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AMD Unveils 12 New Mobile Processors & Roadmap

0 comments Peter Judson - Mar 12, 03 10:20am (PST) Like Share

At CeBIT today, AMD boosted competition in the notebook PC industry by introducing 12 new mobile processors for thin-and-light and highperformance notebooks. AMD partnered with leading notebook manufacturers such as EPSON DIRECT, Fujitsu Siemens Computers Consumer Division and Sharp Corporation to deliver on-the-go productivity and extended battery life for virtually all major notebook categories.

Roadmap



“AMD continues to bring competition to the PC marketplace while helping OEMs differentiate their mobile solutions and provide their customers with a choice of outstanding notebooks,” said Rob Herb, executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer for AMD. “Today’s announcement means that notebook PC manufacturers can select from a wide array of mobile AMD Athlon™ XP-M processors, combining them with a variety of best-in-class wireless and chipset solutions to meet the needs of both business and home consumers.”

Mobile AMD Athlon XP-M processors are designed with an open architecture, helping to ensure that the best available 802.11 wireless solutions from leading companies can be easily integrated into AMDprocessor-based mobile systems. OEMs can choose any wireless solution, including 802.11a, 802.11b and 802.11g, to best meet the needs of their customers.

AMD Processors for Thin-and-Light Notebooks

AMD is introducing the low-voltage mobile AMD Athlon XP-M processors 1800+, 1700+, 1600+, 1500+ and 1400+ with micro PGA packaging for the thin-and-light notebook market. This marks the first time AMD mobile processors will be featured in thin-and-light notebooks weighing less than four pounds, providing outstanding portability and extended system battery life for end users.

“The thin-and-light market represents the largest and fastest-growing segment of the notebook PC market,” said Matt Sargent, director of research, Personal Computers, ARS. “The ability of manufacturers to customize their mobile solutions and offer a broad range of choices to notebook buyers becomes even more critical as small-business and home consumers join enterprises in the quest for portability and connectivity.”

AMD Processors for Full-Size Notebooks

AMD is also introducing new mobile processors designed for end users who require high performance and extended system battery life in a full-size notebook. Featuring 640KB of full-speed, on-chip cache, the mobile AMD Athlon XP-M processor 2500+ outperforms competitive mobile PC processors by up to eight percent on a variety of industry-standard benchmarks.

AMD is now offering the AMD Athlon XP-M processors 2600+, 2500+, 2400+, 2200+ and 2000+ to meet the high-performance needs of business and home users. Both the AMD Athlon XP-M processors 2400+ and 2200+ are available in desktop replacement and mainstream notebook form factors.

Industry Support

“AVERATEC, Inc. chose AMD’s new mobile processor for our 3150 series of thin-and-light notebooks to expand our market-wide acceptance with a stylish and innovative product,” said Saeed Shahbazi, president, AVERATEC, Inc. “We expect our notebooks, designed for consumers, small offices and education, to be available at leading retail outlets in the United States, Europe and Asia in the second quarter of 2003.”

“Mobile users are continually looking for ways to become more mobile, not just while on the road, but also at work, school or home,” said Toshio Morohoshi, president and chief executive officer, Fujitsu PC Corporation. “Fujitsu designed the LifeBook S2000 notebook with all of the mobile users’ needs in mind. The addition of the AMD processor enables us to offer a highperformance, aggressively priced system with advanced wireless capabilities that provides users with maximum flexibility to stay connected wherever their computing environment may be.”

“Fujitsu Siemens Computers has chosen the new mobile AMD Athlon™ XP-M processor 2400+ to power its AMILO A series of consumer notebooks, because it delivers outstanding performance through its larger L2 cache for improved multitasking and faster video and audio playback”, said Peter Esser, executive vice president, Volume Products at Fujitsu Siemens Computers. “The new mobile AMD Athlon XP-M processor 2400+ allows us to extend our product offering for customers who are looking for excellent performance while conserving battery power.”

“Sharp welcomes the advent of the new low-voltage mobile AMD Athlon XP-M processor,” said Makoto Nakamura, division general manager, Mobile Computing Systems Division, Information Systems Group, Sharp Corporation. “We expect that this processor will substantially broaden the range of usage scenarios for personal computing in mobile environments.”

Worldwide Availability AVERATEC, Inc. plans to have thin-and-light notebook PCs based on new AMD mobile processors in major retail businesses in the U.S., Europeand Asia in the second quarter of 2003. Fujitsu PC is expected to offer the thin-and-light LifeBook S2000 powered by the low-voltage mobile AMD Athlon XP-M processor in the U.S. immediately through retailer and reseller channels as well as at www.fujitsupc.com and 1-877-FPC-DIRECT. Sharp is expected to offer the thin-and-light Mebius Muramasa PC-MV1-VC1 notebook PC featuring the low-voltage mobile AMD Athlon XP-M processor in Japan by the end of March. Twinhead International Corp., a leading manufacturer of notebooks in the Asia/Pacific markets, expects systems based on the new mobile AMD processors to be available in the second quarter. Tsing Hua Unisplendor, one of China’s top three notebook manufacturers, plans to offer thin-and-light systems powered by mobile AMD Athlon XP-M processors in China in the second quarter.

EPSON DIRECT in Japan plans to offer new mobile AMD processorbased full-size notebook PCs in April. HP plans to offer models based on AMD’s new processors for mainstream notebooks in the first half of 2003. Fujitsu Siemens Computers plans to offer AMILO A notebooks for the consumer market beginning March 12 throughout Europe.

Pricing



Pricing All pricing is in 1,000-unit quantities. The new mobile processors for thin-and-light notebook PCs are priced from $71 to $147. New mobile processors for full-size notebook PCs are priced from $87 to $246. For pricing details please visit: http://www.amd.com/pricing

About the Mobile AMD Athlon™ XP-M Processor The mobile AMD Athlon XP-M processors are compatible with AMD’s Socket A infrastructure, and support the advanced 266MHz AMD Athlon front-side bus. The low-voltage mobile AMD Athlon XP-M processors are pin compatible with Socket A infrastructure, but are packaged in a smaller uPGA package. Mobile AMD Athlon XP-M processors are manufactured using AMD’s 0.13 micron copper process technology at Fab 30 in Dresden, Germany.



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InnoVISION Announces GF4 Ti4200 8x Card

0 comments Peter Judson - Nov 12, 02 10:42am (PST) Like Share

InnoVISION Multimedia announced the latest Inno3D Tornado Geforce4 Ti4200 AGP 8X Graphics Accelerator Card based on the latest NVIDIA GeForce4 GPU (Graphics Processing Units) with AGP 8X technology.

The Inno3D Tornado GeForce4 Ti4200 AGP 8X DDR Graphics Card features the newest AGP 8X (AGP 3.0 specification) and GPU (Graphic Processor Unit) from NVIDIA which doubles the memory bandwidth from 1.1GB/s (AGP 4x) to 2.1 GB/s (AGP 8X). The increased bandwidth enables more complex models, richer textures and impressed lifelike environment. For enhancing the experience of the most realistic visual environment on 3D games and applications nowadays, the robust AGP 8X interface is the foundation of up-coming PC computing together with Microsoft DirectX 8.X optimization. Users now enjoy smoother video streaming and seamless game play without data interruption.

The Inno3D Geforce4 Ti4200 AGP 8X comes with TV out and Digital Video Interface (DVI), which synchronize two CRT displays for specific applications. The most wanted configuration VIVO (Video In and Video Out) option is also available for video capturing and its video editing capability makes a complete multimedia solution for PC entertainment. The GeForce4 Ti4200 8X Graphics Card runs its core clock speed at 250MHz and memory clock speed at 512MHz. Support Windows 98 SE, Windows Me, Windows 2000 and Windows XP Operation System.

Software Bundle

The Inno3D Tornado GeForce4 Ti4200 AGP 8X DDR Graphics Card ready bundles with software suite such as award-winning WinDVD2000 Software DVD Player from Intervideo Inc., PowerDirector Video Editing Software from CyberLink Corp and Ballistic – the "Formula one of the future" game from Interplay.

The Inno3D Tornado GeForce4 Ti4200 8X DDR will be available for sample quantity from second week of November, 2002.
Categories: Video Cards
 
 

Logitech Launches the Z-680 5.1 Speaker System

2 comments Peter Judson - Oct 29, 02 10:45am (PST) Like Share

Logitech today announced the flagship 5.1 speaker system in its Z-Series family, the Logitech Z-680.

The Z-680 comes equipped with Dolby Digital and DTS hardware decoding for true 5.1 digital sound. These speakers make it possible to bring THX-certified home theater surround sound to multiple platforms, by enabling simultaneous use with PCs, video game consoles, DVD players and portable audio players. The Z-680 offers tremendous value, and is currently available in retail outlets for a retail price of $399.95.

The Z-680 is a THX-certified, 5.1-surround sound system with 450 watts of RMS power. Its high-end features include:

  • Eight-inch, long throw subwoofer driver with a flared bass port for powerful, distortion-free bass.

  • Dolby Pro Logic II for creating realistic 5.1 surround sound from stereo music, movies and games.

