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Photo of the day: Gigabyte Radeon 9200 in our videolab

Kingston expands its HyperX line of memory modules

Bjorn3D takes a look at Radeon 9800 Pro,9600 and 9200

ATI officially announces RADEON 9800 PRO, RADEON 9600 and RADEON 9200

Sony announces Lateral Deflection Shot printing technology

In addition to yesterday´s TwinMOS PC3700-related news: pricing

Ricoh MP5240A-DP: a new 4x DVD+RW drive

Toshiba GENIO e550C: a Pocket PC with a digital camera

Mitac to release new Mio 558 with Pocket PC 2003 OS



Photo of the day: Gigabyte Radeon 9200 in our videolab

We are currently testing the newest Gigabyte Radeon 9200 in our videolab! So, what does this GPU offer. For now we can say its almost the same as Radeon 9000: same 250/200MHz GPU/memory clock, 128Mb 128-bit RAM. The main difference of Radeon 9200 is AGP 8x support (besides, this Gigabyte Radeon 9200 card supports VIVO.) Though, provisional data indicate clock speeds may change by April, when Radeon 9200-based cards reach retail.






Kingston expands its HyperX line of memory modules

Kingston Technology, having recently announced its new HyperX brand, updated this line with 256Mb and 512Mb DDR modules: 333MHz (PC2700) and 400MHz (PC3200). Besides, previously announced HyperX 256Mb and 512Mb 370MHz (PC3000) and 434MHz (PC3500) DDR modules now feature reduced latency — CL2. 1.2" (30.48mm) modules are covered by aluminium heat-sinks.


Updated specs of Unbuffered DDR HyperX modules:

  • PC2700 333MHz settings: 2-2-2-5-1 (CAS Latency 2)
  • PC3000 370MHz settings: 2-2-2-6-1 (CAS Latency 2)
  • PC3200 400MHz settings: 2-2-2-6-1 (CAS Latency 2)
  • PC3500 434MHz settings: 2-3-3-7-1 (CAS Latency 2)

The current Kingston HyperX line includes:

  • HyperX DDR 333MHz (PC2700) KHX2700/256 256MB — $47
  • HyperX DDR 333MHz (PC2700) KHX2700/512 512MB — $87
  • HyperX DDR 370MHz (PC3000) KHX3000/256 256MB — $57
  • HyperX DDR 370MHz (PC3000) KHX3000/512 512MB — $108
  • HyperX DDR 400MHz (PC3200) KHX3200/256 256MB — $88
  • HyperX DDR 400MHz (PC3200) KHX3200/512 512MB — $170
  • HyperX DDR 434MHz (PC3500) KHX3500/256 256MB — $107
  • HyperX DDR 434MHz (PC3500) KHX3500/512 512MB — $207

Bjorn3D takes a look at Radeon 9800 Pro,9600 and 9200

"Finally the time has come when the NDA is lifted for ATI´s new chipsets, the Radeon 9800, the Radeon 9600 and the Radeon 9200. I visited a small press event a few weeks ago, where I learned more about these chips and today we´ve released our first article about them." Continued at Bjorn3D.

And here is a separate first-look review of Radeon 9800 Pro: "I´ve run it thourgh a bunch of benchmarks including 3Dmark2001SE, 3DMark03 and UT2k3 and found that this card manages to beat the Radeon 9700 Pro with up to 30% as soon as you crank up the resolution and turn on AA and anisotropic filtering."

ATI officially announces RADEON 9800 PRO, RADEON 9600 and RADEON 9200

ATI Technologies officially announced three new desktop "VPUs": RADEON 9800 PRO, RADEON 9600 and RADEON 9200. So, "R350" codename is a thing of the past from now on.


High-end 0.15-micron RADEON 9800 PRO to replace RADEON 9700 PRO feature 110 million transistors, 256-bit memory bus, AGP 8X, 128/256Mb DDR SDRAM, 8 pixel pipelines and 4 programmable geometry engines and support Microsoft DirectX 9.0 and OpenGL. They naturally support SMARTSHADER (v2.1; up to 65280 FP instructions), SMOOTHVISION (v2.1, 2/4/8/16x FSAA, 2/4/6x anisotropic filtering), and new F-buffer technology. The chip also features two 10-bit 400MHz RAMDAC, supporting dual-monitor configurations at up to 2048x1536 and wide-format modes up to 1920x1080/848x480.



0.13-micron RADEON 9600 support DirectX 9, but feature only 4 pixel and 2 vertex pipelines. RADEON 9200 chips are mainstream DirectX 8.1 solutions.

