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Elpida starts to ship 288Mbit samples of 1066MHz RDRAM chips

Notebook and monitor LCD prices stop dropping

Magellan Meridian Color: a new color GPS device

NEC announces new tablets and notebooks

MSI FX Ultra 8X on NVIDIA GeForce FX: Asura

Iwill announces K7S2 on SiS746FX chipset

LinuxWorld: on PDA reference platforms from IBM and AMD

Photos: Sapphire Technology’s Ultimate Radeon 9700 Atlantis Pro

Elpida starts to ship 288Mbit samples of 1066MHz RDRAM chips

Today Elpida posted the official press release about shipments of new 288Mbit chips of 1066Mhz RDRAM.

Volume shipments of new EDR2518ABSE devices will be available from March 2003. They’ll feature 0.13-micron process technology and 533MHz reference clock. New RDRAM chips are mainly intended for 10Gbps OC-192 comm devices and server or workstation RDRAM RIMM PC4200 modules. Further the company plans to move to 1200 and 1333 MHz 288Mbit RDRAM chips.

Notebook and monitor LCD prices stop dropping

According to Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun, the reduction of notebook LCD prices, that started in July, has finally finished. 12", 14.1" and 15" panels froze at $170-190, $170-180, $205-215, respectively.

Besides, January prices for monitor LCD panels remained at $160-170.

Source: The DigiTimes

Magellan Meridian Color: a new color GPS device

Thales Navigation announced a new Magellan Meridian Color GPS receiver. It features 16-color 120x160 LCD display, 16Mb map database and other info. SD card connectivity enables to load more maps for USA, Canada and Europe.

12-channel receiver, supporting WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System), operates with 4-leaved spiral antenna, providing ~3m location precision. At that the user can choose from 7 customizable visual outputs, including the "live" map. Meridian Color can store up to 500 checkpoints per route (up to 2000 checkpoints total), up to 20 routes with 30 checkpoints each, and allows for single-click checkpoint saving. In addition, Meridian Color is encased into waterproof body, (IEC-529 IPX7), weighs 227 g and requires 2xAA batteries. The bundle includes the PC cable.

NEC announces new tablets and notebooks

NEC has recently announced a new tablet. The sales of NEC LaVie TB for home users will start in the first half of February in Japan. According to NEC, measured 224x297x15 mm and weighing 1.02 kg, it’s the lightest and thinnest Tablet PC in the world. Later the novelty will appear in North American and European shops. Besides, the company plans to release the business version — VersaPro (VA93J/GL).

NEC LaVie TB (TB700/5T) works under Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, bases on integrated ALi CyberALADDiN-T and features 10.4" 1024x768 (XGA) LCD display, 933MHz ULW Pentium III-M, 256Mb RAM, 20Gb HDD, a number of interfaces, including IEEE 802.11a/b. Built-in batteries provide up to 3 hours of operation. The price of NEC LaVie TB starts from $2100, VersaPro VA93J/GL business variant will cost about $2500.

It’s interesting that the company also prepares to launch sales of VersaPro LaVA93J/CH notebook ($2450) with similar specs (except for Windows XP Professional, 12.1" XGA LCD and 15Gb HDD).

Source: ASCII24

MSI FX Ultra 8X on NVIDIA GeForce FX: Asura

MSI, being one of the closest partners of NVIDIA in the field of GeForce FX solutions, prepares the interesting MSI FX Ultra 8X card.

First of all, it features 256Mb DDR-II. There are no complete specs but, however here’s another interesting feature: the name of mighty warrior on MSI FX Ultra 8X box is Asura similar to a character from the ancient Indian and Chinese myths. Let’s hope the specs of MSI FX Ultra 8X will comply with the name...

Iwill announces K7S2 on SiS746FX chipset

Iwill announced new mobo on SiS746FX + SiS963L chipset bundle supporting Socket A AMD Athlon with 333MHz FSB and XP2700+ rating and higher.

K7S2 features ATX design, AGP 8x slot, 5 PCI slots, 3 DIMM sockets (up to 3Gb DDR400/333/266/200), integrated 10/100 Base-T Ethernet and 6-ch. Realtek ALC650 audio, 6 USB2.0 ports.

The board offers many tuning and monitoring features through MicroStepping technology.

LinuxWorld: on PDA reference platforms from IBM and AMD

Here’s a summary of information and photos from LinuxWorld about basic PDA developments on IBM and AMD processors.

IBM Linux/Java PDA reference design – e-LAP (embedded Linux application platform). The detailed specifications:

  • CPU: 0.18-micron 32-bit IBM PowerPC 405LP (RISC) with dynamically adjusted 152 to 380 MHz clock, with integrated interfaces for SDRAM/RAM/ROM/Flash, DMA and interrupts, power management, LCD (from 1/4 VGA to XGA), sensor screen, two serial 16550 ports, IIC
  • 32Mb SDRAM, 32Mb Flash (NOR) memory
  • 64Mb M-Systems DiskOnChip Flash storage
  • 4" 240x320 LCD
  • Security chip: TCPA
  • Built-in stereo system, audio in/out
  • Built-in power supply
  • Built-in mic for speech recognition
  • SDIO slot
  • USB 1.1, 10/100 Ethernet, serial, 8/16-bit PCMCIA interfaces
  • Navigational mini-joystick
  • 4 programmable buttons
  • Li-Ion, 1700 mAh battery
  • Bluetooth 1.1 through Toshiba SDIO
  • Programmable Xilinx XCR3128XL FPGA: 128 macrocells, 3000 positions
  • Flash reprogramming port
  • Reference software platform: MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition, Trolltech Qt/Embedded and Qtopia PDA kits, Opera browser, IBM WebSphere SDK

AMD OpenPDA reference design for PDAs and smartphones:

  • CPU: AMD Alchemy Au1100, MIPS32 architecture, 333/400/500MHz clocks, 16Kb instruction cache and 16Kb data cache, integrated controllers, including 10/100 Ethernet MAC, USB, UART õ 3, IrDA, AC’97, I2S, 2 õ SSI, 2 õ Secure Digital, PCMCIA, LCD (up to 2 color LCD panels, STN and TFT, up to 1024x1024x16bit), PC100 SDRAM, SRAM/Flash EPROM
  • CPU energy consumption: 333MHz — >200mW, 400MHz — >250mW, 500MHz — >500mW
  • 32Mb SDRAM, 32Mb Flash memory
  • Software platform: Linux (Metrowerks), Trolltech AS Qtopia UI, integrated Java Virtual Machine from Insignia Solutions, Opera browser

Source: PC Watch

Photos: Sapphire Technology’s Ultimate Radeon 9700 Atlantis Pro

Introducing new detailed photos of original Radeon 9700 Atlantis Pro Ultimate from Sapphire Technology, featuring coolerless ATI Radeon 9700 Pro GPU.

Brief specifications:

  • 128Mb 256-bit DDR SDRAM
  • 325/310MHz GPU/memory clock
  • AGP 8x interface
  • Noiseless cooling system with Zalman ZM80 VGA Heat Pipe Coolers
  • Additional cable for direct PC power supply connection
  • Analog VGA, DVI-i, TVO interfaces

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