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HyperTransport, the detailed specs

SiS posts the list of suggested DDR PC3200 modules

256Mbit SDRAM chips will hardly pass $5 limit

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies now supports IBM hard disks

AOpen EHW-5224U: external USB2.0 CD-RW

FIC releases Cavalry 200/500/600 Pocket PC

HyperTransport, the detailed specs

Those interested in the detailed specifications of HyperTransport technology should check the HyperTransport Technology: A Tutorial PDF document containing theses from September RTC Summit 2002.

57-page document in detail describes HyperTransport signal and speed specs, its topology, packet structure, etc. The file is available for download here (824 Kb).

Source: AMD Zone

SiS posts the list of suggested DDR PC3200 modules

SiS added the SDRAM DDR PC3200 page to the list of components certified and suggested for use with company motherboards.

As you can see on the screenshot, currently SiS has 7 modules from 6 memory makers certified.

Curious, Iíve checked similar pages on CPU and chipset maker websites. The result was as expected: Intel DDR SDRAM certification page doesn´t list PC3200 modules for known reasons (I guess at least until March); AMD suggested memory modules page doesnít feature them as well. The same with NVIDIA´s recommended modules and DDR modules suggested by VIA. Though after Intel has aimed at DDR400 support, no one doubts the announcements of DDR SDRAM PC3200 support are to follow, especially from motherboard manufacturers.

Source: PC POP

256Mbit SDRAM chips will hardly pass $5 limit

According to messages from Taiwan, spot prices for 256Mbit SDRAM chips have raised to $4 since the beginning of the year. Despite some distributors promise to increase prices by another 30-40% up to $5.20-5.60 per 256 Mbit chip, module makers doubt the price will exceed $5.

Currently SDRAM modules are cheaper than DDR ones by average $18.16. In case SDRAM price increases over $5, the difference from DDR will narrow to $1/chip and to about $10/module. Naturally, this will negate any sense of purchasing SDRAM memory.

According to Nikkei Keizai Shimbun, SDRAM contract prices slightly raised by the end of December, having made $3.50-3.85 for 256Mbit chip and $1.80-2.20 for 128Mbit chip. At the same time, DDR contract prices reduced even more and made $6.70-7.30 for 256Mbit chip.

Source: The DigiTimes

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies now supports IBM hard disks

On one of its hard disk warranty web pages IBM posted the following message:
Hard Disk Drive Warranty Service Notification
The IBM Warranty and Returns site will no longer be available as of 5 p.m. PST (8 p.m. EST) on 31-December 2002. On 1-January, 2003, IBM will transfer all support for Hard Disk Drives to Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Inc. On January 6th, 2003, customers can continue RMA service via the Hitachi End User RMA site.

So, from January 1, 2003 IBM passes the hard drive support to IBM and Hitachi joint venture — Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Inc., which website will start the technical support work on January 6. If you remember, on December 31 IBM and Hitachi finally decided to form Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. According to the transaction terms, Hitachi purchased IBM hard disk assets for $2.05 billion. In the newly-formed Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Hitachi initially owns 70% of joint assets to get the full control within 3 years. According to earlier Hitachi announcements, the company is going to completely restructure hard disk business to make it profitable by April 2003.

AOpen EHW-5224U: external USB2.0 CD-RW

AOpen posted the specifications of the new EHW-5224U external USB2.0 CD-RW to be released soon.

The drive bases on internal AOpen CRW5224, supports 52x writing (CAV), 24x rewriting (CAV), 52x reading (CAV), JustLink and JustSpeed technologies, Mt.Rainier. The buffer is 2Mb, average read access time — 120 ms, horizontal installation. EHW-5224U dimensions are 246.5x159.4x52.88 mm, weight Ė 1.6 kg. The device is bundled with Nero Burning ROM and InCD, 52X CD-R and 24X CD-RW blanks.

Source: CDR Info

FIC releases Cavalry 200/500/600 Pocket PC

FIC (First International Company) posted the specifications of three new Cavalry 200/500/600 Pocket PCs.

Some of Cavalry models feature WI-FI/Bluetooth adapters. Despite the onbody logo, these products will be produced for FICís OEM/ODM partners.

Cavalry 200/500/600 brief specifications:

  • Intel PXA 250, 400MHz
  • 32Mb Flash ROM, 64Mb SDRAM
  • 3.5" 320x240x64K reflective sensor TFT LCD, front backlighting
  • ACí97 audio codec
  • Integrated speaker, mic, 1W amplifier
  • Compact Flash TypeII, serial port, Security Disc I/O, Client USB connectivity

  • Removable Li-Ion battery, 1200 mAh
  • Microsoft Pocket PC 2002 / Windows CE .NET
  • <200 g weight
  • 135x79x16mm
  • Bundled charger cradle, USB/RS232 cable, power supply, stylus, protective case, drivers, etc.
  • Wireless connectivity:
    • IrDA: 115Kbps Slow IR
    • Bluetooth (Cavalry 500)
    • WLAN (Cavalry 600)
  • Optional digital camera, 326,688 pixels

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