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IWILL KK400: new motherboards supporting DDR400, AGP 8x and Serial ATA

Alpine ships its automobile multiformat DVD module

Flat "sensor" speakers from Matsushita Electronic for mobiles and PDAs

TravelMate 270 — Acer´s Intel Pentium 4-M notebook line

Hitachi flash cards passed qualification tests for new MultiMediaCard v 3.1

Ali chipset roadmap

TEAC 2240PU — external USB2.0-compliant CD-RW

256 Mbit Mobile-RAM chips from Infineon

Trident XP4 desktop GPU family — officially



IWILL KK400: new motherboards supporting DDR400, AGP 8x and Serial ATA

Today IWILL Corporation announced a line of new KK400 Socket A boards based on VIA KT400 chipset supporting up to 3GB DDR 400/333/266 memory, AGP 8x and Serial ATA.

KK400 boards specifications:

  • ATX form-factor
  • AMD Duron, Athlon and Athlon XP support
  • VIA KT400 + VT 8235 chipset
  • 100 / 133 / 166 MHz FSB
  • 3 DIMM slots, up to 3GB of DDR400/333/266/200 SDRAM
  • Ultra ATA 133/100/66/33
  • IDE RAID (KK400-R, KK400-RS)
  • AGP 8x / 4x slot
  • 5 32bit/33MHz PCI slots
  • Internal Serial ATA port (KK400-S, KK400-RS)
  • Integrated 6-channel audio (Realtek ALC650)
  • Up to 6 USB2.0 ports (2 on the FI Panel)
  • Overclocking features
  • FI Panel support



IWILL boards support IWILL FI front panel that features the most often used interfaces: audio, flash card readerm wireless controllers, USB 2.0.

Alpine ships its automobile multiformat DVD module

Alpine Electronics, known for its car electronics solutions, announced shipments of its new AM/FM DVD module — DVA-7996 — that combines DVD player, MP3 and other formats encoder, XM Satellite Radio, CD-R/RW support, etc.


To achieve high dynamics at digitally compressed audio (XM radio, MP3/WMA) DVA-7996 utilizes new Alpine Media Xpander technology. Besides, DVA-7996 features Alpine Bass Engine Plus technology for optimal system sound tuning in the car space, subwoofer sound level and phase selection (0-180), all four channels time correction, etc.

To successfully integrate DVA-7996 into other Alpine systems, including CD/DVD changers, 5.1-channel processors, monitors, the new product features Ai-Net system bus, and VersatileLink interface for external MP3 player, game consoles and TV tuners.

Alpine DVA-7996 is already available in retail. Its suggested price is $1300.

Flat "sensor" speakers from Matsushita Electronic for mobiles and PDAs

We´ve recently reported that Matsushita Electric announced new Sound Slim speakers, utilizing horizontal magnetic current created by two repelling magnets. Now the company announced new Sound Window products: flat Acoustic Panel speaker and Acoustic Touch Panel (A-TTP) speaker integrated into a sensor panel.



The technology essence is that Aero Drive speakers utilize thin film, that doesn´t require a hard base to create sound. Moreover, they say that external pressure on such panel will result in volume reduction, as other areas of flexible film will continue to vibrate.

As you know, sound "holes" of current mobiles and PDAs accumulate much dirt and moisture (and microbes :-), so, the idea to combine speakers with LCD protection panels is rather prospective, as it can make any holes in a mobile / PDA obsolete. Matsushita Electric plans to ship its speakers from August and to launch volume production of acoustic panels in March 2003.

TravelMate 270 — Acer´s Intel Pentium 4-M notebook line

Acer presented the new 1.4 GHz and higher Intel Pentium 4-M notebook line — TravelMate 270. New fully-featured mobile PCs are designed for professionals and replace popular TravelMate 260.



TravelMate 270 bases on Pentium 4-, SiS 650 chipset (integrated graphics, 16MB DDR SDRAM video memory or 32/64MB BIOS-distributed RAM resources), has 14.1-inch or 15-inch XGA TFT LCD panel (1024x768, 16.7M colors), DDR SDRAM (up to 1024MB), supports energy saving with Intel Enhanced Speedstep.

TravelMate 270 utilize 20-40GB Ultra DMA-100 hard disk, built-in 3.5-inch 1.44MB FDD (standard configuration), D-ROM, DVD or DVD/CD-RW combo. All TravelMate 270 PCs have 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet modules, 56Kbps fax-modems, other interfaces. Some models feature wireless IEEE 802.11b from InviLink.

TravelMate 270 feature a compact 65 W power adapter and support charge at operation, so you won´t have to turn it off to charge. The standard 57 W Li-Ion batteries provide up to 3 hours of operation.

Size / weight: 322x272x35.5 mm / 2.95 kg in case of 14.1-inch panel, 327x272x36 mm / 3.18 kg for 15-inch panel. Notebooks also have Microsoft Windows XP Home or Windows XP Professional and other software.

Hitachi flash cards passed qualification tests for new MultiMediaCard v 3.1

Today Hitachi announced that its Hitachi Manufacturing Works Group has successfully finished qualification tests of next-generation high-speed MultiMedia Card (MMC) Version 3.1, approved by MMCA (MultiMediaCard Association). Now Hitachi is ready for volume production.


Currently the new Hitachi HB28xxxxMM2 MMC family features 16MB, 32MB, 64MB and 128MB cards. 256MB will be announced in the near future.


The new standard regulates higher read/write and more strict energy consumption requiments. For example, 128MB HB28xxxxMM2 MMC cards support up to 1.6 write speed.

