Boston Power plans battery plant for cars and laptops#
Post By Johan van Mierlo

Boston Power is at it again. The 4 year old company located in Westborough, Mass is scheduled to hold a press conference this Monday June 1st, 2009 in Auburn, MA where it proposes to build a factory to make lithium-ion batteries for laptops and electric cars.

We have been covering Boston Power since we met them at CntrStg during CES 2009 about their great Sonata battery that came to the market at with the Enviro batteries for the major consumer HP notebooks.

Going green is their their vision is durable and  longer lasting batteries that maintain their capacity. In line with their green vision they don't want to waist any of the federal grant money on a new building, but will plan to convert and old Filene's Basement warehouse into a 600 employee factory.

The move to add the automobile industry for their battery technology is major step for Boston Power. The battery developed for the automobile industry will be called Swing.




References:

  1. Boston-Power
  2. Xconomy Boston: Boston-Power Asks Feds for $100 Million to Build Better Batteries for Electric Vehicles; Filenes Basement Warehouse Could be Reborn as 600-Employee Factory
  3. Cnet:  Boston Power plans battery plant for cars, laptops

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HP Mini Line Expands Portfolio#
Post By Steve "fyiguy" Hughes

HP expanded their award-winning HP Mini family with three new models, offering their customers sleek, lightweight companion PCs that come in a variety of configurations and designs - all small enough to easily slip into most purses, backpacks, briefcases or coat pockets.

  • The new HP Mini 110 XP Edition and the HP Mini 110 Mobile Internet (Mi) Edition were designed for Internet-centric consumers to stay connected to what’s important to them, while at home or on-the-go. The Mini 110 provides consumers with a choice of Pink Chic, Black Swirl or White Swirl HP Imprint finishes.
  • The HP Mini 1101 is ideal as a companion PC for small and medium-size businesses and frequent business travelers. The Mini 1101 offers business users a sophisticated Black Swirl design.

The new Mini models start at 2.33 pounds and measuring just over 1-inch thick coming in between $279.99 to $329.99. With a 10.1-inch diagonal standard or optional high-definition LED widescreen display at 1,024 x 576 resolution. Intel’s , a keyboard that is 92 percent the size of a standard notebook PC keyboard, and a built-in webcam and microphone, powered by a 1.6GHz N270 Atom processor and can be configured with and SSD up to 32GB or platter notebook drive maxing out at 250GB. The new HP Minis are designed for consumers and business professionals who surf the web, check email, listen to music and need access to friends, family, co-workers or information while on the go.

HP Mini 110

  • 1.6 GHz Intel® Atom™ Processor N270
  • Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition with Service Pack 3
  • 10.1” Diagonal LED Anti-glare Widescreen Display (1,024 x 576)
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 (shared) with up to 128MB total available graphics memory
  • 1,024MB DDR2 System Memory (1 Dimm)
  • 160GB (5400RPM) Hard Drive (SATA)
  • HP Webcam
  • 802.11b/g WLAN
  • 5-in-1 Digital Media card reader
  • Stereo speakers
  • 3xUSB, 1xVGA, 1xRJ-45
  • 6-Cell Lithium-Ion battery
  • 10.3″x 6.77″ x 1.04 – 1.09″
  • 2.89 pounds
  • Syncables cable included (this is a cable with integrated software to sync data between your HP Mini and another PC)
  • The HP Mini 110 XP is expected to be available in Pink Chic and White Swirl in the United States on July 8 via www.hpdirect.com/go/mini, pricing to be determined.
  • The HP Mini 110 XP Edition and the Mini 110 with Mi is expected to be available in Black Swirl in the United States on June 10 via www.hpdirect.com/go/mini with a starting price of $329.99 and 279.99 respectively.

HP Mini 110 models include the Syncables™ Desktop solution, which provides effortless, automatic synchronization of music, pictures, videos and other files between an HP Mini and a primary notebook or desktop PC. Making the HP Mini a true accessory and companion PC.

