PowerBook brimming with memory on chip release

Memory and storage maker Transintl LLC released a 512M-byte SDRAM (synchronous dynamic random access memory) module for Apple's new PowerBook G4 Titanium laptop Thursday, offering the first chip that will allow users to upgrade the machine to its full memory capacity.

Apple's newest laptop is capable of holding up to 1G byte of RAM with its two memory expansion slots. Prior to Trans' release of the 512M-byte SDRAM SO-DIMM, the laptop's memory limit was capped at 512M bytes.

Trans designed the memory device to fit in the bottom and the top expansion slots in Apple's Titanium PowerBook. It is a 64-bit wide, 144-pin memory device and built to conform to the official specifications of the machine, the company said.

Apple first started shipping its PowerBook G4 Titanium laptops on Jan. 31 after unveiling the sleek machine at the MacWorld Expo earlier that month.

The 1-inch think, 5.3-pound laptop has a 15.2-inch display, slot-loading DVD drive, integrated modem and networking, USP and FireWire ports, 30G bytes of hard disk space and 802.11 wireless-networking support. It comes with a PowerPC G4 processor at speeds of up to 500MHz, and sells for US$2,600 and up.

Released following Apple's lackluster launch of the G4 Cube, company officials said Wednesday when reporting better-than-expected earnings for the second quarter that sales of the Titanium helped boost profits. The company said it shipped 115,000 notebooks in the second quarter.

During that quarter, Apple (AAPL) reported an $0.11 per share profit, excluding write-downs, on revenue of $1.43 billion. Fourteen analysts polled by First Call/Thomson Financial expected Apple to show a $0.01 per share profit.

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