For audio enthusiasts who work with on a computer, nothing could be worse than a system that generates so much noise it competes with the work you are
trying to do. To solve this problem, two companies have joined forces and recently announced a system comprising of a Crusoe-based notebook, dual CD player stereo and speaker system. The whole setup has been titled Avenue , and represents a PC designed for music.
The project itself is a collaboration of Iiyama and Kenwood. Iiyama have
contributed the 'Avenue Notebook', and Kenwood has supplied the 'Avenue Audio'
The lightweight and thin notebook together with the speaker system is expected to begin selling some time in February 2002. The price is still up in the air, and as of yet there are no indications of a North American release for the Avenue (MPX-710).
The TM5800 800MHz Crusoe powered notebook employes a 12.1" XGA TFT display at 1024x768 resolution and is small enough to fit in a B5
envelope. The notebook has a hairline finished aluminum body and features 128MB of memory, a 20GB hard drive, an 8MB RAGE Mobility M1 graphics chipset, a host of connectivity options (PCMCIA, (2x) USB2.0/IEEE1394, VGA out, S-Video, and audio jack) and weighs a mere 1.6kg.
Since the Avenue notebook uses no fan for cooling it allows users to
enjoy the music fully. The system is loaded with Windows XP and is
expected to have fairly long battery times, but no specific values have been
The audio section the Avenue System is in a metallic motif and is "designed
for style" says the company. The subwoofer uses and active amplifier to improve
treble quality during playback. The media deck is equipped with a tandem DVD-ROM
drive and CD-R/RW drive. Located below is a MD drive which corresponds to the
new standard, "Net MD". The system can play back WMA and MP3 file types.
The notebook and the audio component are connected by the just released USB2.0 standard, which is capable of up to 480Mbps
data transfer. There is a good article here explaining USB2.0. Unfortunately,
that is all we have on the system at the moment. More information is expected
once the unit becomes available in February.