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OpenBrain announces Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headset

More details about Intel Canterwood and Springdale-PE/G chipsets

Archos announces pocket audio/video player

Hercules announces 3D Prophet ALL-IN-WONDER 9000 Pro 64MB

ATI starts shipping RADEON 9500 PRO cards

OpenBrain announces Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headset

As the alternative to usual wired headphones, Korean OpenBrain announced Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headset (OBH-0110) with built-in audio player. I guess PDA owners will be the first to like it. The player also features built-in flash memory storage 32Mb to 128Mb in capacity.

There are two models of headset: classic Earphone and fashionable Backphone. Bluetooth module meets the V1.1 (A2DP) specs and provides up to 10m connectivity (in the open) and 700 Kbps throughput.

The built-in player supports SBC (16-48 kHz, Stereo/Mono), MP3 (8-320 Kbps, 44.1 kHz), WMA (8-193 Kbps, 8.0, 11.025, 16.0, 22.05, 32.0, 44.1 kHz). The frequency range is 20 Hz Ė 22 kHz at over 95 dB SNR and less than Ė83 dB THD. Output power is up to 20 mW RMS. Built-in batteries (250 mAh, 3.7V) provide 150 hours of standby, 6 hours of playback, 3 hours of PC-connected operation. The headset weighs 72 g. The package includes Windows CE, 98, ME, 2000, XP drivers.

More details about Intel Canterwood and Springdale-PE/G chipsets

Itís no surprise that Intel is to release four new chipsets, including Canterwood, Springdale-PE, Springdale-G, Springdale-P with 800MHz FSB for new Pentium 4 processors within the half-year. According to provisional data, the current Intel 845 logic will be actual up to Q3 2003 only and Intel 850E is, most likely, to leave the stage even earlier. So whatís to replace them?

  800MHz FSB DDR400 Int. graphics Dual DDR Processors
Canterwood + + - + Pentium 4 800MHz FSB
Springdale-G + + + + Pentium 4 800MHz FSB
Springdale-PE + + - + Pentium 4 800MHz FSB
Springdale-P - - - + Pentium 4 533MHz FSB

As you can see, three leading chipsets will support 800MHz FSB and DDR400. Springdale-P, supporting 533MHz FSB and DDR333, will be aimed at the low-end market. All four chipsets will feature dual-channel DDR interface.

At the first sight, Canterwood and Springdale-PE seems identical, but itís not so. Canterwood, provided with all features possible, is positioned as the workstation and high-end PC logic. Itís known that inner circuitry of Springdale-G, Springdale-PE, Springdale-P, resembling each other, greatly differs from Canterwood´s. Another difference is the Turbo mode, of the latter, that, according to unconfirmed information, is optimal for simultaneous use of 800MHz FSB processors and dual-channel DDR400.

Unlike Canterwood, that, according to provisional data, will only support dual-channel DDR, Springdale series will support single-channel as well, resembling the current i845. according to PC builders, Springdale-G/PE will support only dual-channel DDR333 (thus stressing the Canterwood´s dual-channel DDR400 Turbo mode). Though, again, itís unconfirmed.

Canterwood´s wholesale price is promised to be about $50, that will naturally position it as an expensive solution.

Source: PC Watch

Archos announces pocket audio/video player

Archos, always to surprise everyone, announced the new V-Drive multimedia player.

It features 2.5" 20Gb HDD, 2.5" LCD, USB, and supports JPEG, MPEG, MP3.

V-Drive also supports CompactFlash I/II, Secure Digital, Multimedia Card media and is capable of copying its data to the HDD. V-Drive dimensions are: 154x92x46 mm, the suggested price is 599 euro.

Source: Clubic

Hercules announces 3D Prophet ALL-IN-WONDER 9000 Pro 64MB

Today Hercules posted the press release on its Hong Kong website stating the announcement of new 3D Prophet ALL-IN-WONDER 9000 Pro 64MB graphics card.

Based on RADEON 9000 Pro, having 64Mb DDR SDRAM, TV tuner (PAL BG/I/DK, Secam L/K) with teletext feature, 3D Prophet ALL-IN-WONDER 9000 Pro 64MB provides all ALL-IN-WONDER capabilities, including TV capture, analog video editing and MPEG2 encoding, digital and TV-out recording, to analog media. The card also has digital VCR and Time Shifting features.

3D Prophet ALL-IN-WONDER 9000 Pro 64MB is expected in retail in December 2002 for about 299 euro (VAT).

ATI starts shipping RADEON 9500 PRO cards

Today ATI Technologies officially started the shipments of recently announced RADEON 9500 PRO-based cards.

Again, DirectX 9.0-enabled RADEON 9500 PRO has 8 rendering pipelines and is a version of RADEON 9700 with 128-bit memory bus. Typical GPU/memory clocks of RADEON 9500 PRO cards make 275/540 MHz.

RADEON 9500 PRO will be also shipped by ATI´s partners, including:

  • Connect 3D
  • CP Technologies
  • FIC
  • Gigabyte
  • Hercules
  • Hightech
  • Sapphire
  • Wistron
  • Yuan

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