Zepto Hydra A17 Best Gaming Notebook

A new gaming notebook PC has been lanched these days by Zepto. Zepto Hydra A17 is powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Extreme processor, up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and a NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTX with 1GB of GDDR3 video RAM, making it one of the best machine for some road-gaming.


  • Intel Core 2 Duo-processor P9500
  • 17″ WUXGA (1920×1200)
  • NVIDIA Geforce 9800M GTX 1GB
  • 4096MB DDR3 1066MHz PC8500
  • 500GB SATA harddisk
  • Intel WiFi 533AN 450Mbit Wireless
  • Built-in digital microfon
  • Built-in Subwoofer
  • Built-in 2.0 megapixel webcam
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit

The Hydra is now available starting at $2,501.

Intel Launch Core 2 Duo, E8600

The new CPU will be based on a 45-nanometer dual core Wolfdale architecture and seems to work at 3.33 GHz (the stock core clock speed). The Wolfdale processor will come with 6MB of L2 cache and will feature a thermal design power of 65 watts, which is quite impressive, given its 3.33GHz core frequency. Moreover, its low thermal envelope will allow enthusiasts to overclock it without problems in order to squeeze some 300-500 MHz using air-based cooling solutions. The Core 2 Duo E8600 will give Intel some maneuver space, as AMD is gearing up for launching its dual- and tri-cores during the second quarter of the year. The B4 silicon revision is promising excellent AMD overclockers.

However, Intel is still keeping its 45-nanometer CPU stash hidden from the eyes of its customers. Although the company has been shipping its 45-nanometer Core 2 Extreme 9650 for some time, there will be little 45-nanometer-based parts to emerge during this quarter.

Only two percent of Intel’s consumer-oriented CPUs will be based on the Intel Core 2 Quad 45-nanometer architecture, and only three percent of the chips will belong to the 45-nanometer Core 2 Duo family. The 65-nanometer dual core processor will claim their lion share on the market (about 42 percent of the total shipments), while the 65-nanometer quads will account for only 5 percent of the total shipments.

Moving along, the Dual Core E2000 series will represent 29 percent of Intel’s shipments, and the Celeron 400 will only account for 14 percent of total consumer CPU shipments this quarter. The big surprise is yet to come, as 2008 seems to be the first year when Intel will not ship any Pentium-class processor. The company has successfully transitioned to the Core technology in both low- and high level products.

The chip manufacturer seems to have buried the last of the Netbursts, the dual-core Pentium D processor. Intel basically built its reputation on the Pentium brand and terminating the family surely was a tough decision. Pentium D is practically a museum rarity as of 2008, but don’t worry, the Core 2 Celeron or the E1000 series give more than the Pentium D could even imagine.

Antro Solo Gas-Electric Hybrid Car

The Antro Solo from Hungary is a gas-electric hybrid car with a unique power arrangement that also utilizes solar energy.
While the Antro Solo is obviously in the prototype phase, many of its technologies are fascinating. To keep weight low, it’s built entirely out of carbon fiber and composites. The engine is a gas-electric hybrid with a twist. A large array of roof-mounted photo-cells can charge the battery to extend the EV range. The Solo comes with pedals that each passenger can crank in order to charge the battery. This car combines renewable energy with fitness training.The Antro Solo is also one of the strangest looking cars on the green horizon.With its light weight and design the Antro Solo is able to get about 150 mpg and has a top speed of 87 mph.  These are excellent stats for a green car.

The triple seat feature of this car is unique.  Unlike other small hybrids, this car has all three seats lined up in row rather than the two in front, one in the back scenario.  This car won’t be difficult to market in countries that drive on the right or left because the driver in this car sits in the middle.  No need to rearrange the interior controls depending on whether the market is England or the U.S.

The interior cockpit has pedals for all of the passengers in the car.  Hence the pedal power part of the hybrid.  The driving controls along with being in the middle, look more appropriate for steering a plane rather than a car.  This configuration does place controls within easy reach of thumbs and fingers without the need to remove a hand from the steering column.
No to the most intriguing part of this hybrid, the different power systems.  Solar panels line the top of the car storing energy in the batteries.  The car can go approximately 9-12 miles on solar energy alone.  Not a very impressive distance, but with the pedals and small combustion engine the car will switch to the power source needed to get the car where you are going.
This is definitely one of the more unique cars slated to be out in two to five years.  But not necessarily one of the cheapest.  The car is expected to cost around $20.000.
The multiple systems are blended in  way not seen in other hybrids.  Adding pedal power to a solar-electric-gas combo is a way of providing emergency back up power like crank flashlights.
Just like crank flashlights, you can use the pedals to provide power to the engine when the batteries are low due to bad weather.  If the driver is alone or the passengers aren’t up to pedaling, the combustion engine kicks in to continue powering the car.
The pedal portion of the power system allows passengers to workout while riding.  With the seat and pedal configuration, this would be similar to riding a recumbent bicycle.  Should you miss a day at the gym, you can carpool in with someone else driving and exercise on the way.
The Antro Solo takes the term “hybrid” in whole new direction providing yet another choice to the line up expected in 2012.