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Notebook Computers ....With Connections

Techstination feature for Thursday, September 20, 2001

Notebook computers... with connections. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. The latest line of notebook PCs from Toshiba takes a new approach... to connecting to wireless networks, digital cameras, camcorders, cell phones and PDAs. Whatever your connection needs... .chances are you'll find it the Tecra 9000 and Portege 4000 series. VP Steven Andler... .

"These notebooks, all of them, include lots of ways to communicate. We've had WIFI, which is wireless Ethernet, in our products since the beginning of the year. We're extending that to have wireless fidelity or WIFI integrated in the notebooks as well as Bluetooth. We're also including bridge media like SD and other I/O communications methods like 1394."

Commonly called a Firewire port used to connect the notebook, among other things, to the latest generation of digital camcorders. Toshiba's strategy is to add flexibility to its line up. Models range from ultra-portables... .with detachable DVD or CD drives... .to heavier full function desktop replacements... .

"These are a family of products that all share disk drives that can be interchanged, RAM, batteries and docking devices. These are really good for businesses that want to have travelers who are carrying the lightest machines as well as people who don't travel as much who need a bigger screen for presentations."

And while sales could be better... .the notebook market remains considerably healthier than the PC market overall. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.