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Toshiba announces 64-bit RISC processor with integrated PCI bus

Philips announces DVD+RW Mt. Rainier v1.1

First ASRock mobos noticed in Singapore

NVIDIA: 35% of K7-platform OEM market, aiming to clone market

November to bring chipsets from VIA and SiS

SonicBlue announces new RioVolt SP 150

Hercules to announce DV Action! Pro

Intel announces Serial ATA II, iSCSI products



Toshiba announces 64-bit RISC processor with integrated PCI bus

Today Toshiba added to its MIPS TX49 processor family. New TMPR4937XBG-300 chip, based on TX49/H3 core, is made using 0.13-micron process and features 300MHz clock. Itís interesting that it also features a host of integrated controllers, including PCI and Direct Memory Access (DMA).


Other specifications:

  • Instruction cache: 32KB
  • Data cache: 32KB
  • Power: 1.5V (core), 3.3V (peripherals)
  • Maximum operating frequency: 300MHz core, 133MHz bus
  • FPU: single- or double-precision
  • Interfaces: 32-bit 66 MHz PCI; 4-channel DMA, 4-channel UART, 32-bit timer, interrupt controller, memory controller (64-bit SDRAM 133 MHz, SRAM, ROM, flash, SyncFlash), AC97
  • Package: plastic 484-pin BGA, lead-free, 35x35x2.3 mm
  • Pin-compatibility with previous TMPR4927ATB-200

Samples will cost 6000 yens. Volume production will be launched in February 2003. Toshiba intends new chips for digital TVs and network printers.

Philips announces DVD+RW Mt. Rainier v1.1

Philips announced the specifications of DVD+RW Mount Rainier version 1.1, dated October 2002.

You can familiarize yourself with DVD+RW Mount Rainier version 1.1 at its page.

First ASRock mobos noticed in Singapore

Our colleagues from Singapore OCworkbench have taken photos of new ASROCK motherboards.

We have already introduced their specifications, and now you can have a look at their appearance and package design.



More photos here.

NVIDIA: 35% of K7-platform OEM market, aiming to clone market

According to Drew Henry, NVIDIA senior director of platform product management, who has visited Taiwan recently to promote the companyís new nForce2 chipsets, after about two years of effort the company owns 35% of the OEM market for the AMD K7 platform.

Considering the size of the desktop PC market, NVIDIA started the core logic chipset business from the desktop line and has seen results in the past few quarters. However, the companyís customers mostly concentrate on major OEM vendors like Sony and Compaq Computer, as nForce chipsets are still regarded as expensive in the clone market.

NVIDIA plans to strengthen its position in the clone sector by improving products´ price/performance. The nForce2 chipsets will support DDR, Dynamic Adaptive Speculative Pre-processor (DASP) technology and 333MHz FSB, and will not cost higher than comparable products from competitors.

In addition to the desktop clone market NVIDIA has also decided to introduce core logic chipsets into the notebook market in 2003.

Source: The DigiTimes

November to bring chipsets from VIA and SiS

As the year-end is the best time to release new products, VIA Technologies and Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) are not going to lose the chance, so we should expect several announcements.

For Intel Pentium 4 VIA is expected to release new DDR-enabled P4X600 discrete chipset, and two integrated ones: P4M266A and P4M400. The latter includes Castle Rock graphics and is designed for the middle- and high-end markets.

SiS has already reported the decision to launch volume production of DDR333-enabled SiS655 in November.

As AMD Hammer release is delayed, both companies prepare new AMD  7 chipsets, as, according to AMD latest roadmaps, this platform´s life is to be prolonged. Rather successful KT400 and SiS746 models will be soon replaced by more advanced KT400A and SiS746FX.

VIA and SiS, new roadmaps

Company Chipset Type Specs Release
Intel (Pentium 4) VIA P4X600 Discrete 2-channel DDR333
AGP 8x
USB 2.0
November 2002
P4X800 Discrete QBM Q1 2003
P4M266A Integrated November 2002
P4M400 Integrated Castle Rock core November 2002
SiS SiS655 Discrete 2-channel DDR333
AGP 8x
USB 2.0
IEEE 1394
November 2002
AMD (K7) VIA KT400A Discrete DDR400 End of 2002
SiS 746FX Discrete DDR400
AGP 8x
End of 2002

Source: The DigiTimes

SonicBlue announces new RioVolt SP 150

SonicBlue prepares to release a new version of RioVolt SP 150 DiscMan MP3, based on DiscMan i150 iRiver (on the photo).


DiscMan MP3 will support CD-R and CD-RW discs, MP3, Audio CD, WMA formats, and ID3 tags on 3-line display.

SP150 will also provide 16 minutes MP3 antishock. Two ņņ batteries will be enough for 20-hour operation. SP150 dimensions are 140x133x28, weight Ė 200 g. It will appear in December, the suggested price is 149 euro.

Source: Clubic

Hercules to announce DV Action! Pro

In the nearest future Hercules is to announce the third version of its digital video processing solution.

New DV Action! Pro includes DV Action! DVD Edition and the external ShuttlePro remote control for more precision and simplicity.

The software also includes Ulead MediaStudio Pro 6.5 DVD SE, Ulead Cool 3D, and Adorage magic Vol2.

DV Action! Pro will cost 199.90 euro. By the way, ShuttlePro is completely similar to Pinnacle´s Energy for 149 euro.


Source: Clubic

Intel announces Serial ATA II, iSCSI products

Today Intel announced a line new of network storage products, thus having entered the market of Serial ATA II and iSCSI appliances. New products include Serial ATA controller, iSCSI adapter, and new ultra-low voltage Celeron.


New Intel GD31244 PCI-X to Serial ATA controller is the industry first to support Serial ATA II. Itís designed for NAS servers, RAID arrays, and other storage systems. Each of itís four ports enables up to 1.5 Gbps throughput. It supports Intel IOP321 RAID interface processor for RAID-on-the-motherboard and RAID SRCZCR.


New second-generation IP Storage iSCSI Intel PRO/1000 T, based on Intel Xscale, is to fill the gap between expensive Fibre Channel SAN and lower-end Ethernet LAN solutions.

Weíve reported about the announcement of 400 MHz Low Voltage Intel Celeron before. It will be used in embedded appliances, including entry-level NAS.

31244 chip ($22 in over 10,000-unit quantities) and PRO/1000 controller will appear in Q1 2003. Shipments of 400 MHz ULV Celeron have already started, the price is $38 in over 1,000-unit quantities.

Source: Silicon Strategies

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