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Lexar Media presents 512Mb and 1Gb JumpDrive 2.0 Pro 40X flash trinkets

Matsushita announces new miniature 4-in-1 A/V-recorders

IDF Spring 2003 schedule

Cirrus Logic releases a family of multuchannel codecs

VIA chipset roadmap updated

National Geode GX2: x86 processor family updated

Lexar Media presents 512Mb and 1Gb JumpDrive 2.0 Pro 40X flash trinkets

Lexar Media presented new high-speed JumpDrive 2.0 Pro USB 2.0 flash storage devices. According to the company, they provide 40x data transfer speed, i.e. up to 6.0Mb/s reading, up to 4.5Mb/s writing (1x stands for 150Kb/s).

Naturally, JumpDrive Pro USB 2.0 are backward-compatible with USB 1.1. Shipments of 512Mb and 1Gb JumpDrive 2.0 Pro are scheduled to February.

Matsushita announces new miniature 4-in-1 A/V-recorders

At CES 2003 Matsushita announced SV-AV20 and SV-AV30 A/V-recorders under the Panasonic trademark. Belonging to e-wear series, they feature Secure Digital slots and combine features of digital VCR, camera, audio-player and dictaphone.

Both devices have built-in 2" LCD display, support MPEG4 (15 fps) and up to 680x480 JPEG images. Digital camera features also include the built-in flash and 2x digital zoom. Audio component support MP3 and AAC.

SV-AV30 is bundled with charger cradle for TV output or recording.

Shipments of SV-AV20 and SV-AV30 e-wear 4-in-1 A/V SD are scheduled to April 2003, MSRP of SV-AV20 (with 32Mb Panasonic SD card) — $300, MSRP of SV-AV30 (with 64Mb Panasonic SD card and cradle) – about $400.

IDF Spring 2003 schedule

Intel posted the message about the plans for Spring Intel Developer Forum (IDF), which is to start in February. Below is the schedule of IDF Spring 2003:
  • San Jose, CA, USA: 18 – 21 February
  • Tokyo, Japan: 9 – 11 April
  • Taipei, Taiwan: 14 – 15 April
  • Peking, Chinese People´s Republic: 17 – 18 April
  • Bangalore, India: 22 – 23 April
  • Berlin, Germany: 28 — 30 April

The first one, 4-day conference in San Jose will include about 200 hours of technical info in the field of servers, software development, comm, etc. Participants will discuss many technologies, including HyperThreading, PCI Express, wireless innovations, security-related problems, mobile and modular problems. The conference will also bring new information about the latest developments for Pentium 4 and Itanium platforms, Intel Internet Exchange Architecture and Intel Personal Internet Client Architecture.

The sponsor list of North American IDF Spring includes Analog Devices, HP, Rambus, ATI Technologies, Hitachi, Infineon Technologies, Samsung, Seagate, ServerWorks and SuperMicro.

Cirrus Logic releases a family of multuchannel codecs

Cirrus Logic released the new family of multichannel audio codecs: CS42516, CS42526, CS42518 and CS42528, to be used in motherboards, A/V-receivers, DVD-players, car audio devices, etc.

New codecs are 6-ch. and 8-ch. 24-bit/192kHz solutions, fully supporting DVD-Audio. Other features are:

  • Two 24-bit ADC, 114dB dynamic range
  • DAC, 110/114dB dynamic range
  • THD+N level: —100dB
  • SPDI/F, EIAJ CP-1201 and IEC-60958 compliant
  • 64-pin LQFP body
  • Price in over 10,000-unit quantities: $3.93 for CS42512, $4.65 for CS42518, $5.29 – for CS42526, $6.97 for CS42528

VIA chipset roadmap updated

The Inquirer shared the obtained information about VIA’s chipset roadmap for Pentium 4 800MHz FSB, Athlon64 and Athlon XP. According to this data, the company will announce Pentium 4 chipsets supporting dual-channel 64-bit DDR II already in Q2 2003.


  • PT400 — 400/533/800MHz FSB, DDR266/333/400 ECC, AGP 8X, 8X V-Link, VT8235, samples in the late January 2003, volume production – March 2003
  • PT600 — 400/533/800MHz FSB, dual-channel 64-bit DDR 266/33/400, QBM, ECC, AGP 8X, Ultra V-Link, VT8235/7, samples – Q1 2003
  • PT800 — 400/533/800MHz FSB, dual-channel 64-bit DDR-II, AGP 8X, Ultra V-Link, VT8237, samples – Q2 2003


  • KT400A — 200/266/333MHz FSB, DDR266/333/400 ECC, AGP 8X, 8X V-Link, VT8235/7, samples – Q1 2003
  • K8T400 – 400MHz FSB Athlon 64, DDR266/333, AGP 8X, 800MHz HyperTransport, volume production – Q1 2003
  • K8T400M – 400MHz FSB Athlon 64, DDR266/333, AGP 8X, 800MHz HyperTransport, volume production – Q1 2003
  • K8M400 – 400MHz FSB Athlon 64, DDR266/333, AGP 8X, 800MHz HyperTransport, CastleRock II integrated graphics, samples – Q1 2003

Source: The Inquirer

National Geode GX2: x86 processor family updated

At Consumer Electronics Show 2003 National Semiconductor announced the prototype of its new-generation Geode GX2 processor. According to the company, samples are already being shipped to National’s partners, and the volume production is to be launchedin Q3 2003. GX2 are expecte to be used in various "thin clients", high-end consoles and HDTV sets.

On the wave of news from x86 leader manufacturers we sometrimes forget that such chips are produced by a number of companies. Geode GX2 do not pretend for global popularity in our desktops, but they have their own original features:

  • Architecture: low-power 32-bit x86 processor supporting MMX and 3D Now!
  • 32Kb L1 cache: 16Kb for instructions, 16Kb for data
  • Integrated graphics
  • Integrated video DAC, TFT and DSTN interfaces
  • Integrated display controller, up to 1600x1200x16bpp@85Hz or 1280x1024x24bpp@85Hz
  • Integrated 64-bit memory controller, PC133 SDRAM and DDR266
  • Integrated thermal diode
  • GeodeLink interconnect bus, up to 6Gb/s
  • Active Hardware Power Management (AHPM)
  • Access priority for real-time and isochronous devices
  • PCI-66, up to 3 buses
  • ACPI and APM support
  • Clock: 200-400MHz
  • Typical energy consumption: <1W
  • Body: 368-pin EBGA
  • Process technology: 0.15-micron, 1V core voltage

According to the company, Geode GX2 prototypes shipped have up to 300MHz clocks, but the volume versions will feature up to 400MHz clocks.

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