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Siemens announces CL50/8008 mobile phone

Transcend announces 1Gb CompactFlash

AMD: bright Q4 forecasts; on the Hammer release dates

On the difference of Intel D850EMVR/D850EMVRL from D850EMV2/D850EMV2L

Gigabyte announces GA-8PE667 Ultra 2

DDR: retail prices go down

MAS Elektronik AG announces new Xoro HSS 511 acoustics

Siemens announces CL50/8008 mobile phone

Siemens announced the new CL50 (8008 in China) mobile handset for the Asian-Pacific market.

Siemens CL50 specifications:

  • Dual-band EGSM 900/GSM 1800
  • Voice dialling
  • SIM Application Toolkit Class 2 & Class 3 USSD
  • Weight — 70 g
  • Volume – 58 cubic cm
  • Dimensions – 73x39x22 mm
  • Champagne Gold, Pearl White body color
  • 600 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Up to 220 hours standby, up to 4.5 hours active
  • Blue backlight, 4-shade grayscale
  • Alarm clock, calculator, SMS, T9, EMS, menu animations, vibrocaller, etc.
  • Standard features
  • WAP 1.2.1
  • 20 polyphony ringtones
  • Games
  • Expected availability: January 2003

Transcend announces 1Gb CompactFlash

Transcend Information announced shipments of 1Gb CompactFlash cards, having added to the line of 16Mb, 32Mb, 64Mb, 128Mb, 256Mb, and 512Mb products.

The new 1Gb Transcend CompactFlash Type I (TS1GFLASHCP) fully meet the standard specifications, support 5V or 3.3V voltage, operate in 0°C to 70°C temperature range, and are covered by 5-year warranty. Pricing information is not available yet.

AMD: bright Q4 forecasts; on the Hammer release dates

So, time has come for AMD to specify the provisional Q4 forecasts. According to the yesterday declaration, the increased PC demand and the usually high flash memory demand give the hope that Q4 sales volumes will make $700 million, that’s 26% lower than in Q4 2001 instead of previously reported 36%. Comparing to Q3 with $508.2 million sales, new forecasts provide not the 20%, but 35% sales growth.

Analysts agree that $612 million sum is more real for AMD. The company itself plans to declare the Q4 results on January 16.

It’s also interesting that yesterday at Credit Suisse FB Tech Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, AMD announced the specified release dates for the Hammer family. As a matter of fact, they do not differ from the roadmap, but March and April were mentioned for the first time.

Other interesting facts from the conference (the fifth, according to The Inquirer):

  • AMD has just started to enter the server market, betting on AMD Opteron, declaring: "The Opteron is a Xeon killer".
  • Despite the Athlon XP 2800+ shipments, Athlon XP 1800+ and 2000+ remain the bestsellers.
  • Early next year AMD plans to announce several new products for the mobile PC market.
  • AMD doesn’t see any rivals on the õ86 maker market, except Intel.
  • AMD will be able to master the 90-nm process technology within the 6-9 months.

On the difference of Intel D850EMVR/D850EMVRL from D850EMV2/D850EMV2L

You might have been noticing the new Intel D850EMVR/D850EMVRL motherboards in price lists recently, wondering why products marked D850EMVR/D850EMVRL are marked D850MV/D850EMV2 like the good old i850E boards. So, how do you distinguish the new boards and what are they anyway?

As you all know, on October 7 along with the announcements of 845GE, 845PE, and 845GV, Intel released the "enhanced" 850E, supporting dual-channel 32-bit PC1066 and Hyper-Threading, unlike the usual 850E lacking this official support. That day also brought the line of new motherboards, including the D850EMVR/D850EMVRL (the latter supporting LAN) on this "enhanced" 850E.

The thing is that the company shed the light on D850EMVR at its website page and offered it for sale, but had left the marking the same. We won’t describe the actual differences of 850E and "enhanced" 850E here, but for you to understand, here’s the marking difference between D850EMV2 and the new D850EMVR. This might be critical for somebody.



Gigabyte announces GA-8PE667 Ultra 2

Gigabyte announced GA-8PE667 Ultra 2 motherboard on I845 PE along with the Serial ATA daughterboard for the GA-7VAXP KT400-based mobo (on the photo).

GA-8PE667 Ultra 2 features Gigabit Ethernet (Intel 82540EM), Serial ATA Silicon Image Sil3112AT144, Ultra ATA 133, RAID 20276, two DDR DIMM sockets, 6 PCI slots, AGP 8õ slot and the built-in AC97 codec.

The board supports setting of 100-355MHz FSB, 1.775-1.85V core voltage, 2.6-2.7V memory voltage, 1.6-1.8V AGP voltage. The new mobo will cost about $150.

Source: ASCII24

DDR: retail prices go down

According to the messages from Taiwan, memory module distributors are sure that DDR prices tend to go down in December. Despite the X-mas sales season, the launch of numerous 12" silicon wafer fabs forced makers to reduce prices. At that the spot prices for 128Mbit and 256Mbit DDR chips dropped down to $3.0-3.5 and $6.0-6.5.

Samsung Electronics and Nanya Technology were the first to announce the price cut. So, Samsung 256Mb DDR now cost $58-60. Hynix Semiconductor follows them with its credit liability. Infineon Technologies with its $64 256Mb DDR chips remains the only company keeping retail prices high.

According to DRAMeXchange, the worldwide DRAM shipment grew by 5% in November comparing to the previous month, reaching 389 million conventional units (128Mbit equiv.) At that the DDR share increased to 63.7% in November (from 49.8% of September) and the SDRAM share reduced to 32.9%.

November worldwide DDR shipments grew to 247.91 million conventional units, that’s 16% more than 211.93 million of October. At the same time, 256Mbit chips make 63.2% of total DRAM shipments, and 128Mbit – just 30.5%.

Source: The DigiTimes

MAS Elektronik AG announces new Xoro HSS 511 acoustics

MAS Elektronik AG started shipping the new sound system with built-in amplifier – Xoro HSS 511.

Encased in the wooden body, the system provides three playback modes: Stereo, Cinema, and AC3. To achieve the optimal sound the volume of each speaker can be set separately. The built-in amplifier is controlled by the Jog/Shuttle on the front panel or the remote.

Xoro HSS 511 specifications:

  • Over 92dB SNR
  • Frequency range (front, rear, center): 60Hz – 20kHz
  • Frequency range (subwoofer): 20Hz – 120Hz
  • Front and rear dual-band two-speaker satellites, central dual-badd tri-speaker satellite: 8 Ohm, 60Hz – kHz, 5x20W
  • Subwoofer: 4 Ohm, 30Hz – 120Hz

The Xoro HSS 511 sound system is supplied with various wall mounts. The total weight is 20.9 kg, the suggested price — $290.

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