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Portables powering up

Between new power-saving chips and the one-upmanship of adding DVD players and rewritable-CD drives, laptops are gaining major ground on desktop PCs.

 

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Between new power-saving chips and the one-upmanship of adding DVD players and rewritable-CD drives, laptops are gaining major ground on desktop PCs.

 


Dell laptop doubles up on disc drives
The new Inspiron 8000 sports both DVD and rewritable-CD drives, making the laptop look more like a portable workstation than a typical notebook.

Notebooks with Transmeta chip arrive in U.S.
Sony ships its Vaio C1 PictureBook, a 1-inch thick, 2.2-pound machine based on a 600-MHz Transmeta chip, giving chipmaking rivals Intel and AMD a run for their money.

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NEC is third manufacturer to release Transmeta notebook
The company follows Sony and Fujitsu as it unveils a mini-notebook powered by a 600-MHz Crusoe chip at PC Expo Japan.