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A "wireless" cam from Sanyo

Serial ATA controller from IWILL

TwinForce: a motherboard and a graphics card from Leadtek

KT3 Ultra2: a new KT333 board from MSI

Philips, Orange Book Part III CD-RW Volume 3 v0.9: 32x CD-RW standard

Serial ATA prospects and implementation time

A "wireless" cam from Sanyo

The Japanese subdivision of Sanyo today reported the development of digital cam prototype supporting wireless network access and showed it at NETWORLD + INTEROP 2002 in Tokyo.

The prototype bases on 1.5 megapixel DSC-SX560 and features IEEE 802.11b adapter, plugged into a CompactFlash slot. The cam has its own TCP/IP stack and allows to upload shots to a remote server at once. Still the upload time is questionable, though IEEE 802.11b adapter is said to support up to 11 Mbps data transmission rates.

Serial ATA controller from IWILL

To illustrate the news about Serial ATA prospects — a press release from IWILL about ways makers plan to follow to realize Serial ATA in the near future until Serial ATA controllers built into Southbridges become available.

We mentioned the new Pentium 4 motherboard — P4G — on the Intel 845G + ICH4 bundle the day the new chipset was announced. This board has Serial ATA interface realized through Marvell 8031 integrated controller.

There was another, more universal solution presented. An additional IWILL SATA board, plugged into a free PCI slot to get two Serial ATA ports at once in combination with any board. IWILL SATA is fully compatible with Serial ATA 1.0 specifications and support point-to-point Star Topology as well as the "hot plug" mode.

Perhaps, such PCI controllers will be popular for some time, providing the most inexpensive way of transition to Serial ATA HDDs.

TwinForce: a motherboard and a graphics card from Leadtek

In the middle of July Leadtek plans to start the deliveries of two packages: TwinForce 1 and TwinForce 2, consisting of a motherboard and a graphics card.

TwinForce 1 includes Winfast K7N415DA motherboard on the discrete NVIDIA nForce 415-D chipset with unofficial DDR333 support and integrated Ethernet controller, plus 3D Winfast A 170 PRO graphics card on 64 MB DDR NVIDIA GeForce4 MX460 GPU. The package guiding price is ?239.

TwinForce2 includes a similar motherboard and Winfast A250 LE TD graphics card on NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti4200 GPU. TwinForce2 costs about ?300.

Both kits also feature Aquanox, Rally Master and Rogue Spear — Black Thorn games as well as WinFox Pro 2 utility set.

KT3 Ultra2: a new KT333 board from MSI

MSI updated its site with the specifications of a new Socket A motherboard — KT3 Ultra2 (6380E Ver 1.0) on the VIA KT333 + VT8235 chipset bundle for AMD Athlon / Athlon XP / Duron processors featuring 200/266 MHz FSB.

The board features ATX form-factor and has three DDR DIMM slots (up to 3 Gb of DDR200/266/333 memory), an AGP 4x slot, five PCI slots, a CNR slot, built-in channel audio (Realtek ALC650), USB 2.0 ports, SPDIF-Out (using S-Bracket).

There will be the following board modifications available: KT3 Ultra2-BR (Bluetooth), KT3 Ultra2-R, KT3 Ultra2-BR — ATA133 RAID 0 or 1 (Promise 20276).

Philips, Orange Book Part III CD-RW Volume 3 v0.9: 32x CD-RW standard

Philips updated its web-site license page with the Orange Book Part III CD-RW Volume 3 v0.9.

The update applies to CD-RW disc writing speed. Now the standard describes 8 to 24 and 32x rewriting.

Serial ATA prospects and implementation time

Motherboard maker roadmaps still often feature Serial ATA supporting solutions. Though most of such announces is expected only in the 4Q when SiS presents its SiS964 Southbridge with integrated Serial ATA support; and later, when VIA Technologies releases its VT8235 Southbridge with same capabilities. Intel plans to present its ICH5 Serial ATA product after the first half-year of 2003. So, before these chipsets appear motherboard makers will have to use discrete Serial ATA controllers. Now such products from Promise Technology, Silicon Image, and Marvell Technology cost about $7 each.

Despite the first Serial ATA motherboards will appear for sale already in July, makers forecast the new interface to widespread only after the appearance of integrated chipsets, i.e. in the beginning of 2003.

This year Serial ATA support will be featured mostly in high-end boards. For Pentium 4 these will be SiS648 and Intel 845G based motherboards. VIA KT400 and NVIDIA nForce 2 chipsets will be used for AMD platform.

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