Pricing and shipment information is unavailable at the moment, but, according to the press-release, Gateway, Fujitsu Siemens and NEC have already announced systems on these: Gateway has chosen RADEON 9800 PRO for 700XL series; Fujitsu Siemens will use RADEON 9200, RADEON 9600 and RADEON 9800 Scaleo PCs; NEC will use RADEON 9200 in Packard Bell line, RADEON 9800 PRO in NEC iSelect line. Besides ATI, new cards be also produced by Connect3D, FIC, Gigabyte, Hercules, Hightech, PowerColor, Sapphire, Tyan, Visiontek, Wistron and YUAN.

P.S. And heres a link to the official RADEON 9800 PRO demo: ATI RADEON 9800 Graphics Technology.

Sony announces Lateral Deflection Shot printing technology

Today Sony announced its new LD Shot (Lateral Deflection Shot) technology thattogether with Line Heads provides nearly photographical quality at higher speeds compared to usual printers (~6s for an 4 sheet.)





LD Shot utilizes line print heads (instead of usual serial ones) along with high-precision positioning technique. This enables to position each ink drop according to the content printed. And, besides, according to Sony, achieves exact line parallelism conparing to usual ink printing.

Having not dated the commercialization, the company announced the development of an 4 printer prototype supporting 600 dpi for each CMYK component (Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black), i.e. 20480-nozzle line print head. Namely this device can print a high-quality 4 sheet in 6s.

In addition to yesterday´s TwinMOS PC3700-related news: pricing

Though unconfirmed, TwinMOS PC3700 DDR-DIMM 512MB CL2.5 184-P memory modules (for DDR-PC466MHz) cost GBP 91.21 (inc. VAT) in one of British e-shops.

Besides, TwinMOS PC3700 DDR-DIMM 256MB CL2.5 184-P memory modules (for DDR-PC466MHz) cost GBP 48.06 (inc. VAT).

Ricoh MP5240A-DP: a new 4x DVD+RW drive

At CeBIT 2003 Ricoh is to announce a new MP5240A-DP DVD+RW drive (on the photo its predecessor).


The novelty will support 4x DVD+R and DVD+RW recording and 8x DVD playback. The CD-RW formula is 24/10/40.

MP5240A-DP will feature 2Mb buffer and support Mt. Rainier. Average read seek will be 140ms for DVD and 120ms for CD.

The bundle will include MedioStream NeoDVD 4.5 with DVD-Video and DVD+VR support. Expected price about €380.

Source: Clubic

Toshiba GENIO e550C: a Pocket PC with a digital camera

On March, 8, in Japan Toshiba will start selling its new GENIO e550 Pocket PC devices, one of models featuring a digital camera.


GENIO e550 family utilize newer-stepping PXA25X processor, still codenamed PXA255 (if you remember, the first GENIO e550/MD featured 206MHz Intel StrongARM SA1110.) Besides, GENIO e550C also features a digital camera, and GENIO e550GD a multilanguage dictionary (40,000 pairs).


Both devices have 4" 240x320 LCD low-temperature polycrystalline silicon display, 400MHz Intel PXA255, 128Mb RAM, 48Mb ROM (e550C) or 32Mb ROM (e550GD), CF Type II and SD I/O slots, USB and IrDA ports, and Pocket PC 2002. e550C digital camera features 1/5" 310,000-pixel CCD. Measured 76.5x125x15.9mm (e550GD) and 76.5x125x17.5 mm (e550C), both models weigh 170g. Basic model is capable of 20-hour operation (12 hours of MP3 playback). Digicam model works 13 (8) hours.


In Japan GENIO e550GD will cost about $580, e550C about $620.

Source: PC Watch

Mitac to release new Mio 558 with Pocket PC 2003 OS

At CeBIT 2003 Mitac intends to present new Bluetooth and WI-FI-enalbed Mio 558 PDA under Pocket PC 2003 OS.


Brief specs:

  • CPU: 400MHz Intel Xscale (perhaps, PXA 255, i.e. PXA 250 C1)
  • OS: Microsoft Pocket PC 2003 (not so sure what it means though)
  • 64Mb SDRAM PC100
  • 64Mb flash ROM
  • 3.5" QVGA LCD display, 340x320@65K
  • Wireless connectivity: IEEE802.11b (40- and 128-bit WEP encryption, DHCP, roaming) and Bluetooth (internal antennae)
  • Audio: MP3, monophonic recording, built-in mic, speaker, headphones-out
  • Input: stylus, hardwriting recognition, software keyboard
  • Media: SDIO, Compact Flash Type II
  • Interfaces: USB 1.1 (ActiveSync), SIR, Serial
  • Power: Li-Ion battery, up to 10 hours of operation w/o WLAN, up to 16 days in standby
  • Dimensions: 124x72x15.3mm
  • Weight: 170g

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