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LG.Philips LCD to announce new products at COMDEX Fall 2002

The situation with VIA and NVIDIA shipments

PCI-SIG starts work on 1066 MHz PCI specs

Microsoft DirectX 9 RC 0 released, ATI announces CATALYST BRC0



LG.Philips LCD to announce new products at COMDEX Fall 2002

LG.Philips LCD is going to announce new LCD monitors, TVs and panels at Fall COMDEX 2002 in Las Vegas.

30W display/HDTV is a wide-format 30" (15:9) LCD monitor, supporting WXGA (1280x768) resolution, and featuring 176° viewing angle, 450 cd/m brightness, 400:1 contrast, 12 ms response time, 50.9 mm panel depth.

23W is a 23" model supporting 1280x768 resolution, and featuring 176° viewing angle, 34.5 mm panel depth.

17W is a 17" Wide XGA, supporting 1280x768, and featuring 450 cd/m brightness, 22 ms response time. Monitor depth is 16.8 mm.

17W Wide XGA LCD is a 17" notebook panel supporting 1440x900 resolution, 160 cd/m brightness, 23 ms response time, 6.4 mm depth, 740 g weight.

LM201U03 — 20.1" desktop UXGA LCD, supporting 1600x1200 resolution, 250 cd/m brightness, 300:1 contrast, 25 ms response time, 110° horizontal and 90° vertical viewing angle. Its depth is 25 mm.

LB070W01 – 7" Wide QVGA LCD for car electronics. 400 cd/m brightness, 400:1 contrast, 120° horizontal and 90° vertical viewing angle.

LP104V2-B1 — 10.4" VGA antiglare LCD for tablet PCs, medicine and industrial appliances. It weighs 380 g, consumes 3.5W, supports 640x480 resolultion.

The situation with VIA and NVIDIA shipments

According to the latest reports from Taiwanese mobo makers, VIA Technologies decided to move the volume production of KT400A and P4X600 chipsets to early 2003. Previous schedule had the release of DDR400-supporting KT400A later this year, and the release of P4X600 DDR chipset in November.

But VIA has posted the corrected information. According to it, chipset samples are ready, P4X600 volume production is scheduled to the year-end. I.e. release dates remain the same. Besides, this year the company is going to announce KM400 integrated chipset for AMD Ę7, which volume production is scheduled to Q1 2003.

As VIA novelties won´t become widespread this year, some makers count this as a good chance for NVIDIA nForce2 to spread. Still nForce2 higher price and smaller production do not affect VIA´s market share much.

According to industry sources, volume shipments of discrete nForce2 SPP started only in November. Volume shipments of integrated version, nForce2 IGP, are scheduled to early December. The sale price of nForce2 SPP and nForce2 IGP boards is expected to be about $70 and $85, respectively (FOB prices I guess).

Source: The DigiTimes

PCI-SIG starts work on 1066 MHz PCI specs

PCI-SIG (PCI and PCI-X Special Interest Group), announced the expansion of PCI-X specifications up to version PCI-X 1066. Such a bus will come in handy at the moment when 40 Gigabit Ethernet apps are ready.

PCI-X 1066 will be developed by PCI-X Workgroup and will be backward compatible with PCI-X 266 and PCI-X 533, and will also have additional features for power management, isochronous mode support, redundancy support, and modular design.

The first stage of development will include analysis of signal circuitry, cards, interface connectors, any alternative variants and examination of new protocol expansion possibility. The next stage will include the creation and ratification of PCI-X 1066 ready specs.

Microsoft DirectX 9 RC 0 released, ATI announces CATALYST BRC0

It’s one of the key industry events: Microsoft released the first public Microsoft DirectX 9 beta version, naturally supporting multimedia content, full-featured graphics, video, 3D animation, rich audio. Besides, DirectX 9.0 includes security, performance optimization, and DirectX 9.0 API additions.

Naturally, this version of DirectX 9.0 has bugs, and the developer company states this as well. As there’s no uninstaller for DirectX 9.0, Microsoft recommends to experiment with the beta only under Windows ME or Windows XP, having previously used System Restore (Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, and Windows 2000 do not support System Restore).

Still this beta can work under Windows 98/2000/Me/XP. It supports Chinese (simplfied and traditional), Czech, Dutch, English (US), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Spanish, Swedish languages. You can download DirectX 9.0 RC 0 version DX90_308 here.

Canadian ATI Technologies dated the release of CATALYST Beta Release Candidate 0 (BRC0) to the release of this DirectX 9 beta. After drivers are certified by WHQL (Microsoft Windows Hardware Quality Labs), they’ll become a part of unified ATI CATALYST kit.

New ATI drivers support DirectX 9.0 on RADEON 9700 PRO, RADEON 9500 PRO, RADEON 9700, and RADEON 9500. Besides, the company published 4 demos to illustrate DirectX 9 capabilities: "Pipedreams", "Rendering with Natural Light", "Car", and "Bear". You can download them and drivers here.

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