Ali chipset roadmap

The latest ALi chipset roadmap is rather serious about Pentium 4 platform. By the way, M1683 chipset is already aimed at DDR-II support; some integrated chipsets from Ali will feature Trident XP4 graphics.

Intel desktop platform:

  • M1681: P4 400/533, AGP8X, DDR333/400, High Speed Link Bus, samples in August 2002
  • M1683: P4 400/533, AGP8X, DDR-II, samples in Q3 2003
  • M1682 (Sonoma 4): P4 400/533, AGP8X, DDR333, Trident XP4 integrated graphics, High Speed Link Bus, samples in Q4 2002

Intel mobile platform:

  • M1681: P4 400/533, AGP8X, DDR333/400, High Speed Link Bus, samples in August 2002
  • M1683: P4 400/533, AGP8X, DDR-II, ES samples in Q3 2003
  • M1682 (Sonoma 4): P4 400/533 and Banias, AGP8X, DDR333, Trident XP4 integrated graphics, High Speed Link Bus, samples in Q4 2002

AMD desktop platform:

  • M1687: K8 Hammer, AGP8X, HyperTransport, volume production in Q3 2002
  • M1688: K8 Hammer, AGP8X, Trident XP4 integrated graphics, samples in Q1 2003, volume production in Q3 2003

AMD mobile platform:

  • M1687: K8 Hammer Mobile, AGP8X, HyperTransport, volume production in Q3 2002
  • M1688: K8 Hammer Mobile, AGP8X, Trident XP4 integrated graphics, samples in Q1 2003, volume production in Q3 2003

Southbridges:

  • M1563: 6 x USB 2.0/1.1, Dual ATA 66/100/133, AC-Link Host, S/W Audio / Modem, PMU & ACPI, 1/10/100Mb Ethernet MAC, MII Interface, HyperTransport, I/O APIC, Memory Stick & SD I/F, volume production in Q3 2002
  • M1565: HyperTransport, Dual ATA133, Dual SATA, 802.11b, samples in Q1 2003

Source: VR-Zone

TEAC 2240PU — external USB2.0-compliant CD-RW

TEAC Japan announced the release of a new CD-RW2240PU CD-RW drive with USB2.0 interface.


The drive features 24/10/24x speeds and 2MB buffer, supports JustLink and Mt. Rainier (CD-MRW). The drive provides 24 Z-CLV writing, 10 CLV rewriting and 24 reading (CAV — only Mode1 CD).

CD-RW2240PU is in size 138x23x180 mm and weighs 420g. It supports Windows XP/2000/Me/98. In Japan the device will appear for retail in August.

256 Mbit Mobile-RAM chips from Infineon

Infineon Technologies announced volume production of low-power 256 Mbit Mobile-RAM chips. Due to halving chip size and reducing its energy consumption comparing to usual SDRAM, Infineon positions Mobile-RAM for PDA, smartphones, Web tablets and digital cameras. Currently Mobile-RAM chips feature 128 and 256 Mbit capacity. Due to CSP (Chip-Scale-Package) chip size is 8x12 mm. They also feature FBGA (Fine-pitch Ball Grid Array) package.


Unlike usual SDRAM with 3.3 V supply voltage, Mobile-RAM requires 2.5 V (core) and 1.8 / 2.5 V (I/O). TCSR (Temperature Compensated Self Refresh) and PASR (Partial Array Self Refresh) enable to considerably reduce energy consumption.

In the near future Infineon plans to present 512 Mbit Mobile-RAM samples. Volume shipments of 256 Mbit Mobile-RAM chips have already started, wholesale price makes $15 per unit.

Trident XP4 desktop GPU family — officially

Today Trident Microsystems officially announced its family of DX8.1 / 9.0 XP4 GPU with tile architecture for up to $100 graphics cards supporting up to 128MB and up to 700 MHz (DDR) clock rates.

XP4 desktop family includes:

  • XP4 T3 — up to 128MB of 128-bit up to 700 MHz DDR memory
  • XP4 T2 — up to 64MB of 128-bit up to 500 MHz DDR memory
  • XP4 T1 — up to 64MB of 128-bit up to 500 MHz DDR memory

As for DX8.1/9.0 cards below $100, they mean the most performance XP4 T3 chip with 300 MHz clock rate and less than 4 W dissipated power.

XP4 T2 operates at 250 MHz. According to the company, 64MB cards will appear in retail for less than $79.

Low-end XP4 T1 250 MHz cards will cost less than $69.

All XP4 family GPUs are made at UMC facilities using 0.13-micron CMOS process technology and feature about 30 million transistors. The company name the following main advantages of XP4 chips:

  • BrightPixel rendering engine with hardware vertex and pixel shaders
  • SmartTile memory architecture with throughput optimization
  • CoolPower energy saving technology
  • Multiview supporting CRT, DVI and TV out
  • Up to QXGA (2048x1536) resolutions with 420 MHz RAMDAC
  • DXVA with IDCT and Motion Compensation hardware support
  • Modern deinterlacing technology for high-quality DVD playback
  • AGP 4

All three XP4 desktop models are packaged into 612-pin BGA (31x31 mm) casings. Currently XP4 T1, T2 and T3 are available as samples only, their volume production is expected in October. Presumably, Trident Microsystems will follow NVIDIA and will only ship its GPUs to third party card makers. Up to 90% of shipments are expected to be T2 and T1 models. According to the company, XP4 T3 core can be a rival to GeForce4 Ti 4200 and Radeon 9000 Pro. But let´s be sceptic before first test results arrive.

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