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Sony VAIO PCG-U1 Crusoe Ultra-subnotebook

Sony VAIO PCG-U1 Crusoe Ultra-subnotebook - PCSTATS
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Abstract: The PCG-U1 is powered by a TM5800 Crusoe processor running at 867MHz and sports up to four hours of battery life in a package the measures less than 185mm wide.
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External Mfg. Website: Sony Apr 19 2002   Max Page  
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Sony VAIO PCG-U1 Crusoe Ultra-subnotebook

Sony were the first to introduce a Crusoe based subnotebook and this time around they are the first to introduce a palm-top ultra subnotebook (what we are calling the PCG-U1 around here). The PCG-U1 is powered by a TM5800 Crusoe processor running at 867MHz and sports up to four hours of battery life in a package the measures less than 185mm wide. The XGA screen on this little guy is 6.4" in size and supports a resolution of 1024×768 pixels. The ultra subnotebook weighs just 820 grams.

The TM5800 is Transmeta's newest Crusoe processor which comes equipped with 128 Kb of L1 and 512KB of L2 cache. The chip is based on the 0.13 micron process and is expected to eventually scale to 1.0GHz. Equipped with 128MB of SDRAM, and expandable to 256MB, the PCG-U1 also comes with a 20GB ATA100 harddrive. All other media drives are external, connecting via USB, or port replicators, except for a Sony memory stick port.

With Windows XP home edition loaded on to the small 20GB hard drive, and room for proprietory Sony Memory sticks on the side the PCG-U1 at least features an RJ45 network adaptor, twin USB ports, and Firewire jack for large data transfers. One Type II PCMCIA port is integrated with in the ultra sub notebook, and larger batteries can be clipped on to the bottom to boost the average 2 hour lifespan to 4 hours.

At the moment the Sony VIAO PCG-U1 is only available in Japan, and is like to remain that way for some time to come. The small form factor that the Japanese love so much is often difficult for western individuals to use because hand sizes tend to be larger. The U1 is an interesting step to take a notebook computer - sort of a glorified PDA with notebook qualities, but it remains to be see what real market share devices like this will be able to capture. With cellphones, PDA's and now notebooks converging on the same features it is getting difficult to tell the lines between ultra portable and ultra superfluous application duplication.... after all if your cell phone can now open word documents, and your PDA can send email, should the notebook become a cellphone... only Confucius can really tell for sure.

Full Spec Sheet:

Model PCG-U1
OS Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Processor Transmeta Crusoe processor
TM5800 867MHz
Cache-memory Primary cache 128KB
Secondary cache 512KB
Memory Basque lock Largest 133MHz
Main memory standard / maximum SDRAM 128MB (onboard) +SDRAM 128MB total 256MB/ largest 384MB
Expansion storage slot Micro DIMM slot ×1
Graphic accelerator ATI MOBILITY RADEON-M
Video memory 8MB
Liquid crystal display 6.4" XGA (1024×768 pixel TFT LCD
Indicatory mode (1024×768 and 800×600)
External display output *3 (1600×1200, 1280×1024, 1024×768 and 800×600)
Dual display indicatory time (example) External display: (1600×1200) - LCD: (1024×768 *2 )
External display: (1024×768) - LCD: (1024×768 *2 )
Floppy disk drive External by way of selling separately PCGA-UFD5 and USB, 3.5 types (1.44MB/720KB)
Hard disk drive 20GB (Ultra ATA100 correspondence) (C: 10GB / D: 10GB)
Drive Selling separately ic.link CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive (PCGA-CRWD1), ic.link DVD-ROM drive (PCGA-DVD1), PC card CD-ROM drive (PCGA-CD51/A)
External connected terminal USB×2
Ic.link (IEEE1394) terminal S400 (4 pins) ×1
Network connector (100BASE-TX/10BASE-T) ×1
Microphone input (monaural mini- jack) ×1
Stereo headphone output (stereo mini- jack) ×1
Biology-related product private DC OUT (power source supply) connector ×1
Display adapter (selling separately PCGA-DA1S) private terminal ×1
Memory stick slot Magic gate memory stick slot
PC card slot Type II×1 PCMCIA slot
Audio function AC97 conformity and built-in monaural speaker, MEGA BASS
Keyboard / pointing device 14mm pitch / key stroke 1.5mm/84 key / wide stick type pointing * device / back button equipped
Main accessory AC adapter (PCGA-AC16V4 equal item)
Battery pack (S) (PCGA-BP1U equal item)
Recovery CD
Power source AC adapter or lithium ion battery
Electric power consumption 30W (battery charge not being included)
Battery drive time *8*9 Battery pack (S): ( 2.5 - 4 hours)
Battery charge time *10 Time of ON Battery pack (S): 2 hours ( 85%), 2.5 hours ( 100%)
Time of OFF Battery pack (S): 2 hours ( 85%), 2.5 hours ( 100%)
Warm humidity condition When operating 5 - 35 DEGC (temperature gradient 10 DEGC / the time below) 20 - 80% (however thing, and 35 where it does not become wet with dew DEGC as for the humidity in 65% or less)  When retaining -20 DEGC - +60 DEGC (temperature gradient 10 DEGC / time below)
Substance external size (largest projection section not being included) Width 184.5mm× height 30.6mm (as for battery applied part 46.1mm) x depth 139mm
Mass 820g (battery pack (S) when loading)


 

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