New notebooks power into market
- By Michelle Speir
- Oct 31, 2000
Micron Electronics Inc. on Tuesday announced the release of two new desktop
replacement notebooks, the TransPort GX and TransPort GX+.
"The TransPort GX offers the ultimate in power, performance and flexibility,
all in a surprisingly lightweight, manageable form factor," said Jay White,
notebook products marketing manager at Micron.
White also highlighted the TransPort GX's government-specific security
benefits, such as a removable integrated modem and networking. Micron also
offers a tool-free hard drive removal option for users who, for example,
need to lock the hard drive in a safe overnight.
The notebooks weigh less than seven pounds and feature three-spindle
design, allowing simultaneous use of the hard drive, floppy drive and a
third bay that is hot-swappable and accepts a host of peripherals.
The only difference between the two models is the display. The TransPort
GX features a 14.1-inch XGA display and the TransPort GX+ comes with a 15-inch
SXGA+ display. Both feature S3 Savage IX graphics with 16M of synchronous
graphics RAM (SGRAM). They support up to 1400 pixel-by-1050 pixel LCD resolution,
which is the highest-end graphics solution in the mobile market.
Another important benefit of the TransPort GX is its backward compatibility
with a previous model, the TransPort ZX. Customers can use TransPort ZX
peripherals such as the port replicator, batteries and AC adapter with the
TransPort GX. Such compatibility "underscores Micron's commitment to provide
a stable mobile computing solution," White said.
A TransPort GX with an 850 MHz Intel Corp. Pentium III processor with
SpeedStep Technology, a 20G hard drive, 128M of SDRAM and an 8X DVD-ROM
drive costs $3,500. The TransPort GX+ with the same configuration costs