Transmeta offered more details about the architecture of its TM8000 processor that is currently in development. Weíve repeatedly mentioned this project codenamed Astro, however, internal details have become available only recently.
So, the most surprising thing is that TM8000 is to feature 400MHz HyperTransport bus. Similar to the current Crusoe generation, TM8000 will also have integrated memory controller supporting DDR400 and ECC instead of the current DDR266 (a bonus to server segment). Moreover, the novelty is expected to feature AGP 4X and Low Pin Count (LPC) bus for flash memory support. Japanese sources have also informed that except for ALi´s Southbridge, utilized together with Crusoe, PCI-X variants are also possible.
As you know TM8000 will work with 256-bit VLIWs (Very Long Instruction Word) unlike the existing 128-bit VLIW solutions. Moreover, it will be handlling up to 8 instructions per clock. Of course, the new chip will be supplied with newer LongRun-enabled software for recompiling internal code into x86 instructions.
In volumes 0.13-micron TM8000 will be produced by Transmetaís traditional partner, TSMC in from Q3 2003. The processor will be mostly used for light notebooks, tablets, server blades, and low-power coolerless desktops.
Besides, many newsmakers started comparing this processor with AMD Athlon64 at once. Well, both of these two feature integrated memory controller and HyperTransport, but I donít think this is a reason for analogies. Besides, very different markets get TM8000 closer to Pentium-M, at least, from the point of energy saving techniques. Still, Intelís 300-million promotion along with Centrinoís Wi-Fi support do not allow to level TM8000 and Pentium-M.
Source: PC Watch
These novelties feature slim IDE ATA133 hard drives with up to 200Gb capacities, low-profile CD-ROM/DVD-ROM/CD-RW or DVD/CD-RW combo, VIA EPIA Mini-ITX motherboards: EPIA 5000, EPIA 800, EPIA-V 5000, EPIA-V 800, EPIA-M 6000, EPIA-M 9000, or EPIA-M 10000. Depending on mobo, systems support PC133 SDRAM or PC2100 DDR. All of them feature PCI slots and 55W Morex power supplies.
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Itís been over a year since OSTA (Optical Storage Technology Association) and I3A (International Imaging Industry Association) announced the development of a new MusicPhoto/Video (MPV) open standard. MPV has been developed with XML as well as SMIL 2.0 compatibility in mind and to support DCF and EXIF. The idea is to standardize music, photo and video storage on CD, DVD and other media.
This hasnít sounded again since that time, but today, on the threshold of CeBIT 2003, a number of companies declared MPV support. These include ACD Systems, Ahead Software, ArcSoft, Eastman Kodak, HP, LG Electronics, Olympus Optical, Planetweb, Roxio, Royal Philips Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sonic Solutions and Sony Corporation. Some of them are expected to ship the first MPV products like players and software already in H2 2003.
MPV control file represents information stored on media, including music, photos, video. An MPV device like CD, DVD, flash player, etc. can easily read this to provide fast navigation and access to media contents. Besides, it implies playlist editing without content re-writing. MPV is compatible with ISO 9660-1 and Joliet file systems and multisession CDs. To support MPV a small reader will be required, and most software will require just an upgrade. In the future MPV support is proposed for digital cameras, scanners, Internet devices, etc.
MPV is an open industrial standard advanced by OSTA (Optical Storage Technology Association) free of charge.VIA Technologies announced an updated VIA Apollo KT400A chipset, which seems to be the last for AMD K7 platform.
This solution supports single-channel memory up to DDR400 and processors up to AMD Athlon XP 3000+. The novelty will be featured in KT400A + VT8237 and KT400A + VT8235CE bundles. New VT8237 Southbridge will provide Serial ATA support for up to 4 devices as well as 8 USB 2.0 ports (vs. 6 ports of the previous Southbridge versions).
Other KT400A specs in brief: up tp 4Gb DDR200/266/333/400 SDRAM; AMD Athlon XP and AMD Duron with 200/266/333MHz FSB; VIA Modular Architecture Platform initiative (V-MAP, for pin compatibility with previous versions), AGP 8X, etc. KT400A interconnects with VT8237 / VT8235CE Southbriges by 8X V-link with 533Mb/s pea throughput. I guess new motherboards are to follow within no time.
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This doesnít replace Intelís offcial fab information (updated on March, 4, by the way), but allows to perceive the list of fabs being constructed or reconstructed.
Source: PC Watch
These novelties feature 512Kb L2 cache, support 533MHz FSB (3.06GHz model) and 400MHz FSB (3.0GHz model).
The former novelty is compatible with existing E7501/E7505-based systems; the latter can work with E7500/i860-based solutions. Volume shipments have already started. In over 1000-unit quantities Intel Xeon 3.06GHz and 3GHz cost $722 and $658, respectively.
Gainward USA posted additional details about its Ultra/1000 XP and Ultra/800 XP cards, which have been available for preliminary orders for some time.
These new solutions feature an original cooling system. If you remember, the company claimed its products to produce up to 40dB noise (vs. NVIDIAís reference cards with 52dB noise level). Now we have a chance to take a look at the novelties.
Nothing extraordinary, I guess. Whether these specs are good is a matter of a comparative testing.
On the threshold of CeBIT 2003, at Game Developers Conference 3Dlabs announced its new Wildcat VP990 Pro workstation graphics card featuring P10 GPU and 512Mb RAM.
Itís compatible with AGP 4x/AGP 8x interfaces and Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP. Featuring 256-bit bus Wildcat VP990 Pro 512 MB has two DV-1 connectors and supports dual-monitor configurations. The company believes the cards will be a fine choice for CAD, DCC apps, simulators, etc. Wildcat VP990 Pro will perform best combined with hi-res displays with up to 9 million pixel count.
Shipments of 3Dlabs Wildcat VP990 Pro will start in April. The MSRP is $899.
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