Fujitsu adds fingerprint sensor to LifeBook P series

Fujitsu adds fingerprint sensor to LifeBook P series

Fujitsu introduced a new model in its line of ultraportable LifeBook notebooks on Monday with almost as many features as a regular-sized notebook, including a DVD drive and a fingerprint sensor.

The products in the LifeBook series are sometimes referred to as executive notebooks, as they appeal to company executives who travel frequently. At only 3.3 pounds (1.5 kilograms) with a CD or DVD drive, the new LifeBook P7000 is also ideal for students trapped under a heavy load of textbooks, Fujitsu said.

Fujitsu's new LifeBook comes with a modular bay that can accommodate a number of different accessories. A weight saver can be swapped with a DVD-ROM/CD-RW (CD-rewritable) drive to reduce the overall weight of the LifeBook P7000 to 3 pounds, or users can extend their battery life to around nine hours with a second battery. The standard battery included with the P7000 will last 7.5 hours depending on the workload.

Users can protect their notebook from unauthorized access or theft with an optional fingerprint sensor. The sensor can control access to the notebook, or store several different passwords for e-commerce Web sites or logging onto a company network.

Biometric devices such as fingerprint sensors are starting to crop up on corporate notebooks as more businesses invest in security products. Motion Computing included a fingerprint sensor on its latest M1400 Tablet PC, Gateway uses the technology on some of its 450 series notebooks and Hewlett-Packard has installed fingerprint readers on the iPaq h5400 series personal digital assistants.

The new P7000 uses an Ultra Low Voltage Pentium M processor from Intel running at 1.1GHz, and a 10.6-inch display. It comes with 256M bytes of PC2700 (333MHz) DDR (double data rate) SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM), a 40G-byte hard drive, the weight saver and Intel's Pro/Wireless 2200BG chip for connecting to 802.11b/g wireless network for a starting price of US$1,699.

It is available through retail and reseller channels as well as Fujitsu's Web site. This unit has been available in Japan since April, and in Europe since June.

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