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Creative announces Inspire 6.1 6700 with Dolby SurroundEX support

Microprocessor Forum 2002: Halla — Samsung´ 1.2 GHz ARM core

UltraTrak RM4000: rackmount RAID from Promise

RIM announces Blackberry 6710

Radeon 9700 with DDR II shown on TV

Creative announces Inspire 6.1 6700 with Dolby SurroundEX support

Creative Labs announced new 6.1-channel Creative Inspire 6.1 6700 system.

It includes a subwoofer and 6 satellites that, combined with Sound Blaster Audigy 2, provide Dolby Digital Surround EX support. The rear center speaker adds realism to DirectSound 3D games, Dolby Digital Surround EX DVD movies, and digital music. One can also use CMSS (Creative Multi-Speaker Surround) feature for converting 5.1 signal to 6.1 with Sound Blaster 5.1.

Inspire 6.1 6700 features 40 Hz — 20 kHz frequency range, 82W RMS. 5 satellites, made using Creative IFP (Image Focusing Plate) technology, provide 8W RMS each, front center provides 20W RMS. Specially constructed subwoofer has 22W RMS. A remote is included.

The approximate price of Creative Inspire 6.1 6700 is $110 (w/o taxes).

Microprocessor Forum 2002: Halla — Samsung´ 1.2 GHz ARM core

At Microprocessor Forum 2002 Samsung Electronics announced technological details about the development of 1.2 GHz ARM core — Halla, being pin-compatible with ARM1020E, but, according to Samsung, more advanced than Intel´s XScale.

Samsung plans to use Halla in its integrated chips for Pocket PCs and digital TVs. According to the company, they considered Alpha processor developments, making Halla, that enabled to significantly raise chip clock.

Samsung engineers completely redesigned the core and circuitry, using dynamic nodes with dual-channel buses and low-amplitude signal for time-critical parts. Besides, control logic has been redesigned as well.

Halla samples are expected in Q2 2003. They´ll be made using 0.13-micron process technology, enabling to reduce 1.2 GHz chip energy consumption to 1.8W, 800 MHz chip energy consumption — to 550mW.

Source: EE Times

UltraTrak RM4000: rackmount RAID from Promise

Promise Technology announced inexpensive (comparing to similar SCSI devices) ATA RAID UltraTrak RM4000 rackmount storage system.

1U module is designed for up to 4 Ultra ATA drives for RAID 5, 0+1, 1, 0, or JBOD arrays. It´s interesting that UltraTrak RM4000 connects drives to server or PC via usual Ultra160 SCSI, initialising it as a standard SCSI device.

The system is setup, monitored and controlled in one of three ways: using LCD panel buttons, terminal emulator command line, or through Promise Array Management (PAM) software for remote monitoring and control from a Windows machine over TCP/IP.

UltraTrak RM4000 supports online array expansion and conversion, hot swap. Large LBA support enabled to use over 137GB drives, so the total capacity can be raised to 800GB, using 200GB HDDs.

RIM announces Blackberry 6710

RIM (Research In Motion) announced two new Blackberry PDAs: Blackberry 6710 for the European, Asian, and USA markets, and Blackberry 6720 for the European and Asian markets.

As both models use GSM/GPRS, the difference is obvious: 6710 operates at 900/1900 MHz, 6720 — at 900/1800 MHz. Devices feature Java 2 ME support, SMS, Internet, PIM.

The dimensions of new Blackberries are 121x76x17 mm, weight — 137 g. Battery — Li-Ion, memory — 1MB SRAM, 8MB flash. Blackberry 6710 will cost about 750 Canadian dollars or $475.

Source: InfoSync

Radeon 9700 with DDR II shown on TV

According to Rage3D forum, Radeon 9700 card was shown on North American TechTV, working with 128 MB DDR II "directly from ATI labs" :-)

According to the forum, this wasn´t an interview about the release of DDRII-based ATI Radeon 9700 Pro, but a DDRII story about its operation and benefits.

Naturally, this was more of advertising, than information source, however there was an interesting moment: ATI believes DDR II clock to reach 550 MHz.

Let´s hope we´ll be getting further details about ATI novelties in a more usual way — over the Internet. :-)

Source: Rage3D

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