Hewlett-Packard and Mitsubishi announced last week that they have been working together to produce what they claim will be the industry's thinnest and lightest notebook computer.
Mitsubishi has brought thin keyboard, battery and LCD display technology to the partnership, while HP has designed the PC system for the new notebook.
A prototype of the new machine was demonstrated at the launch last week of Intel's 200MHz and 233MHz Mobile Pentium with MMX processors, codenamed Tillamook. According to HP, the prototype weighs 3.1lbs and is less than three-quarters of an inch thick. It also includes a Thin Film Transistor (TFT) display with a 12.1in viewable image.
Notebooks designed by the partnership are expected from Mitsubishi in Japan by the end of 1997. HP's version will be available in the US and Europe during the first quarter of next year.
Richard Archuleta, general manager of HP's mobile computing division, said the collaboration was a significant step in HP's strategy to expand its notebook PC marketplace.
"We've already made great strides by expanding our product line," said Archuleta. "This new relationship (with Mitsubishi) will go even further in our efforts to meet the varied needs of today's corporate customer."
Kazuyoshi Nagasawa, general manager of Mitsubishi Electric Information Systems engineering centre, said that users of the new notebook machine would benefit not only from the technology but also from HP's established corporate channel and support infrastructure.
"This collaboration provides corporate users with a powerful, ultra-thin computer, backed up by the sales, service and support of one of the leading PC companies," he said.
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