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By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2003-03-12 Print this article Print

Also on Wednesday, Fujitsu PC Corp, of San Jose, Calif., will unveil a new LifeBook S2000 notebook powered by a Low-Voltage Athlon XP-M chip. The thin-and-light notebook will weigh in at less than four pounds and will be 1.36 inches in height. The notebook, which is available now, will be the first AMD-powered thin-and-light device available in the United States. Fujitsu PC also will be at Intels Centrino launch in New York on Wednesday. In an interview with eWEEK earlier this month, Fujitsu PC President and CEO Toshio Morohoshi said, "I am a firm believer that being tied to one vendor is not good." The company will begin shipping Intel-based notebooks next month, Morohoshi said.
Intels Centrino platform includes the Pentium-M chip, formerly known as Banias, that is designed to conserve power and battery life in notebooks, including thin-and-light products. The chips frequency will range between 900MHz and 1.6GHz. The platform also comes with the accompanying 855 chip set and an 802.11b Wi-Fi wireless LAN module called the Intel PRO/Wireless network connection.
Transmetas Astro chip, the TM8000, will include three new bus interfaces designed to increase the performance of notebooks using the processor, officials said Monday. Transmeta, of Santa Clara, Calif., is hoping that the new chip will compete with the Pentium-M. Most Recent Wireless Stories: Search for more stories by Jeffrey Burt.
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