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Transmeta: details about TM8000 (Astro)

Samsung Syncmaster 191N 19" TFT LCD Monitor Review

Hush Mini-ITX: new miniature systems on VIA EPIA

Lamps Electronics CCFLs reviewed by Overclocker Warehouse

MPV universal multimedia standard officially announced

VIA officially announces Apollo KT400A

GeForce FX 5600 Ultra and 5200 Ultra Review

Zalman ZM50-HP VGA Heatpipe Cooler Review

HWZ review: Toshiba Satellite 2430-A620 Notebook

Fabs of Intel: construction and reconstruction

3.06GHz and 3.0GHz Intel Xeons officially announced

Gainward FX PowerPack! Ultra/1000Plus Golden Sample: cooling details

3Dlabs Wildcat VP990 Pro: new professional graphics card with 512Mb RAM



Transmeta: details about TM8000 (Astro)

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

Samsung Syncmaster 191N 19" TFT LCD Monitor Review

"Now let me add this up. Improved 191N analog technology which is better than the older digital 191T, same great looks and a US$200-$300 price cut? I don´t think there is even a question that this product deserves the Tweaknews.net´s seal of approval, the "Top Rank Award". Better and cheaper are always a good thing in my mind, wouldn´t you agree?"

Read more at TweakNews.

Hush Mini-ITX: new miniature systems on VIA EPIA

Hush Technologies released a line of elegant miniature PCs based on VIA Technologiesí EPIA Mini-ITX solutions.


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.


Hush Mini-ITX dimensions are 370x340x59 mm. All systems will be showcased at CeBIT 2003.

Lamps Electronics CCFLs reviewed by Overclocker Warehouse

"As case modification´s popularity continues to skyrocket, so too does the demand for faster, brighter, better and cooler mod accessories. A seldom overlooked aspect of case modding, case lighting, has been receiving extra attention from the community recently. Neon, the pioneer of case lighting, was left in the dust a few years ago when cold cathode fluorescent lighting (CCFL) stole the show as a brighter, smaller and cooler source of light inside a box. Joining the ever-growing pool of accessory manufacturers is Lamps Electronics — as the name implies, these guys are all about cool case lighting."

Read more at Overclocker Warehouse.

MPV universal multimedia standard officially announced

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.

Well, we are to witness a new universal audio/video/photo format. And only time will tell whether it has vitality or not.

VIA officially announces Apollo KT400A

ŗŪŤˇ 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.

GeForce FX 5600 Ultra and 5200 Ultra Review

"Well, NVIDIA´s FXs are finally here. After playing with the NV31-GeForce FX 5200 Ultra, I came away impressed with the "Mainstream" market GPU´s performance. Scott was satisfied with the 5600 Ultra, given it´s price point. All in all, NVIDIA has created an all inclusive line-up of 3D cards for every budget. Counting in the overclocking potential, I don´t think you could go wrong with a 5200 Ultra or 5600 Ultra in your system."

Read more at Bjorn3D.

Zalman ZM50-HP VGA Heatpipe Cooler Review

"After all the buzz about the new Zalman heatpipe coolers for the high-end video cards, there were some of those less fortunate who were feeling just a little left out. But fear not! Come join Mike "Darthtanion" Wright as he takes a look at the Zalman ZM50-HP VGA Heatpipe Cooler. It features the same quiet cooling method as the larger models but is made for those who are still using a low-end video card. Can it still maintain good results in a smaller package? Lets find out!"

Read more at TweakTown.

HWZ review: Toshiba Satellite 2430-A620 Notebook

"It´s easy to fall in love with the Toshiba Satellite 2430-A620. From the looks to the connectivities right down to the performance, this Satellite seems to have it all. But like all good things that are never perfect, there are a few gripes that we felt the Toshiba´s newest kid on the block could have done without."

Read more at HardwareZone.

Fabs of Intel: construction and reconstruction

Weíve repeatedly posted about Intelís plans for construction of new and reconstruction of older fabs. And our Japanese colleagues from PC Watch had time to compile a whole table of Intelís most significant plans.

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.

FabLocationPurpose–ŗÁžŚū ÔŽŗŮÚŤŪProcess technologyNote
RP1 Hillsboro, OregonResearch---
D1AAloha, Oregon---Fab 15
D1BHillsboro, Oregon---Fab 20
D1CHillsboro, OregonResearch300 mm90 nmVolume production after D1D is ready
D1DHillsboro, OregonResearch (for construction period)300 mm65 nm (?) 300 mm / 65 nm volume production and development, after itís finished in 2003
D2Santa Clara, CaliforniaResearch200 mm0.13 micronLogics, flash memory
Fab4Aloha, Oregon----
Fab5Aloha, Oregon---Renamed from Fab 15
Fab7Rio Rancho, New Mexico---150 mm flash memory production stopped in 2001; supposed for test purposes
Fab8Jerusalem, IsraelVolume production (mostly comms)150 mm0.35 micronMEMS development
Fab9Rio Rancho, New Mexico---Flash memory production, to be closed in the near future
Fab10Leixlip and IrelandVolume production (logics)200 mm0.18 micron-
Fab11Rio Rancho, New MexicoVolume production (logics)200mm0.13 micronFlash memory, IA processors
Fab11xRio Rancho, New MexicoVolume production (logics)300 mm0.13 micron-
Fab12Chandler, ArizonaVolume production (logics)200 mm0.18 micronTo be reconsructed for 300 mm / 65 nm production by 2004
Fab14Leixlip, IrelandVolume production (logics)200 mm0.18 micron-
Fab15Aloha, OregonVolume production (memory)200 mm0.25 micronformer D1A
Fab15.5Aloha, OregonVolume production (memory)200 mm0.25 micronFormer Fab 5
Fab16Fort Worth, Texas---Cancelled, land for sale
Fab17Hudson, MassachusettsVolume production (logics)200 mm0.13 micronFormer DECís fab. ARM / xScale production
Fab18Lachish-Qiryat Gat, IsraelVolume production (logics)200 mm0.18 micron-
Fab20Hillsboro, OregonVolume production (logics)200 mm0.13 micronOld D1B
Fab22Chandler, ArizonaVolume production (logics)200 mm0.13 micron-
Fab23Colorado Springs, ColoradoVolume production (logics)200 mm0.18 micronFormer Rockwellís fab
Fab24Leixlip, IrelandVolume production (logics)300 mm90 nmVolume production in H1 2004

Source: PC Watch

3.06GHz and 3.0GHz Intel Xeons officially announced

Yesterday Intel officially announced 3.06GHz and 3.0GHz Intel Xeons for dual-processor servers and workstations.

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 FX PowerPack! Ultra/1000Plus Golden Sample: cooling details

These days 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.

Source: http://www.warp2search.net

3Dlabs Wildcat VP990 Pro: new professional graphics card with 512Mb RAM

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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