News Bits: Intel Preparing Eleven New Processors, Toshiba 320GB HD, Air Force Selects HP

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Intel prepares 11 new processors for notebooks

Intel is planning to launch five new 45nm processors for the refresh of its Santa Rosa platform in Q1 2008. Six more will be launched with the introduction of the next-gen Montevina platform in Q2.

The five processors for the Santa Rosa refresh are as follows:

Model 2.1GHz 2.4GHz 2.5GHz 2.6GHz 2.8GHz
Cache 3MB 3MB 6MB 6MB 6MB
FSB 800MHz 800MHz 800MHz 800MHz 800MHz

The Montevina processors are as follows:

Model 2.13GHz 2.4GHz 2.53GHz 2.53GHz 2.8GHz 3.06GHz
Cache 3MB 3MB 3MB 6MB 6MB 6MB
FSB 1066MHz 1066MHz 1066MHz 1066MHz 1066MHz 1066MHz
TDP 25W 25W 25W 35W 35W 35W

The 2.13 -2.53GHz processors with the 25W TDP will target the mainstream. The model numbers of all 11 processors are unknown at this point in time. The Penryn processors will make up 53 percent of Intel’s total notebook CPU shipments in Q2 2008. Merom processors for Santa Rosa make up the rest.

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Toshiba announces 320GB notebook hard drive

Toshiba announced its new 320GB 2.5-inch notebook hard drive. The drive has a 3.0Gbps SATA interface and a 5400RPM speed. The drive is composed of two platters holding 160GB each. All of Toshiba’s new hard drives have 8MB of cache.

According to Toshiba, the media transfer rate is 801Mbps and the drive has an average seek time of 12 ms.

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Samsung introduces 160GB 1.8-inch hard drive

Samsung recently announced its new 1.8-inch hard drive with a 160GB capacity. It is the industry’s highest-capacity 1.8-inch hard drive. Samsung expects the 1.8-inch hard drive market to grow in annual sales up to 65 percent by 2010. There is no information available on when this drive will be released.

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U.S. Air Force selects HP as the "Best Value Vendor"

The U.S. Air Force has selected HP to fulfill its desktop and notebook PC orders as part of the USAF’s quarterly IT purchase process. The USAF Information Technology Commodity Council named HP the "Best Value Vendor"

HP will provide the USAF with HP Compaq dc5750 desktop PCs (Small Form Factor/Microtower) and HP Compaq tc4400 Tablet PCs. HP’s Public Sector Volume Sales vice president Sami Zarzour said in a statement: We are proud that the U.S. Air Force continues to count on HP for top performance and value when fulfilling its computing needs. HP looks forward to building on our longstanding relationship with the service by offering the products, solutions and services it needs to manage its complex IT requirements.

HP has delivered over $100 million worth of products to the USAF since October 2004.

Read More (BusinessWire.com)

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