  • Digital optical and coaxial inputs, as well as six channel analog inputs, for simple connection to nearly any audio device

  • Digital SoundTouch Control Center with a wireless remote, for easy adjustment of the speaker controls from anywhere in the room.

    “Last year, with the introduction of the Z-Series speakers, Logitech established itself as a top player in the multimedia speaker market,” said Bob Wick, senior vice president and general manager of Logitech´s Audio Division. “This year we plan to raise the bar for high-end multimedia speakers, with the introduction of the Z-680. This 5.1 system will surpass the competition by offering a single system that is THX-certified, includes Dolby Digital and DTS hardware decoding, and simultaneously connects to four different audio sources. The extraordinary power this system brings to both the desktop and the living room will revolutionize the multimedia speaker market.”

    THX certification involves rigorous testing of sound performance, user interface and construction. With the launch of its second THX-certified speaker, Logitech is underscoring its commitment to providing superior clarity and power in a multimedia sound system. “We are extremely pleased with Logitech´s entry into the 5.1 speaker market with the Z-680 speaker system,” said Mark Paddack, director of sales for THX. “All speakers that receive THX certification must meet stringent performance parameters, including: bandwidth, frequency balance, peak sound pressure levels and the ability to play up to their rated output level. The Z-680 exceeded all requirements, and has received the THX seal of approval.”

    Logitech plans to continue its successful Z-Series speaker line, by offering a wide variety of products to meet varying consumer needs and budgets. The Z-680 is the company´s current flagship 5.1 speaker system. Earlier, this fall, Logitech introduced another 5.1 speaker system, the Logitech Z-640. The Z-640 provides over 50 watts of RMS surround sound power, and includes adapters for instant connectivity to game consoles, TVs, DVD and CD players. These speakers let users experience Dolby Digital 5.1 sound in conjunction with a PC sound card or software DVD player with a built in Dolby Digital decoder. Using the adapter that is provided with the system, the Z-640´s provide immersive 5.1 surround sound with gaming consoles, TVs, DVD and CD players. The Z-640 uses Logitech´s patented dual-chambered Pressure Driver subwoofer, which enables lower and louder bass sound than conventional subwoofers for rich deep bass and greater tonal purity. This speaker system is currently available online and in retail outlets for a list price of $99.95.

    Logitech´s Z-Series speakers are known for industrial design quality, and the ability to bring a home theater feeling to the desktop. The Z-680 and Z-640 speaker system satellites feature innovative stands that rotate for either desk or wall mounting. The Z-680 includes removable grill covers that can be detached to create the more aggressive, “audio-tech” look of the aluminum phase plug drivers. Both speaker systems utilize home stereo style connectors and standard gauge speaker wire.

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    OCZ Launches PC-3500 Modules

    0 comments Peter Judson - Oct 10, 02 9:48am (PST) Like Share

    OCZ Technology Group would like to announce the availability of OCZ Enhanced Latency Series PC-3500 Modules. OCZ EL PC-3500 modules are built using state of the art ULN Technology to achieve speeds up to 434 MHz at CAS 2.

    OCZ Enhanced Latency DDR components increase the overall memory bandwidth at any given clock speed by lowering the amount of cycles required to initiate an operation.

    "Our OCZ Enhanced Latency DDR modules are the best performing memory modules you can buy. Period." said Bhulinder Sethi, VP of Product Development. "Our products have and always will continue to offer the end user the absolute highest performance for their money."

    You can pick up some of this good stuff at our affiliate, Coldconcept here.


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    VIA Designs Hardware for the Bedroom...

    0 comments Peter Judson - Oct 09, 02 9:28am (PST) Like Share

    VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, demonstrated the revolutionary Hi-Fi PC Concept Design at the VIA Technology Forum 2002 during the keynote of President and CEO, Mr Wenchi Chen, a device that completely bridges the PC and CE market space and is the most likely yet to push the PC platform far beyond the traditional home location of the den and into the living room and bedroom.

    “Vital to extending the PC platform into the home is the development of stylish looks, advanced multimedia capabilities and ease of use typical of consumer electronics, while providing all the functionality of a PC,” said Wenchi Chen, President and CEO of VIA Technologies, Inc. “While there are devices on the market that fulfill some of these requirements, the Hi-Fi PC is the first system to offer the best of both worlds, and completely embodies all the expectations of consumers for a living-room based device.”

    The Hi-Fi PC combines instant-on playback of all the latest digital video and audio formats, including CD, DVD and VCD with the flexibility, power and connectivity of a standard PC system. Housed in a compact, sleek aluminium case, the Hi-Fi PC has the modern appearance of a consumer electronics unit but performance and flexibility that far exceeds most current devices. To complete the CE picture, a unique infra-red remote control device enables full control functionality in a multimedia environment from anywhere in the living room, as well as an ultra modern design 3-speaker set producing stunning sound quality.

    PlayNow!, a full functioned multimedia player on the Flash memory of the BIOS, is the key to the instant-on application, enabling rapid optical disk play capability at the touch of a button. Boot up the machine and full Microsoft® Windows® XP provides all of your computing and connectivity needs.

    “With all the features and applications packed into this attractive small footprint chassis, the Hi-Fi PC is an excellent example of a true home entertainment center,” continued Mr Chen. “The compatibility, reliability and stability of VIA’s advanced platform engineering constitute a fundamental benchmark for the platform solutions that will drive Total Connectivity.”

    Central to the Hi-Fi PC is the VIA EPIA M mainboard, a new platform solution to be launched soon that is optimized for the killer digital media applications, such as watching movies and listening to music. The VIA EPIA M mainboard is based on the acclaimed VIA Apollo CLE266 chipset with an integrated MPEG-2 decoder and 2D/3D graphics capability to provide superb DVD playback, and integrates several VIA technologies that provide high quality audio, Fast Ethernet networking and support for the latest communications standards USB 2.0 and IEEE 1394 ‘Firewire’. There is also a TV-out, enabling output to the family television set, whether analog or digital. And all this on an ultra compact mainboard measuring just 17cm x 17cm.

    “We believe that our EPIA M digital media platform will be the key to the PC platform making that leap into the living room, as it will enable our customers to build systems that meet the technical, ergonomic and aesthetic requirements of this largely untapped but demanding market,” continued Chen. “Most importantly, this marvellous innovation is ready now. It contains proven technology that offers enormous flexibility, yet is affordable enough to form the basis of a whole range of connected digital media devices.”

    The aluminium chassis for the Hi-Fi PC Concept Design measures just 19cm wide x 19cm high x 34cm deep. VIA will be working with industry partners to introduce Hi-Fi PC systems to the market in Q1 next year.

    Images and a video demonstration of the revolutionary Hi-Fi PC convergence device and the VIA EPIA M digital media platform may be downloaded from the VIA website at:

    http://www.via.com.tw/en/VInternet/tc_images.jsp.

     
     

    Madonion Partners with NVidia

    0 comments Peter Judson - Oct 08, 02 10:22am (PST) Like Share

    MadOnion.com, the leading provider of PC performance information and web services, today announced a strategic partnership with NVIDIA Corporation, the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, which will result in enhanced customer support experience and drive down costs for NVIDIA system builders.

    By utilizing MadOnion's expertise in PC information collection and processing, NVIDIA now offers its system builders the ability to collect critical data on individual PC configurations -- before spending time with the end-user. MadOnion's service enables real-time capture of respondents' hardware and software configurations. This results in substantial cost savings for customer support organizations. Until now, attempts to determine reliable configuration data by asking end-users resulted in increased time on the phone and higher customer support costs.

    "SupportMark provides immediate and personalized support information for our system builders," said Oliver Baltuch, Director of Strategic Marketing at NVIDIA. "This new service can help reduce our customers service costs, while providing a unique online help experience for the end users." The main goal of NVIDIA and its System Builders is to deliver worldwide support services that ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty.

    "As businesses continue to leverage the power of the Internet to provide customers with optimal support, companies must adapt to meet full-time support expectations, while reducing costs," said Tero Sarkkinen, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at MadOnion.com. "The typical end user has no idea about a PC's exact configuration and settings. SupportMark is targeted specifically for system builder's needs. It scans users PCs and sends critical information to customer support, while slashing the time it takes to handle a customer's case. The service has proven to reduce customer support costs by as much as 70%".

    The service set-up requires only minimum configuration, and can be enabled in as little as 30 minutes. In order to enable seamless integration with existing enterprise applications, such as CRM and ERP systems, SupportMark uses XML as its data format. The service also uses XSL styling for flexible formatting of data for display to various parties.

    A detailed white paper that outlines SupportMark's technology and benefits is available online at http://www.madonion.com/measurementservices/supportmark/whitepaper.pdf.

    The SupportMark customer support tool is the first of its kind provided by a major component manufacturer to its partners worldwide. MadOnion.com expects that SupportMark will become a ubiquitous tool for a significant number of IT customer support organizations, including software publishers, PC integrators, component manufacturers, retailers and corporate IT support organizations.

    Pricing and Availability

    The new SupportMark service is available immediately to customer support organizations worldwide via MadOnion's web site at http://www.madonion.com/measurementservices. Pricing is based on number of cases processed, starting at $149.95 per month.

