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Korean mass-media reports TFT LCD and DRAM price cuts

An ecological PowerMate eco from NEC Solutions America

"Non-cooler" 2.2 GHz Intel Xeon box for 1U servers

Latitude C640: 2 GHz Mobile Pentium 4-M notebooks from Dell

512MB SO-DIMM PC2100 modules from IO-DATA

Casio to stop E-200 shipments?

PowerLeap PL-P4/N: Socket 423 —> Socket 478 4 adapter

Who will become a TFT LCD vendor for new Hewlett-Packard?

Korean mass-media reports TFT LCD and DRAM price cuts

According to South Korean Digital Chosun, prices for two most important export products — TFT LCD panels and DRAM chips — has recently dropped considerably.

As a result of July price cut, prices for TFT LCD panels from Samsung Electronics and LG Philips reduced by average $20 to $240 for 15-inch and $20 to $350-$360 for 17-inch panels.

Based on DRAM Exchange and local online marketplaces, the paper concluded that by yesterday the price of 128 Mbit SDRAM chips reduced by 50% in July and now makes about $2.05 per chip. DDR SDRAM prices were slightly cut as well.

Source: Digital Chosun

P.S. These are current DRAM Exchange results:

  • DDR 256Mb, 32Mx8, 266MHz — $6.62 (0.00%)
  • DDR 128Mb, 16Mx8, 266MHz — $3.39 (+0.59%)
  • SDRAM 256Mb, 32Mx8, 133MHz — $4.08 (0.00%)
  • SDRAM 128Mb, 16Mx8, 133MHz — $2.10 (+2.43%)

An ecological PowerMate eco from NEC Solutions America

NEC Solutions America announced PowerMate eco — a desktop non-cooler multimedia "all-in-one" system, just 20 dB noisy. NEC titled its PowerMate eco "ecological", as it features notebook components, low power consumption, absence of coolers and minimal lead usage.

PowerMate eco has 15-inch LCD screen without boron unlike traditional CRT monitors. Its motherboard doesn´t feature any lead solder, finally, PowerMate eco case is made of special NEC´s proprietary non-toxic NuCycle plastic, being a mix of polycarbon resin and special fire-slowing admixtures, made of 100% secondary raw materials.

Now, a little about internals: PowerMate eco features 900 MHz Transmeta Crusoe TM5800 processor, 20GB hard disk, 15-inch TFT XGA LCD monitor with 160° viewing angles, 256MB RAM (640MB max.), CD-ROM or DVD/CD-RW combo, 16MB ATI RAGE Mobility-M6 graphics, pre-installed Microsoft Windows XP Pro or Windows 2000 Pro.

The price of a standard PowerMate eco with 900 MHz Transmeta Crusoe, 15.0" XGA TFT LCD panel, 256MB RAM, 20GB hard disk and pre-installed Windows XP Professional will make $1599.

"Non-cooler" 2.2 GHz Intel Xeon box for 1U servers

We´ve already used to the fact that Intel Xeon with about 2 GHz clock rate is spoken of along with a massive cooling system with a large heat-sink. So, no one even mentions blade servers.

But: Intel currently produces special processor packages for 1U rackmounts, that include 2.2 GHz server Xeon and a massive copper plate without any coolers!

These products appeared last weekend in Japanese retail. The title on the box reads: "... for Dual-Processor 1U Rack Server Platforms", a qualification sticker tells that this CPU features 400 MHz FSB, 512KB of L2 cache, 1.5 V supply voltage. Just a usual Prestonia-based Xeon made using 0.13-micron process technology.

As you know, TDP (Thermal Design Power) for 2.2 GHz Xeon chips is 61 W. Of course, despite the supplied heat-sink will deal with this amount of heat, the system still requires a forced airflow.

I´ll just remind that Intel also produces special SE7500WV2 motherboards for 1U-2U rack servers (for more details see Intel Xeon Processor for 1U Rack Mount Servers). And the price of this package (in Japan) makes about $320.

Latitude C640: 2 GHz Mobile Pentium 4-M notebooks from Dell

This week Dell starts sales (at least in Japan) of its new 4 Latitude C640 notebook line based on Mobile Pentium 4-M processors.

