Seagate posted an interesting press release, reporting about the demonstration of new Serial ATA II capabilities at Intel Developer Forum. Today even Serial ATA 1.0 are not well-presented in the market, but Seagate, Intel and Silicon Image are already preparing Serial ATA II.
The main difference of new specification is Native Command Queuing to significantly extend device and basic storage functionality. Using Native Command Queuing, controller will analyze processor requests and queues them to maximize transfer rate and minimize access time. Besides, Serial ATA II controllers will be able to organize request queues and perform them without any processor interference.
For the demo, companies used Silicon Image SATALink SiI 3112A PCI-Serial ATA host controller and Seagate hard disk prototype; the whole system worked under Intel software.Intel representatives reported the details about the new mobile PC platofrm, codenamed Banias, basing on the fundamentally new architecture.
The future platform features long battery life, new design, and the simplicity of wireless device configuring and using.
The information includes technical details of Banias microarchitecture, built-in 802.11a/b for dual-range WLAN connectivity, and a number of software solutions to provide higher security and simplify wireless network connections.
Banias architecture combines four technologies, aimed at higher performance at lower power consumption: Advanced Branch Prediction, Micro-Op Fusion, Power Optimized Processor Bus and Dedicated Stack Manager.
Advanced Branch Prediction provides performance boosts analysing previous program behavior and predicting operations to come from it in the future. When the system is ready to perform several operations Micro-Op Fusion combines them into one, increasing the performance at more effective power consumption. Architectural and circuit novelties, implemented into Power Optimized Processor Bus, limit power consumption to necessary by automatically reducing voltage and optimizing buffer management. Finally, Dedicated Stack Manager realizes special hardware means for system resource load, enabling processor to perform software instructions without latencies.
It´s also interesting that Intel is going to use ratings to evaluate Banias performance. As it will be higher than that of previous Intel processors, clock rate itself won´t represent Banias capabilities. Last Monday, at the press conference, president and COO Paul Otellini marked that rating system won´t be similar to AMD PR rating and will be based on a formula, comparing Banias with previous Intel chips.
Intel proprietary dual-range WLAN solution, used in Banias, provides 802.11a and 802.11b connectivity at 54 and 11 Mbps, respectively. Backward compatible with existing wireless infrastructure, this solution provides access to various networks. Through Intel PROSet software, Banias-based PC users will be able to transit from wired to high-speed wireless connections without having to close running apps.Rambus, Intel has at last officially adopted 1066 MHz RDRAM and is going to support it in the future products.
As you know, the future of 1066 MHz RDRAM has been unclear for some time: despite i850E unofficially supported it and some Taiwanese makers even released motherboards supporting 1066 MHz RDRAM, the final solution depended on Intel. The delay called rumours that Intel was slowly declining the idea of using Rambus products, however it they turned out to be false, and 1066 MHz RDRAM will be publicly ratified at Intel Developer Forum.
In the press release the company reported that using eight 1.5 Gbps, Marvell 88SX5080 provides 12 Gbps throughput. Adapter features 133 MHz 64-bit PCI-X bus. The company claims the throughtput to be even higher than that of Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop.
Additionally it supports a complex instruction pipeline with EDMA (Enhanced DMA) and SCSI-like software interface.Maxtor Corporation announced the MaXLine family of next-generation ATA hard disks designed for 24/7 use. They have up to 320GB capacity and over 1 million hours MTTF.
MaXLine family includes 5400 RPM MaXLine II serie and 7200 RPM MaXLine Plus II serie. Both of them efature UltraATA/133. Serial ATA line is also expected.
Maxtor MaXLine II specifications:
MaXLine Plus II specifications:
Samples of parallel ATA Maxtor MaXLine II and MaXLine Plus II have already begun; volume shipments will begin in Q4 2002. Samples of Serial ATA MaXLine II and MaXLine Plus II are expected late in September, volume shipments in Q1 2003.
The card has 128MB of Infineon´s 3.3ns DDR SGRAM in BGA package.
Today Maxtor Corporation presented new Maxtor Atlas 15K hard disks, featuring 15 RPM spindle speed, supporting Ultra320 SCSI and MaxAdapt.
New Maxtor Atlas 15K products are designed for 24/7 use. Their brief specifications are:
Owners should stop using their cams and send them to the company for a free inspection and repair.
Currently there´s a page, at which residents from different countries can find useful information on how to contact Kodak and send it the camera. DC5000 have been recalled after messages that 12 users were electrically shocked while replacing batteries, using memory cards and USB cable.
Today OCZ Technology Group entered the memory market, announcing the proprietary EL-DDR SDRAM technology.
What´s EL-DDR SDRAM? EL stands for "Enchanced Latency". At close inspection, it turns out that actually the company will use traditional DDR SDRAM components, use more advanced packing process, thorough chip selection, and additional cooling to produce "ultra-low latency" modules.
Naturally, new OCZ Technology products are compatible with current boards. Now the company announced the release of up to 400 MHz CAS 2 CMD 1T DDR SDRAM samples, organized as 16x8 and 32x8.
All the details are provided on this page, I´ll just add that except Corsair and GAIL we now have another overclocker memory modules maker OCZ Technology.
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