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IBM: 146 gigabytes of "pixie dust"

Intel began to ship Itanium 2: HP, Hitachi, NEC

A mobile videophone from NTT DoCoMo

Brother´s palm printer

Intel began to ship Itanium 2: HP, ATI and others

6-channel Serial ATA RAID controller from LSI Logic

hp omnibook xe4000: new representative notebooks

RAVEMETAL RM200M-256MB: a new "tape" MP3/WMA player from Seagrand

IBM: 146 gigabytes of "pixie dust"

Despite the announced intention to leave the HDD market, IBM continues to release new interesting products. Now the company presented new 146 GB 146Z10 hard disk of the Ultrastar line and announced its mass shipments.

Ultrastar 146Z10 has 8 MB buffer, features 10000 RPM, 4.7 ms access time, 36 GB per plate data density. The new model utilizes the special Rotational Vibration Safeguard technology.

Besides, according to IBM France, it´s the first hard disk utilizing "pixie dust" antiferromagnetic technology.

The new products line features 18 GB, 36 GB, 73 GB and 146 GB hard disks, including Ultra 320 SCSI and Fibre Channel versions.

Source: Hardware.fr

Intel began to ship Itanium 2: HP, Hitachi, NEC

Still continuing posts about new solutions based on 64-bit Itanium 2 processors from Intel.

I guess many know what Itanium 2, former McKinley, looks like. However, it hasn´t yet been shown without its special heat-sink and power supply system. So, here it is:

Now about solutions. Besides two servers, Hewlett-Packard, presented HP Workstation zx2000 based on two Itanium 2 processors and proprietary zx1 chipset.

Hitachi presented HA8500/630.2 server, supporting up to 8 Itanium 2 CPUs.

It´s the NEC TX7/i9000 rackmount server (up to 32 Itanium 2 processors), featuring TX7/i6000 units.

And that´s the TX7/i9000 unit with up to 4 Itanium 2 CPUs. On the internal view below, you can see that it´s double-sided, two Itanium 2 per side.

A mobile videophone from NTT DoCoMo

NTT DoCoMo announced Lookwalk, a PHS videophone supporting company´s M-stage service. The device provides real-time videoconferencing with other compatible terminals such as DoCoMo´s FOMA phones.

Besides, Lookwalk has built-in Internet access tools (supporting HTML 2.0) and an e-mail client. The built-in 110000-pixel CMOS-camera enables to send video or digital photos as e-mail attachments to PDAs or PCs, or other FOMA phones supporting image transfer.

M-stage itself is similar to TV broadcasting. It features 78 channels and about 300 shows. It enables to download and browse news, watch movies, etc. However, besides 2.2" TFT LCD display, Lookwalk P751v has previously mentioned camera that turns it into a videophone.

Lookwalk sales will start on July, 17. The price is still unknown.

Brother´s palm printer

Brother Industries announced the release of a new MW-100 mobile printer.

Monochrome MW-100 thermal printer is just 100 160 17.5 mm small and weighs 300 gr. MW-100 works with A7 (74 105 mm) pages and features a special 50-page tray. The device supports 300300 dpi resolution, up to 4 pages/min printing. The product also has a power supply unit and a Li-Ion battery enough to print a hundred pages.

MW-100 uses USB 1.1 and IrDa 1.2 interfaces, supporting Windows 98/Me/2000/XP controlled PCs as well as Pocket PC/POCKET PC 2000. Brother MW-100 sales are expected to begin in August.

Intel began to ship Itanium 2: HP, ATI and others

To expand our yesterday story about Intel´s recently begun shippings of its new 64-bit Itanium 2 processors.

Hewlett-Packard announced the release of HP-UX 11i Version 1.6, providing feature-rich and well-designed environment for Itanium 2 family. Now it´s offered as a de facto industry standard.

HP-UX 11i Version 1.6 provides data-, source code- and application-compatibility of PA-RISC and Itanium architectures.