Latitude C640 will feature Mobile Pentium 4-M with 2.0 GHz, 1.80 GHz and 1.60 GHz clock rates, 14.1-inch SXGA+ (1400x1050, 2.0/1.80 GHz models only) and XGA (1024x768) LCD screen.

Notebooks are based on Intel 845MP chipset, Mobility RADEON 7500 (32MB) graphics, have 128MB PC2100 RAM (1024MB max.), 20/30/40GB, 24 CD-ROM, 8 DVD-ROM or DVD/CD-RW combo, a number of interfaces and ports, pre-installed Windows 2000 / XP Home Edition / XP Professional.

Latitude C640 notebooks standard size is 319.5x253.6x36.8 mm, weight — about 2.4 kg. The most inexpensive model with 14.1-inch XGA display, 1.60 GHz Mobile Pentium 4-M, 128MB RAM, 20 GB hard disk, 24 CD-ROM and Windows XP Professional will cost about $2000. The model with 14.1-inch SXGA+ screen, 2.0 GHz Mobile Pentium 4-M, 1024MB RAM, 40GB hard disk, DVD/CD-RW drive, integrated wireless IEEE 802.11b module and pre-installed Windows XP Professional will already cost $3700.

512MB SO-DIMM PC2100 modules from IO-DATA

In the end of August Japanese IO-DATA plans to ship new 512MB SDD266-512M PC2100 (DDR266) SO-DIMM modules for modern notebooks.

New 200-pin SO-DIMM PC2100 modules provide up to 2.128 MB/sec data transfer rate, support SPD, CL=2.5. For example, they can be used in such notebooks, as Compaq Evo Notebook N1000v/N610c, Dell Inspiron 4150/8200, IBM ThinkPad A31/A31p/R32/T30, NEC LaVie C/G type C, Sharp Mebius PC-GP2-C1M/PC-GP2-C1W, Toshiba DynaBook G5/P5, etc.

The suggested retail price of IO-DATA SDD266-512M is about $320.

Casio to stop E-200 shipments?

According to the online Pocket PC Newswire, in the near future Casio plans to cancel shipments of its E-200 Pocket PC, featuring SD and CF slots.

Just to remind: E-200 is a rather modern Pocket PC, based on 206 MHz Intel StrongARM. It has 3.5-inch 240x320 / 65K colors reflective TFT screen, 64MB RAM, 32MB ROM. According to some information, Casio E-200 production has already been stopped (by the way, a contract OEM maker of E-200 is Taiwanese Winstron, that plans to ship up to 1.1 million of new Pocket PCs to Dell before X-mas). Reasons of Casio E-200 sales cancellation haven´t been named yet.

Though same sources report that currently Casio is developing a new Pocket PC device and is going to present it in the nearest future. All details are to appear later.

PowerLeap PL-P4/N: Socket 423 —> Socket 478 4 adapter

From August 11 PowerLeap begins shipments of its new PL-P4/N adapter for using older Socket 423 motherboards with newer Socket 478 processors.

The adapter supports Pentium 4 with Northwood and Willamette cores, and new Socket-478 Celeron. It features a cooling system with aluminium fan, nickel-plated copper base, and is supplied with Arctic Alumina thermal interface. Package expected price is $49.95.

Who will become a TFT LCD vendor for new Hewlett-Packard?

After merger with Compaq Computer, new Hewlett-Packard decided to select an additional partner for long-term TFT-LCD deliveries. According to Taiwanese Commercial Times, during the year Hewlett-Packard is going to place orders for 6 million notebook panels and displays among Korean, Taiwanese and Japanese manufacturers.

Currently Hewlett-Packard purchases 15-inch TFT LCD notebook panels mainly from Taiwanese Hannstar Display, that, according to provisional data, plans to increase shipments to Hewlett-Packard from 30,000 panels in June to monthly 60,000 in July-August. Hannstar plans to remain one of the leading 15-inch TFT LCD panel vendor for Hewlett-Packard at least up to the middle of 2003.

Now Taiwanese AU Optronics, Chunghwa Picture Tubes and Chi Mei Optoelectronics Group, and also Korean Samsung Electronics and LG.Philips LCD count on orders from the company. Hewlett-Packard plans to select its new partner before the end of August.

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