooks Next Month

DigiTimes reports of new Intel ultra low-voltage (ULV) processors being prepared for the end of next month.
Intel plans to launch two new ultra low voltage (ULV) CPUs by the end of March this year mainly targeting the company's consumer ultra low voltage (CULV) platform for ultra-thin notebook products, according to sources at notebook makers. The two CPUs are the Core 2 Duo SU9600 with a core frequency of 1.6 GHz and priced at US$289 in thousand-unit tray quantities, and Core 2 Solo SU3500 at 1.4 GHz and US$262. The two CPUs join the previously launched SU9400, SU9300, SU3300 and Celeron 723 under the CULV product line. All can be pared with the GS45 IGP chipset.
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