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Photo of the day: EZgo MiniPC

Intel Xscale PXA255: a new version

MSI 746F Ultra: a new motherboard on SiS746FX chipset

Matsushita Toshiba Picture Display: a new CRT production joint venture

ABIT to ship GeForce FX Siluro OTES Limited Edition

Photo of the day: EZgo MiniPC

We currently test an interesting miniature PC with EZGo design. We have repeatedly informed about such systems in the news and now we laid our hands on a real sample.

Miniature EZgo is designed for Socket 478 Celeron and Pentium 4 with 400MHz FSB, its motherboard are based on SiS650 + SiS961 chipset and features one 200-pin SODIMM DDR SDRAM socket (up to 1Gb). Besides, the PC features a built-in 56K V90 modem, LAN controller (Realtek 8100L 10/100Mb) and audio codec (ALC201), up to 64Mb graphics and a slim CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, CD-RW or a DVD/CD-RW combo. Despite the size, the PC has lots of interfaces and ports, including USB, FireWire. The external power supply resembles aunit for a game console.

Finally, EzGo MiniPC has dimensions of 157x146x58 mm and weighs 1.1 kg in basic configuration (1.7GHz Celeron, 128Mb PC266 — Kingston SODIMMKVR266X64SC25/128, 2.5" 10Gb IBM IC25N010ATDA04) and costs $872 in Russia.

Pity, but news can’t hold all interesting photos of this system, so take a look at the most interesting:

Intel Xscale PXA255: a new version

According to a message from Pocket PC Thoughts, already confirmed by Intel, in the nearest future we shall see shipments of a new Xscale chip.

According to information posted, Intel plans to release XScale PXA250 with new stepping C1, however along with bugfixes the core was improved and new features added.

Here’s a list of PXA255 new features and improvements:

  • HWUART universal hardware asynchronous transceiver
  • SDRAM register configuration for Low Power mode
  • 400/200MHz PxBus
  • Core Clock Configuration Register (CCCR)
  • Core Phase Locked Loop
  • UDC Control Function Register (UDCCFR)
  • NSSP

The changes turned out to be so significant that the company decided to give PXA250 stepping C1 a new name. Initially it should have been PXA255, however, Intel is expected to announce the new name closer to the end of Q1. In the near future their website should be updated with a technical brief for a new chip.

The main improvement of XScale PXA255 is the better CPU performance as a result of doubled PxBus clock (from 100 to 200 MHz), being an interface for external devices, including memory. Besides, XScale PXA255 is expected to consume less power in all modes. At that clock rates will remain the same as in PXA250, i.e. 200MHz, 300MHz, and 400MHz. According to provisional data, wholesale price will be similar to that of previous versions.

Source: Pocket PC Thoughts

MSI 746F Ultra: a new motherboard on SiS746FX chipset

Today MSI posted specifications of 746F Ultra mobo, based on new SiS746FX.

746F Ultra features ATX form-factor and supports AMD Duron / Athlon XP, including the latest. The board has AGP 8x slot, 3 DIMM sockets (up to 3Gb DDR400/DDR333/DDR266 SDRAM), 5 PCI slots, integrated 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN and optional 5.1-ch. codec. Naturally, MSI board supports D-Bracket 2 and S-Bracket (optional) panels along with Live Update 2, Fuzzy Logic 4 and PC Alert 4 technologies.

Matsushita Toshiba Picture Display: a new CRT production joint venture

Having posted the joint press release, Matsushita Electric and Toshiba Corporation announced new joint venture Matsushita Toshiba Picture Display Co., Ltd. which will produce cathode-ray tubes from April 1, 2003.

The companies agreed to form a joint enterprise on September 26, 2002. The headquarters of Matsushita Toshiba Picture Display will be located in Osaka. At that parent companies merged not only the production facilities, but also R&D and distribution divisions as well. so, new Matsushita Toshiba Picture Display becomes the third largest CRT maker worldwide. Currently Matsushita owns 64.5% of new enterprise, Toshiba – 35.5%.

The new joint venture will give jobs for 15.7 thousand people. Turnover for 2003 is expected to make 300 billion yens (about $2.5 billion).

ABIT to ship GeForce FX Siluro OTES Limited Edition

In the nearest future ABIT is to ship its new graphics cards on NVIDIA GeForce FX. Today we introduce photos of ABIT GeForce FX Siluro OTES Limited Edition in a special "gift" box resembling a treasure chest. Notice the thorough straw package that might be used for some fine wine all right! Naturally, these products will be shipped in standard boxes as well.

The detailed specs of ABIT GeForce FX Siluro OTES is to come. And now have a look at the first photos.

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