Fujitsu unveils notebook with DVD, CD-RW drive
By Douglas F. Gray
(IDG) -- Fujitsu PC on Monday unveiled the newest addition to its Lifebook family of notebooks, a sub-3.5 pound system with a combination DVD and CD-RW drive.
The Lifebook P can fit either a second battery or the combination drive in its bay, giving users a choice between the drive or an extra 7.5 hours of battery life, Fujitsu says in a statement. It measures 10.1 inches wide, 7 inches deep, and 1.6 inches high.
A version of the Lifebook P has already been released in Japan and other parts of the Asia Pacific. However, the U.S. version is the first Fujitsu notebook to feature Transmeta's long-delayed 0.13-micron 800-MHz Crusoe TM5800 processor.
The TM5800, which is designed for low power consumption, was originally scheduled to be released in June, but faced delays and is now expected to be available to customers in November, Transmeta said earlier this month.
The notebook features a 20GB hard drive, 128MB of SDRAM, and the Rage Mobility-M video controller from ATI Technologies, featuring 4MB of integrated video memory, Fujitsu says.
It also features a 10.6-inch SXGA TFT display, a built-in 56 kilobits-per-second modem, an external USB floppy disk drive, and an IEEE 1394 port for fast digital video and data transfers, the company said.
The Lifebook P will be available from mid-November with Microsoft's Windows XP or Windows 2000 operating system, priced from $1499, Fujitsu says.
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