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Hot! IDF Spring 2003: third day goes on

Imation FlashGo! Multi 2.0: new USB2.0 card reader

HardwareZone posts IDF Spring 2003 Update Pt. 2

Sunbeam Rheobus II review at MonkeyReview

Chaintech prepares GeForce FX NV3X family of graphics solutions

3Dlabs plans to release PCI Express graphics cards

Hynix to enter the NAND flash market

SuperMicro SuperServer 7043P-8R: new Dual Xeon platform

IDF Spring 2003: new Intel IXP420, IXP421 and IXP422 network processors

Hot! IDF Spring 2003: third day goes on

We’ve received a fresh reportage about the third day of Intel Developer Forum Spring 2003 from our Alexander Medvedev aka UncleSam.

It’s high time to take a cab and visit NVIDIA. But first – more fresh information from the latest keynote about server and networking technologies.

Sean Maloney, General Manager, Intel Communications Group, and Michael Fister, General Manager, Enterprise Platforms Group.

Itanium roadmap first:

Multiprocessor servers:
2002 Itanium 2 – 1GHz, 3Mb cache, 180nm process technology,
2003 Itanium 2 (Madison) – 1.5GHz, 6Mb cache, 130nm process technology,
2004 Itanium 2 (Madison 9M) — >1.5GHz, 9Mb cache, 130nm process technology,
2005 Montecito – dual-core, larger cache, 90nm process technology.

Dual-processor servers:
2003 Low Voltage Itanium 2 (Deerfield) – 1GHz, 1.5Mb cache, 62W, 130nm process technology,
2004 Low Voltage Itanium 2 (improved Deerfield) – 1.5GHz, 130nm process technology,
2005 Montecito, light version.

Nocona and Potomac names officially mentioned.

You can see that Nocona will feature 533MHz FSB and Potomac — 400MHz QPB.

There was much said about bright prospects of PCI Express and its chipset incarnations as well as about the importance of serial buses in general.

Besides, a new transaction performance prize was given to Itanium platform.

So long, UncleSam goes NVIDIA.

This is all for now, but we´ll naturally continue to inform you on IDF events in the newsfeed. And Alexander will provide more reports when he returns home.

Imation FlashGo! Multi 2.0: new USB2.0 card reader

Imation announced new FlashGo-MULTI2 USB2.0 card reader device.

FlashGo-MULTI is an updated version of a September 2001 model. Newer FlashGo-MULTI2 USB2.0 features 4 slots for 6 storage types: Memory Stick, Compact Flash Type I & II, including IBM Microdrive, Smart Media, Secure Digital, MultiMedia Card. Under Win98, 98SE, 2000, Me, XP and MacOS 8.6+ the device is recognized as Mass Storage (no drivers required for Windows Me/XP and MacOS 10.1.2+).

Measured 102x25x140 mm, it weighs 210g. FlashGo-MULTI shipments are to start early in March. Pricing is unavailable at the moment.

HardwareZone posts IDF Spring 2003 Update Pt. 2

"The last vector of mobility is form factor. With improved heat exchanger technology, Intel is able to cool the Pentium-M processor using coolers with smaller form factors. This has enabled various manufacturers to release Centrino notebooks in very sleek form factors. At IDF, Intel showcased Centrino notebooks from vendors such as IBM, Samsung, Toshiba, Motion Computing, FIC, Gateway and ASUS. So far, Samsung had one of the best designs around, with a two spindle design that’s just about an inch thick."

Read more at HardwareZone!

Sunbeam Rheobus II review at MonkeyReview

"Once we had everything setup, which is aided, furthermore, thanks to the included colored setup documents. It was time to test it out. Quickly we noticed that when simply turning the knob on (below 7v), the LED would light up red, and by turning the knob up more, at least to the point that the fans begin to rotate(7v+), the LED will then change to a blue color. The rated 20W that’s available to you should be able to offer up more than enough juice to power at least one fan per channel, if not more."

