A series of subnotebooks using Cyrix chip technology will appear in the next few months, with one machine only weighing two pounds and standing one and a half inches high.
Cyrix was exhibiting machines from partners on its stand at the Computex trade show in Taiwan, suggesting it is pushing the Media GX Intel clone processor as a low cost, low power unit for the mobile market.
The two pound machine, the PD 1000 from Taiwan's Palmax, will be available in August and cost around $800, a representative on its stand said today. It uses the Media GX 120, comes with 16Mbytes of EDO memory as standard, has a six inch TFT display and a 1.6Gbytes hard drive. It is likely to reach European users primarily through OEM deals with larger brand names.
The PD 1000 has infrared capabilities, a slot for a PC card, supports high speed Universal Serial Bus and measures 8 x 4 x 1.5 inches. Memory capabilities can be expanded to 64Mbytes, it includes a Soundblaster card, and also has options for port replicator and a docking station. There is a stylus built into the case design, which is used instead of a mouse.
Palmax is also set to release a palmtop device running Microsoft CE, which will be upgradable to have one-way wireless pager capabilities. It measures 4.9 x 3.2 x 0.8 inches and weighs six ounces, including the batteries.
Other companies exhibiting notebooks using Cyrix chips included Liteen and Veridata Electronics. These were a more conventional size and come equipped with 200MHz Cyrix processors. Desktop units exhibited included machines from Leo, Legend and the Elite Group.
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