PC Briefs: Win XP, Intel, Sony Vaio

PC Briefs: Win XP, Intel, Sony Vaio

HP/Q tout XP PCs

Although Microsoft will not officially release its Windows XP operating system until October 25, it has allowed PC makers to begin shipping machines loaded with the new OS as of this week in the US. Compaq is rolling out several new XP-ready PCs, (Presario 700 notebook, Presario 8000 desktop), as well as enhancing the existing Presario 5000 with a new processor and the Windows XP operating system. HP also announced new systems shipping with Windows XP - the HP Pavilion 7955 desktop, the HP Pavilion 7935 and the Pavilion N5425 notebook.

Intel ups chip speed

Intel has upped the speed of its workstation chips, launching the 2GHz Foster Xeon for dual-processor workstations. The new processor should bring greater than a 10 per cent performance improvement over the previous version, a 1.7GHz offering, said Shannon Poulin, Intel's enterprise marketing manager. The Xeon for workstations is also available in speeds of 1.4GHz and 1.5GHz. "This is a drop-in replacement for all existing products available for the Xeon," Poulin said. The drop-in capability means vendors can begin making workstations with the new processor immediately without modifying the design of their workstations, Poulin said.

Sony vamps up Vaio

Sony Electronics has announced its new line-up of Vaio notebook computers will have faster microprocessors and larger displays than previous models. The new Vaios will also be the first Sony mobile computers to carry Microsoft's Windows XP operating system. Sony divided its Vaio notebook line into two sub-groups according to processor manufacturer. The FXA series uses AMD processors, while the FX series uses Intel chips. Both lines have two USB (Universal Serial Bus) ports, an i.Link optical networking port using the IEEE 1394 standard, an RJ-45 10Base-T/100Base-TX Ethernet port, a Lithium-ion battery with one to two hours of power, double battery capacity, NTSC video out, an 8MB video card and integrated V.90 modem.

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