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Motorola to unveil third-generation PowerQuicc

Hitachi projector + Panamorph VSR lens = home theatre?

EPOC: new Kingston´s proprietary package technology for memory modules

Photo of the day: Shuttle´s SiS648-based AS45GT/R board

NVIDIA "CineFX" Architecture: Real-Time Cinematic Rendering

HighPoint´s RocketRaid 1520 with Serial ATA support

JPEG defends free images

Radeon 9000 Pro CRT/DVI/TV 64M DDR AGP from CP Technology

Samsung may cut some TFT LCD prices

Nokia: 2Q 2002 results

ELSA AG is no more... Long live ELSA GmbH!



Motorola to unveil third-generation PowerQuicc

Today at Smart Networks Developers Forum Motorola will unveil details of new architecture of PowerQuicc, third-generation communication processor, which samples are expected early in 2003.

The company has already mentioned some features of MPC8560 PowerQuicc III like PowerPC e500 RISC core and Ocean comm logic in its roadmap. Though other details, including the RapidIO integrated comm modules technology, PCI-X, DDR SDRAM and Gigabit Ethernet ports, became a surprise.

Besides, it will be the first PowerQuicc processor utilizing SoC methodology for inner core and some bus elements, that are not strictly task-specialized. Only some elements, including the e500 core, feature complete specialization.

RISC e500 core supports up to 1 GHz clock rates, has 7-layer cache (256 KB L2 cache).

Now 8560 is being thoroughly verified. Motorola promised the chip to be fully functional by the year-end.

Hitachi projector + Panamorph VSR lens = home theatre?

Hitachi and VSR (Visual Systems Research) today announced the strategic partnership to combine Panamorph VSR optics with Hitachi multimedia projectors. In particular, companies plan to re-equip CP-S370W, CP-X380W, CP-SX5500W, CP-X980W, CP-X985W and CP-X990W projectors from 4:3 format to HDTV 16:9.

Panamorph lens will be attached to Hitachi projectors with an adapter. This is said to result in 33% more visible dots and higher vertical resolution at projecting to 16:9 screen.

According to Hitachi, this solution will enable to use inexpensive projectors with special lens as an alternative to costly digital TV and home theatre wide-format screens.

EPOC: new Kingston´s proprietary package technology for memory modules

Today Kingston announced its Proprietary Elevated Package Over CSP (EPOC) technology. It will initially be available for 1.2" high, registered memory modules.



According to the EPOC technology, DRAM chips are mounted in different packages in two overlapping rows on the printed circuit board. The top tier is a row of raised Thin-Small Outline Package (TSOP) memory chips, and the lower tier is a row of smaller Chip Scale Package (CSP) memory chips. There are no chip-level interconnects or physical contact between the two overlapping rows. This enables airflow in-between the top and bottom chip rows for more effective heat dissipation.

Photo of the day: Shuttle´s SiS648-based AS45GT/R board

We´ve got new Shuttle´s AS45GT/R Pentium 4 motherboard, based on SiS648 + SiS963 chipset bundle, in our lab.

AS45GT/R brief specifications:

  • ATX form-factor
  • Pentium 4 FSB 400/533 MHz support
  • 3 DDR DIMM slots (up to 3 GB DDR200/266/333)
  • AGP slot with AGP 2.0 / 3.0 support
  • 5 PCI slots
  • Up to 6 USB 1.1/2.0 ports
  • Integrated LAN MAC, IEEE1394, 6-channel Realtek ALC650 audio, digital S/PDIF, IDE RAID 0, RAID1, RAID0+1 (High Point 372, AS45GTR only)
  • Serial ATA (Marvell 88i8030, AS45GTR only), 2 ports, RAID 0, RAID1 support

Now the board and the box:



And a little demonstration of Serial ATA size advantage over traditional serial interface:




NVIDIA "CineFX" Architecture: Real-Time Cinematic Rendering

NVIDIA published a document describing NVIDIA CineFX architecture for real-time cinematic rendering. According to NVIDIA, recently announced Cg — "C for Graphics" will become the main CineFX programming tool.