Read more at MonkeyReview!

Chaintech prepares GeForce FX NV3X family of graphics solutions

DarkCrow posted excerpts from the updated February presentation of Chaintech Korea about GeForce FX solutions to be released (click images for more info).

As you can see, besides GeForce FX 5800 Ultra (FX81 Apogee Edition and FX80) with SCHT (Super Conducting Heathpipe Technology), 128Mb DDR-II and familiar 500/1000MHz clock speeds, and FX70 on GeForce FX 5800 with 128Mb DDR-II, 400/800MHz clock speeds, the company plans to release at least three more GeForce FX graphics cards (marked NV3X for now) for FX60 and FX40 series on DDR-I.

FX60 will include three models with 64Mb, 128Mb and 256Mb 128-bit memory. At that 64/128Mb card will feature 300/550MHz clocks and a 256Mb version — 350/500MHz clock. Their design also supposes VIVO support.

FX40 cards with 64/128Mb of 128-bit DDR-I memory and 250/400MHz clocks will only feature TV-out, being mainstream GeForce FX solutions.

Well, let’s wait for all these to arrive. It’s hard to say anything about their performance now, but prices promise to be suitable for the mainstream segment.

Source: DarkCrow

3Dlabs plans to release PCI Express graphics cards

Such a formal, but distinguishing message. At IDF, where more PCI Express details were announced, 3Dlabs announced intentions to use PCI Express in the future generation of Wildcat professional graphics solutions.

There were not any dates or product names provided. Just a simple announcement of PCI Express support.

Hynix to enter the NAND flash market

According to messages from Taiwan, this year Hynix Semiconductor plans to debut in the NAND flash market, where Samsung Electronics and Toshiba make 80% of all shipments.

According to memory distributors, currently Hynix tests its NAND flash, selling 32, 64, 128 Mbit samples to potential partners. In H2 the company plans to announced first 1Gbit modules.

It seems that NAND flash and graphics card memory will become the most important development trends of Hynix Semiconductor this year. Comparing to the DRAM market, this one has lesser competition and higher profits.

Source: The DigiTimes

SuperMicro SuperServer 7043P-8R: new Dual Xeon platform

Today SuperMicro announced new SuperServer 7043P-8R platform optimized for enterprise server systems.

SuperServer 7043P-8R bases on SUPER X5DP8-G2 on Intel E7501 chipset with 6 PCI-X slots, dual Gigabit Ethernet controller; supports IPMI 1.5, one or two 2.8GHz+ Xeons with 533/400MHz FSB, up to 16Gb DDR-266/200 SDRAM (8 DIMM sockets). The server also supports up to 10 Ultra 320 SCSI HDDs and up to 15 removable storage (1.5Tb total). The system features SC942S-600 4U chassis and has three 600W power supplies.

IDF Spring 2003: new Intel IXP420, IXP421 and IXP422 network processors

Intel announced three new network processors for SOHO and small/medium business wired/wireless networks.

New Intel IXP420, IXP421 and IXP422 feature Intel Xscale architecture, provide secure data and voice transfers. Supporting encryption IXP422 is designed for home gateways and wireless access points as well as for small/medium business routers and switches. IXP421 is meant for data and voice over IP devices. Finally, IXP420 is optimized for broadband connections and is intended for home gateways and small-office routers combined with external modems.

Intel IXP4XX processors are already used by such network tool providers, as Linksys.

Currently Intel together with Microsoft works on porting Windows CE .NET for Intel IXP425 processor.

Samples of IXP420 and IXP422 are expected in April, volume shipments – in June; IXP421 samples are expected in July, volume shipments – in September. In over 10,000-unit quantities IXP420 will cost $20.90, IXP421 – $22.80, IXP422 – $22.30, IXP425 — $26.60 to $61.80 depending on clock speed (266, 400, 533MHz) and temperature range (commercial or extended). Windows CE .NET for IXP425 will arrive later this year.

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