Sharp launches latest Transmeta notebooks

Sharp has unveiled the latest in its line of low-power, light and slim notebook computers based on Transmeta processors.

Sharp has unveiled the latest in its line of low-power, light and slim notebook computers based on Transmeta processors.

The Mebius Muramasa PC-MM1-H3 is a faster version of a machine launched in October and which features a Transmeta TM5800 processor running at 1GHz. The USB (Universal Serial Bus) has also been upgraded, while other major specifications stay the same.

They include 256Mbytes of DDR (double data rate) DRAM (dynamic RAM), a 15Gbyte hard disk drive, 10.4-inch XGA resolution TFT display and built-in Fast Ethernet (100Base-T/10Base-T) and wireless LAN (IEEE802.11b).

The machine's standard battery provides enough power for 3.1 hours of use while a medium-sized battery pack extends this to 5.7 hours and a large-sized battery pack to 9.5 hours.

The computer also supports Sharp's new docking station that allows data to be synchronised while the machine is in standby or hibernate mode.

The computer will be available in Japan later this month in two versions, both will include the Windows XP Home operating system. The PC-MM1-H3W will be priced at around ¥170,000 (£892) and the PC-MM1-H3S, which includes Office XP, will cost around ¥190,000.

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