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Dell announces PowerEdge 1600SC

Nokia announces mobile accessories

Nokia announces 7 new phones

Semiconductor sales volumes grew 8% in Q3 2002

AMD posts ClawHammer thermal design guide

AMD announces new Alchemy Am1772 WLAN chipset

Dell announces PowerEdge 1600SC

Today Dell announced $999 PowerEdge 1600SC, supporting remote administration capabilities, for small enterprises and networks.

PowerEdge 1600SC bases on two up to 2.8 GHz Intel Xeons, has up to 4GB RAM, supports hot plug of up to 6 Ultra320 SCSI drives (up to 438GB total), PCI-X, Gigabit Ethernet

Dell Remote Access Card (DRAC) III/XT along with Intelligent IT software is used for remote administration. The server also has Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, Microsoft 2000 Small Business Server, and Red Hat Linux. It also has Novell NetWare certificate.

Nokia announces mobile accessories

Along with 7 new cellular phones Nokia announced Nokia Observation Camera, Nokia Camera Headset HS-1C, and Nokia Music Stand.

Nokia Observation Camera is a remotely controlled camera, which images can be requested by SMS and received Ė by MMS. Nokia Observation Camera is intended for 900 and 1800 MHz and supports GPRS. Shipments to Europe, Africa, and Asia are expected in Q2 2003.

Nokia Camera Headset HS-1C combines a digital camera and a Nokia Pop-Port-compatible headset. In other words HS-1C is mainly designed for more comfortable MMS creation and adding voice notes.

Finally, Nokia Music Stand is an active speaker system for listening to Nokia 7250 built-in FM-radio. Music Stand is also compatible with Nokia 6800 (Pop-Port-compatible).

Nokia announces 7 new phones

Today at the press conference in Munich Nokia announced 7 new phones, including a mobile game console and a phone with a digital camera.

Nokia N-Gage mobile game console is to have many games written for it and sold on flash cards.

According to Nokia, N-Gage is called to compete with Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft portable consoles. The phone will be presented to the market in February 2003.

Second, the company announced Nokia 6800 with color display, MMS and Java support. Itís interesting that the phone can be unfolded to a mini-keyboard for faster typing. Nokia 6800 is designed for the European, African, and Asian markets and will be presented for sale in Q1 2003.

Besides, Q1 2003 will also bring (along with 5100, 8910i, and 2100) stylish Nokia 7250 with a digital camera and various body colors.

Nokia 6100 with color display should appear for sale already this year. Besides, it supports GPRS and MMS and tri-band GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900 MHz operation.

As for Nokia 5100 expected next year, it will support EGSM 900 MHz, GSM 1800/1900 MHz, MMS and Java (unlike 6100).

Nokia 8910i in the light titanium alloy body was the most functional of all models announced, supporting MMS, Java, Bluetooth, HSCSD, GPRS.

Vice versa, Nokia 2100 was the simplest.

Semiconductor sales volumes grew 8% in Q3 2002

According to Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), Q3 worldwide semiconductor sales volumes grew up to $36.9 billion, thatís 8.2% more than $34.1 billion of the previous quarter and 21% than in Q3 2001. 5.6% growth in Q1 and 5.8% in Q2 enables analysts to state the slow, but noticeable industry reviving.

Sales volumes grow most in wireless comms, consumer electronics, PCs, car electronics. Wireless communication sector grows most with its considerable demand for flash memory and DSP chips. Shipment volumes of consumer electronics chips, including game consoles, DVD players, digital cameras, provided 21% standard chip sales growth and 15% optoelectronics growth. Quarter sales volumes growth made 4.9% for DRAM, 4.6% for microprocessors and 12% for peripherals.

Regionally, sales volumes grew by 8% in Asian-Pacific, 15% in Japan, 7.9% in Europe, 1.9% in North America.

Source: EB News

AMD posts ClawHammer thermal design guide

AMD posted the ClawHammer Processor Thermal Design Guide(6.18 MB) on its website.

57 pages contain variants of heat-sinks and fix methods. The 13th page illustrates how to fix a heat-sink to a mobo using screws.

Page 16 describes a method, similar to Pentium 4 cooler installation. Though here backplate and retention plate are already installed on the motherboard.

The guide contains many details, that ClawHammer owners will be interested in, for example, the reference heat-sink base size (77x68 mm), recommendations for more powerful processor versions, figures of pressed aluminium and copper heat-sinks, etc. Worth reading it is.

Source: Ace´s Hardware

AMD announces new Alchemy Am1772 WLAN chipset

Early in the morning AMD announced shipments of AMD Alchemy Am1772 Wireless LAN chipset samples along with the reference design kit with miniPCI card on this chipset.

Am1772 features two chips and is intended for 802.11b WLAN solutions. It can be also used in notebooks, PDAs, etc. Made using CMOS technology, the chipset includes AMD Alchemy Solutions Am 1770 radio-frequency transceiver and AMD Alchemy Am1771 MAC/wideband processor.

Brief specifications:

  • Output power: 17.5 dBm
  • Receiver sensivity: —87 dBm (@ 11MBps)
  • Tx mode consumption current: 232 mA
  • Rx mode consumption current: 134 mA
  • Listen mode consumption current, 3.3V: 106 mA
  • Sleep mode consumption current: 18 mA
  • Crypto protocols: 802.1x, WEP 40, 128-bit TKIP + WPA (software extensions supported)
  • Certification: Wi-Fi, WHQL

Am1772 and RDK shipments are scheduled to November, volume production Ė to Q1 2003.

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