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Plextor announces PlexWriter 40/12/40S external Ultra SCSI recorder

SiS746FX-based reference mobo: the first sight

Remaking RADEON 9500 64MB into RADEON 9500 PRO by software!

Unitech Optimus 9100LP: ATI Radeon 9100-based low-profile solution

Transcend releases 30x CompactFlash line

Olivetti DV@C: WindowsCE.Net 4.1-based PDA

Apple: PowerBook G4 with 17" display!

Plextor announces PlexWriter 40/12/40S external Ultra SCSI recorder

Plextor Europe announced the new PlexWriter 40/12/40S external Ultra SCSI CD-RW drive.

The novelty supports 40/12/40 speeds, has 4Mb buffer, supports BURN-Proof, PoweRec and VariRec. The read access time is 120 ms, Mount Rainier support and self-test function are featured as well.

PlexWriter 40/12/40S Ultra SCSI will arrive to retail in February 2003 for about 299 euro (w/o VAT). The retail bundle will include the drive itself, one CD-R and one CD-RW blank, power cable, Nero + InCD, Plextor PlexTools software, and userís manual.

SiS746FX-based reference mobo: the first sight

Our colleagues from the Chinese GZeasy have already tested the reference SS81B motherboard on the SiS746FX DDR400 chipset, officially announce yesterday. Thatís how the board looks:

And thatís the picture of SiS746FX (A2 stepping) + SiS963LUA (C1 stepping) bundle:

SS81B-based testbed also featured AMD Athlon XP 2700+ with 166MHz FSB (Thoroughbred-B), and was tested with DDR333 and DDR400 memory.

The complete test readout from PC Mark2002 and 3D Mark2001SE is here (in Chinese, as you guess, but graphs are clear). Results from SPEC Viewperf 7.0 for Windows are here, from Sysmark2002 — here, from Unreal Tourment 2003 and other game benchmarks — here.

Any conclusions about SiS746FX performance are up to you. I, personally, think the chipset can be placed somewhere between KT400 and nForce2.

Source: GZeasy

Remaking RADEON 9500 64MB into RADEON 9500 PRO by software!

Every day brings new details about remaking RADEON 9500 chips. However, todayís are jus outstanding: thereís a way to transform RADEON 9500 64MB into RADEON 9500 PRO 64MB by software! Thatís what Andrew Vorobyev, our video section editor, said:

"...Besides the hardware way of remaking RADEON 9500 128MB into RADEON 9700 by transistor re-soldering, discovered by our colleagues from Overclockers.ru, we, together with Alexey Nikolaychuk (aka Unwinder), the creator of RivaTuner , hoped to perform the same by software. Essentially, it was to find 4 missing rendering pipelines "hidden" by ATI, as R9500 has 4 and R9700 already 8 of them.

Alexey succeeded in finding the blockade and got through using RADEON 9500 64MB. As you know, this card has 128-but bus, so you canít make R9700 from it, only RADEON 9500 PRO 64MB. But weíve checked Soft9700 on RADEON 9500 128MB and, voila, we got a complete RADEON 9700.

So, we can state the 100% software pare-down of R300. This method of remaking will be available for everyone in the next version of RivaTuner..."

Unitech Optimus 9100LP: ATI Radeon 9100-based low-profile solution

According to DarkCrow, Korean Unitech launched the production of new Optimus 9100 LP graphics card on the officially unreleased ATI Radeon 9100.

According to the name and the figure Optimus 9100 LP features low-profile design. It also has 64Mb 128-bit DDR, analog, DVI, and TV-Out connectors and features 250/500MHz GPU/memory clock.

Source: DarkCrow

Transcend releases 30x CompactFlash line

Today Transcend Information released the high-speed Ultra Performance 30X CompactFlash card line with 128Mb (TS128MFLASHCP), 256Mb (TS256MFLASHCP), 512Mb (TS512MFLASHCP) and 1Gb (TS1GFLASHCP) capacities.

As you know, 1x stands for 150Kb/s transfer for flash cards. According to Transcend, new Ultra Performance 30X solutions will support up to 4.0Mb/s writing, up to 4.8Mb/s reading. Transcend Ultra Performance 30X CompactFlash cards require 5VĪ10% or 3.3VĪ10% and are under the 5-year warranty.

Olivetti DV@C: WindowsCE.Net 4.1-based PDA

Italian Olivetti is to enter the European PDA market, planning to launch sales of its new Olivetti DV@C PDA under WindowsCE.Net 4.1 in France in the late January.

DV@C features 206MHz Intel StrongArm, 32Mb RAM, MMC and Compact Flash slots, color reflective LCD supporting 65  colors. The PDA also supports 7 languages, has a USB port and a mic. Weighing about 170 g, the device will cost about 450 euro.

Source: PDA France

Apple: PowerBook G4 with 17" display!

Apple Computer informed about the release of new PowerBook G4 notebook series with the record 17" display.

M8793LL/A will be available in retail in February, MSRP — $3299.

The notebook features 2-spindle design, 17" 1440x900 LCD matrix, 1GHz PowerPC G4, 512Mb DDR SDRAM PC2700, 60Gb HDD, 64Mb NVIDIA GeForce4 440 Go graphics, SuperDrive DVD-R.

Measured 392x259x26 mm and weighing about 3.1 kg, the model features IEEE 1394b (FireWire 800, 800Mbps), Gigabit Ethenet, DVI, S-Video, USB 1.1, Bluetooth PC Card, LAN IEEE 802.11g (AirPort Extreme), IEEE 1394a, V.92 modem.

Another Appleís extreme Ė the ultraminiature 2-spindle PowerBook G4 with 12" display (with iPod media player on the photo).

M8760LL/A, expected in January for about $1799, features 12" 1024x768 (XGA) display, 867MHz PowerPC G4, 256Mb DDR PC2100, 40Gb HDD, 32Mb GeForce4 420 Go graphics, 8/24/10/24x DVD/CD-RW combo, Bluetooth, Ethenet, V.92, S-Video, USB 1.1, IEEE 1394a, etc. The model is measured 277x219x30 mm, weighs 2.1 kg. With SuperDrive DVD-R recorder the notebook costs $1999.

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