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MiTAC Launches World’s First Pentium 4 Notebook PC

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MiTAC Technology Corporation has launched the world’s first portable PC based on the Intel’s most advanced x86 microprocessor, the Pentium 4. With its superb performance and feature set, the MiNote 8170 truly lives up to the name “desktop replacement,” with capabilities the equal of a high-end desktop system but in a light and trim portable device.

Running the Pentium 4 processor at speeds up to 2.2 GHz, the MiNote 8170 provides an unprecedented level of performance for a notebook computer. Together with this powerful CPU, the MiNote 8170’s video subsystem, based on the ATI Mobility Radeon chip and 16MB of DDR video memory, also brings workstation-level 3D graphics for incredible online gaming or responsive handling of demanding modeling applications.

For comfortable viewing, the MiNote 8170 provides a large 14.1″ TFT LCD, available in two versions-one supporting 1024 x 768 resolution, and the other supporting an even higher SXGA+ resolution of 1400 x 1050. With its high-resolution large-screen LCD, the MiNote 8170 not only provides a great viewing experience for games, Web browsing, and multimedia playback, but also comfortable handling of large or finely detailed documents and images.
In addition, the MiNote 8170 sports a number of other outstanding features. For example, the new portable’s system memory utilizes high-performance SDRAM, up to 1GB, driven by 133 MHz memory bus, and boasts a 400 MHz front side bus, allowing it to smoothly multitask a large number of the most memory-hungry applications without performance degradation or system instability.

For storage, the MiNote 8170 offers a choice of high-capacity hard disk drives. And within its compact form, weighing less than 3 kilograms, the notebook also integrates an optical drive-either a CD-ROM drive, DVD-ROM drive, CD-RW drive, or DVD/CD-RW combo drive-as well as an internal modem, Fast Ethernet connector, optical S/PDIF sound output, and comprehensive audio facilities with built-in microphone and stereo speakers.
For connecting external devices, the MiNote not only provides standard ports such as USB port, VGA port and a CardBus-compliant PC Card slot, but also a IEEE 1394 port for connecting high-bandwidth items such as video camcorders, an S-video TV-out port, and even a parallel port for connecting legacy peripherals. Wireless connectivity is also supported through an IEEE 802.11b wireless LAN PC Card solution.

Moreover, the MiNote 8170 includes five built-in Easy Start Buttons and one button for instant checks of new email received. By simplifying common tasks, these help users save time and raise productivity. Moreover, the keyboard of the MiNote 8170 is especially designed in light of ergonomic concerns, ensuring that users can comfortably and efficiently use the notebook even over long periods of time.

For users who desire a portable computer, but don’t want to do without the leading-edge power of a Pentium 4 processor, advanced 3D graphics, and roomy display, the MiNote 8170 is truly a dream come true.

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