Dual core notebooks come to town

In a move that’s sure to attract the attention of notebook buyers in the region, LG has extended its laptop range with the launch of the region’s first dual-core processor based notebooks.

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By  Jason Saundalkar Published  January 22, 2006

In a move that’s sure to attract the attention of notebook buyers in the region, LG has extended its laptop range with the launch of the region’s first dual-core processor based notebooks. Two models are being launched initially, the P1 Express Dual and M1 Express Dual. Both notebooks can be purchased with either a 1.66GHz or 2.33GHz Intel dual core CPU, with both these processors running on a 667MHz front side bus and offering 2Mbytes of L2 cache. The P1 Express Dual can be configured with a selection of different GPUs from ATi’s new Radeon X1000 line. Other features include a 15.4” wide-screen LCD, Dolby Digital 5.1-channel audio along with SRS TruSurround XT and LG’s XTS Pro technology. With this model LG is targeting users who are looking for a home entertainment notebook. The M1 Express Dual on the other hand targets hardcore graphic users and can be purchased with a selection of GPUs from nVidia’s GeForce Go 7 series. Up to 512Mbytes of video memory can be allocated for video memory via nVidia’s TurboCache technology. This feature uses the bandwidth available on the PCI Express bus to let the graphics card render directly to system memory. Though this is similar to shared memory, the feature is said to be more robust as it uses both the video card’s own dedicated memory and system RAM to boost performance (ATi’s Radeon X1000 line also features a similar technology, known as HyperMemory). “The powerful memory module not only enhances performance but also increases the overall system stability substantially,” explained C H Lee, president of LG Electronics Gulf FZE. “The glare-type colour-rich LCD widescreen is also perfect for entertainment applications and multi-tasking is now possible with the split window option for simultaneous dual-window display.” LG is convinced that notebooks are the way forward for the region and is intent on grabbing a large piece of this highly competitive market for itself. “Notebooks make up close to 50% of total PC shipments into Saudi and already outsell desktops in the UAE. This reflects the growing need for mobility among consumers and the new LG dual core processor based notebooks offer a total mobile computing solution that fulfils the demands of users at all levels and purposes,” concluded Lee. Pricing will be announced before products hit stores in the region this month. Figures from IDC’s EMEA PC Group suggest that LG is spot on in terms of its overview of notebooks, as IDC recorded a year-on-year growth increase of 40%. Desktops by comparison only moved forward 9%.

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