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NEC has become the third manufacturer to show off a notebook powered by Transmeta's Crusoe TM5600 processor.

The LaVie MX machine was unveiled at PC Expo in Japan today.

NEC claims the laptop can run up to 11 hours on a single charge because of the processor, the kind of LCD screen it has used, as well as the high-capacity lithium polymer battery. The reflective LCD screen doesn't need a power hungry backlight.

The machine on show had a 10.4 inch TFT screen, 128Mb RAM and 20GB hard disk. It weighed 1.4kg and measured 26.4 x 21.1 x 2.7cm.

NEC is ready to take orders in Japan for the notebooks and expects to start shipping in November. The price is expected to be around $2,300. ®

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