Chicken schrijft dat er momenteel orders worden aangenomen voor NEC's nieuwste mini-notebook op basis van de 600MHz Crusoe TM5600 processor. Het apparaat heet de 'LaVie MX' en is het tweede notebook van NEC dat gebruik maakt van Transemeta's zuinige Crusoe. Momenteel helaas alleen in Japan leverbaar, er zijn wel plannen om het model ook in de VS te releasen.
The LaVie MX is NEC's second Transmeta-based offering for the Japanese market. But sources say the company's NEC Computers Inc., which already markets PCs and notebooks in North America, is considering adding the new notebook to its lines.
NEC's (Nasdaq: NIPNY) new notebook features a host of new technology, aside from the Crusoe chip. It is fitted with a 10.4-inch reflective thin-film transistor (TFT) display and a lithium-ion polymer battery of NEC's own design.
[...] The NEC announcement, which bolsters Transmeta's stable of design wins, occurred the same week that Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE) and Hitachi Ltd. began shipping Transmeta-based notebooks in Japan. The two companies are expected to export their notebooks to North America, and Fujitsu has also demonstrated a notebook using the Transmeta chip.
Meanwhile, Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) has responded to Transmeta's low-power offerings, announcing plans for lower-power Pentium III chips, due out in 2001.
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