June 2, 2005 In terms of high tech brands, Ferrari and Acer make quite a quinella. With gigabytes of data downloaded wirelessly from the car telemetry each race meeting and analysed more meticulously than Michael Jackson’s private life, high performance computers and Formula 1 racing are almost synonymous. Now the last Ferrari Acer computer really didn’t look the part – it was Ferrari Red but didn’t quite capture the essence of F1. the newly announced Ferrari 4000 notebook computer is a different matter though. Like almost everything, it looks much better because you can see the weave of the carbon fibre from which the casing is constructed. The Acer Ferrari 4000 is the first notebook to employ a carbon fiber casing and as you’d expect,it’s a premium item with the very latest functionality available, a commensurate price tag and it weighs a little less then a normal computer.
"After almost two years of partnership and successful and innovative notebooks such as the Ferrari 3200 and 3400", says Acer President Gianfranco Lanci, “Acer has designed a truly exclusive notebook that expresses its firm intention to stay at the forefront of innovation, an ambition that has always characterised both the worlds of Formula 1 and Information Technology.”
“Technology is essential to achieve objectives", says Jean Todt, General Manager of Scuderia Ferrari. "We believe that innovation leads to constant evolution, and we are delighted that one of our Official Suppliers places such importance on the research and development of advanced technological solutions.”
The Ferrari 4000 is based on the latest AMD Turion 64 Mobile Technology for thin and light notebooks, and harnesses the exclusive AMD64 technology. This 64-bit architecture delivers leading-edge power and provides a taste of the performance gains promised by future 64-bit applications. In addition, the AMD PowerNow! technology extends system battery life while HyperTransport technology radically improves overall performance.
An elegant, thin and light carbon fiber casing, which comes in black and exclusive ‘red Ferrari’, offers the very latest technology aimed at Mobile users. Characteristics include a large luminous 15.4” TFT Wide display supported by the extra-fast ATI MOBILITY™ RADEON X700 graphics chipset with 128MB DDR memory on PCI Express architecture, 1GB DDR memory and 100GB HDD, as well as a DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive unit and a 5-in-1 card-reader, all managed by the powerful AMD processor, guaranteeing top performance.
The new Ferrari 4000 offers easy connection solutions in all situations: WLAN in line with IEEE 802.11b/g standards, integrated Bluetooth technology for a modern PAN (Personal Area Network), connections to corporate LANs with Gigabit Ethernet, and via telephone lines with a 56Kbps V. 92 modem/fax.
To view, manage and memorise pictures and films or to connect video equipments and digital peripherals, the Ferrari 4000 is equipped with a DVD reader/burner, 4 ultra-fast USB 2.0 ports, and S-Video out port, FireWire IEEE 1394 interface and a 5-in-1 memory card reader.
Ferrari 4000, a truly unique notebook in terms of design, materials, colours and performance. An exclusive product, fruit of the labour of two companies which, despite operating in completely different markets, are closely linked by their continuous and constant research into improving their products and maintaining their leadership.
The Ferrari 4000 comes with a standard 1 year International warranty which can be extended to 3 years coverage with the AcerAdvantage New Edition service, which also covers accidental damage to the notebook.