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ABIT SI-2Pa: dual-processor Xeon motherboard

New 512MB CF flash memories from IO-DATA

Intel: quarter results and development prospects

FujiFilm announces Blu-Ray WORMs

Philips ISP1301: USB On-the-Go physical-level tranceiver

Typhoon announces 2.1-channel acoustics

MSI KT4 Ultra-FISR: a new version with Serial ATA and Bluetooth

ABIT SI-2Pa: dual-processor Xeon motherboard

ABIT announced the new dual-CPU SI-2Pa Xeon server board, based on Intel Plumas.

SI-2Pa key specs:

  • Up to 2 Xeons with up to 2.8 GHz clock and 512KB L2 cache
  • Intel E7500 (Plumas 533) MCH, Intel 82801CA I/O Controller Hub 3-S (ICH3-S), Intel 82870P2 64-bit PCI/PCI-X Controller Hub 2 (P64H2)
  • 4 DIMM sockets, up to 8GB registered памяти DDR200/266 w/ECC
  • Five 64-bit PCI-X slots
  • 32-bit / 33MHz PCI slot
  • 2 dual-port Gigabit Ethernet controllers Intel 82546EB (Anvik), 4 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports
  • Integrated ATI RAGE XL PCI graphics, 4MB SDRAM
  • 2 USB ports
  • Smart Card port
  • EEB 3.0 form-factor

New 512MB CF flash memories from IO-DATA

Late in October IO DATA is to ship Compact Flash Type1 CFS series from 32MB to 512MB in capacity, based on new Hitachi chips.

CFS cards have 3-year warranty. The suggested prices are: $480 for 512MB card, $165 for 256MB, $82 for 128MB, $46 for 64MB, and $30 for 32MB.

Source: PC Watch

Intel: quarter results and development prospects

Intel announced Q3 financial results. The total revenue made $6.5 billion, that´s 3% higher than in the previous quarter and almost corresponds to the similar last-year value.

In Q3 2002 Intel´s net profit made $686 million, that´s 54% higher than in the previous quarter and 547% higher than in the same quarter last year. The per-stock profit made $0.10, that´s 43% higher than in the previous quarter and 400% higher than Q3 2001.

In Q3 the net profit without $108 million expenses due to purchasing other companies, made $768 million, 24% than in the previous quarter and 17% higher than last year. The corresponding per-stock profit made $0.11, 22% higher than in the previous quarter and 10% higher than in Q3 2001.

On October 10, 2001 Texan court decided that having released Intel Itanium the company violated the copyright of Intergraph. According to April 2002 agreement Intel agreed to pay Intergraph $150 million within 30 days after the court decision effectiveness and another $100 million on Intergraph´s first demand. Intel strives to court decision reconsideration. The provisional analysis shows that payments will be capitalized and amortised in several years and won´t affect Q3 results.

Intel forecasts $6.5-6.9 billion revenues in Q4 2002. R&D expenses (except for unfinished), administrative and management expenses will supposedly make $2.1 billion in Q4 2002. Total R&D expenses of 2002 (except for unfinished) are expected to make about $4.0 billion.

Total production means expenses of 2002 will supposedly make $4.7 billion, that´s lower than forecasted $5.0-5.2 billion. These expenses will mainly reduced due to current project fund savings. Besides, the company is to reduce equipment expenses in Q4 due to some tools reuse.

FujiFilm announces Blu-Ray WORMs

Fuji Photo Film announced new write-once read-many (WORM) discs, meeting the Blu-ray Disc standard. New discs utilize the twisted organic dye material as recording layer. Currently the company released 23.3GB samples that already passed qualification tests for the Blu-ray standard and provided 1x and 2x recording/playback (36 MB/s and 72 MB/s). 25GB samples are also ready.

Closest company plans include the active Blu-ray WORM disc promotion. It´s interesting that the new technology, according to Fuji Film, can also be used for making DVDs of another next-generation format, promoted by Toshiba and NEC.

The structure of 23.3GB FujiFilm discs feature: 0.1-mm layer, closest to the laser; organic dye just several tens nanometers thick; 1.1-mm substrate. There´s no information about any protective cover for the organic dye.

Despite the lack of precise data about disc´s reflective capabilities, company claims it to be much higher than that of rewritable Blu-ray discs. The contents of organic material are also kept secret. The company plans to establish the volume production by the moment of new Blu-ray standard release.

Source: Nikkei Net

Philips ISP1301: USB On-the-Go physical-level tranceiver

Royal Philips Electronics officially announced the new ISP1301 chip — a tranceiver for USB On-the-Go (OTG) controllers for the direct connectivity between cellulars, video/digital cameras, PDAs, bypassing PC.

The tranceiver provides two data transfer modes: fast (12Mbps) and slow (1.5Mbps), enabling devices to select the mode depending on data type and power saving.

ISP1301 samples in ultrathin HVQFN24 packaging are already being shipped. The volume production will start in Q2 2003.

Besides, Philips also announced ISP1362 — a single-chip USB 2.0 OTG host controller and the complete USB OTG developer kit for creating devices on Philips OTG for PDAs, based on Intel XScale.

Typhoon announces 2.1-channel acoustics

Typhoon announced new 2.1-channel Accoustic 2.1 with 400W total power (PMPO).

Typhoon Accoustic 2.1 includes two satellites 7.5W RMS each, 12W RMS subwoofer and an amplifier.

Typhoon Accoustic 2.1 will cost (in France) — 49 euro (w/taxes).

Source: Clubic

MSI KT4 Ultra-FISR: a new version with Serial ATA and Bluetooth

In the nearest future MSI is to start sales of the new KT4 Ultra version — KT4 Ultra-FISR, based on VIA KT400 chipset.

KT4 Ultra-FISR (MS-6590) brief specs:

  • ATX design
  • Apollo KT400 (VT8368 + VT8235) chipset bundle
  • Socket A CPUs with FSB 100-280 MHz (1 MHz increments)
  • 3 DDR DIMM sockets, up to 3GB PC2700/2100/1600, up to 2GB PC3200 (to 2 sockets, selected from the recommended list)
  • AGP slot
  • 6 PCI slots
  • 4 USB 2.0 ports
  • Gigabit Ethernet (Broadcom BCM5702)
  • 2-port Serial ATA RAID (Promise PDC20376, RAID 0, 1)
  • IEEE1394 (VIA VT6306)
  • Bluetooth
  • Integrated 5.1-channel audio
  • CPU voltage setting: 1.725-1.850V (0.025V increments)
  • CPU multiplier: 6-15x
  • Memory voltage: 2.6-2.8V (0.1V increments)
  • AGP voltage: 1.6-1.8V (0.1V increments)

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