    For NVIDIA System Builders, the service is available via the NVIDIA Select Builder program with an exclusive offer. For information on NVIDIA's Select Builder program visit http://www.nvidia.com/selectbuilder.
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    AOpen Announces their 845GE/PE Boards with Vacuum Tube

    0 comments Peter Judson - Oct 08, 02 9:48am (PST) Like Share

    AOpen Inc. announced today that it is following the overwhelming success of its introduction of the world's first vacuum tube motherboard with a new series of Tube boards, coinciding with Intel's announcement of the Pentium 4 845GE/PE chipset.

    As a result of AOpen's relentless pursuit of excellence, the new AX4GE/PE Tube Motherboard series continues the novel on-board employment of an audio vacuum tube to produce rich and satisfying sound that will again delight audiophiles and gamers alike.

    AOpen's original Tube Motherboard - acknowledged by the company to be a unique and somewhat pricey "luxury" board - redefined the meaning of high performance and proved, to doubters across a number of industries, that there is indeed a place for the old with the new. Taking this concept one step further, AOpen's new Tube series brings all of the merits of the first Tube Motherboard to the table, but with a series of boards that have significant improvements and refinements, at a more affordable cost.

    Taking an Unusual Idea and Making it Mainstream

    Although the initial idea of marrying an analog audio tube with a digital motherboard had its roots in a somewhat offbeat discussion among some AOpen engineers, the merits of the idea have been eagerly embraced by editors and experts around the world. "I think its kind of a fascinating idea" said Patrick Norton of TechTV's popular program The Screen Savers in a recent segment broadcast on national cable television. Other experts and editors have voiced similar comments, but the underlying message is consistent - the notion of combining analog and digital technology is not a gimmick - it's a reality. "Both the new AXGE and PE Tube Motherboards possess the sonic characteristics of resolution that the original AX4B-533 Tube possessed, but with a detailed openness, a bright and clean treble - all enhanced by rounder and bouncier bass," says Al Peng, product manager at AOpen, Inc., and the mastermind behind AOpen's Tube.

    Increasing Quality While Reducing Cost

    Just like the original AX4B-533 Tube, the new series adheres to the premise that the vacuum tube circuits should be kept as simple as possible. And, just like the AX4B-533, the new series works its "magic" with a single Sovtek 6922 dual triode, sitting in the center of the amplification circuitry. AOpen's engineers carefully evaluated this design approach, and concluded that it is still the most desirable blueprint for the new generation of Tube motherboards. And, after exhausting research and testing, these same engineers came up with a number of complementing design improvements that add even more presence to the sound emanating from this unusual hybrid. According to Peng, "Affordability is a challenge we faced after releasing the AX4B-533 Tube. Since we do not believe in skimping on the design or materials, we found ways to make sure that the new AX4GE/PE Tube series has even more highly regarded brand name components than its predecessor, at a reduced price point."

    Making A Good Thing Even Better

    PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENTS

    The new AX4GE/PE Tubes have no 6.3mm earphone jack to improve frequency response retention and simplify the wiring and board layout. SPDIF has also been eliminated to further simplify and improve sound quality.

    CAPACITOR CIRCUITRY

    Paralleled coupling by-pass circuitry has been deployed to the output stage to achieve a more desirable tonality and balance of the overall frequency spectrum. This allows for low, mid and high frequency characteristics to be achieved with a fuller body of musical engagement, spatial presentation and a fluid and smooth mid-range complemented by a clean high and a bouncy, well textured bass.

    PLANE ADJUSTMENTS

    The audio portion of the PCB planes are now separated to help eliminate noise and unwanted frequencies that may enter the amplification circuit. This enhances the distribution of power and keeps the current paths as short as possible. Power, ground and signal planes are routed via an optimum path without crosstalk or interference, to retain audio purity and faithful reproduction of music.

    CAPACITOR IMPROVEMENTS

    The Tube series uses the WIMA MKP10 Series of polypropylene capacitors, designed specifically for audio applications and packed in a small rectangular case, sealed with epoxy. The WIMA MKP10 Series works well representing the full spectrum of frequencies, reducing the "grain" and "edge" in the mid-range and rounding-out the bass with a textured power and authority.

    The WIMA MKS2 Series capacitor is also deployed because of its size advantages as well as its sonic characteristics for the input coupling.
    In addition, Multicap's PPFX Series capacitor is strategically deployed to work with the WIMA MKP10 capacitor to create the ultimate in sound quality. The highs are smooth and clear, without harsh brassiness or dulling roll-off, while the mid-range is focused and filled with emotion when driven by a source bearing such characteristics. 3-D sound staging is also well presented, with a tight bass, bearing texture, power and authority.

    RESISTOR REINFORCEMENT

    Ultra-precision 1% tolerance, low-noise metal film resistors are deployed in the critical signal path, ensuring that sound degradation does not occur between the Tube Motherboard and the output speakers. Some of the DIP-type resistors have also been changed to SMT-type for a cleaner layout that is also more visually appealing.

    WIRE ENHANCEMENT

    With the new Tube series, two kinds of chassis wires work in tandem to bring together the best of both worlds, retaining overall sound quality in the process. Once again, Cardas wire is AOpen's favorite for its transparency and faithful reproduction characteristics. And, Kimber Kable chassis wire is also used to faithfully transfer audio signals from input.

    CONNECTOR IMPROVEMENTS

    WBT - the world's best connector company continues to produce connectors specifically for the high-end audio industry. WBT connectors are used throughout the new Tube series. The WBT RCA connector bracket is an optional accessory for the Tube and may be ordered through any authorized AOpen dealer.

    PERFORMANCE REINFORCEMENT

    In addition to the Intel 845 GE/PE chipset advantages, both tube models are reinforced by an ATA 133 IDE interface as well as Serial ATA for the next generation of hard drive standards that outperform today's ATA. Both ATA133 and Serial ATA serve to bridge the gap when migration occurs.

    An Idea to be Taken Seriously

    The AX4GE and PE Tube Motherboards continue to carry the revolutionary torch of PC audio. By recognizing that audio is an important factor in a well-rounded PC of today, AOpen is determined to continue to develop a series of motherboard solutions that has already become the standard in PC audio excellence. With topology improvements for multiple musical genre appeal and game sound-effects, audio-grade parts and components as well as wiring enhancements for even fuller and richer sound- the new AX4GE/PE Tube Motherboard series from AOpen chisels out an even wider chunk of a growing new market - all at an affordable price. At the heart of it all, is the old-fashioned glass vacuum tube. In the bigger picture, lies a changed and modern PC that will inevitably become a more significant part of our daily lives.

    The AX4GE/PE Tube Motherboard series fully supports ACPI 1.0 and APM 1.2 specs; comes bundled with Norton Anti-Virus 2002 software; and features AOpen's standard three-year warranty. AX4GE or AX4PE Tube Motherboards will be available through all authorized AOpen channel partners beginning mid-October, 2002. Detailed specifications and photos for website posting or publication are also available by request. More information on the AX4GE/PE Tube Motherboard series may also be found at: www.aopen.com/products/mb/ax4getube.htm.
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    Shuttle Intros Latest SFF, XPC SB51G

    0 comments Peter Judson - Oct 08, 02 3:09am (PST) Like Share

    Shuttle Inc., a leading provider of innovative motherboards, barebones, and accessories, today announced the latest addition to its growing line of XPC small form factor barebones.

    The Shuttle XPC SB51G, successor to the world’s famous XPC SS51G, advances Shuttle’s small form factor leadership yet again. As the originator of the small form factor barebones concept, Shuttle leads the market in terms of both sales and innovation.

    The Shuttle XPC SB51G leverages the new Intel i845GE chipset to achieve new levels of performance and integration. The Intel i845GE, when coupled with Shuttle’s high quality 6 layer motherboard design and manufacturing, guarantees the best in stability, reliability and longevity.

    Measuring only 300mm (L) by 200mm (H) by 185mm (W), the XPC SB51G is the smallest full featured Pentium 4 system available. The XPC SS51G, like the entire XPC series, sets high end desktops as its feature target, not low end set top boxes and slim PCs. To this end, the XPC SB51G supports a incredible array of features, including:

    HyperThreading

    The Shuttle XPC SB51G is the first small form factor PC to support Intel’s HyperThreading technology, which allows the use of two virtual processors with only a single Intel Pentium 4 processor. This allows significant performance increases in applications optimized for dual processors.

    Shuttle I.C.E.

    The XPC SB51G incorporates Shuttle’s patented Integrated Cooling Engine technology, which allows the XPC SB51G to not only be the world’s most powerful small form factor PC, but also one of the quietest. Shuttle I.C.E. technology removes the need for a processor fan with the use of heat pipe technology, significantly cutting down on fan noise while effectively cooling high speed Intel Pentium 4 processors.

