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An ultra-slim speaker from Matsushita

Atmel offers high-speed, 70-GHz SiGe technology

Itanium 2 workstations to feature NVIDIA Quadro4 GPU

Hitachi introduces processor for digital camera-eqipped mobiles

PixelView DTV3000: satellite TV tuner from Prolink

256 and 512 MB SD flash cards from I-O Data

New KT333 board from EPox: EP-8K5A2+

Intel began shipping Itanium 2

NVIDIA nForce 2 to make the debut on July 16

Second-tier motherboard makers: June sales results

Compaq Evo N1000v — Pentium 4 notebooks with a new cooling system

An ultra-slim speaker from Matsushita

Matsushita announced the development of an ultra-slim speaker.

Unlike traditional speakers using cylindric voice coil in the magnetic gap, Matsushita´s novelty utilizes sandwich-type magnetic curcuit. According to the company, Sound Slim speaker uses a magnetic circuit which produces a horizontal magnetic flux in the repelling magnetic field formed by two magnets with the same polarity, arranged vertically in parallel to each other. Such speaker is said to be twice shorter and thinner than a similar traditional speaker. Besides, as the magnetic field is almost fully inside, there´s no need to shielding the speaker from the sensitive electronics.

Atmel offers high-speed, 70-GHz SiGe technology

Today Atmel corporation reported about extending its SiGe technology portfolio with a new foundry process for creating chips stable at up to 70 GHz.

New SiGe BiCMOS process — AT46700 — was developed after the commercial launch of AT46000 for creating 12 GHz chips for telecommunications equipment.

The company considers wireless network, cellular and satellite equipment chip makers as the main customers for their new technology.

Itanium 2 workstations to feature NVIDIA Quadro4 GPU

Today NVIDIA published the new press release timed to the official announcement of new-generation 64-bit Itanium 2 from Intel. It states that Itanium 2 platform will be supported by NVIDIA Quadro-based solutions.

According to NVIDIA, now the Quadro family is optimized for high-performance workstations based on Intel Itanium 2.

Today we expect different companies to announce servers and graphics workstations based on the new platform. It´s already known that Intel Itanium 2 workstations from Hewlett-Packard will feature NVIDIA Quadro4-based solutions.

Hitachi introduces processor for digital camera-eqipped mobiles

Hitachi announced plans to begin shipping samples of SH7294 — a microchip for enhanced mobile phones with a built-in digital camera. The launch of mass production is expected in October.

The chip interconnects phone chips and a digital camera and performs audio and video processing. It´s directly connected to 640480-pixel sensor, enabling digital zooming and multiple picture overlapping onscreen.

Chip´s clock rate is 120 MHz.

PixelView DTV3000: satellite TV tuner from Prolink

Prolink announced the new satellite TV card — PixelView DTV3000. The novelty bases on Conexant 878A chip.

PixelView DTV3000 specifications:

  • Channel decoding
  • DVB-S interface
  • Real-time recording (DVR)
  • Delayed recording
  • Firmware upgrade
  • Favourite channels list
  • TV-text
  • Remote control

256 and 512 MB SD flash cards from I-O Data

Today I-O Data presented two new Secure Digital (SD) flash memory cards of 256 and 512 MB capacity.

They were presented earlier than planned (in August). Some technical specifications: consumption current up to 80 milliampere, weight: about 2 gr.

The date when 256 and 512 MB cards are to appear in retail and pricing are unknown.

New KT333 board from EPox: EP-8K5A2+

EPoX´s newest EP-8K5A2+ bases on KT333 chipset coupled with VT8235 Southbridge.

The main specifications are:

  • AMD Socket A processor support
  • 3 PC 2700 DDR memory slots, up to 3GB of memory
  • 6 PCI slots
  • 4X AGP slot
  • Built in 6-channel audio
  • USB 2.0 on SB
  • EPoX´s onboard debugger post card
  • Built-in IDE RAID 0, 1, 0+1 controller, 2 extra IDE ports by High Point 372
  • 10/100MB fast Ethernet controller in chipset with external VIA VT6103 physical Layer by RJ-45 connector

EP-8K5A2+ delivers superb overclocking capabilities for gamers, featuring CPU Vcore and CPU Clock adjust functions. In addition EPoX has also enabled users to tune both memory and AGP voltage. Besides, "Magic Health", EPoX´s newest system monitor, shows main system component parameters to allow accurate computer system management. EPoX 2 digit debug LED enables users to quickly and efficiently check and correct any installation errors.

