PC Solutions Briefs: Cirrus, Compaq, Tablet PCS

PC Solutions Briefs: Cirrus, Compaq, Tablet PCS

Cirrus unwraps chip for less than $100

Cirrus Logic took the wraps off of a new processor last week that is aimed at bringing digital music players with Flash memory to the public for less than $US100.

The Maverick EP7409 processor is designed for audio players equipped with 64MB of Flash memory and supports the MP3, WMA and ACC audio formats, the company said in a statement. The components on the processor are designed to draw less power, giving end users up to twice the amount of listening time on a single battery charge according to Cirrus Logic.

The new processor will cost around $US69.

Compaq launches

ultra-light mini notebook

Paying homage to what was once PC Expo, Compaq was one of a handful of companies to launch a new PC at the TECHXNY show last week in the US, announcing an ultra lightweight mini-notebook that is powered by two batteries.

Compaq's Evo Notebook N200 is just over 1kg in weight and 0.8 inches high, or small enough to literally fit into an eight by 11-inch envelope the company said. In addition, the mini-notebook has a battery life of up to 8 hours, 128MB of memory and a 20GB hard drive.

The notebook is powered by Intel's Ultra Low Voltage Mobile Pentium III processor and comes equipped with two Lithium-Ion batteries. Pricing is not yet available.

Tablet PCs are back

If you believe hardware vendors have their finger on the pulse of mobile computing, then the future is tablet-sized handhelds. Again.

Three vendors unveiled tablet-sized handhelds at the recent PC Expo in the US: ViewSonic, DT Research, and Fujitsu PC.

Numerous vendors have offered tablets over the years. None have succeeded in selling many, but with the success of handheld PDAs and computers, vendors are hoping that enterprise users, at least in some vertical segments, may be more open to the new tablets.

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