    Extreme Connectivity and Upgradeability

    Like all XPC’s, the SB51G offers the best in external and internal connectivity. Technologies such as IEEE-1394 Firewire, USB2.0, Intel Extreme Graphics, the latest 400 and 533MHz Intel Pentium 4 processors, high fidelity 5.1 channel sound with optical SPDIF in and out, dual ATA100 channels, up to 2 gigabytes of the latest DDR333 memory, 10/100 Ethernet, up to two standard 3.5” hard disks and one 5.25” optical drive, and 1/1 full size AGP/PCI expansion.

    According to Tom’s Hardware, “Verdict: “Mini” has maxi future. The performance of the ultra-compact PC system is no small feat: equipped in the THG lab with ingredients such as Intel P4/2533, GeForce 4 Ti 4600 and DDR333 RAM, the Shuttle can easily take on high-performance big towers. Computers in the discount class don't have a chance.”

    The Shuttle XPC SB51G is sampling now, and will be available starting November 2002.

     
     

    AOpen Unveils their 845 GE/PE/GV Offerings

    0 comments Peter Judson - Oct 07, 02 10:25am (PST) Like Share

    AOpen Inc. today announced the unveiling of an entire series of motherboards that is perfectly paired with the new 845 GE/PE/GV chipsets being announced by Intel this month.

    The new chipsets are a result of Intel’s commitment to the DDR 333 memory module standard, and its accelerated adoption into the PC platform. This development represents a significant bridge to the next generation of high-performance PCs for both AOpen and Intel.

    As it has become customary for AOpen, the highly-regarded motherboard manufacturer is pulling-out all the stops in the launch of this new line of boards. This worldwide effort is facilitated by AOpen’s proven past successes in efficiently pursuing new product research and development and by employing its vast product management resources.

    The broad new line of motherboards from AOpen represents all segments of the new Intel chipsets. The boards are available in three series, based on each respective version of Intel’s designated chipset nomenclature.

    Intel 845GE Chipset This first series of AOpen motherboards features on-board video and a 4X AGP configuration as well as DDR 333 support. The series also features Hyper-Threading functionality, designed for the next generation of P4 CPUs, offering increased performance through on-processor thread-level parallelism. In other words, performance from one CPU similar to that of two. The series also adopts FMB2 (Flexible Motherboard Guidelines), which adjusts the amount of power consumed with increased processor speeds. According to Gerald Wang of the AOpen Inc. Motherboard Division, “AOpen’s motherboards are designed to have a more than ample power reservoir reserved for higher-performance CPUs. This design prolongs the longevity of the product life-cycle and, as a result, brings down the total cost of ownership.”

    The AOpen motherboards in this series include:

  • AX4GE Tube
  • AX4GE Max
  • AX4GE FM
  • AX4GER/AX4GER-N
  • MX4GER
  • MX4GE

    Intel 845PE Chipset The second series of AOpen motherboards features a 4X AGP configuration as well as DDR 333 support. This series also boasts the inclusion of Hyper-Threading technology and adheres to FMB2 parameters. Mr. Wang of AOpen continues to emphasize the importance of Hyper-Threading by saying, “With Hyper-Threading technology, Intel has transformed the PC into a workstation that can effortlessly rival those developed by traditional players like Sun Micro and Silicon Graphics.”

    The AOpen motherboards in this series include:

  • AX4PE Tube
  • AX4PE Max
  • AX4PE/AX4PE-N

    Intel 845GV Chipset The third series of AOpen motherboards features on-board video, as does the GE series, but with DDR 266 support as a memory module alternative. Mr. Wang feels strongly about this junior, but by no means lesser, member of the group. He recently commented that, “This series, as with the other two, is a strong testament to AOpen’s strength and capabilities in the design and development of advanced, new motherboards developed specifically for high-performance CPUs.”

    The AOpen motherboards in this series include:

  • MX4GV
  • MX4GVR

    As one of Intel’s strategic partners, AOpen has been able to swiftly amass this wide offering of motherboards that are designed specifically to accommodate the new 845 GE/PE/GV series of chipsets. The demand for these new, high-performance boards was recently characterized by Mr. Wang when he said, “The heavy increase in convergence – digital audio and video; interactive video; and a wide variety of heavy bandwidth “monster” software applications – is transforming the PC into a major business and household appliance that both enhances and enriches our daily lives.”

    The majority of these new boards are shipping now, with the others following in the next few weeks. They all feature AOpen’s three-year warranty (90-day warranty on the 6922 vacuum tube in tube models), and can be purchased through all authorized AOpen channel partners. Detailed specifications and photos of individual boards are available by request. For more information on this new series of motherboards, please refer to the AOpen website at: www.aopen.com/products/mb.

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    SONICblue Rolls out the Rio S50 & S35S Sport MP3 Player

    3 comments Peter Judson - Oct 07, 02 10:19am (PST) Like Share

    SONICblue Incorporated, makers of the number one best-selling brand of portable MP3 players*, today unveiled the latest players in Rio’s new line of portable digital music players, the Rio S50 and S35S sport player.

    Designed to be the ultimate portable digital music players, the S50 and S35S offer users memory, features, and unique designs unmatched in today’s market.

    The new Rio S50 is the ultimate digital music player. With 128 MB of built in memory, the S50 gives users up to four hours of continuous music listening. Plus, the S50’s memory is upgradeable to 256 MB, giving users the ability to store even more of their favorite music. In addition to its sizeable memory, the Rio S50 comes loaded with useful features including a large backlit screen, a clock and stopwatch, an integrated FM tuner, a useful carrying case and an impressive battery life of up to 35-hours.

    Designed to meet the needs of today’s athlete, the S35S combines a sleek new design and a rugged, durable shell, with the memory and features of a powerful digital music player. Made to withstand the rigors of an extreme workout, the S35S lightweight design allows users to easily strap the player to their arm during workouts and its sturdy construction and rubberized shell makes the player strong and durable. The S35S features 128MB of built in memory giving users up to four hours of continuous music listening and is easily upgradeable to 256 MB. The S35S also contains a long list of features, including a large back lit screen, clock and stopwatch, integrated FM tuner, and an adjustable armband.

    “With the addition of these impressive players to our already diverse product line, SONICblue is able to offer a player that meets the needs of all consumers,” said Ed Brachocki, vice president of product marketing audio and video products, SONICblue. “The powerful memory, diverse feature set, and user friendly software of these new players will make the digital music experience better than ever for today’s music enthusiasts .”

    Included with Rio’s new line of players is the new Rio Music Manager software. This innovative and user friendly software delivers a simple and easy to navigate interface, making transferring of MP3 and WMA files from a PC to a Rio digital music player quicker and easier than ever. Rio Music Manager software also contains an advanced and easy to navigate database, allowing users to store all their music and easily sort by artist, album or genre. In addition, the Rio Music Manager software also allows users to name and create their own playlists and incorporates an ID3 tag editor to help update the titles on their playlists.

    Both players support MP3 and WMA formats and, as with all of SONICblue’s Rio flash memory players, the S50 and S35S are compatible with both PC and Mac computers and ship with customized software for each platform.

    Rio S50 Pricing, Availability and Features

    The new Rio S50 player ($179.99 MSRP) will be available soon on SONICblue’s eStore (www.sonicblue.com) and in retail outlets throughout North America. Key features of the Rio S50 include:

  • 128 MB of built in memory holds up to four hours of your favorite music.
  • Upgradeable memory allows users to increase the memory to 256 MB simply by adding a standard MMC memory card.
  • Supports MP3 and Windows Media (WMA) giving users the freedom to choose the music quality and playtime that they desire.
  • Clock and stopwatch
  • Up to 35-Hour Battery Life on one AA alkaline battery. Or up to 20 hours with the included rechargeable battery.
  • No Moving Parts the S50 does not skip, making it perfect for the toughest workouts.
  • Integrated FM Tuner allows users to tune into their favorite FM radio stations.
  • Large, Backlit Display gives a clear display of your music and the player’s many options.
  • Carrying Case allows users to view the LCD and access all of the player controls. The carry case also features a belt clip.
  • Adjustable EQ, repeat and shuffle play modes delivers all the features you expect in a top of the line portable music player.
  • Rio Music Manager Software makes transferring files to the Rio S50 easier than ever.
  • Bundled RealOne Player and iTunes music management software ensures that your S50 is PC and Mac compatible out of the box.
  • Software Upgrades allow users to download software upgrades to support future digital audio formats and keep your Rio S50 up to date.

    Rio S35S Pricing, Availability and Features

    The new Rio S35S player ($199.99 MSRP) will be available soon on SONICblue’s eStore (www.sonicblue.com) and in retail outlets throughout North America. Key features of the Rio S35S include:

  • 128 MB of built in memory holds up to two hours of your favorite music.
  • Upgradeable memory allows users to increase the memory up to 256 MB simply by adding a standard MMC memory card.
  • Supports MP3 and Windows Media (WMA) giving users the freedom to choose the music quality and playtime that they desire.
  • Clock and stopwatch allows users to time their workouts.
  • Adjustable Armbands allow users to easily attach the S35S to their arm.
  • Up to 15-Hour Battery Life on one AAA alkaline battery.
  • No Moving Parts the S35S does not skip, making it perfect for the toughest workouts.
  • Integrated FM Tuner allows users to tune into their favorite FM radio stations.
  • Large, Backlit Display gives a clear display of your music and the player’s many options.
  • Carrying Case allows users to view the LCD and access all of the player controls. The carry case also features a belt clip.
  • Adjustable EQ, repeat and shuffle play modes delivers all the features you expect in a top of the line portable music player.
  • Rio Music Manager Software makes transferring files to the Rio S35S easier than ever.
  • Bundled RealOne Player and iTunes music management software ensures that your S35S is PC and Mac compatible out of the box.
  • Software Upgrades allow users to download software upgrades to support future digital audio formats and keep their Rio S30S up to date.

