Sony is rumored to be working on a two-part Vaio PC that will include Intel's Thunderbolt I/O technology and compete on the scale with the Apple MacBook Air.
Sony may be
working on a lightweight Vaio Hybrid PC that can compete with Apple's
skinny-minny MacBook Air.
According to Sony Insider
, the company is cooking up
a notebook that "consists of two components" and includes the Intel
Thunderbolt technology-previously code-named "Light Peak"-that
debuted in February on the new
Apple MacBook Pro notebooks
, the somewhat heftier cousins of the MacBook
Air. An I/O technology based on PCI Express and Displayport, Thunderbolt was
designed as a way of more simply connecting a PC to peripherals and more
quickly transferring data. According to Apple, it's "12 times faster than
FireWire 800 and up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0."
Intel, in a
Feb. 24 press release coinciding with the MacBook Pro's release, described
Thunderbolt's speeds as enabling users to transfer a full-length
high-definition movie in less than 30 seconds or "back up one year of
continuous MP3 playback in just over 10 minutes."
As for Sony's
two-part Vaio, the notebook part of it, reports Sony Insider, includes an Intel
Wireless Display, a solid-state drive, an i7 processor, HDMI (High-Definition
Multimedia Interface) output with support for 3D, battery life of 8 to 16-plus
hours, and a total weight of approximately 2.5 pounds. (The MacBook Air weighs
"second component," says the site, which is "what will be unique
to this Vaio when connected," includes a discrete AMD Whistler GPU with
1GB of VRAM; a Blue-ray disc drive, HDMI output, VGA output, an Ethernet port,
a USB port and a weight of approximately 1.5 pounds.
the notebook looks pleasing to the eyes, aesthetically designed in its VAIO
fashion; however, we are not quite sure about the purpose of the second
component," states the site. "It again reminds me of a desktop model
Sony marketed back in 2007-VAIO RM series that featured a twin-unit form
Sony has planned is unclear. What is known, however, is that whatever this
device is, it'll hardly be alone in featuring Thunderbolt. According to Intel,
a number of manufacturers producing computers, displays, storage devices,
cameras, docking stations and more have announced plans to include the
technology in upcoming products.
On March 10,
camera maker Canon joined them, announcing in a statement, "We are excited
about Thunderbolt technology and feel it will bring new levels of performance
and simplicity to the video creation market."
Insider report added that Sony is also working on a Vaio notebook running
Google's Chrome OS. It's expected to feature an 11.6-inch display, a Nvidia
Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of memory, a 16GB electronic multimedia card (eMMC), an
ultra-low-power GeForce GPU, wireless LAN support, quick booting and 8 hours of
battery life. Another lightweight, it's rumored to weigh in at 2.2 pounds.