Hi-Grade and AST have joined the ranks of vendors using the new Tillamook processors. Hi-Grade last week launched the Notino AS6266, while AST weighed-in with the Ascentia M526OX, both based on the 266MHz MMX version of Intel's newest mobile chip. Hi-Grade claimed its new laptop is faster than Pentium-based desktop machines. The chip in the AS6266 uses less power, and coupled with the latest Intel 82439TX PCI chipset for notebooks and an advanced ventilation system, Hi-Grade claimed the machine has a battery life of four hours. In addition, the notebook incorporates a modular design that will allow it to be easily upgraded to accept the mobile Pentium II chip when it is available. The AS6266 will also include 512Kb of pipeline burst secondary cache, 48Mb of RAM upgradable to 144Mb, a 3.2Gb removable hard drive, and a 20-speed CD-ROM drive. A 13.3in TSP screen is driven by a 2Mb 64-bit SVGA graphics card, and the package also includes a 33.6Kbps fax modem. The Notino is priced at #2,490 and will ship at the end of this week. AST's new Ascentia joins a range of notebooks based on Intel's 430TX chipset and MMX technology, which all share a common docking station. AST's Ascentia M526OX includes AST's Trillion technology in its 13.3in screen, which is designed for low-power consumption and sports a high-colour saturation to appeal to multimedia and full-motion video users. The M526OX is available now and ships with 64Mb RAM as standard, 2Mb of video RAM, a 4Gb hard drive and a 20-speed CD-ROM. It costs #3,499. HiGrade: 0181 532 6100 AST: 0990 611611.
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