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    Gigabyte Announces GA-8PE667 Ultra and GA-8GE667 Pro

    1 comments Peter Judson - Oct 07, 02 8:37am (PST) Like Share

    GIGABYTE technology, announces GA-8PE667 Ultra and GA-8GE667 Pro motherboards today, while Intel launches their latest developed Intel 845PE & 845GE chipsets.

    GA-8PE667 Ultra

    Incorporating revolutionary technology such as supporting Intel Pentium 4 Processor 3.06GHz or beyond with HT Technology, full range of DDR memory support, RAID (0,1) + ATA133, USB 2.0, too many to be mentioned, the GA-8PE667 Ultra delivers not only the highest performance but also the most stable platform over Intel Pentium 4 solution.

    GIGABYTE technology has once again proven its technology leadership among competition by unveiling the GA-8PE667 Ultra, the latest motherboard in the market that is designed to break through the 3GHz barrier and pre-design to meet Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor future coming specification. With the complete range of DDR memory support enhances the overall system performance to meet the future heavy application tasks.

    In addition, it belongs to GIGABYTE new product family line named P4 Titan 667 series. In this renown product series, each GIGABYTE new Pentium 4 product is strictly designed, tested and validated by the reputed GIGABYTE engineering. The P4 Titan 667 series had been well recognized by the media world wide for its superiority product quality and performance.

    With Promise 20276 controller chip, GA-8PE667 Ultra provides not only RAID 0(Data Striping) or RAID 1(Data Mirroring) function, through GIGABYTE outstanding Smart-Bios™ technology, GA-8PE667 Ultra provides additional two UDMA ATA-133/100 connectors, allowing users to connect ATAPI devices such as CD-ROM, CD/RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM. Providing an extra option for high-density storage devices for wide usage.

    USB 2.0 is currently the most populating peripheral connectivity, providing the data transfer rate up to 480Mbps, which is 40 times faster than the previous USB 1.1. With a WHQL certified NEC USB 2.0 controller chip, certified for Microsoft Windows ensuring its performance and compatibility. Coupling with 6 USB 2.0 ports provided by Intel ICH4 and 4 ports by the onboard NEC controller, the total of 10 USB 2.0 ports provides a wide range of peripherals connectivity for the USB current devices.

    With an array of advanced technology, the GA-8PE667 Ultra provides a revolutionary experience. Realtek 6-channel CODEC brings incredible sound quality, with S/P-DIF out function enables users to experience realistic environment while gaming and movie watching. Onboard Intel Pro/100 network connection provides a seamless connectivity to the broadband era. Another fantastic convenience is Memory Stick, Secure Digital and Smart Card Reader function support, by optional reader, GA-8PE667 Ultra takes all advantages from her superior reliability, flexibility for future upgrade and data protection capability while processing high speed data transfer.

    GA-8PE667 Ultra provides several new innovation features such as Anti-Burn™ design in which providing a protection to the motherboard from damaging if an AGP 2x (3.3V) card is inserted or the memory module is not properly installed. When an AGP 2x (3.3V) card is installed the AGP_LED will light up, indicating a non-supported graphics card is inserted. Informing users that system might not boot up normally due to AGP 2x (3.3V) is not supported by the chipset.

    Key Specifications
    . Socket 478 for Intel Pentium 4 Processor with HT Technology
    . Intel 845PE
    . FSB 533/400MHz
    . DDR 266/333 memory support
    . IDE RAID (0,1) + ATA-133
    . 10 USB 2.0 ports
    . Intel® PRO/100 network connection
    . Realtek AC’97 audio CODEC
    . 6 x PCI 2.2 compliant slots
    . ATX form factor

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    GA-8GE667 Pro

    Incorporating revolutionary technology such as supporting Intel Pentium 4 Processor with Hyper Threading Technology 3GHz and beyond, full range of DDR memory support, Intel Extreme Graphics, USB 2.0, 6-Channel Audio, too many to be mentioned, the GA-8GE667 Pro delivers not only high system performance but also a total solution for rich multimedia experiences.

    GIGABYTE technology has once again proven its technology leadership among others by unveiling the GA-8GE667 Pro, the undefeatable motherboard in the market that is designed to break through the 3GHz barrier and pre-design to meet Intel Pentium 4 Processor future coming specification. With the complete range of DDR memory support enhances the overall system performance to meet the future heavy application tasks.

    In addition, it belongs to GIGABYTE new product family line named P4 Titan 667 series. In this new product series, each GIGABYTE new Pentium 4 model is strictly designed, tested and validated by the reputed GIGABYTE engineering department under the new 667 specification rules. All models must fulfill and pass all the new 667 specification rules in order to be honored with the name as P4 Titan 667.

    With newly developed Intel Extreme Graphics engine increases graphics core clock from previous 200MHz to 233MHz, a revolutionary graphics core that delivers intense, realistic 3D graphics with sharp images, fast rendering, smooth motion, and incredible detail. This unique architecture enables balanced memory usage between graphics and the system for optimal performance.

    GA-8GE667 Pro provides several new innovation features such as Anti-Burn design providing a protection to the motherboard from damaging if an AGP 2x (3.3V) card is inserted or the memory module is not properly installed. When an AGP 2x (3.3V) card is installed the AGP_LED will light up, indicating a non-supported graphics card is inserted. Informing users that system might not boot up normally due to AGP 2x (3.3V) is not supported by the chipset.

    With an array of advanced technology, the GA-8GE667 Pro provides a revolutionary experience. Realtek 6-channel CODEC brings incredible sound quality, with S/P-DIF out function enables users to experience realistic environment while gaming and movie watching. Onboard Intel® Pro/100 network connection provides a seamless connectivity to the broadband era.

    Key Specifications
    . Socket 478 for Intel Pentium 4 Processor with Hyper Threading Technology
    . Intel 845GE
    . FSB 533/400MHz
    . DDR 266/333 memory support
    . 6 USB 2.0 ports
    . Intel PRO/100 network connection
    . Realtek AC’97 audio CODEC
    . 6 x PCI 2.2 compliant slots
    . ATX form factor
     
     

    Corsair breaks out the XMS3500 CAS2 Modules

    1 comments Peter Judson - Oct 03, 02 11:12am (PST) Like Share

    Corsair Memory, Inc. has announced that it is now offering two new eXtreme Memory Speed ("XMS") modules tailored specifically for ultra-performance computing enthusiasts.

    The first part, Corsair part number CMX512-3500C2, is a 512 MByte module guaranteed to operate at 434 MHz with a Column Access Strobe ("CAS") latency of just two cycles. The second part, part number CMX256A-3500C2, is a 256 MByte DDR DIMM with the same performance specifications.

    "The performance of these modules on KT400-based motherboards is truly amazing," stated Robert Pearce, Applications Specialist at Corsair. "This module is certainly the fastest thing we have ever evaluated in the lab, either from ourselves or from any other supplier."

    Each XMS3500 module is tested in a test fixture based on the Asus A7V8X motherboard. This board is based on the KT400 chip set from Via Technology. The testing rig is set to exhaustively exercise the memory at the following settings:

    Memory bus speed: 2x217 MHz
    CAS latency: 2.0 clock cycles
    RAS precharge: 4 cycles
    RAS-to-CAS delay: 4 cycles
    RAS active to precharge: 8 cycles
    Command rate: 1T (1 cycle)
    Population: 1 module/system

    The CMX256A-3500C2 is built using the same 32Mx8 DDR SDRAM components as the CMX512-3500C2. These 5 nanosecond RAMs have been carefully screened to meet these demanding performance requirements. The modules have been extensively qualified in motherboards based on the Via KT400 chip set.

    The modules are shipped with a pre-installed aluminum heat spreader, which is available in either a black or a platinum finish. Details on Corsair's XMS qualification and testing can be found on Corsair's web site, at www.corsairmemory.com/main/tech.htm.

    Both modules are available immediately.

    Further information and specifications on this product and other XMS products can be found at Corsair's web site (www.corsairmemory.com/xms/). These modules can be purchased through Corsair’s authorized sales channels listed at http://www.corsairmemory.com/xms/xms_sales.html.

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    VIA Supports 333MHz FSB in KT400 Chipset

    0 comments Peter Judson - Oct 01, 02 12:54pm (PST) Like Share

    VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced that the VIA Apollo KT400 and VIA Apollo KT333 Chipsets support the new 333MHz FSB AMD Athlon XP processors launched today.

    The 333MHz Front Side Bus at 2.7GB/s will match the data transfer capacity of the VIA Apollo KT400 memory bus using DDR333 (PC2700) memory. This balanced configuration will minimize memory latency and enable the incredible performance potential of the AMD Athlon XP processor to be realised.

