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NEC to unveil 1GHz high-end notebook

NEC to unveil 1GHz high-end notebook

NEC Computers will unveil its highest performance notebook to date on Monday, based on Intel's 1GHz mobile processor.

The Versa L320 will feature Intel's 0.13-micron mobile Pentium III processor-M, running at 1GHz, NEC said in a statement.

The L320 has two multifunction bays, the first of which can be used for peripherals including a DVD (digital versatile disc) and CD-RW (rewritable compact disc) combination drive and a 30G-byte hard drive. The second bay can be fitted with a floppy disk drive or a second battery, NEC said. This design allows the user to use two batteries while also using the DVD and CD-RW drive, the company said.

The notebook features a 14.1-inch XGA (extended graphics array) display and a Mobility M6D graphics controller from ATI Technologies Inc., featuring 16M bytes of integrated video memory, NEC said. The notebook is available running Microsoft's Windows 2000 or Windows 98 SE, with a Windows XP version to follow late in the fourth quarter, NEC said.

The standard configuration of the notebook, weighing 7.1 pounds (3.2 kilograms), features a 1GHz processor, 14.1-inch TFT (thin-film transistor) display, a 30G-byte hard drive, 128M bytes of RAM, an internal modem and Ethernet card, a combination CD-RW/DVD drive and a floppy disk drive.

The L320 will be available from November, for $US2,699 in the U.S. or C$4,230 in Canada, NEC said.


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