Feeds

Asus launches 'first' GPS laptop

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Asus has gone public on what it claims is the world's first mainstream laptop - a machine not intended for specialist use, in other words, with GPS technology on board.

The U3S is a 13.3in widescreen machine based on Intel's Centrino Duo platform. It's got a piano black lid, a magnesium alloy chassis, stainless steel trim and leather palm rests. The 1280 x 800 screen has a 1.3-megapixel webcam, and the graphics come courtesy of an Nvidia GeForce 8400GM chip with 128MB of video memory. There's an HDMI port

Asus U3S
Asus' U3S: GPS on board

Expect Asus to fit out the laptop with a range of Core 2 Duo processors, at least 512MB of 667MHz DDR 2 memory and 100-160GB of SATA hard drive storage. There's an optical drive too, but its an external, USB-connected unit. There is an eight-in-one memory card reader on board.

There's a choice of 802.11a/b/g or 802.11n Wi-Fi. Bluetooth 2.0 is optional, but Gigabit Ethernet comes as standard.

And so does GPS, along with special firmware - NXP Software's swGPS Spot - to handle position fixing, something that might usually be done with hardware, but here is not, in order to "save board space". And money, presumably.

Asus said the U3S would come with satnav software, but declined to name which navigation package will be included. The company indicated the GPS system could be used not only for navigation but also for locating a stolen machine.

The U3S is expected to arrive in the UK at the end of September, priced at around £1599 ($3243/€2335). It comes with Windows Vista.

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.