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Lenovo Unveils Its Highest Performing Notebook: A Linux Workstation

The ThinkPad T61p has a 15.4-inch wide screen, runs 10% cooler than previous models, and is three decibels quieter.

Lenovo on Tuesday introduced its highest performing notebook, a Linux mobile workstation powered by an Intel Centrino Pro processor.

The ThinkPad T61p is built for data-intensive work requiring 3-D graphics. The 15.4-inch widescreen machine runs 10% cooler than previous models and three decibels quieter, the company said.

Other features include support for cellular carriers' high-speed wireless wide area networks (WWANs) and the latest Wi-Fi standard 802.11n for local area networks. For graphics, the notebook uses a Nvidia FX 570M GPU.

The notebooks is certified to run Novell Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 10, as well as Red Hat and Turbo Linux operating systems. For security, Lenovo is offering 32-byte password protection, and integrated fingerprint reader and full disk encryption. Pricing for the ThinkPad T61p starts at $1,814.

Also on Tuesday, Lenovo introduced the ThinkPad R61 15-inch standard and R61e 15-inch widescreen notebooks. The two machines, along with the T61p, are energy-efficient notebooks that are rated silver by the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, a program of the Green Electronics Council.

Pricing for the ThinkPad R61 and R61e start at $1,119 and $1,069, respectively.

As of the first quarter, Lenovo was the fourth largest PC maker in the world, according to iSuppli. The Chinese company was toppled from the third spot that quarter by Taiwan-based Acer, which shipped 4.2 million computers, an increase of nearly 46% from the same period a year ago. Lenovo also increased shipments, selling 4 million units, or more than 16% higher than a year. The performance of both companies reflected the growing strength of Asia/Pacific computer makers.

Hewlett-Packard is the leading PC maker, followed by Dell, according to iSuppli.

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