Using the information from open sources, we publish this comparative table:

GPU
NV2X
NV3X
R9700
Higher Order Surfaces
Higher Order Surface
+
+
+
Continuous Tesselation
+
+
+
Vertex Displacement Mapping
-
+
+
Geometry Displacement Mapping
-
+
+
Vertex Shaders
1.1
2.0
2.0
Max Instructions
128
65536
256
Max Static Instructions
128
1024
Max. Constants
96
256
256
Temporary Registers
12
16
 
Max Loops
0
64
 
Static Flow Control
-
+
+
Dynamic Flow Control
-
+
+
Pixel Shaders
1.1
2.0
2.0
Texture Maps
4
16
16
Max. Texture Instructions
4
1024
32
Max. Color Instructions
8
1024
64
Max Temp Storage
-
96
Data Type
INT
FP
FP
Data Precision
32-bit
128-bit
128-bit

HighPoint´s RocketRaid 1520 with Serial ATA support

Continuing its RocketRaid line, HighPoint Technologies announced RocketRaid 1520controller supporting Serial ATA.





Based on Marvell 88i8030, it provides up to 150 MB/sec data transfer rate and supports RAID 0 and 1. The controller is said to work under any of the following: Windows 98/Me/NT 4.0/2000/XP, Linux (SuSe, Red Hat, Caldera and Turbo, and FreeBsd).



It supports two Serial ATA ports and is supplied with RocketHead 100 adapters, enabling 40-pin IDE device compatibility.


RocketRaid 1520 will cost about 19800 yen or $170.

JPEG defends free images

We´ve already written that North American Forgent Networks was seeking royalties from a patent it acquired five years ago. The company estimates client device makers and any companies using JPEG images to pay $22 million only this quarter.

Sony has already paid $15 million for the right to use the patent, but Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) reported it was not going to pass the format away to anybody and launched a web page to gather prior JPEG or similar image examples.

Let´s hope the story ends like glass bottle patent episode. It was enough to show the bottle, made several hundred years ago, to prove claim unfoundedness.

Radeon 9000 Pro CRT/DVI/TV 64M DDR AGP from CP Technology

Taiwanese CP Technology announced the release of Radeon 9000 Pro CRT/DVI/TV 64M DDR AGP graphics card based on ATI Radeon 9000 Pro. Sales are expected later this month.



Chip core clock rate is 275 MHz. The board features 64MB DDR memory, operating at the same clock rate; 15-pin D-Sub, DVI-I and TV outs. The price will be $129 and higher.



In addition, the company reported the release of lighter Radeon 9000LE, having 250 MHz and 200 MHz core/memory clock rate, respectively, and only DVI-D.

Samsung may cut some TFT LCD prices

Samsung Electronics may cut some large-size TFT LCD prices by $5 in August. This will involve all panels in 10.4-17" range.

According to Samsung Taiwan, the company is still evaluating the feasibility of price cut, demanded by Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and IBM in order to stimulate market demand, but is still undecided on the matter.

Other Taiwanese TFT LCD makers say they´ll be forced to follow Samsung if it cuts prices.

Nokia: 2Q 2002 results

Nokia reported the fiscal year report for 2Q 2001 — 2Q 2002. Though revenues reduced by 6% from €7.35 billion to €6.94 billion this year, profit increased up to €1.26 billion. With all payoffs final company profit for 2Q 2002 made €1.22 billion and profit rate made 17.6% comparing to 11.7% last year.

European and Asian-Pacific markets favoured the shipments of Nokia 7650 Symbian OS communicator. The company considers MMS-enabled markets as primary for Nokia 7650.

And, finally, Nokia promises to release several new products before the year-end. One of them — WCDMA/GSM device — is expected in September. Nokia promises to launch its 3G network by that time.

ELSA AG is no more... Long live ELSA GmbH!

About the future of the well-known German ELSA company: it´s back to computer market from August, 1. Thomas George, company bankruptcy officer, announced that further investment and management passes to one of Bremen finance groups.

The company name is to change, respectively, from ELSA AG to ELSA GmbH. It will produce SOHO solutions, the main direction will be the development and release of graphics and multimedia products. Anyway, the assortment will be reduced as the department for making networking and DSL Lancom and AirLancer products is changed to Lancom System and owned by Devolo AG.

Naturally, ELSA GmbH guarantees the technical support of existing ELSA AG products.

Also remember that Japanese assets of ELSA Japan, former ELSA AG subsidiary, are now fully owned by Japanese Technology Joint Corporation (TJC), former 5% co-owner.

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