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TYAN announces new mobos on Intel E7205, E7505, and E7501 chipsets

TwinMOS announces 256Mb and 512Mb Secure Digital

Sharp updates Mebius line with Mobile Athlon XP 1400+ models

ASUS announces L3Tp on Intel Pentium 4

ATI starts to ship FIRE GL X1-128 MB and FIRE GL Z1

Details about SiS Xabre 600

Hitachi started to produce ultraminiature RS-MMC

TYAN announces new mobos on Intel E7205, E7505, and E7501 chipsets

Tyan announced new mobos on recently announced Intel E7205, E7505, and E7501.

Workstation Tyan Trinity i7205 (S2662) bases on iE7205, features ATX design, supports AGP Pro50/8X/4X, has Gigabit Ethernet interface, 5.1-channel Dolby Digital chip with SPDIF.

Server Tyan Thunder i7505 (S2665) bases on iE7505 and has SSI form-factor, supports up to two HT-enabled Intel Xeons, features 5.1-channel Dolby Digital chip with SPDIF, and Gigabit Ethernet.

Entry-level server Tyan Tiger i7501 (S2723), the successor of S2722 Tiger i7500, has iE7501 form-factor, supports up to two HT-enabled Xeons with 533MHz FSB, is compatible with ATX12V and EPS12V, supports IPMI remote control through Tyan SMDC (Server Management Daughter Card), has ATI RAGE XL graphics. Tiger i7501 will be produced in two versions: S2723GNN with Gigabit LAN and S2723GN with Fast Ethernet.

TwinMOS announces 256Mb and 512Mb Secure Digital

Today TwinMOS announced Secure Digital cards 256Mb and 512Mb in capacity (SD256 and SD512), new to the SD line that already includes 32Mb, 64Mb and 128Mb products.

Meeting the standard, new cards support cryptographic protection. Their dimensions are 32x24x2.1 mm, weight – about 1.5 g, voltage – 2.7V.

Twinmos SD256 and SD512 are expected in retail early in December. The suggested prices make $180 and $400, respectively.

Sharp updates Mebius line with Mobile Athlon XP 1400+ models

Sharp added to its Mebius thin notebook line two new PC-FS2-C3E and PC-FS2-C3M models, differing by LCD matrices, 14.1" and 15", respectively.

A4 Mebius PC-FS2-C3M bases on Mobile Athlon XP 1400+, has 15" XGA (1024x768) LCD, 256Mb PC133, 40Gb Ultra ATA/100 HDD, DVD/CD-RW combo, 10/100BASE-TX port, TV-out, IEEE1394 and USB 2.0 ports, PC Card Type II, etc. Dimensions are 330x282x39 mm, weight – about 3.5 kg.

Mebius PC-FS2-C3E differs by 14.1" XGA LCD, 30Gb HDD and 3.4 kg weight.

With Windows XP Home Edition and Office XP Personal, both models will be available early in December. The suggested price of PC-FS2-C3M is about $1550, of PC-FS2-C3E – about $1450.

Source: ASCII24

ASUS announces L3Tp on Intel Pentium 4

ASUSTeK Computer announced the new ASUS L3Tp notebook.

While supporting uFC-PGA Pentium 4 processors up to 2.4GHz, the ASUS L3Tp’s efficient design enhances notebook battery life up to three hours thanks to ASUS Power 4 Gear Technology. In auto mode, Power 4 Gear Technology intelligently optimizes performance and battery life based on system loading. When Power 4 Gear technology is in manual mode, users can define performance and battery requirements by choosing one of out four power optimizing modes.

The ASUS L3Tp packs robust features into a compact all-in-one design. Measuring at 3.3kg and 37-49mm, the ASUS L3Tp also features a 15’ screen. Everything you need from built-in DVD/CD-ROM/ CD-RW drives, floppy drive, built-in modem/Ethernet, to upgradeable 802.11b wireless, GPRS and Bluetooth capabilities are all delivered into one convenient package.

The ASUS L3Tp is shipping in quantities now.

ATI starts to ship FIRE GL X1-128 MB and FIRE GL Z1

Today ATI Technologies announced shipments of FIRE GL X1-128MB and FIRE GL Z1 professional cards for high-performance workstations.

FIRE GL X1-128MB and Z1 feature fully programmable floating point architecture and support OpenGL 2.0, Microsoft DirectX 9.0, AGP 8X. Both are based on FGL 9700, but FIRE GL Z1 bases on a pared-down FGL 9500. The difference is that FIRE GL X1-128MB has 8 parallel rendering pipelines and FIRE GL Z1 – only four.

Both cards are supplied with Right Hemisphere’s Deep Visualizer full, Deep Exploration and Deep Paint 3D trials. FIRE GL X1-128MB will appear in December, the suggested price is $795. FIRE GL Z1 will be available from January 2003 for about $595.

Note: as you can see the box claims for 256Mb installed on FIRE GL X1, though there are two versions described at the company website – 128Mb and 256Mb. However, the press release contains info about FIRE GL X1-128MB. Hard to tell what the company values at $795... And FIRE GL Z1 naturally has 128Mb.

Details about SiS Xabre 600

HardwareZone posted details about recently announced SiS Xabre 600 along with the reference card photo.

Here’s the addition to the official announcement:

  • Xabre 600 GPU size reduced comparing to Xabre 400 due to transition from 0.15 micron to 0.13 micron process. Memory and GPU work at the same 300MHz clock , that’s 50MHz higher than Xabre 400 features.
  • The new process technology and thus reduced heat emission enable to use simpler cooling.

  • The reference board has 128-bit 2.8 ns DDR from Hynix (HY5DU283222).
  • SiS is expected to announce updated Xminator II unified drivers to be packaged with Xabre 600. They’ll support Xmart technology and have a wide variety of settings.

  • Xmart Technology, in its turn, includes three key components:
    • XmartAGP – automatic AGP type detection and optimal clock setting
    • XmartVision – automatic 2D/3D mode detection for applying automatic settings. 2D applications will feature softer images for lower eyestrain, 3D apps will feature better brightness and contrast for gaming
    • XmartDrive – for reducing GPU clock for 2D apps to reduce energy consumption and cooler RPMs, switching to 3D mode enables maximum performance
  • All Xabre 600 cards will feature DVI-I and TV outputs.

Hitachi started to produce ultraminiature RS-MMC

Less than in a week after the adoption of Reduced Size MultiMediaCards (RS-MMC) by MultiMediaCard Association (MMCA) the first maker emerged — Hitachi, that announced 16MB (HB28H016RM2), 32MB (HB28D032RM2), and 64MB (HB28B064RM2) RS-MMC. Sample shipments will start early next week.

New RS-MMC cards feature 7-pin interface, 18x24x1.4mm dimensions, suitable for portable devices, including phones, PDAs, etc.

New cards weigh 0.8 g, provide 1.7 Mb/s read, 1.0 Mb/s write. Cards require 28 mA for reading, 33 mA for writing at 2.7-3.6V. Naturally, at first RS-MMC cards will be sold with adapters.

Hitachi plans to release 128 Mb and 256 Mb RS-MMC cards in 2003 as well.

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