    "The VIA Apollo KT400 chipset is engineered to take full advantage of the new AMD Athlon XP 2700+ and 2800+ with 333MHz FSB, delivering the maximum 2.7GB/s of memory bandwidth to the processor," said Chewei Lin, Vice President of Product Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "As KT400 based motherboards are the only Socket A solutions with AGP 8X currently available in the marketplace, the KT400 will be the chipset platform of choice for gamers and enthusiasts looking to upgrade to the new 333Mhz FSB enabled processors."

    VIA Apollo KT400 Design Wins
    The VIA Apollo KT400 chipset has been designed into motherboards by over 20 manufacturers representing more than 90% of the global market for AMD compatible motherboards. These include ABIT, Acorp, Albatron, Aopen, ASUS, Azza, Biostar, Chaintech, DFI, ECS, Gigabyte, FIC, Iwill, Jetway, LuckyStar, MSI, Shuttle, Soltek, Soyo and Tyan.

    About the VIA Apollo KT400
    Supporting DDR200/266/333 SDRAM memory and a full range of 200/ 266MHz Processor Bus AMD Athlon™ XP and AMD Duron™ processors, the VIA Apollo KT400 provides lightning fast access to system memory and delivers more performance across the application spectrum than rival Socket A chipset platforms currently shipping.

    DDR333 offers 2.7GB/s of memory bandwidth through VIA's low latency, ultra efficient memory controller while AGP 8X delivers 2.1GB/s of bandwidth to the graphics engine, improving image quality and 3D performance in the highest resolution conditions. The VIA Apollo KT400 is connected to the VIA VT8235 South Bridge by an enhanced 8X V-Link connection transferring data at an aggregate 533MB/s, four times the speed of the conventional PCI bus. The VIA VT8235 South Bridge features integrated support for six USB 2.0 ports with 40 times more bandwidth than USB 1.1, as well as ATA- 133, the fastest available IDE interface. Additional features include integrated VIA MAC for 10/100Mbps Ethernet, integrated PCI support, 6 Channel Surround Sound AC'97 audio and MC'97 modem.
     
     

    AMD Announces the 2800+ Athlon Processor Featuring 333MHz FSB

    1 comments Peter Judson - Oct 01, 02 10:00am (PST) Like Share

    AMD today announced Fall availability of the world’s highest performing PC processor, the AMD Athlon XP processor 2800+ featuring an advanced 333 front-side bus (FSB).

    With data throughput gains of up to 25 percent, the AMD Athlon XP processor 2800+ will boost performance across the board on real-world applications. AMD also announced Fall availability of the AMD Athlon XP processor 2700+ with the advanced 333 FSB.


    Limited edition desktop systems featuring the AMD Athlon XP processor 2800+ targeted at PC enthusiasts and gamers are expected to be available in late November exclusively from premier enthusiast PC manufacturers ABS, Alienware, Falcon Northwest, MicronPC and Voodoo PC. “Digital entertainment, particularly gaming, is driving the need for innovative technology to enhance the overall computing experience for today’s PC users,” said Ed Ellett, AMD vice president of Client Business. “The AMD Athlon XP processor 2800+ with its advanced 333 FSB is the ultimate processor for PC customers who demand the highest levels of performance.”


    “With Unreal Tournament 2003, we've raised the bar and delivered a game that allows PC users to turn up the detail high enough to challenge the most powerful personal computer systems available,” said Mark Rein, vice president, Epic Games Inc. “The AMD Athlon XP processor 2800+ is totally up to the challenge. It will deliver the kind of awesome performance demanded by most serious gamers.”


    AMD partners with industry-leading graphics solutions and chipset developers to help ensure that platforms based on AMD Athlon XP processors provide customers with world-class system performance. The AMD Athlon XP processors 2800+ and 2700+ combined with such innovations as AGP 8X and PC3200 DDR SDRAM will deliver exceptional software performance. “Our nForce2 platform processors were designed to support AMD's faster 333 FSB, and we are truly amazed with the performance of the new AMD Athlon XP processors 2800+ and 2700+,” said Drew Henry, general manager of platform business at NVIDIA. “nForce2-based systems and motherboards featuring NVIDIA and AMD processors will offer consumers the perfect blend of price and performance, and deliver a platform primed to take advantage of today's popular digital media and business applications.”


    “The VIA Apollo KT400 chipset is engineered to take full advantage of the new AMD Athlon XP processors 2700+ and 2800+ with the advanced 333 FSB, delivering the maximum 2.7GB/s of memory bandwidth to the processor,” said Richard Brown, director of marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “As the only Socket A chipset with AGP 8X currently available in the marketplace, the KT400 will be the chipset platform of choice for gamers and enthusiasts looking to upgrade to the new advanced 333 FSB enabled processors.”


    Availability


    Limited edition desktop systems featuring the AMD Athlon XP processor 2800+ are expected to be available in late November exclusively from premier enthusiast PC manufacturers ABS, Alienware, Falcon NW, MicronPC and Voodoo PC.


    AMD has begun shipping samples of the AMD Athlon XP processors 2800+ and 2700+ to computer manufacturers for system availability expected in late November.


    Pricing


    The AMD Athlon XP processors 2800+ and 2700+ will be priced at $397 and $349, respectively, in 1,000-unit quantities. For pricing on other AMD processors, please visit: http://www.amd.com/pricing.


    Specs


    Athlon XP model number: 2800+, (2700+ specs in parenthesis)
    Operating Frequency: 2.25GHz/333FSB, (2.17GHz/333FSB)
    Manufactured: AMD's Fab 30 wafer fabrication facility in Dresden, Germany.
    Process Technology: 0.13 micron copper process technology / Thoroughbred rev-B
    Cache Size: L1 - 128KB and L2 - 256KB = 384KB Total Cache
    Nominal Voltage: 1.65v
    Die Size 84mm2
    Transistor count: Approx:37.6 million
    Infrastructure: Socket A
    Max Die Temp: 85 degrees Celsius
    Typical Thermal Power: 64.0 W (62.0 W)
    Max Thermal Power:74.3 W (68.3 W)
    Icc Typical (low power state): 5.4 A (5.9 A)
    Icc Typical (working state): 38.8 A (37.6 A)
    Icc (processor current) Max: 44.9 A (41.4 A)
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    4 Flavours of Nforce 2?

    0 comments Peter Judson - Oct 01, 02 9:52am (PST) Like Share

    Nvidia will be releasing four versions of their Nforce 2 "SPP" ("System Platform Processor", i.e. chipset), the Inquirer reports.

    These will be the Nforce 2 GT and Nforce 2 G (both with integrated graphics), and the Nforce 2 ST and Nforce 2 S (both of these identical to the GT and G, but without the graphics):

    "There will be four versions -- two graphic ones, called Nforce 2 GT uses Nvidia APU and its sound storm compatible featuring Nvidia and or 3com network card, USB 2.0 ATA 133 and Firewire, and Geforce 4 integrated plus AGP 8X slot with 128 bit DDR 400 memory support and FSB 266, 333 FSB support.

    Nforce 2 G is the version that uses only AC97 audio capabilities featuring Nvidia's network card, USB 2.0 and ATA 133, Geforce 4 integrated plus AGP 8X slot with 128 bit DDR 400 memory and FSB 266, 333 FSB support.

    With the non-integrated versions, the Nforce 2 ST uses Nvidia APU and it is sound storm compatible featuring Nvidia and or 3com network card, USB 2.0 ATA 133 and Firewire, and AGP 8X slot with 128 bit DDR 400 memory support and FSB 266, 333 FSB support. It's the same as Nforce 2 GT without integrated graphics.

    Last but not least, the Nforce 2 S will use the AC 97 codec featuring Nvidia network card, USB 2.0 and ATA 133, AGP 8X slot with 128 bit DDR 400 memory and FSB 266, 333 FSB support. It's the same as Nforce 2 G without integrated graphics.
    "


    Speaking of the Nforce 2, you can read a press release from Nvidia that comes hot on the heels of AMD's announcement for their Athlon XP 2800+ and 2700+ processors, here. It gives a rundown on how the Nforce 2 will take advantage of the new AMD CPUs.
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    ATI Launches the All in Wonder Radeon 9700 PRO

    0 comments Peter Judson - Sep 30, 02 10:34am (PST) Like Share

    Multimedia on the PC rises to a new level with today's announcement from ATI Technologies Inc. of the ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 PRO.

    The world's fastest multimedia graphics card joins the award-winning ALL-IN-WONDER family to offer mulTView for dual TV tuner support and 128MB of Double Data Rate (DDR) memory plus more - powered by the new RADEON 9700 PRO VPU (visual processor unit) graphics chip with cutting edge 2D and 3D graphics performance.

    ATI's new flagship multimedia video card, ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 PRO, will be available this fall for less than USD$500 and will complement the currently shipping ALL-IN-WONDER RADEON 8500DV at USD$199 and the value-priced ALL-IN-WONDER RADEON 7500 at USD$149.

