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ExtremeTech started to use RMAA for testing

AOpen announces AX4B-533 Tube

Sanyo to ship digital camera modules for mobile phones

Water-cooled Hitachi FLORA 270W on 2.2GHz Mobile Pentium 4-M

TSMC to become the center of 0.13-micron GPU production in 2003

ATI Fire GL X1: clock specified

Matsushita and Ricoh plan to develop 1.5Tb optical disc

ExtremeTech started to use RMAA for testing

ExtremeTech, a part of ZiffDavis Media holding and the well-known hardware and IT resource, announced the review of three new Hercules soundcards. For the first time, they used RMAA instead of the very expensive Audio Precision System One. Here what review makers say:
We wanted to try out the RightMark Audio Analyzer (RMAA) benchmark because of the speed with which it can gather its test results. It looks at the same types of signal quality measurements we normally make with the Audio Precision System One, and produces repeatable results. Other sites have been using it for some time, particularly in Europe, so we decided to take it for a test spin.

The complete review is here.

RightMark Audio Analyzer is the independent audio measurements open-source project, developed by iXBT.com.

The test suite performs various tests of electroacoustical performance of sound cards and other real-time audio devices. Testing is accomplished by playing the test signals and recording them after they pass through the testing chain. A user can browse through and save the test results. For those unfamiliar with technical side of measurements the software provides a mark like "bad", "average", "good", "very good", "excellent".

The source code is available freely for browsing and compilation. All the questions are discussed in the forum.

For more information visit audio.rightmark.org.

AOpen announces AX4B-533 Tube

Yesterday AOpen announced the new AX4B-533 Tube motherboard.

The board bases on 845GE chipset, supports Serial ATA (via built-in PromisePDC20375), features 4x AGP slot, 3 PCI slots, Ethernet 10/100Mbps, 3 DIMM sockets, 6 USB 2.0 ports. Audio codec: Realtek AC97, Sovtek6922 vacuum lamp.

The board also features SilentBIOS, providing 100-248MHz FSB setting in 1MHz increments. The CPU core voltage can range from 1.1 to 1.85V. The retail price will make over 19800 yens ($160).

Sanyo to ship digital camera modules for mobile phones

Today Sanyo Electric announced plans to ship the new integrated digital camera modules — IGT99267-ST3 — for mobile phones, requiring just 35mW power.

New modules feature 1/9" (2mm) LC99267FSB CCD CIF sensors (368x296, 8-bit, about 100,000 pixels, 89-pin FBGA), matrix pixel distance is less than 4.5-micron; and the LC99807 DSP processor. Module dimensions are 9.8x8.2x5.0 mm, voltage 2.9V. 15fps shooting requires 35mW.

Sample shipments will start in February 2003, the approximate wholesale price is $62.5.

Water-cooled Hitachi FLORA 270W on 2.2GHz Mobile Pentium 4-M

Hitachi added the system on 2.2GHz Mobile Pentium 4-M to the line of its FLORA 270W notebooks.

Weve repeatedly posted news about the shipments of Hitachi´s water-cooled notebooks. In July the company started to ship systems on 1.8GHz Mobile Pentium 4-M. This new model on 2.2GHz Mobile Pentium 4-M and Intel 845MP chipset features the same cooling system with <30dB noise.

The standard configuration includes 15" 1400x1050 (SXGA+) LCD panel, 128Mb RAM (upto 1024Mb PC2100), 30Gb HDD, 16Mb MOBILITY RADEON 7500, 24x CD-ROM, Ethernet, IEEE 1394, USB ports, video-out, PC Card Type 2 slot, etc. Wireless IEEE 802.11b module is an option as well.

The model is sized 326x275x46 mm, weighs 3.9 kg. With Windows 2000/XP Professional, the notebook will arrive to Japanese retail later this year for over $2700.

Source: PC Watch

TSMC to become the center of 0.13-micron GPU production in 2003

Nobody doubts that Taiwanese TSMC will become the leader of 0.13-micron GPU production. Though ATI Technologies might choose UMC facilities for making GPUs, its still about the mainstream chips only.

At the same time, NVIDIA and ATI are going to order their top GPUs from TSMC. For NVIDIA TSMC makes 0.13-micron GeForce FX; ATI ordered RV350 and M10 (R300-based mobile GPU). According to the industrial sources, monthly orders from NVIDIA and ATI make over 30,000 and 15,000 wafers, respectively.

According to the fresh news from Taiwan, ATI has already got the samples of R350 and M10. Being satisfied by the results, ATI´s CEO Ho Kwok-yuen schedules the next-generation R400 to mid-2003. He also made an interesting announcement that ATI had already decided to produce RV350 using the 0.13-micron process technology

Source: The DigiTimes

ATI Fire GL X1: clock specified

According to British The Inquirer, theyve got to know the specified information about the recently announced ATI R300-based ATI Fire GL X1 workstation graphics cards from local workstation component distributors.

ATI FireGL X1 (as well as Z1) will feature 324/276 MHz GPU/memory clock. Well, its lower than 310MHz of ATI Radeon 9700 PRO, however ATI informed that professional cards feature better-latency chips than in the best gaming cards to compensate the clock rate.

Again, ATI FireGL X1 will feature 128Mb memory, ATI Fire GL Z1 up to 256Mb.

Source: The Inquirer

Matsushita and Ricoh plan to develop 1.5Tb optical disc

According to messages from Japan, Matsushita Electric and Ricoh together with Osaka University plan to start the development of new optical disc technology providing up to 1.5Tb of data (about 300 DVDs) in 2004. The list of developers also includes Pioneer, Mitsubishi Chemical, Aishin Seiki, Kyushu and Shizuoka Universities.

The development costs are estimated as about 2-3 billion yens (about $160-$250 million). The commercialization is expected by 2010.

According to provisional data, the new media will be made using the 3D 10-layer optical storage. So, the development of 150Gb layers as ahead as well. Its interesting that the disc size will remain the same 12 mm.

Source: The Register

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