Sharp Notebook Gets Wi-Fi Upgrade
September 04, 2003
The company adds 802.11b wireless networking to a recently introduced Actius model.
Sharp Systems of America on Thursday gave a wireless facelift to its Actius AV18 notebook computer.
The Actius AV18P replaces the original AV18, which was announced in June. The new model adds integrated 802.11b wireless networking support and lowers the price to $1,449.
The 4.3-pound (with optical drive) notebook is identical in form to the MV series, with a 12.1-inch display and integrated CD burner/DVD drive. Unlike the MV notebooks, however, the AV18P is powered by the low-voltage mobile AMD Athlon XP-M processor 1800+ rather than Intel's mobile Pentium III chips.
Notebook shipments increased 22 percent in the second quarter compared with the second quarter of 2002, according to a new report from IDC. Another researcher, Strategy Analytics, has predicted that 90 percent of all notebooks sold will include built-in Wi-Fi by 2008.