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Philips announces Fisio 825 and Fisio 625

ABIT IT7-MAX2 V2.0: a new version on i845PE chipset

VTF 2002: Eden processors and chipsets. Awaiting Neemiah

Matrox Parhelia to appear with 256MB/64MB on 0.13-micron chips?

ABIT announces BG7E mobo on i845GE chipset

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1: 12x optical digital camera

Kingston announces new ValueRAM DDR400 memory modules



Philips announces Fisio 825 and Fisio 625

In October Philips plans to release two new Fisio mobiles: Fisio 825 and Fisio 625.


Dual-band GSM 900/1800 Bluetooth-enabled Fisio 825 is an updated version of Fisio 820. It will feature:

  • e-Mail client
  • Enhanced Messaging service (EMS)
  • WAP 1. 2.1
  • 112x112 LCD, 4096 colors
  • Caller photo
  • Voice notes
  • GPRS class 10 (4+2)
  • 47x21x98 mm dimensions
  • 85 g weight

Pricing information is unavailable yet.

Dual-band GSM 900/1800 Fisio 625 is an updated version of Fisio 620. It will also feature E-Mail client, GPRS, speakerphone, caller photo (b/w), EMS, polyphony. Fisio 625 is to be announced in October. Pricing information is unavailable as well.

ABIT IT7-MAX2 V2.0: a new version on i845PE chipset

ABIT Computer announced new IT7-MAX2 V2.0 on Intel 845PE/ICH4 chipset bundle, supporting Socket 478 Pentium 4 with 533MHz FSB, Hyper Threading, and DDR333.


IT7-MAX2 V2.0 features ATX design and has 3 DIMM sockets (up to 2GB DIMM DDR 200/266/333), 4 PCI slots, AGP 4, 2-channel Serial ATA, 2-channel IDE ATA 133 RAID (HPT374, RAID 0, 1, 0+1), 6-channel AC´97, S/PDIF, 10/100M Ethernet LAN (RTL8100B), USB 2.0 and IEEE 1394. Optionally, the board features Media XP external interface.

VTF 2002: Eden processors and chipsets. Awaiting Neemiah

VTF 2002, that took place this week, organized by VIA Technologies, brought news about the future Eden processor platform along with the info about VIA C3 updated roadmap.


Next year ESP processors, used in Eden, are expected to reach 1GHz and higher (currently there are ESP4000, ESP5000, and ESP6000 chips, featuring 400MHz, 533MHz, 667MHz clocks, respectively). Now the company prepares to release ESP8000 and ESP10K with 800MHz and 1GHz, respectively. ESP8000 is expected to feature Nehemiah core, next generation after VIA C3.ESP10K will feature the next generation core (Esther?) after Nehemiah, supporting SSE/SSE2 (FYI: ESP8000 will support only SSE). ESP8000 is expected to appear in November, volume shipments are scheduled to Q1 2003. ESP10K will be announced in Q3 2003, volume shipments wil begin in Q4 2003. According to provisional data, ESP8000 / ESP10K will require up to 6W/8W.

For the sake of justice I´d mention that 1Ghz C3 with Ezra-T core, officially announced in August, but not volume-produced since then, was removed from the roadmap. Now C3 line by 933 MHz chip.


1GHz chip was replaced by Nehemiah-based CPU. In Q4 this year VIA plans to ship 1GHz Nehemiah-based processor, supporting MMX and SSE1. 1.1/1.2/1.3/1.4 GHz products are scheduled to the next year. Unlike, Eden ESP roadmap, SSE/SSE2 support is not present in the processor roadmap. Does it mean that due to Intel´s Socket 370 support cancellation, VIA will only advance its Eden platform and won´t release "discrete" processors? It´s early to guess, but this seems rather real...


Currently, Eden platform features PLE133, Mobile Twister-T, Twister-T DDR, CLE266, VT694X, or Pro266T Northbridges, combined with VT686B, VT8231, or VT8235 Southbridges. Closest VIA plans include the release of new CLE++ Northbridge with CastleRock II integrated graphics (CLE266 utilizes CastleRock), in combination with new VT8237 Southbridge.

Matrox Parhelia to appear with 256MB/64MB on 0.13-micron chips?

New Matrox Parhelia GPU is still featured in 128MB graphics cards. In summer the company mentioned 256MB and 64MB versions, and only now this information gets some proofs. Matrox RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) section of the Canadian website mentions 256MB/64MB Parhelia cards.


You can visit Matrox RMA yourself and find 256MB (PH-A256 / PH-A256B) and 64MB (PH-A64B) products in the end of the list after 128MB cards (PH-A128B / PH-A128R).

Further information is only a rumour. Supposedly, Taiwanese UMC, contract chip maker, currently prepares for produce 0.13-micron Parhelia GPUs (the current Matrox Parhelia-512 is made using 0.15-micron process technology). Perhaps, such chips will appear within a month or two. And maybe after that new AGP 8x cards, based on these chips, will be released including mentioned versions. (Again, these are rumours from a single source only).

Source: DarkCrow

ABIT announces BG7E mobo on i845GE chipset

ABIT Computer announced new BG7E mobo on Intel 845GE/ICH4 chipset bundle, supporting Socket 478 Pentium 4 with 533MHz FSB, Hyper Threading, and DDR333.


BG7E features ATX design and has 3 DIMM sockets (up to 2GB DIMM DDR 200/266/333), 5 PCI slots, 6-channel AC´97, S/PDIF, 10/100M Ethernet LAN (RTL8100B), USB 2.0.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1: 12x optical digital camera

Matsushita Electric announced DMC-FZ1 to sell it in the Japanese market from November for $490.

The camera features 12x optical DC VARIO-ELMART lens from German Leica Camera AG (13 lens in 8 groups, 35-420 mm in 35-mm equiv.), Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) for better zoomed shooting, 2.11-meghapixel CCD (2.0 million effective).


Minimal shooting range is 30 cm in the normal mode, 5 cm in the Macro mode. The camera utilizes SD/MMC media, supports JPEG, QuickTime Motion JPEG w/sound; max. image size — 1600x1200, movie — 320x240. The camera is equipped with 1.5-inch LCD (114,000 pixels).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1 dimensions are 114x83.3x70.3 mm, weight 350 g (w/batteries), black and silver body).

Kingston announces new ValueRAM DDR400 memory modules

Kingston Technology announced new 256MB and 512MB PC3200 (DDR400) memory modules under its ValueRAM brand.

New Kingston´s modules were tested on the Agilent 83000 platform and in current DDR400-enabled chipsets.



Kingston will release the following modules:

  • KVR400X64C25/256 256MB 400MHz DDR DIMM, CL 2.5
  • KVR400X64C25/512 512MB 400MHz DDR DIMM, CL 2.5

256MB and 512MB DDR400 modules are expected in Q4 2002.

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