Toshiba unveils slim HD DVD write drive for notebooks
Oct 2, 2006 - in News
Toshiba on October 2 unveiled a slim HD DVD drive for notebooks, the SD-L902A, that can read and write to HD DVD, standard DVD and CD discs with sample shipments of the new drive scheduled to start by year-end.
Intel sub-$400 notebooks for emerging markets to ship in Q1 2007
Sep 28, 2006 - in News
At the ongoing fall Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, Intel president and CEO Paul Otellini introduced a sub-$400 "Classmate PC" notebook model for the company's "Intel World Ahead Program" that targets emerging markets.
ATI intros new mobility GPUs
Sep 26, 2006 - in News
ATI announced a new set of graphics processors for notebook computers. According to the company, the new additions to the Mobility Radeon line - the X1350, the X1450, and the X1700 - will allow for longer battery life and better support for high-definition content.
Notebook makers meet to discuss new battery standards
Sep 20, 2006 - in News
Amidst a flurry of notebook battery recalls, several notebook makers including Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo have met in San Jose to discuss possible new battery standards. Sony, the battery manufacturer at the center of recent battery recalls, was not invited to the meeting, according to Sony spokesman John Dolak. It's unclear if Apple attended the meeting.
Dual-core Celeron M to arrive in Q1 2007
Sep 19, 2006 - in News
Intel is expected to introduce a lineup of 64-bit dual-core Celeron M processors to the notebook market in the first quarter of 2007, according to sources at Taiwan notebook makers.
Intel to launch Core 2 Duo T5200 CPU in October - sources
Sep 13, 2006 - in News
Intel plans to start offering an entry-level Core 2 Duo processor, the T5200, for OEM notebook makers in October, in order to compete with AMD's entry-level Mobile Turion 64x2 CPUs, according to sources at Taiwan notebook makers.
Dell reportedly to use about 20 million AMD CPUs
Sep 4, 2006 - in News
Market sources say that about 20 million Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) processors will be used in Dell's servers, desktop PCs and notebooks between the fourth quarter of 2006 and the fourth quarter of 2007.
Dell, others roll out Core 2 Duo notebooks
Aug 28, 2006 - in News
Several notebook builders are expected to announce the first wave of Core 2 Duo systems today. This includes Dell, which has deployed the new processor, previously code-named "Merom", across its product family of XPS, Inspiron and Latitude notebooks as well as Precision mobile workstations. The company promises that it will begin shipping the new notebooks within a week. Extra: Image Gallery
Apple increases its share in the notebook market, but desktop sales decline
Aug 23, 2006 - in News
Global shipments of Apple Computer's Intel-based laptops totaled 780,000-800,000 units in the second quarter of this year, with the MacBook becoming a hot model in the mainstream market, according to sources at Taiwan notebook makers, citing data available from IDC and Gartner Dataquest.
Acer has good chance of beating Toshiba in global notebook ranking in 2006
Aug 17, 2006 - in News
Acer's total volume of notebook orders is estimated to exceed eight million units in 2006, slightly ahead of Toshiba with 7-8 million notebooks, according to sources at Taiwan notebook manufacturers.
Dell recalls suspect notebook batteries made by Sony, including XPS M1710
Aug 15, 2006 - in News
An estimated 4.1 million Dell notebook computers sold worldwide are being voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer, cooperating with the US Consumer Products Safety Commission, after admitting to having received six reports of notebooks spontaneously catching fire.
Large-size LCD-panel shipments decrease 2.4% in June
Jul 27, 2006 - in News
Worldwide large-size panel shipments decreased 2.4% sequentially to 20.3 million units in June, mainly as a result of weak sales in the TV and monitor segments, which saw a 4.2% and 3.1% drop to 4.11 million and 10.45 million units, respectively, according to WitsView Technology.
Powerspec to introduce overclocked Core 2 Extreme PC
Jul 24, 2006 - in News
PC makers are gearing up to announce their refreshed lines of desktop and notebook PCs when Intel will launch its Core 2 Duo processors this Thursday. One of the first companies to announce a system is Powerspec - the desktop brand of notebook builder Winbook - which will be offering a decked out enthusiast system.
Merom to top 50% of Intel notebook processors in Q1 2007
Jul 19, 2006 - in News
Intel plans to raise the proportion of Merom to over 50% of its notebook processor shipments in the first quarter of 2007, making 64-bit dual-core models the mainstream in the notebook market, according to industry sources.
