Smaller just got Better: Sony brings Brilliant Video to its Tiniest Notebook PC


Like the jewel of the Nile – rare, brilliant and highly sought after, Sony’s new VAIO® C1MV PictureBook® notebook PC proves that even the smallest computers can deliver the highest quality multimedia features. Announced today, the latest PictureBook PC will dazzle business users and hobbyists with quality video-capturing capabilities and the newest energy-saving Transmeta 5800-series Crusoe™ processor.

“Sony has taken the new PictureBook model to the next level,” said Mark Hanson, vice president and general manager of VAIO PC marketing. “This PC gem not only offers users the best entertainment experience they can find, but also a powerful notebook PC suited for the business environment. In fact, this new model is so stunning and feature-rich, it may redefine the word PC to mean `powerfully chic.'” One-inch thin and weighing a mere 2.2 pounds, the C1MV PC has a 20 GB hard drive and the latest 733 MHz Crusoe 5800-series processor, allowing the system to run more efficiently while still maintaining a high level and length of performance. Arriving on store shelves in mid-November, the C1MV PC wrapped in a cool new outer casing will retail for around $1,900.

Mobility and Convergence Capabilities – With a Convenient Port Replicator

For easier and faster connectivity, the PictureBook PC comes bundled with a light-weight, external port replicator, benefiting users with multimedia ports for digital video transfer and creation and a 10/100 Ethernet port for rapid connectivity to office networks and broadband for the home. Business users now can simply remove their PC from the port replicator leaving unnecessary cables at their desks or bring the replicator with them for enhanced connectivity while working remotely.

The C1MV PC is also equipped with a V.90 modem, i.LINK® (IEEE 1394) interface and MagicGate™ Memory Stick® media slot for even more remote networking and connectivity capabilities. To ensure maximum mobility for professionals, an optional quad-capacity lithium-ion battery affording up to 15 hours of untethered power is available.

DVD-Quality Video and Clear Graphics

The new PictureBook PC offers multimedia innovation for creative users with a built-in, progressive scan camera for one-button capture of digital still and video images on a PC. Together, exclusive VAIO software and the Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition combine to offer advanced audio and video capabilities and one place to download, create, edit, store and share digital content simply and with fewer steps.

With MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4 and JPEG support, the PictureBook PC gives users a DVD-quality viewing experience on a 1280 x 600 screen – the clearest pictures and best resolution available for its size. Plus, the C1MV PC houses a built-in real-time MPEG2 encoder and decoder so consumers, using an external video source or built-in digital camera, can easily convert files to MPEG2 and enjoy high-quality video playback.

Blueprinted to unleash the imagination, the new PictureBook PC also hosts a radiant selection of digital video editing software, including Sony’s MovieShaker™, PictureGear™, Smart Capture Preview and DVgate™ software, plus an i.LINK interface to support high-speed digital video and audio data transfer. With these features, users have limitless ways to express their creativity – in multimedia business presentations, home movies, or video e-mails.

Key Specifications, VAIO PCG-CIMV PictureBook PC, Fall 2001:


CPU Crusoe ™ processor TM5800 733 MHz1
LCD Display 8.95″ UWSXGA (1280 x 600) TFT screen with
XWIDE ™ polysilicon display technology
Operating System Microsoft ® Windows ® XP Home Edition
Dimensions 1″ x 9.8″ x 6.0″ (H x W x D)
2.2 lbs. (with standard battery)

Interfaces VGA output, USB, i.LINK ® (IEEE1394) S400 interface4,

RJ-11 phone jack, audio in, headphone output, Port Replicator, MagicGate™ Memory Stick ® interface

Standard RAM 128 MB DDR SDRAM (exp. to 256 MB)

Hard Disk 20.0 GB2 fixed

Software Applications
   -Adobe Acrobat ® Reader ™
   -Adobe PhotoShop Elements®
   -Smart Capture Premium
   -Microsoft ® Word 2002
   -PC-Cillin ® 2000
   -Quicken ® 2002
   -QuickTime ™
   -RealNetworks ® Real Entertainment Suite
   -Sony DigitalPrint
   -Sony DVgate ™
   -Sony MovieShaker ™
   -Sony PictureGear ™
   -Sony VisualFlow ™
   -VAIO ® Support Agent
   -WinDVD ™ 3.1

Battery Lithium-ion battery3
   -2.0-4.0 hours with standard battery
   -4.5-8.0 hours with optional double-capacity battery
   -8.5-15.5 hours with optional quad-capacity battery

Digital Video
   -MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4 and JPEG support
   -MPEG2 encoder and decoder

ATI MOBILITY ™ RADEON ™ -M graphics chip 8 MB SDRAM

Digital Audio
   -Hardware MIDI
   -Built-in stereo speakers

Modem Integrated V.90 modem

Port Replicator
(Bundled) USB(1), RJ-45 Ethernet, VGA output, AV out, AV in

Additional Features

Supports one type II card; CardBus support

Optional Accessories/ Estimated Prices

External 8X max. DVD-ROM drive (PCGA-DVD51/A) $400
External 8X4X24X max. CD-RW drive (PCGA-CDRW52) $500
Additional external 24X CD-ROM drive (PCGA-CD51/A) $250
Additional lithium-ion battery (PCGA-BP2S) $150
Double-capacity lithium-ion battery (PCGA-BP4S) $500
Carrying case (PCGA-CCB or PCGA-CCR5) $50
USB mouse (PCGA-UMS1/A) $50
USB floppy drive (PCGA-UFD5) $80

Availability November 2001

Estimated Price PCG-C1MV: $1,899

1 MHz denotes microprocessor internal clock speed; other factors may affect application performance.

2 GB means one billion bytes when referring to hard drive capacity. Accessible capacity may vary.

3 Estimated battery life. Actual battery life may vary on usage.

4 i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 connector. All products with an i.LINK connector may not communicate with each other.


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