Sony VAIO C1MV Picturebook with TM5800 Crusoe Processor
When Sony first introduced the Picturebook it was the
very first Cruseo-based subnotebook to make it on to the market. The release of
the C1MV Picturebook on Transmeta's 0.13 micron TM5800 signifies that
subnotebooks with non-Intel chips are growing in demand. The C1MV features a
733MHz TM5800 processor, Windows XP and the standard integrated CMOS camera above
the high resolution 3/4 size TFT display. The VAIO C1MV
and is expected to retail for about $1900USD mid-November
Like the earlier Crusoe-powered
VAIO Picturebook's the C1MV is incredibly slim and portable - but while still packing in
a host of features that make it useful to both the business and home
user. At 1.0" thick and weighing a 2.2 pounds, the C1MV comes
standard with a 20GB hard drive, 128MB DDR memory,
8MB ATI Radeon-M graphics chip, 8.95" UWSXGA (1280x600)
TFT display and TM5800 733 MHz Crusoe processor.
The TM5800 series is manufactured on the 0.13 micron process, enabling the
C1MV to consume less power and remain in use for upto 15.5 with a quad-size
battery. The standard size battery has enough power for the VAIO C1MV to remain
in operation for up to 4 hours. As with previous Picturebooks, battery life is
influenced by how much the CMOS camera is used. All that in a package which
measures 1" x 9.8" x 6" and weighs only 2.2lbs!
Since subnotebooks are notorious for casting aside anything that even remotely fits
under the term "legacy" the VAIO C1MV comes bundled with
a external port-replicator. The port replicator makes it possible
for C1MV users to make use of
a 10/100 Ethernet connection or multimedia ports for video editing for example.
Business will probably be content to just leave
the port replicator and all the cables at work, and take
the C1MV alone. The C1MV subnotebook is with a V.90 modem, IEEE
1394 connection, and Memory Stick media slot - Sony's brand of proprietory flash memory.
Three different sizes of batteries are available to power the
notebook; standard, double and quad. With the largest battery
pack clipped in, the C1MV can run
for about 15.5 hours, and with the double battery 8 hours.
The hallmark of any VAIO Picturebook is the built-in rotating CMOS
camera just above the 8.9" TFT screen. On the VAIO
C1MV, the designers have opted to use a progressive scan camera with one-button
capture or digital still and video images - directly to the
The C1MV also sports MPEG1 thru MPEG4 and JPEG support to yield an
ideal platform for viewing DVD quality video on the 1280 x 600 screen.
The notebook even goes so far as to house a built-in
real time MPEG2 encoder and decoder. The encoder makes it possible
for users to convert an external video source to MPEG2 for higher quality video playback.
Given Sony's past efforts the C1MV looks to
be a tantalizing extension of the original Picturebook, and one which
will hopefully offer users a Cruseo-based platform with long battery life, decent performance, and superb