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Serillel ATA: ABIT MAX 2 user´s expansion kit

Inspire 2.1 Digital 2800 and Inspire 2.1 Slim 2700: new acoustics from Creative

Aspire AD-8000 DV-R: "All-in-One" DVD recorder

ATi Radeon 9700 MAXX?

Acer´s European shipments grew by 20.5% in 2Q 2002

New PlexWriter 48/24/48A CD-RW from Plextor

Serillel ATA: ABIT MAX 2 user´s expansion kit

ABIT announced the release of an Serillel ATA expansion kit for MAX 2 boards users.

What does this "Serillel" mean? It means ABIT Serillel ATA cable kit, enabling ABIT MAX 2 users to connect parallel interface hard disks to Serial ATA.

These´s still no photos of ABIT Serillel ATA kit, so we hope the idea to clear up within these days.

Source: INpact-Hardware

Inspire 2.1 Digital 2800 and Inspire 2.1 Slim 2700: new acoustics from Creative

Today Creative announced the release of its new Inspire 2.1 Digital 2800 and Inspire 2.1 Slim 2700.

Inspire 2.1 Digital 2800, supporing 24-bit/96 kHz digital connnection, features dual analog sockets for simultaneous operation with several sound sources. Inspire 2.1 Digital 2800 can be used not only with a PC or a notebook, but also with an нт3 player (i.e. Creative Jukebox), CD players and other devices.

Creative Inspire 2.1 Digital 2800 includes a wood-cased 22 W RMS subwoofer, two satellites 8 W RMS each. The system is controlled by a wired remote control with power on/off, bass, and volume controls.

The suggested price of Creative Inspire 2.1 Digital 2800 acoustic system is $103 (excluding taxes).

Black-colored Creative Inspire 2.1 Slim 2700 occupy minimal space and can be situated on a desk or even on a wall. The system includes a wood-cased 19 W RMS subwoofer with a special coating for long-term indoor use, two ultra slim 8 W RMS speakers with detachable desk cradles (speakers can be wall-mounted as well). It also includes a wired remote with power on/off controls and a LED.

The suggested price of Creative Inspire 2.1 Slim 2700 acoustic system is $78 (excluding taxes).

Aspire AD-8000 DV-R: "All-in-One" DVD recorder

Aspire Digital, a new market player, announced its first product — dual-disc AD-8000 DV-R (Digital Video Recorder) combining a DVD and a CD-RW drive. AD-8000 enables users to write VCD (250 lines), SVCD (250 lines) and CD-DA data to CD-R/CD-RW media from various sources: DVD discs, VHS tapes, digital and analog videocameras.

Video writing process is easy for any user: insert a DVD disc into AD-8000 or plug another data source (videocamera, VHS player), insert a CD-R / CD-RW blank and write in real-time.

AD-8000 supports DVD, SVCD, VCD, CD, MP3 and Kodak PhotoCD, and also NTSC and PAL. As a video player AD-8000 supports Dolby 5.1, Dolby Digital AC-3, DTS, 4:3 / 16:9 formats. AV and S-video are located on both front, and back panels.

AD-8000 is expected in retail in August. Its suggested price is $599.

ATi Radeon 9700 MAXX?

According to VR-Zone referring to Japanese sources, during the yesterday presentation of Radeon 9000 and Radeon 9700 GPUs to the Chinese market Kwok Yuen Ho, ATi Technologies CEO and chairman, announced the following company plans:
  • Currently ATi experiments with parallel operation of two Radeon 9700 GPUs for possible creation of Dual Radeon 9700. They also consider Quad Radeon 9700 for the future. However, these are only experiments without any official release dates possible.
  • The release of a mobile Radeon 9000 will happen within two months and will be followed by Radeon 9700 Mobile Edition, which release dates were not disclosed.
  • Radeon 9700 mainstream light version (or Radeon 9500) will have a half of its rendering pipelines and twice narrow memory bus. [It´s release is planned to about 4Q].
  • ATi doesn´t plan to transit Radeon 9700 to 0.13-micron process technology, but the next-generation R350 GPUs supporting DirectX 9.1 and expected in H1 2003, will be made using it.
  • Currently TSMC is ATi´s primary production partner, but UMC will also produce GPUs for the Canadian company.

Source: VR-Zone

Acer´s European shipments grew by 20.5% in 2Q 2002

Acer announced 2Q 2002 results on the European markets. According to the report, electronic device shipments to Europe grew by 20.5% comparing to 2Q 2001, company´s market share grew up to 5.5%.

Among the product lines Acer´s mobile PCs experienced the highest growth of 29.4%. In the mobile PC segment Acer is 4th with its 29.4 per cent — the highest among 5 largest vendors, and 20% higher than industry growth of 10.1%.

Acer expects 20% European sales volumes increase this year. Acer America also showed positive growth this year with its stable revenues.

New PlexWriter 48/24/48A CD-RW from Plextor

Plextor Europe announced the release of a new internal PlexWriter 48/24/48A E-IDE (ATAPI) CD-RW drive.

PlexWriter 48/24/48A specifications:

  • 48/24/48 formula
  • Less than 65 ms access time (!)
  • 48x (CAV) Audio CD writing
  • BurnProof buffer protection
  • Firmware upgrade (FlashROM)
  • Plextor PoweRec quality and speed optimization
  • Mount Rainier support
  • 4MB buffer
  • White, black cases
  • 5 CD-R discs, 1 CD-RW disc in retail box
  • Nero, InCD, Plextor´s PlexTools software in retail box
  • Two-year warranty

PlexWriter 48/24/48A will appear in retail in September. Its suggested price is 149 euro (excluding taxes).

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