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Hitachi fires off Mx

Hitachi launches a flagship business line of multimedia notebooks that will come with integrated modem and Ethernet connections for use in corporate network environments.

Hitachi (HIT) launched a flagship business line of multimedia notebooks that will come with integrated modem and Ethernet connections for use in corporate network environments.

The new Mx series notebooks will have 133-MHz or 150-MHz mobile Pentium processors, a 256K level-2 cache, and an integrated 33.6-kbps modem and 10BaseT Ethernet port. The notebooks will also feature a 12.1-inch active matrix LCD screen, a 64-bit graphics accelerator, and support for the Zoomed Video port standard for applications such as full-motion video and videoconferencing.

Hitachi will ship the notebooks with 16MB of RAM and an 8X CD-ROM drive standard, with hard drive options of 1.35GB or 2GB. For presentations, users can take advantage of a side-ported stereo speaker design from Altec Lansing that delivers sound even when the notebook is closed.

To fortify its product as potential desktop replacement, the Mx notebooks will be compatible with a mini-docking station that includes infrared communications capability and stereo audio output jacks. Two Type II or one each of a Type II and Type III PC Card slots are included for further expansion.

Final pricing has not been set, but a company spokesperson says the price is expected to be in the $4,000-to-$5,000 range, with availability slated for early December.

In related news, Hitachi introduced new disk drives for notebook computers that bring desktop storage size to a slimmer notebook form. At 2.16GB, the new drive is the highest capacity available in a 12.7mm height, according to the company. Current drives with the same capacity are available in 17mm and 19mm heights.

Both drives also incorporate sensors that interrupt the write process if excessive shock is detected, protecting data stored on adjacent tracks of the disk. The new drives will be available to original equipment makers in November and are likely to eventually be featured in the company's new Mx line of multimedia notebooks.