    "With dual TV tuner support, we've delivered a major customer-requested feature," said Godfrey Cheng, Director of Marketing, Multimedia Products, ATI Technologies Inc. "ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 PRO delivers many great new features that elevate the Home Theater PC to a brand new level. ATI continues to pack the most excitement into one easily installable solution for maximum performance, features and stability - no other multimedia video card can deliver this much entertainment."

    "ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 PRO is designed around the critically acclaimed RADEON 9700 PRO - the industry's first visual processing unit - to deliver top performance, even for hard-core gamers," said Blair Birmingham, Group Product Manager, TV PC Multimedia Products, ATI Technologies Inc. "This groundbreaking graphics chip includes Microsoft DirectX 9.0 support, our VIDEOSHADER engine and video compression for an extremely high quality video experience. We created ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 PRO for the customer who wants to get the best multimedia experience out of their computer for gaming, video editing and enhanced TV viewing.

    "We're also delivering on the high resolution visual experience in the family room by providing Component Output capabilities (YPrPb) with this product. ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 PRO enables unique support for a non-interlaced display in the family room for DVD, personal video recording (PVR), gaming and other Windows-based applications."

    ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 PRO offers the following features:

  • ATI's MULTIMEDIA CENTER 8.0 software - In addition to a full range of critically-acclaimed multimedia functions such as a free integrated program guide (North America only) from Gemstar-TV Guide's GUIDE Plus+ and enhanced TV-ON-DEMAND PVR for instant replays, pausing live TV or recording live broadcasts for later viewing, new software enhancements include:

  • MulTView - Enables dual TV tuner capabilities such as Picture-in-Picture when combined with ATI-TV WONDER or TV WONDER VE;

  • THRUVIEW - Allows for translucent viewing of TV, DVD (digital versatile disk) and video file playback;

  • VIDEOSOAP - Delivers advanced filtering to reduce noise, improve sharpness and soften focus as desired to provide the highest quality video compression for PVR and personal video editing functions;

  • FULLSTREAM - Uses pixel shaders, based on innovative technology in RADEON 9700 PRO, to remove blocky artifacts from streaming video and provides sharper image quality and greater scalability;

  • Closed Caption Search within TV-ON-DEMAND complements the popular "Hotwords" functionality with the PVR allowing the computer to search for content of interest whether it happens in the future or the recent past;

  • Pinnacle Video Studio 8 - Offers powerful features for consumer video editing;

  • Matchware Mediator 7 - Enables the ability to combine text, pictures, videos and sounds to build stunning presentations in a few minutes;

  • ATI's THEATER 200 - Provides exceptional video and stereo audio quality viewing during live TV and video input and capture - all based on technologies from ATI's digital television research and development;

  • VIDEOSHADER - Uses programmable pixel shader technology to accelerate video processing and provide better-looking visuals;

  • REMOTE WONDER - Offers remote control via RF (radio frequency) for instant easy access to all the multimedia features (TV, video, DVD - and more) from any other room in the house or office (requires USB - universal serial bus) - it's the 30-foot User Interface in the palm of your hand;

  • RADEON 9700 PRO VPU and 128MB (megabyte) DDR memory - Designed for advanced 3D graphics and gaming;

  • Component Video output via a YprPb adapter (available in North America only) - Connects to the big screen TV in the family room at high resolution with optimized viewing modes;
    Stereo TV-tuner with 125 channels;

  • Analog video capture and editing in MPEG-2 format at up to 720x480 30 frames-per-second resolution;

  • DVD video playback with Dolby AC-3 digital audio;

  • Support for Microsoft DirectX 9.0 and OpenGL; and,

  • Backed by quality ATI customer support and a 3-year limited warranty, ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 PRO supports Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Me, and Windows 98/98 SE (Windows Me driver can be installed on Windows 98/98SE).
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    NVidia Announces AGP 8X Family of Graphic Cards

    1 comments Peter Judson - Sep 25, 02 10:06am (PST) Like Share

    NVIDIA Corporation, the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today introduced the industry’s first and only comprehensive family of AGP 8X-based products.

    Based on Intel’s AGP 3.0 specification, NVIDIA now offers an extensive range of top-to-bottom graphics processing units (GPUs) and platform processors for next-generation digital media, gaming, and business PC platforms. NVIDIA’s AGP 8X product line-up, which includes the NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 with AGP 8X and the GeForce4 MX 440 with AGP 8X desktop GPUs, as well as the new nForce2 platform processors, forms the technology foundation for the world’s most advanced PCs.

    “AGP 8X is the foundation of the new world of PC computing,” said Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. “By offering the industry’s only top-to-bottom AGP 8X product family, we are able to provide robust AGP 8X solutions delivering increased graphics performance. Our GPUs are the most complete implementation of the AGP 8X specification and are used as the reference hardware for AGP 8X.”

    AGP 8X doubles the graphics bandwidth of the AGP interface to 2.1 gigabytes per second (GB/sec.). This keeps data hungry GPUs fed with the information necessary to render high frame rate, high fidelity, and real-time graphics.

    “NVIDIA has been a defining force in graphics technology for many years, and the input we incorporated from NVIDIA ensures that this new industry standard specification meets the needs of their future graphics architectures, “said Jason Ziller, Technology Initiatives Manager at Intel Corporation. “As graphics technology continues to progress at a rapid pace, we will soon see an influx of workstation-class applications and 3D games with stunning visuals. AGP 8X is the next big step to make sure Workstations and PCs can handle the massive amount of data that those applications will transmit.”

    Today’s fast-paced “fly-through” applications and games will see significant improvements in overall performance due to the doubled AGP 8X speed. By combining the performance and scalability of AGP8X GPU and a high performance 128MB DDR frame buffer; the GeForce4 Ti 4200 with AGP 8X GPU delivers more than two times the graphics performance of competitive products.

    Support for AGP 8X extends beyond the GeForce4 family of desktop GPUs and into all the motherboard designs based on NVIDIA’s highly anticipated nForce2 core logic products. By featuring AGP 8X, NVIDIA’s nForce2 platform processors help reduce system bottlenecks, allowing for increased system performance and stability.

    A variety of new platforms featuring NVIDIA’s AGP 8X products will be introduced from the following PC OEMs:

    4MBO International Electronics AG
    Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC)
    HP
    MicronPC.com
    Shuttle Computer
    Add-in cards and motherboards based on NVIDIA’s AGP 8X product line-up will be introduced from the following NVIDIA partners:

    ASUStek
    Chaintech
    Epox
    eVGA.com
    Gainward
    Jaton
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    HP Announces 8x Optical Zoon Digicam in New Product Lineup

    0 comments Peter Judson - Sep 23, 02 2:28pm (PST) Like Share

    Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Ltd. today announced two new scanners, an 8x optical zoom digital camera and a compact photo printer that provide simple and innovative ways to capture, print, share and receive digital images.

    Among the new products is the industry's first scanner to feature an automatic photo feeder, which allows consumers to quickly and easily digitize traditional photos by scanning a stack of 4 x 6-inch or 3 x 5-inch photos.

    Bringing electronic organization to shoeboxes full of photos, the HP Scanjet 5500c scanner allows users to scan a stack of up to 24 photos, the same number of photos in a typical roll of film, by simply placing them in the feeder and pressing a single button. Users also can view scanned images in about seven seconds(1) -- no warm-up time required.

    Three other products join HP's line of digital imaging products, including the HP Scanjet 4570c scanner; the HP Photosmart 230 photo printer -- featuring a convenient LCD screen for previewing and editing photos prior to printing; and the HP Photosmart 850 digital camera with manual controls and HP Instant Share technology.

    "In June of this year, HP unveiled its $1.2 billion investment to reset the printing and imaging market. Today's announcement illustrates the ongoing results of that investment and sets the stage for products that are yet to come," said Lori Abbott, category business manager, digital imaging, Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Ltd.. "With innovations like the automatic photo feeder on our scanner, an LCD screen on our compact photo printer and innovative manual controls on our digital cameras, HP is offering simple and convenient features that make it easy to capture, share and print."

    "We have found that 89 per cent of scanner owners scan photos and 47 percent of Internet households print digital photos at home," said Kerry Flatley, research analyst, InfoTrends Research Group. "HP's solutions are designed to help simplify the scanning and photo printing process at a time when digital imaging is playing a more significant role in consumers' lives."

    HP Scanjet 5500c and 4570c Scanners

    The HP Scanjet 5500c and 4570c scanners have seven, one-touch buttons for convenient access to features such as a share-to-Web option, HP Memories Disc Creator software for creating photo CDs to be viewed on a PC or DVD player, copy centre functions and e-mailing. Consumers can get professional-quality scans with up to 2,400 dots-per-inch (dpi) and 48-bit colour for printing, e-mailing and posting on the Web.

    To convert from traditional film to digital format and for easy archiving, a lighted adapter is included with each scanner, which allows consumers to scan 35 mm negatives and slides. The automatic photo feeder is included with the HP Scanjet 5500c scanner and is optional for the HP Scanjet 4570c scanner.

