News Bits: Nokia’s N810 Internet Tablet Spotted, Intel Mobile Quad Core, Mac OS X Leopard Launches Next Week

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Nokia’s new N810 Internet Tablet spotted in the wild

Looks as though Nokia’s newest Internet Tablet, the N810, has been spotted. Now the rumor of it having a keyboard can be confirmed as true. Not much else is know about the N810 at this time because Nokia hasn’t made any formal announcements, but it looks nice and has a similar design as its predecessor, the N800. The full keyboard is a nice improvement and it looks like it has some kind of GPS software running too. Details are now flooding in and we know it will sport a 400MHz OMAP 2420 CPU and run Linux as the OS. Expected ship date is sometime in November with prices starting at $479.

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Intel demos mobile quad-core at IDF Taiwan

Intel demonstrated an operational mobile quad-core processor this week at IDF Taiwan. It will eventually be introduced into the notebook market. According to Intel, the chip is still in its early stages of development – it came out of the fab three days ago. It will need a large cooling system – it has 840 million transistors and a TDP of 45W.

The chip will be branded as an Extreme edition and is part of the Penryn family.

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New Hitachi technology makes 1TB 2.5" drives possible

Hitachi today announced a new technology called CPP-GMR, which is the world’s smallest read-head technology for hard drives. They reduced the size of current recording heads by more than a factor of two; the new heads are 2000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. Hitachi expects to start using the technology in products in 2009 and hopes to fully exploit it in 2011. The company claims that 1TB laptop hard drives are now possible as well as 4TB desktop hard drives.

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Asus Eee PC available sooner than expected

After months of anticipation and intense consumer interest, Asus announced yesterday that their low-priced Eee PC ultra-portable notebook will be available for purchase in the United States "within a few weeks."

Asus isn’t providing specific release dates at this time, but their official press release does mention the Eee PC will be available for purchase at Best Buy and New Egg in two configurations. The Asus "Eee PC 2G Surf" comes with 256MB of RAM and a 2GB Solid State Disk Drive (SSD), but the built-in web camera has been removed in order to bring the cost down to $299. The Asus "Eee PC 8G" is pre-configured with 1GB of RAM, an 8GB SSD, and webcam for $399.

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Intel to design processor for OLPC

Intel is reportedly in the process of designing a new processor chip for the ultra low-cost laptop market. The firm should be able to have an OLPC-ready processor available in time for the next IDF in Shanghai.

Note that the architecture for the new processor is unique; it tried to adapt one of its current mobile processors for the task but could not. Be prepared to see the new processors on April 2 -3, 2008.

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Intel shows off new notebook ‘chiller

Intel is aware of the thermal limitations of laptops and has designed a new type of cooling solution to reduce temperatures. The firm showed off a notebook stand/docking station at the IDF in Taipei recently that was co-developed with Embraco, a micro-compressor maker.

The stand unit has three cylindrical compressors measuring 2cm in diameter and 10 cm long that drive coolant around the unit, which draws heat away from the laptop. The device works like a standard refrigerator. It can reduce the temperatures of the notebook by 10*C.

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Apple Mac OS X Leopard launch date October 26th

According to the release date for OS X 10.5, code name Leopard, the next update to the Mac OS, is set for October 26th. Apple is planning a launch party like the one they had for Tiger last year. It is not expected any hardware announcements would coincide with this launch, but the MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks would start to be sold with this new OS on board. It is expected a refresh of the MacBook and MacBook Pro would take place in the first half of November.

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