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Hercules announces 3D Prophet 9700 and 3D Prophet 9500 Pro

Additional info about i845PE-based IWILL P4HT motherboards

Dell announces new PowerVault 770N midrange NAS server

New ASKA motherboards on Intel and VIA chipsets

Litho market: 47% downturn in 2002, growth in the future

Matrox Graphics announces Parhelia 256MB

ATI officially announces RADEON 9500 PRO, RADEON 9500 and RADEON 9700



Hercules announces 3D Prophet 9700 and 3D Prophet 9500 Pro

Hercules announced new graphics cards on Radeon 9700 and Radeon 9500 Pro, announced yesterday.


3D Prophet 9700 supports AGP 8x/4x/2x, has 128MB DDR, analog, DVI-I, TV-out, features 275 MHz chip clock. The card also has a low-noise cooler (claimed less than 28 dB) with a copper heat-sink. The card will appear in reatil late in November 2002 supplied with Morrowind: The Elder Scrolls III.


Hercules 3D Prophet 9500 Pro (8 rendering pipelines) with 275 MHz chip clock also supports AGP 8x/4x/2x, has 128MB DDR, analog, DVI-I, and TV-out. The card also features specially designed cooler and memory heat-sinks. The product will appear in retail late in December 2002.

Additional info about i845PE-based IWILL P4HT motherboards

Early in October we introduced the P4HT mobo line from IWILL. On the photo P4HT was yellow, but if you remember IWILL promised the final revision to be red. Today this board was announced and its features specified:


  • Intel 845PE chipset
  • Socket 478 Pentium4 with Hyper-Threading and 533/400 MHz FSB support
  • 2 DIMM sockets, up to 2GB PC2700/2100/1600 unbuffered DDR SDRAM
  • Integrated ATA/133 (Promise 20275)
  • AGP 4x
  • 5 PCI slots
  • Integrated 6-channel sound (Realtek ALC650)
  • 2-port Serial ATA (Silicon Image 3112; IWILL P4HT-S only)
  • Smart card reader socket
  • 6 USB 2.0 ports
  • IWILL FI Panel
  • 10/100 Ethernet (RealTek 8100B)
  • ATX form-factor

Dell announces new PowerVault 770N midrange NAS server

Dell announced new PowerVault 770N midrange NAS server.

PowerVault 770N bases on two 2.40 GHz or 1.80 GHz Xeons, has up to 3GB of DDR SDRAM, Ultra320 SCSI hard disks of up to up to 438GB total capacity. Using the external PowerVault 220S U160 SCSI drive, the total capacity makes 8.6TB.


The device features redundant power supply, 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet, Windows NAS (SAK2.5). The server supports snapshot protection, RAID 0/1/5, features 230x625x445 tower or 5U rack design, and weighs 40.9 kg. The minimal configuration (36GB hard disk) will cost $4800.

New ASKA motherboards on Intel and VIA chipsets

Silver Star, owner of the ASKA trademark, announced the production of motherboards on new Intel 845GE, Intel 845PE, and Intel 845GV chipsets, supporting Hyper-Threading P4 and DDR333. The details are to follow.

Besides, ASKA will also include new SST-5857ABD Socket A motherboard on VIA KT400. SST-5857ABD has ATX form-factor, supports DDR333 SDRAM, AGP 8, USB 2.0. Theres no information on the new products on the company website yet, but we hope the details are to follow as well.

Litho market: 47% downturn in 2002, growth in the future

According to Information Network analysts, the current decrease of semiconductor product demand will mostly touch manufacturers of chip making tools, in particular, litho tool makers.

According to Information Network´s new forecasts: in 2002 the global litho market will make just $3.2 billion, thats 29% lower than $4.5 billion of 2001. On the background of 200 semiconductor boom ($6 billion sales) these values look even more humble.

From the "piece" angle the situation is even worse: only 433 systems are to be shipped in 2002, 47% lower than 822 tools of 2001 and even worse comparing to 1083 litho tools sold in 2000.

However, analysts believe the next year to be brighter. In 2003 litho shipments are expected to make $4.3 billion or 547 tools, or 25.6% industry growth. Chip makers will be most interested in new 193 nm for 90-nm production lines. Besides, next year 248-nm tools for 130-nm process are expected to start leaving the market.

Source: EE Times

Matrox Graphics announces Parhelia 256MB

Matrox Graphics announced the new version of Parhelia-based cards — Parhelia 256MB, mainly intended for AEC, DCC, MCAD, GIS workstations.

According to the announcement information, Parhelia 256MB has features similar to 128MB version: 512-bit GPU, 256-bit memory, tri-monitor output, Dual-DVI, TV-out, 16x FSAA, 10-bit GigaColor, AGP 4, etc. Actually it was only improved 256MB RAM and recommended price of $599 that it differs by.

Parhelia 256MB is supplied with AutoCAD 2002 drivers, TORNADO Technologies utilities, 3ds max plugins and color calibration tools. According to the website information, Parhelia 256MB shipments will start on November 1.

ATI officially announces RADEON 9500 PRO, RADEON 9500 and RADEON 9700

ATI Technologies announced new RADEON 9500 PRO, RADEON 9500, and RADEON 9700 GPUs. ATI intends these DirectX 9.0 products for the mainstream market.


ATI RADEON 9500 PRO features 8 rendering pipelines, 275/550 MHz core/memory clock, supports AGP 4/8, 128-bit 128MB DDR.

RADEON 9500 with most "Pro" features has four rendering pipelines and up to 64MB DDR.

RADEON 9700 also supports DirectX 9.0, has 8 rendering pipelines, supports AGP 4/8, but has up to 128MB of 256-bit DDR; core/memory clock is 275/550 MHz.

New cards will be produced by most ATI partners: Connect 3D, CP Technologies, FIC, Gigabyte, Hercules, Hightech, Sapphire, Wistron, and Yuan. RADEON 9500 PRO products will appear in retail within a month, the suggested price is $199. RADEON 9500 and RADEON 9700 ($179 and $299 suggested, respectively) will be shipped in the nearest future.

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