Cyrix has announced a mobile version of its MMX-enhanced MediaGX processor. Compaq will be using the 200MHz chip in the new Presario 1220 notebook, which will sport 32Mbytes of Ram and a 2.1Gbytes hard drive, and will resell for less than $2,000.
Analysts are hailing the deal with Compaq as an important victory for Cyrix. However, doubts remain as to Cyrix' ability to timely deliver sufficient quantities of the chips. "This is definitively an important move up for Cyrix", remarked Mike McGuire, an analyst with Dataquest. "Now there's just the little matter of execution."
Meanwhile, notebook market leader Toshiba has announced deep price cuts across its product lines, with price reductions up to $1,200 on some models. A Satellite Pro 440CDT, with a 133MHz Pentium MMX processor, 16Mbytes of Ram and 12.1-inch TFT display, now resells for $1,999, a $500 cut. The price cuts involve notebooks based on older 100MHz, 133MHz, 150MHz and 166MHz Pentium processors.
According to analysts, the cuts are a prelude to new product announcements from Toshiba, rather than the start of a price war such as the one currently raging in the consumer PC market.
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