Sony announces new Crusoe-based Vaio

Sony Electronics announced on Wednesday it will use Transmeta's Crusoe processor in its new Vaio notebook, which will be available in the U.S. next month.

The Vaio PCG-C1VP Picturebook notebook uses Microsoft's Windows 2000 or Windows ME and features a Crusoe TM5600 667MHz processor. The machine, which is aimed at the corporate market, is one-inch thick (2.54 centimeters), weighs 2.2 pounds (1 kilogram), and can run for between 2.5 and 5.5 hours on the standard battery. With optional batteries, the notebook can run for up to 20 hours, the company said in a statement.

Sony, which expects to ship the Vaio next month, also has a promotional deal through wireless access provider GoAmerica Communications Inc. for a free wireless modem for users who sign up for a wireless plan. The notebook also comes loaded with a suite of Sony's own multimedia-creation programs, including MovieMaker, PictureGear and DVgate, Sony said in a statement.

The Picturebook has a 15G-byte hard drive, 128M bytes of RAM and a MagicGate Memory Stick media slot, as well as an i.Link IEEE 1394 high-speed interface.

With Windows ME, the notebook will cost US$2,000, while with Windows 2000, it will cost $2,100, Sony said in the statement. Additional features include the quad-capacity battery, available for $400, and 64M bytes of additional memory for $200.

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