With the introduction of HP-UX 11i Version 1.6, HP-UX gains a number of new important features. Capable of supporting up to 64 processors, HP-UX 11i Version 1.6 provides scalability for Itanium-based systems.

HP-UX 11i Version 1.6 features load balancing and other functionality as well as the complete set of built-in data security features, such as unauthorised access detection, catalog authentification and the support of web servers with built-in encryption/decryption libraries like HP Apache and Zeus. Besides, with the release of new software HP-UX System Inventory Manager and HP-UX Kernel Configuration tools, HP-UX 11i Version 1.6 operating system gains additional system management capabilities.

We have some details about new Intel E8870 chipset for Itanium 2 based systems, that is expected later, in fall. It´s designed for building 2-16-processor Itanium 2 systems.

Intel E8870 supports Itanium 2 processors with 400 MHz FSB, up to 128 GB RAM (using 4 GB DIMM units) per each processor unit; it also features PCI/PCI-X support.

All the details about the new chipset are here.

ATI has also announced the support of Itanium 2 platform. The company offers its line of FIRE GL GPUs, with full 64-bit environment software support.

In general, many companies supported Itanium 2 yesterday, including Bull, NEC HP, ATI, NVIDIA LSI Logic, Qlogic, etc. It seems that Intel´s second-generation 64-bit processors have entered the market to occupy it for a long, long time.

6-channel Serial ATA RAID controller from LSI Logic

LSI Logic announced the shipments of 6-channel Serial ATA (SATA) RAID adapter samples for its MegaRAID SATA series.

New 6-channel MegaRAID SATA 150-6 supports 64-bit 66 MHz PCI bus, RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 10, and 50.

MegaRAID SATA 150-6 specifications:

  • 6 SATA 150 channels
  • 64 MB of integrated 100 MHz ECC SDRAM
  • Intel 80302 processor
  • 64-bit 66 MHz PCI 2.2 bus
  • Half Size form-factor
  • Hot Swap support

hp omnibook xe4000: new representative notebooks

Hewlett-Packard reported the shipments of its new 4 representative notebooks — hp omnibook xe4000 series — to begin in the end of July.

hp omnibook xe4000 line is the further evolution of hp omnibook xe3 series. hp omnibook xe4100 (F4646J#ABJ) featuers 1.2 GHz Mobile Celeron, ProSavage PN133T / VT8231 integrated chipset, has 128 MB PC133 RAM, 20 GB HDD (Ultra ATA/100), 24 CD-ROM drive, 14.1" XGA (1024768) LCD panel, a complete set of interfaces: 56kbps / V. 92 modem, 10/100BASE-TX LAN, USB, video-out, PC Card Type II/III, etc. The model size is 329.4 272.5 38.5 mm, the weight is 2.9 kg.

hp omnibook xe4500 (F4883J#ABJ) has 1.6 GHz Mobile Pentium 4-M, ALi 1671 / 1535 chipset, ATI MOBILITY RADEON graphics (16 DDR SDRAM), 128 MB of PC2100 DDR SDRAM, 20 GB HDD (Ultra ATA/100), 24 CD-ROM drive, 14.1" LCD panel, lots of interfaces.

In Japan hp omnibook xe4100 will cost about $1350, and xe4500, based on 1.6 GHz Mobile Pentium 4-M, — about $1700.

RAVEMETAL RM200M-256MB: a new "tape" MP3/WMA player from Seagrand

Seagrand started to ship the new version of its "tape"-style MP3/WMA player — RAVEMETAL RM200M-256MB.

As indicated by name, the player has 256 MB flash memory, comparing to 64 MB and 128 MB of previous models.

Player hardware hasn´t undergone any serious changes except for increased memory (and price); it´s still capable of powering from a car "lighter". The package also includes Windows 98/98SE/Me/2000/XP drivers. Player size is 100.4 63.8 12 mm, weight — 55 gr.

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