ASUS today announced the latest addition to its popular A8J
family: the A8Jr. The
A8Jr takes advantage of Intel's latest Core 2 Duo processors and makes use of
ATI's new Mobility Radeon X2300 GPU.
"There is an ever-increasing demand for higher graphic
processing power and crisper graphics for entertainment and applications
alike," said AMD's David Cummings. "Our answer to that demand is the
X2300 GPU. This GPU utilizes patented technology to increase processing power
and provide the user with smooth, realistic hi-resolution graphics."
The press release doesn't mention much about the Mobility
Radeon X2300 GPU but it does note that it will feature ATI HyperMemory and will
provide a superior "performance-per-watt" than competing solutions.
The new GPU is also fully
certified for use in Windows Vista.
When it comes to the A8Jr's other specs, it looks just like
the rest of its brethren. The Intel 945PM Express chipset is used along with an
Intel PRO/Wireless 3945AGP 802.11a/b/g adapter. A 14.1" WXGA+ (1440x900)
display is included along with five USB 2.0 ports, an ExpressCard slot, VGA and
DVI connectors and an optional Bluetooth 2.0+EDR.
The 5.27 pound notebook should be available for purchase
within the next two weeks, but pricing is not yet available.
quote: 8600 Ultra: 64 SP, core 500 MHz, memory 1400 MHz, 512 MB, 256-bit, $179
8600 GT: 48 SP, core 350 MHz, memory 1200 MHz, 256 MB, 128-bit, $149
8300 GT: 32 SP, core 500 MHz, memory 1200 MHz, 256 MB, 128-bit, $99
8300 GS: 24 SP, core 500 MHz, memory 1000 MHz, 256 MB, 128-bit, $79
quote: AMD will report fourth quarter 2006 consolidated results after market close on January 23, 2007. AMD will hold a conference call on this day for the financial community at 2:00 p.m.