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Rambus licenses Yellowstone and Redwood to Sony and Toshiba


Transmeta announces Crusoe SE for embedded market (addition)

SiS746FX: new AMD K7 chipset officially announced

M-Audio Sonica Theater: portable 7.1-channel USB soundcard

SmartDisk FireLite: new portable 60Gb FireWire hard drive

Panasonic CF-T1: 866MHz ULV P-III light notebook

Rambus licenses Yellowstone and Redwood to Sony and Toshiba

Rambus signed a contract with Sony Corporation, SCEI (Sony Computer Entertainment) and Toshiba providing the latter with licenses and the right to use Yellowstone and Redwood high-speed interfaces. According to provisional data, both interfaces will be used in the Cell project ("supercomputer-on-a-chip”, developed by IBM Microelectronics, to be made using 0.10-micron and smaller process technology. Sony plans to use the Cell architecture in its PlayStation 3 game console).

There is much information about Yellowstone or Yellowstone Octal Data Rate (ODR) present for now: the new memory bus is expected to raise the throughput and performance, and also the production expenses due to lower pincount and more economical circuitry and PCB.

As for the Redwood technology, defining the high-speed parallel interface for inter-chip data transfers, Rambus claims it will provide higher-degree performance and lower latencies than current buses and will be used the Cell project as well.

Cell superchips, expected in the market in the late 2004 – early 2005, will represent the highly integrated multifunctional chips with up to 1 trillion mathematical operations per second performance (surpassing 2.5GHz Pentium 4 by about 100 times).

Returning to the today´s deal, it’s worth mention it ensures Rambus receives about $28 million within 18 months.


ATI Technologies announced shipments of RADEON 9000 PRO MAC EDITION.

The new graphics card bases on ATI Radeon 9000 Pro GPU, features 64Mb DDR SDRAM, ADC socket, DVI, and is bundled with DVI-VGA adapter. This configuration provides independent output to two digital monitors at up to 1920x1200, including Apple Cinema HD Displays. ATI RADEON 9000 PRO MAC EDITION MSRP is $169.99.

Transmeta announces Crusoe SE for embedded market (addition)

An addition to the yesterday’s news about the supposed release of Crusoe SE (Special Embedded) by Transmeta: the company has officially announced the new chips, so we are to make some changes to the material.

Crusoe SE is based on TM5500 core – the low-power version of TM5400 with integrated Northbridge, 128Kb L1 cache, 256Kb L2 cache, SDRAM / DDR SDRAM support.

Chips are made using the 0.13-micron process technology in 474-pin BGA in Standard Power (TM5500EX series) and Low Power (TM5500EL series) versions, each ranging from 667 to 933MHz. However, the website currently lists only Low Power 933MHz version.

According to the specified data, Transmeta Crusoe SE processors will be operable in the 0-100°C temperature range, 24/7.

SiS746FX: new AMD K7 chipset officially announced

Today SiS officially announced SiS746FX chipset for AMD K7 processor platform.

The new chipset supports AMD Athlon XP with up to 333MHz FSB, AGP 8x, still non-standardized DDR400. SiS746FX Northbridge is coupled with SiS963L Southbridge, supporting USB 2.0, Dual ATA 133/100/66 IDE, 5.1-ch. audio, 10/100 Ethernet and PNA 2.0; bridges are interconnected by SiS MuTIOL 1G at up to 1Gb/s.

According to OC Workbench, several manufacturers have already announced the plans to release motherboards on SiS746FX, including ECS (L7S7A), MSI (MS-6717 or 746F 8xtreme), DFI (AS76-BC), and Iwill (K7S2).

M-Audio Sonica Theater: portable 7.1-channel USB soundcard

M-Audio announced portable 7.1-ch. Sonica Theater USB soundcard for desktop and portable PCs. Sonica Theater provides 7.1-ch. output at 24-bit/96kHz and requires just a USB connection.

Sonica Theater features AK4529 DAC/ADC (dynamic range: 2-ch. 102dB ADC, 8-ch. 106dB DAC), supports multiple multichannel formats like Microsoft Windows Media Audio 9 Professional and SRS Labs Circle Surround II, Dolby Digital and DTS, and Dolby Digital EX (for example with the bundled WinDVD 4 software player).

Sonica Theater bundle includes Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3, MixMan Studio, Vjay Lite, Dolby Digital EX version of WinDVD 4, etc.

Device dimensions are 117x81x26 mm, Shipments of Sonica Theater to Europe and North America are scheduled to 2003, MSRP is $100.

SmartDisk FireLite: new portable 60Gb FireWire hard drive

SmartDisk announced the new 60Gb portable FireLite hard disks with FireWire interface.

The new 60Gb FireLite hard disk features the silvery magnesium body sized 82.5x127x19 mm and weighing about 192 g. Except for the 60Gb device, the company also produces 20Gb and 40Gb solutions. Under Mac OS X, Mac OS 9, Windows XP and Windows Me hard disks are recognized as "Mass Storage Class" devices.

FireLite FireWire 60GB MSRP is $329.99, shipments are scheduled to February.

Panasonic CF-T1: 866MHz ULV P-III light notebook

Matsushita started to ship the new professional-class Toughbook CF-T1 notebooks weighing just 980 g.

Panasonic CF-T1 (CF-T1R64ZZKM) features 866MHz ULW (ultra-low voltage) Mobile Pentium III, 256Mb RAM (up to 512Mb), 12.1" XGA (1024 x 768 ) LCD display, 40Gb hard disk, integrated wireless and 100BASE-TX/10 BASE-T LAN interfaces, SD and Type II PC Card slots, USB 2.0 ports, 85-button keyboard (19-mm each button), etc.

The notebook body is made from light magnesium alloy. Bundled with Windows XP, CF-T1R64ZZKM will cost in USA about $2355.

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