LED backlights to penetrate notebook market
Jul 18, 2006 - in News
LED backlights introduced by various TFT LCD panel and backlight unit (BLU) makers where on display at various flat panel display exhibitions this year, such as Finetech Japan & Display 2006 (April 19-21), Computex 2006 (June 6-10) and FPD Taiwan 2006 (June 14-16), according to research firm WitsView Technology.
Notebook makers see demand pick up after CPU price cuts
Jul 10, 2006 - in News
Compal Electronics and Wistron posted on-month revenue growth in June, following sequential slides for two consecutive months.
Survey says US school rapidly transitioning to notebooks
Jul 3, 2006 - in News
A study conducted by the Hayes Connection and The Greaves Group among 2500 US school districts concludes that more than half of all student-computing devices will be mobile by the year 2011.
LEDs in notebook applications not to come until Q2 2007
Jul 3, 2006 - in News
Taiwan LED packaging firms Everlight Electronics and Unity Opto Technology project that LEDs for notebook backlighting won't be see serious adoption until the second quarter of 2007 due to the current higher costs of production.
Qimonda ships samples of DDR3 notebook memory
Jun 30, 2006 - in News
Qimonda, a recently founded company that focuses on Infineon's former DRAM business, is first to announce sample shipments of DDR3 SO-DIMMs. The new notebook memory generation will be available in commercial systems sometime next year.
Liquid crystals being tweaked to improve notebook panel performance
Jun 26, 2006 - in News
At the recently concluded FPD Taiwan 2006, major Taiwan-based panel makers including Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT), AU Optronics (AUO) and Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) were demonstrating how changing the composition of liquid crystals (LC) in their notebook panels can help overcome the tradeoff between response time and power consumption.
Heat concerns slow high-power LED adoption
Jun 26, 2006 - in News
Adoption of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in high brightness panel backlighting applications, such as notebooks and LCD TVs, has been delayed due to overheating issues, according to sources in the Taiwan LED industry.
Global notebook shipment to fall 10% in Q2, say Taiwan makers
Jun 22, 2006 - in News
A weak notebook market is unlikely to see improvements this quarter and Taiwan notebook makers estimate global shipments will drop 10% sequentially in the second quarter, according to the makers.
Everlight delays volume shipment of white LEDs
Jun 15, 2006 - in News
LED packaging firm Everlight Electronics has adopted a conservative outlook for the third quarter of 2006, said company chairman Robert Yeh, stating that the schedule for volume shipments of white LEDs, used in notebooks and larger-size LCD TVs, will be pushed back.
Microsoft's power drain bug patch: Does it work?
Jun 9, 2006 - in News
Not quite four weeks ago, Microsoft issued a patchfor a serious power drain issue in notebook computers that are running Windows XP SP2. Our engineers took a close look at the patch and its effects to find out whether Microsoft dropped a Q&D fix or if the company in fact resolved a problem that can reduce the battery running time in notebooks by up to 90 minutes.
Sinox gives us locks galore to protect against dodgy hacks
Jun 6, 2006 - in News
In the midst of the motherboard and graphics card carnage in Hall 2 we came across Sonox, self-professed and ever humble makers of fine locks for Ipods, notebooks and other such paraphernalia that can tend to grow legs at such events.
Toshiba fires up 200 GB perpendicular notebook hard drive
Jun 5, 2006 - in News
Lately, Seagate has been the company to look at when it came to the largest capacity hard drives. In an unexpected move, Toshiba today trumped Seagate's 160 GB notebook drive with a 200 GB version, packing an impressive storage density of 178 Gb/inch2 on its two 2.5" platters - 34% more than the 160 GB generation.
Mainstream notebook production to migrate rapidly to dual-core models
May 23, 2006 - in News
Notebooks are expected to almost completely migrate to dual-core processors in 2007, as Intel and leading makers jointly push up the proportion of dual-core models shipped starting in the second half of this year, according to industry sources.
Microsoft power drain bug fix may only benefit Core Duo notebooks
May 19, 2006 - in News
Microsoft quietly released a patch for a power drain bug Tom's Hardware Guide had uncovered earlier this year. The fix promises to increase the battery life notebooks - especially and perhaps only if they are equipped with Intel's Core Duo processors.
ATI notebook chipsets to support AMD Turion 64 X2
May 18, 2006 - in News
HP notebook lines adopt Nvidia integrated GPUs
May 18, 2006 - in News