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Sep 23, 2009

Eurocom launches world's first i7 Clarksfield based high-end notebooks powered by Intel's new line of i7 Mobile processors

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Eurocom, the world's leading developer of highly personalized, high-performance notebook PCs and LCD PCs, plans to launch its new mobile notebook line-up based on Intel Calpella in early October. The Calpella platform is based on Clarksfield processors with four cores that will be marketed by Intel under Core i7 trademark as well code-named Ibex Peak-M core logic that will be branded as Intel PM55.

There will be two notebook models available: 15.6-inch HD EUROCOM W860CU Cougar and 17.3-inch W870CU Cheetah based on Intel i7 Mobile processors, Intel PM55 chipset, DDR3-1333 Memory, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 280M, GTX 260M or GTX 3x0M series upgradeable MXM 3.0 Type B VGA technology. NExt generation VGA technologies based on NVIDIA and ATI chips are under development.

Initially there will be three Intel Core i7 mobile chips supported based on Intel Nehalem micro architecture 1.60 GHz Core i7-720QM (45W), 1.73 GHz Core i7-820QM (45W), and 2.0 GHz Core i7-920XM Extreme (55W). The mobile Core i7 processors are based on Intel Nehalem 45nm technology and will sport 256KB of L2 cache per core as well as 8MB (800- and 900-series) or 6MB (700-series) of unified L3 cache.
Intel will add more processors to the Calpella lineup in second quarter of 2010 based on 32nm technology and Eurocom intends to support them in its line of Clarksfield notebooks.

About Intel PM55 Ibex Peak-M Chipset

An Intel Mobile Express Series 5 chipset (PCHM codenamed Ibex Peak) with Intel's graphics technology that will allow for optimized decoding/encoding and editing/playback of H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video used in Blu-Ray Discs and HD 1080p video, optimized for MPEG-2 (DVD) video playback and editing.
- Integrated memory controller and integrated PCI express controller remove the need for a Northbridge and the older FSB (Front Side Bus) technology.
- Direct connect to Display Port with DPCP as with its predecessor along with legacy support for HDMI (and HDCP), DVI, and VGA.
- RAM supported for DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333 and DDR3-1600 SO-DIMM.
- Gigabit Ethernet LAN controllers 82577LM and 82577LF (codenamed Hanksville).
- Solid-State Drive and Hybrid Hard Drives support

Both 15.6" W860CU Cougar and 17.3" W870CU Cheetah provide workstation-calibre performance, powerful graphics capabilities, high performance storage SATA-300 hard drives and super-powerful Intel Clarksfield i-7 and i7-Extreme Processor for high-end computing wherever work or gaming takes place.

Featuring choice of LCD displays up to Full HD 1920-by-1080 pixels, upgradeable NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M with 1GB of GDDR3 Video Memory and powered by Intel new line of i7 Mobile and i7 Extreme four-core processor technology, EUROCOM W870CU Cheetah also features the largest and fastest storage capacity on the market today - a whopping 1.5 Terabytes with three physical drives (500GB 7200rpm per single hard drive) - making it the perfect laptop for users who demand high performance storage for true portable gaming and/or workstation-calibre experience.

For the hardcore PC user (gamer and/or engineer alike), this means the EUROCOM W860CU Cougar and W870CU Cheetah provide blistering fast response times that are sure to turn heads.

EUROCOM W860CU Cougar and W870CU Cheetah support variety of 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems from Microsoft Vista Business or Ultimate to XP Professional or Windows 7 and up to Linux.

Upgradeable VGA Technology

At the core of the W860CU Cougar and W870CU Cheetah, users can choose between different NVIDIA or ATi graphics cards: the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M, GTX 280M or ATi Mobility Radeon HD 4870XT with 1GB of GDDR3 for high-performance PC gaming, and NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M with 1GB GDDR3 for those looking for a high-performance workstation class performance.

EUROCOM W860CU Cougar and W870CU Cheetah use standard MXM 3.0 Type B specifications with the interface allowing easy upgradeability to next generation of graphics technology and allows full exchangeability with both NVIDIA and ATi VGA technology. By using a consistent mechanical graphics interface in the form of high-performance MXM, Eurocom is able to introduce a variety of innovative PCI Express graphics solutions as quickly as desktop PC graphics.

I/O Ports, Communications and Security

Standard ports include four USB ver 2.0, one DVI for external display, one Firewire IEEE1394a, one RJ-45 for 1 Gigabit LAN, one RJ11 for Modem/Phone, one S/PDIF output; one built-in microphone and one headphone jack.

There are also a HDMI output, e-SATA port, Built-in Webcam for Video Conferencing, HSDPA 3.5G mobile broadband support along with the WiMax or 802.11n and Bluetooth.