Intel began shipping Itanium 2

Introducing one of the most expected events of the year: today Intel announced that hardware systems and software suites supporting Intel Itanium 2 CPU will appear for sale these days. The commercial shipments of Intel Itanium 2 have already began worldwide.

Intel Itanium 2 is the second in the Intel Itanium family, that has been developed for enterprise high-end applications. Intel Itanium 2 processor is hardware compatible with two future generations of this family.

Intel Itanium processors are supported by Microsoft Windows; Hewlett-Packard HP-UX; Linux from Caldera, MSC.Software, Red Hat, SuSE, and TurboLinux. Besides, Microsoft plans to release Windows.NET Datacenter and Enterprise Server for Intel Itanium 2, and HP is going to present versions of its OpenVMS and Non Stop Kernel operating systems, optimized for all Intel Itanium processors.

Intel Itanium 2 will be supported by Intel E8870 chipset that is to be released this fall. It is capable of supporting 2 to 16 processors in a system. Besides, some OEM vendors plan to present own chipsets and begin selling them this summer.

Intel also plans to present system builders the structure-forming component platform based on Intel Itanium 2. SR870BN4 will be released in the second half of this year. It supports 4 processors, features module design and is intended for high-density environments for high-performance enterprise computing.

Itanium 2 platform — Intel SR870BN4

Intel Itanium 2 processors feature 3 MB or 1.5 MB L3 cache, 900 MHz and 1.2 GHz clock rates (that´s not a mistake, but official company information), and cost from $1338 to $4226.

NVIDIA nForce 2 to make the debut on July 16

According to various Web sources, NVIDIA is expected to officially announce its new nForce 2 chipset for AMD platform on July, 16.

Provisional data indicate two products to be announced: Crush 18D discrete version and Crush 18G integrated version. First shipments or new chipset-based motherboards are expected in August.

New nForce 2 will support DDR400 memory; USB 2.0, IEEE 1394, ATA-133 interfaces; the built-in graphics will be almost equal to GeForce4 MX440. NVIDIA is said to make the price of Crush 18G "more attractive" from the very beginning instead of repeating the situation with nForce 420-D.

Second-tier motherboard makers: June sales results

Despite harsh business conditions in the end of the second quarter, first-tier mobo makers reported more or less stable sales performance. This can´t said about all the second-tier manufacturers.

DFI, Epox, and Acorp reported the successful June sales results. DFI profit (about NT$250 million) is mainly tied to the ACP (applied computing platform) products shipments.

Despite the excellent results of June (31.9% growth comparing to May), Acorp expects losses due to currency exchange rates losses and inventory price declines. Nevertheless, the company is optimistic, having enough OEM-orders from North American and Asian customers and expecting good sales of its barebone systems.

Second-tier motherboards: June 2002 sales performance
  Sales Motherboard shipments (thousand units)
Revenues (NT$m) M/M growth (%)
Chaintech 270 (12.9)
DFI 250 8.7 122
Biostar 340 (5.8) 200
Jetway 212 (13.8) 100
Epox 260 13 140
Acorp 120 31.9

Compaq Evo N1000v — Pentium 4 notebooks with a new cooling system

In the end of July the market (at least, the Japanese) will see two new notebooks of Compaq Evo Notebook N1000v series under the Compaq trademark that is now belongs to Hewlett-Packard.

What´s so interesting about them? First, the new method of CPU and system cooling: N1000v utilizes two special coolers with thermal channels and copper base. Second, the cooling systems feature 10-step cooler speed adjusting capability.

The most powerful model — P2200/15p/256/40/W/C/XP — features 15" 14001050 (SXGA+) LCD screen, 2.20 GHz Pentium 4 CPU (Intel 845MP chipset), 256 MB RAM (up to 1 GB), 40 GB HDD, ATI MOBILITY RADEON 7500 (32 MB) video, 8/8/8/24x DVD/CD-RW combo, and a wide range of modern interfaces.

The novelty size is 32726843 mm, weight — 3.3 kg. Also expected: 2A GHz Pentium 4 and 1.5 GHz Mobile Celeron versions. All systems will have Windows 2000/XP Professional preinstalled. Deliveries to Japan will start in the end of July for the price from $1400 to $2400.

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