    HP Photosmart 230 Photo Printer

    The compact HP Photosmart 230 photo printer produces borderless, 4 x 6-inch prints. The printer provides professional-looking output with crisp detail and vibrant colours on HP premium photo papers, featuring up to 4,800-optimized dpi.(2)

    In addition, the printer lets users preview and edit photos prior to printing with a 1.8-inch colour LCD screen. Users can print directly from the digital camera -- no computer is needed -- via the printer's memory card slots, which support Compact Flash, Memory Stick, MultiMedia, Secure Digital and SmartMedia.

    The HP Photosmart 230 photo printer follows the recent introduction of the company's new line of photo printers, including the HP Photosmart 7550, 7350, 7150 and 130 models.

    HP Photosmart 850 Digital Camera

    The HP Photosmart 850 digital camera offers customers the choice between using automatic or manual controls for freedom to select camera settings for ISO, exposure, white balance and aperture. The digital camera produces outstanding close-ups and brilliant photos, featuring 4.1-megapixel total resolution and 56x total zoom (8x optical, 7x digital). The electronic viewfinder enables consumers to enhance the framing of photos through the lens viewing.

    The digital camera also features HP Instant Share technology, which allows users to snap a photo and then select on the camera where the photo will go the next time the camera is connected to a computer or optional HP Photosmart 8881 digital camera dock.

    All of the new products introduced today include HP photo and imaging software, which allows users to conveniently and easily edit, create and print photos, including photo album pages.

    Price and Availability

    The HP Scanjet 5500c scanner, HP Scanjet 4570c scanner, HP Photosmart 230 photo printer and HP Photosmart 850 digital camera are expected to begin shipping in early October. All products will be available at authorized HP retailers nationwide.

    Estimated Canadian retail prices(3) are as follows:

    HP Scanjet 5500c scanner (includes photo feeder) $479.99
    HP Scanjet 4570c scanner $299.99
    HP Scanjet automatic photo feeder $229.99
    (optional for HP Scanjet 4570c)
    HP Photosmart 230 photo printer $379.99
    HP Photosmart 850 digital camera $799.99
    HP Photosmart 8881 digital camera dock $129.99
    Categories: Digital Imaging
     
     

    Logitech Intros MX Series of Mice

    0 comments Peter Judson - Sep 23, 02 12:24pm (PST) Like Share

    Logitech, today introduced the MX Series of Performance Mice. Designed for the most demanding of conditions, these three new mice from Logitech are engineered to provide advanced precision and control.

    Powered by the MX Optical Engine, the mice capture up to 4.7 megapixels of surface tracking information every second, more than that of any optical mouse to date. The increased processing power of Logitech's new optical system ensures instant response to even the fastest hand movement and delivers superior tracking on more surfaces than ever. Each model in the new series offers specialized navigation and control features to make the mouse an even more powerful tool for the desktop. These state-of-the-art mice are finished by the innovative new shape and aesthetic qualities, which are a great accompaniment to the design elements of today's modern computer systems. Logitech's MX Series of Performance mice are now available worldwide in retail outlets and online at www.logitech.com. The line-up includes the following:

  • MX700 Cordless Optical Mouse - The flagship of the new series,the MX700 is the first mouse to feature Logitech's new Fast RF cordless technology; an advanced digital system that delivers the responsiveness of a corded connection, but without the cord. The receiver for the MX700 also serves as a fast charging station. The rechargeable nickel metal-hydride (NiMH) batteries will be powered for a whole day's worth of use with just a ten-minute charge.

    The MX700 has a new comfortable contoured right-handed shape with a continuous key plate and eight programmable navigation buttons. The mouse is painted with a blue/black surface and has highly polished silver accents. Now available for $79.95 USD.

  • MX500 Optical Mouse - An advanced mouse with the same next-generation shape and design as the MX700, but with a standard corded connection. The MX500 offers the same quick access to eight programmable buttons, and is finished in a striking midnight black and dark gray. Now available for $49.95 USD.

  • MX300 Optical Mouse - The entry point of the MX performance mouse series is a cable-connected mouse with an ambidextrous design that allows the mouse to fit comfortably in either the left or right hand. Navigation tools for this mouse include a Quick Switch Program Selector button and scroll wheel. With a midnight black and dark gray surface, the MX300 is now available for $39.95USD.

    "We've invested over 40,000 hours of research and development in the engineering of the MX Series. Our dedication to superior performance and commitment to aesthetic detail have fully addressed high-end needs in a great industrial design," said Chris Bull, director of Marketing for pointing devices at Logitech. "With over ten years of leadership in cordless technology and more than 27 million cordless products sold, we have the technical expertise to deliver for today's advanced PC users."

    About Specialized Navigation

    MX700 and MX500 performance mice enhance user control with several specialized navigation tools including Internet forward and back buttons that are within easy reach of the thumb. A Quick Switch Program Selector button is conveniently located on top of the mouse to easily jump between open applications on your desktop. Logitech's proprietary Cruise Control(TM) scrolling system provides rapid scrolling through large Web pages and long documents by just holding the buttons above and below the scroll wheel. The scroll wheel can then be used for line-by-line accuracy.

    About MX Optical Engine

    The MX Optical Engine features improvements to nearly every aspect of the system, outperforming previous designs and establishes a new benchmark in optical tracking. Optical mice operate by "taking a picture" of the surface on which they are operating, and then compare the images sequentially to detect the speed and direction of movement. For the MX Series, Logitech worked with Agilent Technologies to develop a revolutionary new 800 dpi sensor that captures up to 4.7 megapixels every second, more than any other mouse available today. The increase in image processing power ensures a smooth and accurate cursor motion even for quick hand movements up to 10G's of acceleration. This advancement in optical engineering also delivers superior tracking on a much broader range of surfaces than ever, giving users the freedom to work how and where they want.

    About Fast RF Cordless Technology

    All of Logitech's cordless peripherals for the desktop are based on proven digital radio technology, which ensures reliable performance within a six-foot radius of the receiver with no line-of-sight requirement. The new Fast RF advances cordless performance even further by delivering the same level of responsiveness that users have come to expect when using a corded mouse. Fast RF provides advancements in the three areas that most challenge cordless mice: report rate, transmission speed and latency. By increasing the cordless report rate to 125 reports per second, Fast RF matches the rate of USB cable connection. This, in combination with an increase in transmission speed and a reduction in latency delivers the smoothness and precision that was previously known in only corded mice.

    The Logitech MX Performance Series of mice are compatible with Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Millennium Edition and Windows XP as well as Apple's Mac OS 8.6 and higher, including Mac OS X.
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    Intel Enveils Low Voltage 933MHz Procecssor

    0 comments Peter Judson - Sep 23, 02 12:13pm (PST) Like Share

    Intel Corporation today unveiled the latest addition to its embedded processor roadmap -- the Low Voltage Intel(R) Pentium(R) III processor at 933 MHz -- for use by communications equipment manufacturers in high-density blade systems.

    The processor comes in a uFCBGA package, the latest packaging technology from Intel for smaller systems such as high-density servers.

    The processor is featured on the high-density, single-slot Intel NetStructure(TM) ZT 5524 System Master Processor Board which is available in either single or dual-processor configurations. The ZT 5524 is a PCI Industrial Manufacturers Group(a) (PICMG) 2.16-compliant packet-switched board and offers communication equipment manufactures redundant host support, providing high performance coupled with high availability.

    With dual Gigabit Ethernet ports and an optional dual PMC mezzanine, the ZT 5524 is designed specifically for telecom servers, broadband access servers, telecom switches and mobile base station controllers. Intel is also offering board vendors, at no cost, the schematics for building a standards-based PICMG 2.16-compliant board with a Low Voltage Intel Pentium III processor.

    "Intel is committed to delivering high-performance, low-power, standards-based building blocks for communications equipment makers at multiple levels of integration," said Joe Jensen, general manager, Embedded Intel Architecture Division. "For customers that want a highly integrated solution that allows them to get to market more quickly, we offer complete boards like the ZT 5524. For other customers that want to design the board themselves, we provide schematics and other tools to ease the implementation of cutting-edge processors like the Low Voltage Intel Pentium III processor."

    Capable of running embedded applications such as security, telephony, storage and wireless base station controllers, the Low Voltage Intel Pentium III processor has a maximum power dissipation of 12.2 watts. The lower wattage enables the processor to decrease the overall thermal dissipation of the system so that it can operate under restricted heat and space constraints. Like all processors in Intel's embedded processor family, the Low Voltage Intel Pentium III processor comes with extended product lifecycle support.

    The Low Voltage Intel Pentium III processor contains 512 KB of on-chip level two cache memory and supports a 133 MHz system bus. The processor is produced on Intel's 0.13-micron manufacturing process, an advanced process that enables lower voltages. The processor is validated with the Intel 815E2 chipset, and can be configured with third-party chipsets for dual-processing implementations.

    The Low Voltage Intel Pentium III processor at 933 MHz is available now from Intel for $273 in one-thousand unit quantities. The ZT 5524 is available from Intel for $2,695. In addition, boards in PICMG 2.16 and other form factors featuring the Low Voltage Intel Pentium III processor are now available from AAEON, Advantech, Kontron and other major OEMs. Boards from Force Computers will be available later this year. System pricing varies by manufacturer.
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