HP Mini 1101

  • 1.6 GHz Intel® Atom™ Processor N270
  • Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition with Service Pack 3
  • 10.1” Diagonal LED Anti-glare Widescreen Display (1,024 x 576)
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 (shared) with up to 128MB total available graphics memory
  • 1024MB DDR2 System Memory (1 Dimm), supports 2GB with Windows Vista
  • 160GB / 250GB (5400RPM) Hard Drive (SATA) or 32 GB SSD
  • HP Webcam
  • 802.11b/g WLAN, optional un2400 EVDO/HSPA module
  • 5-in-1 Digital Media card reader
  • Stereo speakers
  • 3xUSB, 1xVGA, 1xRJ-45
  • 3-Cell Lithium-Ion battery, 6-cell optional (after June 15th)
  • 10.3″x 6.77″ x 1.04 – 1.09″
  • Starting at 2.33 pounds with SSD option
  • The HP Mini 1101 in high gloss black starts at $329 and is expected to be available June 1.
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5/26/2009 5:47:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

HP Pavilion dv3t Now Available#
Post By Steve "fyiguy" Hughes

Well its finally here the long awaited HP Pavilion dv3t with Intel Core 2 Duo processor the same one we saw at CES 2009, is now available through www.HPDirect.com and select retailers nationwide. Starting at $799, this thin and light, full-powered notebook PC brings the latest in entertainment and performance in a stylish and highly mobile design. At about 1.25-inches thick and just under 5 lbs, the dv3t features integrated optical drive and optional discrete graphics for entertainment on-the-go. Extended battery life and a full range of connectivity options make it ideal for customers who want to work and play without being tied to the office or home. The unit we saw at CES was very well built rigid like a MacBook Pro and had a slot Blu-Ray Drive with a full size backlit keyboard, the first one I had seen for an HP laptop.

HP Pavilion dv3t - Espresso black

 

Features include:

· 13.3-inch diagonal LED BrightView display with 16:9 aspect ratio for full-screen HD content viewing

· Intel Core™ 2 Duo Processor T6400

· Up to 500 GB hard drive, providing ample room for photos, music and other content

· HP Webcam and microphone for staying in touch with friends and family

· HP MediaSmart software for enjoying photos, listening to music and watching Internet TV or movies in high-definition

· Optional built-in Blu-ray disc drive and remote control

· SRS Premium Sound™ for optimal audio performance

· Optional 9-cell battery with up to 7 hours of battery life

· Full-sized keyboard for comfortable typing

· ENERGY STAR® qualified and EPEAT™ Silver registered

· Choice of two HP Imprint designs – Espresso black or Moonlight white

For more information head here.

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4/23/2009 1:59:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

Earth Day Promotion from Boston-Power#
Post By Steve "fyiguy" Hughes

Today, millions of people around the globe come together to celebrate Earth Day.  Since its founding in 1970, Earth Day has led to the passage of major environmental protection legislation, the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and many other positive actions for a cleaner, healthier, and safer environment worldwide.

Last month we had the opportunity to tour the facilities of Boston-Power, one of the companies making a difference not only in how we use technology, but also how we take responsibility for taking care of our environment. Boston-Power had announced that HP made available its new brand of eco-certified notebook PC batteries – the Enviro Series – based on Boston-Power’s next-generation Lithium-ion technology, Sonata. This marks the first time a U.S.-based battery company has ever sold battery technology to a notebook PC provider. The Enviro Series battery is compatible with more than 70 percent of HP’s consumer notebook models. As the world’s top provider of notebook PCs, that’s a very large PC user community!

bp hp battery

Boston-Power is equally excited that HP is featuring the Enviro Series battery in its Earth Day promotion – providing customers with a great discounted price of $119.99. This makes it even easier for people to experience the great benefits of Sonata such as long life, the industry’s longest warranty (three years) and reduced environmental impact.

We at Boston Pocket PC encourage everyone to consider every day as Earth Day, since environmental responsibility is something that should be observed everyday.

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4/22/2009 5:57:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

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