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Toshiba Notebooks Get Game With Intel's Latest 'Penryn' Mobile Chip

The systems included the general purpose Satellite U305 and the company's flagship gaming notebook, the Satellite X205.
Toshiba on Tuesday added two more notebooks powered by Intel's latest 45-nanometer Core 2 Duo mobile processor.

The systems included the general purpose Satellite U305 and the company's flagship gaming notebook, the Satellite X205. Toshiba also sells the Qosmio G45, an entertainment notebook, with Intel's latest processor, which had been code-named Penryn and released for notebooks last month.

The Satellite U305 features the 2.1-GHz T8100 Intel processor, 2 GB of memory, a 250 GB hard disk drive, and a 13.3-inch display. The machine weighs 4.6 pounds.

In addition, the system supports the latest 802.11n Wi-Fi standard, which can stream data at speeds five times faster than the previous 802.11g standard, Toshiba said. The notebook supports Bluetooth for connecting peripherals wirelessly, and has built-in stereo speakers, Web cam, microphone, and fingerprint reader. The Satellite U305 has a starting price of $1,350.

For gamers, the Satellite X205 features the same processor as the U305, plus two Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT graphics cards. In addition, the notebook comes with 2 GB of memory, a 320 GB hard drive and a 17-inch display. The system supports the same wireless standards as the U305, and also includes a Web cam, microphone, and fingerprint reader. In addition, the notebook has an HD DVD high-definition optical drive, four built-in Harman Kardon stereo speakers and one sub-woofer. The X205 starts at $2,000.

Toshiba is among the first computer makers to ship notebooks with the new Penryn processors. Others include Hewlett-Packard and Gateway.

Penryn is part of last month's refresh of Intel's Centrino mobile platform, code-named Santa Rosa. The company is moving its whole product line over to the new 45-nm manufacturing process, which gets more transistors on a chip than the previous generation for more computing power without increasing energy consumption.

The platform upgrade includes Intel's GM965 Express chipset, which has technology for processing high-definition video in HD DVD or Blu-ray formats. In addition, the platform supports Microsoft's DirectX 10, the latest version of the software maker's graphics technology, which is in Windows Vista.

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