Sharp enters U.S. notebook market with 850MHz system

Sharp Systems of America, a division of Sharp Electronics, on Monday began shipping its first notebook in the U.S., powered by Intel's 850MHz Pentium III processor.

Sharp launched the PC-AR50 notebook for corporate users, which also comes with 128M bytes of RAM, upgradable to 256M bytes, a 20G-byte removable hard drive and a video controller with 8M bytes of video RAM, Sharp said in a statement.

The notebook has a hot-swappable multi-bay, allowing the CD-RW, floppy drive, DVD (digital versatile disc) and extended battery to all fit into the same drive bay, the company said.

The notebook also features a 14.1 inch (35.8 centimeter) SVGA (super video graphics array) display, with a color range of 16 million colors, and uses Sharp's antiglare, low-reflection technology.

The PC-AR50, which weighs 5.7 pounds with the CD-RW drive installed, is available immediately in the U.S. for US$2,499.

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