Alienware launched two new notebooks that feature SLI and the MIMO Wi-Fi technology.
MIMO uses multiple antennas to intelligently send and receive wireless signals, which, in turn, increases both wireless speed and range. MIMO will be an intrinsic part of the forthcoming 802.11n specification, which is expected to receive final ratification by the IEEE within a year.
While current MIMO technology is backward-compatible and works with existing 802.11g and b equipment, to achieve the higher speeds, devices must connect through equipment, such as wireless routers, that use pre-standard technology from the same vendor -- in this case, Airgo. This is the third generation of MIMO technology from chipmaker Airgo, which claims network speeds as high as 140 Mbps.
Alienware said that the Aurora m9700 will have a 17-inch screen with pricing starting at $1999. The Aurora mALX has a 19-inch screen with pricing starting at $4499. Both use 64-bit processors from AMD and advanced graphics capabilities.