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IBM announces ThinkPad R31/R32

STMicroelectronics announces new Page Flash technology for smartcards

JVC XM-ZX3 MD player: 225 hours of music

Photo of the day: Sparkle SP7200T6-PT DDR 128MB graphics card

Dell PDAs to debut at Comdex Fall 2002

Aopen announces Aeolus TI4200S AGP 8υ

Intel announces three new Xeon MP processors

IBM announces ThinkPad R31/R32

IBM announced new ThinkPad R31/R32 notebooks.

ThinkPad R32 features 14.1-inch 1024x768 (XGA) LCDm Intel 845MP chipset, 16MB ATI MOBILITY RADEON, and universal Ultra bay. Dimensions are 313x254x38 mm, weight – 2.7-2.8 kg. 2658-MCJ also features 1.7 GHz Mobile Pentium 4-M, 256MB PC2100 (up to 1GB), 40GB HDD, 8/8/8/24x DVD/CD-RW, integrated Cisco IEEE 802.11b WLAN, Windows XP Professional and Office XP Personal. The price is about $2200. 2658-N5J features 2.0 GHz Mobile Pentium 4-M, 256MB RAM, 30GB HDD, 8/24x DVD-ROM, Cisco IEEE 802.11b. It will cost about $2300.

ThinkPad R31 series includes several models with different optical drives, amount of RAM, and HDDs. Common features include 14.1-inch XGA LCD, Intel 830MG with integrated graphics. Dimensions are 313x254x36 mm, weight – 2.9-3 kg.

2656-PYJ bases on 1.2 GHz Mobile Celeron, has 256MB PC133 (up to 1GB), 40GB HDD, 8/16/10/24x DVD/CD-RW, Windows XP Professional and Office XP Personal. It costs about $1850. 2656-M6J differs by integrated IEEE 802.11b, 128MB RAM, 20GB HDD, 24x CD-ROM and Windows XP Professional. It costs about $1450.

Source: PC Watch

STMicroelectronics announces new Page Flash technology for smartcards

STMicroelectronics announced new Page Flash technology, enabling smartcards to function without EEPROM (Electrically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory) in the future.

EEPROM is rather widespread due to fast (several milliseconds) erase/program. It’s disadvantage is the necessity of rather high 18 V voltage for writing.

Page Flash is a derivative of usual flash memory and features similar program speed (about 10 microseconds), but also enables to selectively delete 32-bit words in several milliseconds and provides 100K guaranteed rewrite cycles. Using Page Flash with usual flash memory enables to simplify chip making due to technological similarity.

To demonstrate Page Flash capabitilies in the context of MEDEA+ Esp@ss-is project, the company created special ST22FJ1M demonstrator, combining 32-bit SmartJ microcontroller with 1MB flash memory (768KB User Flash), other 256KB are Page Flash instead of EEPROM.

The company believes new technology will be used in the 3G/4G mobile terminal market as well as in high-end Internet solutions and Pay TV systems. Early in 2003 we should expect production of commercial solutions on ST22FJ1M and ST22 core, using Flash/Page Flash.

JVC XM-ZX3 MD player: 225 hours of music

JVC (Victor Company of Japan) announced new XM-ZX3 portable MD player with record playback time – claimed up to 225 hours.

For maximum operation player has all power-saving technologies implemented, utilizing NiMH (BN-R129) or AA batteries (2x3 mW using headphones jack). Full charge time is about 3.5 hours.

The body features a whole LED system, providing info about work modes and battery charge. The player is supplied with LCD remote control. JVC XM-ZX3 dimensions are 75.4x17.0x82.2 mm, weight – about 100 g. The suggested price is about $170.

Photo of the day: Sparkle SP7200T6-PT DDR 128MB graphics card

Introducing photos of SP7200T6-PT DDR 128MB graphics card from Taiwanese Sparkle, featuring unusual cooler and box design as well as color design.

SP7200T6-PT DDR 128MB bases on NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti4600 GPU, has 128MB DDR. Original cooling system enables to raise memory clock to 680 MHz, 30 MHz higher than standard GeForce4 Ti4600 from the same company (SP7200T6). The card has analog and DVI inputs, supports VIVO, is supplied with SCART adapter and comprehensive software bundle.

Dell PDAs to debut at Comdex Fall 2002

Dell Computer representatives officially confirmed that the company is going to announce first two PDAs at international Comdex Fall 2002, on November 18 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pity, but no details are to be undisclosed before the official announcement, so for next two weeks we will have to live on info from "industrial sources" and small promo at the company website.

Dell PDA line will be called Axim X5. Devices will mainly differ by processor and price: $199 version will feature 300 MHz Intel Xscale, $299 version – 400 MHz Intel XScale. Besides, new Axim X5 are also expected to feature 3.5-inch LCDs, Secure Digital and Compact Flash slots, and Jog Dial controls.

Aopen announces Aeolus TI4200S AGP 8υ

AOpen announced new Aeolus TI4200S 8X graphics card on NVIDIA Geforce 4 TI4200-8X GPU.

It has 128MB of 3.6 ns DDR operating at 500MHz, gilded DVI/VIDEO/CRT inputs. GF4 TI4200-8X GPU works at 270 MHz. The card fully supports VIVO, dual-monitor configurations and is supplied with WinDVD and WinProducer.

Intel announces three new Xeon MP processors

Intel announced three new Intel Xeon MP processors, based on Gallatin core. The most powerful Xeon MP features 2GHz clock and 2MB L3 cache. 1.9 GHz and 1.5 GHz Xeon MPs have 1MB L3 cache.

New 32-bit chips for 4-, 8-, and larger parallel systems (for example, on ServerWorks GC-HE) are based on Intel NetBurst architecture, support Hyper-Threading and SSE2, are made using 0.13-micron process technology. All three CPUs have 603-pin mPGA package.

Shipments are to start within these days. 2.0 GHz Intel Xeon MP with 2MB L3 cache will cost $3692 in over 1,000-unit quantities, 1.9 GHz and 1.5 GHz Intel Xeon MP with 1MB L3 cache will cost $1980 and $1177, respectively.

IBM has already announced new 4- and 8-processor eServer line on 2.0 GHz Intel Xeon MP (Linux or Microsoft Windows). It includes 4-processor tower and rack IBM eServer xSeries 255; 4-processor rack x360 server and 4/8-processor x440 eServer. X440 shipments are to start on November 15, x255 – on November 18, x360 – on December 3. Dell and HP prepare to release servers on these processors as well.

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