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Rock unveils its fastest notebook ever - The Sigma Si

Sleek, stylish, hearty and fast, the new Rock Sigma Si features Intel's Pentium III 1Ghz processor providing true desktop performance in a compact notebook design. has today unveiled a powerful, yet stylish addition to its notebook portfolio, featuring Intel's Pentium III 1Ghz processor delivering desktop-class performance to top executives, frequent travellers and technology professionals. The Sigma Si will begin shipping in March with a selling price of 1,399 (excluding VAT).

Among its attributes, the Sigma Si comes equipped with a 20Gb hard drive expandable to 30Gb, 256Mb SDRAM expandable to 512Mb and complete Windows operating systems support. Other features include an internal 10/100Mbit/sec-network card, IEEE 1394 Firewire for quick and easy video and photography transfer and an integrated V.90 56k-modem connection for seamless Internet access. The Sigma Si also comes equipped with an 8x DVD drive for optimum multimedia functionality.

The combination of top performance and features makes the Sigma Si a great choice for even the most demanding users. Unlike other notebooks, the Sigma Si features the new SIS 630S chipset delivering the latest high-speed 133Mhz Front Side Bus (FSB) enabling processing power of up to 1Ghz, previously only available on the desktop computer. These attributes make quicker, more powerful business computing possible whilst on the move.

The Sigma Si also offers impressive image quality with a 14.1"TFT screen at XGA (1024x768) resolution and enhanced multimedia functions with its dual capacity of combining Video RAM with on-board memory (SMA - Shared Memory Architecture). This exciting new feature has user defined RAM/Video configurations allowing users to utilise up to 32Mb Video RAM enhancing the productivity of software applications installed.

For added functionality, the Sigma Si comes equipped with 3 Easy Start Buttons designed to provide personalised one-touch access to preferred programs individually specified by the user. These include an Internet hot key, application hot key and a mail-received button, which indicates that the user has new mail, adding extra convenience, allowing the user to launch and access received mail at the touch of a button.

The Sigma Si is a notebook of style and distinction. With its classic two-tone design, weighing less than 3.2Kg, the Sigma Si has everything a high-end executive requires in a desktop replacement with the lightweight convenience desired for frequent business travelling.

Key features of the Sigma Si include:

  • Intel Pentium III 1GHz processor
  • SiS 630S Core Logic
  • 256 SDRAM Share Memory Architecture (SMA) (expandable to 512Mb)
  • User definable 8 / 16 / 32MB Video RAM
  • 20Gb HDD (expandable to 30Gb)
  • 14.1 XGA TFT screen (1024 x 768)
  • Internal 3.5 1.44Mb FDD and 8 x DVD Drive
  • Internal 56k V.90 Modem
  • Internal 10/100 LAN and IEEE 1394 Firewire
  • 3D and Wavetable and 2 x Internal Stereo Speakers
  • 128-bit 2D/3D graphics acceleration
  • Support Hardware DVD acceleration
  • Smart Li-Ion battery
  • 308 x 254 x 37.5mm and only 3.2Kg
  • Microsoft Windows 98 or Windows ME
  • Carry Case

With the very latest and highest quality specifications on the market to date, are very much looking forward to launching the Sigma Si and expect interest in this new product to be high.

Editors note:, a division of Rock Group Plc, is one of the UKs leading notebook specialist manufacturers now in its 10th year of trading.
For further information, please contact Sarah Chard (PR and Marketing Manager) at on 08702 203 608, fax 08709 90 90 91 or email [email protected]

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