For security there is integrated fingerprint reader is accompanied by the TPM Trusted Platform Module and Kensington security lock.
A high performance, integrated ExpressCard 34/54 slot adds external peripheral functionality via the ExpressCard module form-factor.

Upgradeable Processor Technology

Driving the system is Intel Core i7 Mobile or Core i7 Extreme with up to8MB of L3 cache, which delivers exceptional high-def multimedia, multi-tasking and multi-threaded performance.

Intel's 1333MHz front-side-bus i7 Mobile processor is Nehalem-based 45nm chip and its part of Intel's Clarksfield contains 840 million transistors and will run at a power envelope of up 55W. That's somewhat higher than the chipmaker's mainstream thermal design power (TDP) of 35W, meaning that the extra performance will take its toll on battery life.

This high-performance CPU allows users to simultaneously run multiple applications at the same time -- all with increased performance. Performing tasks such as burning CDs, reading email messages, editing digital photos and listening to music all at the same time with no slow downs means a richer overall experience for the user.

Here is a list of processors supported in W860CU Cougar and W870CU Cheetah:
- Intel Core i7-920XE Extreme Processor (Clarksfield); 2.0GHz, 8MB L3 cache; 55W TDP.
- Intel Core i7-820QM Processor (Clarksfield); 1.73GHz, 8GB L3 cache; 45W TDP.
- Intel Core i7 i7-720QM Processor (Clarksfield); 1.60GHz 6MB L3 cache, 45W TDP

Memory

EUROCOM W860CU Cougar and W870CU Cheetah use next-generation, high speed, dynamic frequency DDR3-1333 or DDR3-1600 SO-DIMM for laptops that enables customers to make full use of the significantly reduced power consumption and increased bandwidth of DDR3.

This new-generation DDR3 SO-DIMM module for laptops uses the 8-bit pre-fetch design. As it is a double of the DDR2 modules, the clock frequency begins from 800MHz and can be increased to 1066MHz, 1333MHz and 1600MHz.

Thanks to the evolution in die processes to 75nm technology DDR3 modules offer a significant reduction in terms of power consumption, as they take advantage of DDR3's 1.5V supply, compared to 1.8V with DDR2. By incorporating additional optimizations, DDR3 SO-DIMMs even reduce the power consumption by at least 30 and up to more than 50 percent compared to today's mainstream DDR2 modules, depending on the SO-DIMM capacity. Indeed, the laptop's battery life can be extended. Furthermore, the DDR3 SDRAM devices offer data transfer rates of up to 1.600 Mb/s (Mbit per second). This doubles the maximum data transfer rates of today's DDR2 memories, and significantly boosts also the performance of mobile PCs.

This DDR3-1333 SO-DIMM for laptops uses high-quality genuine die from original manufacturers packaged with the FBGA (Fine-Pitch Ball Grid Array) technology to deliver better cooling and electrical performances. The ODT (on-die-termination) can effectively ensure signal integrity by reducing signal feedback when the module is running at high speed.

With ASR (auto self-refresh) design, it intelligently reduces the refreshing frequency of memory modules thus effectively reduce the temperature and power consumption of the module to conserve energy.

Physical Dimensions & Weight

The W860CU Cougar measures 374mm (W) x 263mm (D) x 42mm (H) (14.96"x10.52"x1.68") and weights under 3.3kg (7.26lbs). The W870CU Cheetah is 412x279x39-48mm (16.48x11.16x1.56-1.92inch) and weights 4kg or 8.8lbs.

Full Upgrade Ability and Full Customization

EUROCOM notebooks are built on a customized basis so that users can select the individual configurations they require. EUROCOM systems offer stylish all-in-one design, superb performance, upgrade ability and latest computing technology. All EUROCOM mobile workstations are fully upgradeable including Hard Drive (Hard Drives), memory, optical drives, processors and graphics to prolong their lifespan.

About Eurocom

Eurocom is the world's leading developer of desktop replacement technology, highly customized, high-performance notebook PCs. The company was founded on the belief that it could revolutionize the PC world with Desktop Replacement Technology, its designs and advanced engineering techniques typically unseen in the computer industry. The company has produced many firsts, such as manufacturing the world’s first notebook with a 3.5-inch desktop hard drive, 102-keys full-size keyboard, upgradeable notebook VGA technology, integrating RAID 0,1,5 technologies into the notebook or incorporating desktop processors into a notebook designs. . Eurocom continues to engineer well-balanced, work-of-art machines that inspire and enable individuals to reach great possibilities. For more information on Eurocom or to customize a machine, visit www.eurocom.com.

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