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Gateway laptop reads portable flash memory

The latest configuration of Gateway's 400L notebook will support six different removable flash memory standards.

The 400L will be available for a limited time from Gateway for $999 (£618) after a $100 rebate. It supports the Compact Flash, Secure Digital, Sony's Memory Stick, SmartMedia, IBM's Microdrive, and Multimedia Card removable memory standards.

As companies realised consumers would accept bigger and thicker notebooks for home use, it was inevitable that these types of memory formats found their way into notebooks, said Stephen Baker, director of research at NPD Techworld. However, Gateway is the first company to do so that he was aware of.

Consumers will use the memory formats to move pictures and data from DVD recorders and televisions to their PCs and back. Data synchronisation between notebooks and handhelds is also a possible application, and business users might be interested in the ability to back up important data quickly and easily.

The 400L comes with a 1.8GHz Celeron processor from Intel, 256M bytes of DDR (double data rate) SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM) a 30Gbyte hard drive, a CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive, and two USB (universal serial bus) 2.0 ports.

Several processor configurations are available at a higher cost, and customers can add 802.11b wireless Internet capability for an additional $99. The 400L will be available from tomorrow (Friday).

 


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