NEC announced that in September it will begin shipping new Express5800/BladeServer solutions.
All servers are based on ServerWorks ServerSet III Le-T chipset, 8MB ATI RagecXl graphics and support up to 1GB of PC133 memory, up to two 80GB hard disks. They feature 3 Ethernet, 2 USB ports, and have Windows 2000 Server or Red Hat Linux 7.2 installed.Hewlett Packard announced its new wireless-enabled portable PC line for small and medium businesses Compaq Evo Notebook N1000v и N1005v.
Compaq Evo N1000v bases on up to 2.2 GHz Intel Pentium 4, has SXGA+ 15-inch TFT display, ATI Mobility Radeon 7500 graphics. N1000v, as all new Evo products, includes Compaq MultiPort module for wireless Internet or enterprise LAN access. It´s designed as a 802.11b or Bluetooth module.
Like Evo N800v, Evo N1000v supports USB 2.0. Evo N1000v is also compatible with new scalable Compaq Port Replicator and Advanced Port Replicator solutions.
Compaq Evo Notebook N1005v is a low-power AMD Mobile Athlon XP based portable PC for mobile businessmen. Besides, Evo N1005v standard configuration offers ATI Mobility Radeon graphics supporting AGP 4х, 15-inch XGA and up to 3 hours of operation. Evo N1005v enables to watch full-frame video presentations, basing on universal TV standard support, certified Dolby Digital system with JBL Pro speakers, and a DVD/CD-RW or DVD-ROM combo.
It works under Microsoft Pocket PC 2002 and has 64MB SDRAM, 32MB Flash ROM, 3.5-inch 240x320 reflective display supporting 65536 colors, CF slot, serial and IrDA ports, stereo headphones jack, built-in mic and speaker. MyPal A600 size is 75x125x12.8 mm, weight 138g. The device has aluminium case.
MyPal A600 PDA, as well as any other Microsoft Pocket PC 2002 device, is supplied with Pocket Outlook, Pocket Word, Pocket Excel and software MP3 player, games, etc. ASUS Smart Power Saving technology enables 15 hours of operation.
According to various industry sources, new Microsoft Pocket PC PDAs will appear in for sale in November for about $300 retail price.
As you know, Compal Electronics, Mitac Technology and High Tech Computer (HTC) took part in the Dell´s PDA shipment tender. Wistron plans manage in time constraints, as it already has necessary PDA design, developed earlier for the Chinese market and requiring only some minor modifications.
Despite uneasy industry times and 1% desktop PC sales volumes recession in the second quarter (comparing to year-ago data), mobile PC sales continue to grow. According to provisional information from Dataquest, notebook sales volumes grew by 6.1% in 2Q 2002.
In the second quarter total sold notebooks made about 6.9 million units, that´s far exceeds the year-ago numbers of 6.5 million units. According to Dataquest, growth of notebook demand was noticed in large regions worldwide, excluding Japan and Latin America Латинской Америки. For example, North American market demand grew by 9.3% in the second quarter comparing to the year-ago values.
Another player is to appear in the densely TFT LCD market Hon Hai Group, now constructing its 5G fab.
Hon Hai Group is known by its various shipments from barebone systems and modules to sockets to leading OEM integrators. The production group had been successful lately, so it was decided to invest $700 million to $1 billion into construction of a TFT LCD fab in Hsinchu.
Under conditions when not only foreign brands like Samsung Electronics, LG Philips Display, but also five local Taiwanese industry leaders nurture similar plans for 5G fabs construction, a try to become a leader seems doubtful enough, however Hon Hai Group is optimistic about that. Company leaders believe that despite possible overproduction problems, this sector has bright future, and TFT LCD demand will absorb any production volumes.
From the very beginning Hon Hai Group plans to avoid mistakes of other multiproduction enterprises and announce the establishment of a new company, which name is still undisclosed. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Hon Hai Group leader, will become its largetst stock holder. The fab is to be fully constructed in 2004.
Their pricing will depend not only on clock rate, but also on presence/absence of wireless single- (LAN 802.11) and dual-range protocols.
Intel Banias and WLAN package will provisionally cost:
In 4Q 2003 Intel plans to announce Banias or rather Dothan already with 1.8 GHz clock rate and 0.09-micron process technology. According to Taiwan sources, Dothan will require less power.
Hyperlinked Intel mobile roapmap (source PC Watch):
Clubic, new 3D Prophet 9700 cards on ATI Radeon 9700 GPUs will cost about 430-450 euro at the moment of appearance in retail. As we have shown photos of the package already, now we publish a picture of 3D Prophet 9700 itself.
New AGP 8x 3D Prophet 9700 cards supporting DirectX 9 will have 128MB DDR SDRAM; core will operate at 300 MHz, memory at 375 MHz. Hercules plans to supply cards with PowerDVD XP software, S-Video RCA and DVI VGA adapters.
The first appearance of 3D Prophet 9700 is expected in the middle of September / beginning of October.
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