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ATI licenses Pentium M bus

High Performance DDR Comparison: Corsair XMS3500 vs Kingston KHX3500 @ Bjorn3d

AMD: Athlon 64 and DDR400, Thorton processor core

HWZ review: Gainward GeForce4 PowerPack! Ultra/700-8X XP Golden Sample

WANDA: a new PDA concept from Texas Instruments

NVIDIA to release nForce2-MX?

3DCenter.org posts more GeForceFX 5800 photos

Panasonic LF-P567C: a new portable DVD/CD

HWZ review: Gigabyte SINXP1394 (SiS 655) motherboard

Infineon releases new DDR/DDR2 solutions

ATI licenses Pentium M bus

ATI Technologies signed the license agreement with Intel regarding Pentium M bus. In particular, it enables ATI to develop proprietary chipsets for Pentium M chipsets.

No finance or other aspects are available as well as release dates for an alternative to i855 in the form of recently announced Mobility Radeon 9600 Pro.

As far as I know, ATI is the first company to receive such rights. And it might as well be the last: neither SiS, nor Ali or especially VIA doesnt allowed in this market. I doubt if any of them are granted such a license.

High Performance DDR Comparison: Corsair XMS3500 vs Kingston KHX3500 @ Bjorn3d

"This article will focus on the high-performance DDR RAM offered by each company —- Corsair´s XMS3500 and Kingston´s HyperX KHX3500. ...So which company produces better high-performance DDR RAM? More importantly in this case, which performs better in a dual channel DDR motherboard (Chaintech Zenith 7NJS nForce2)? Read on to find out."

More at Bjorn3D.

AMD: Athlon 64 and DDR400, Thorton processor core

Japanese sources, posted another publication about new processors prospects. This time about AMD. And again we see new core names. PC Watch is not about posting rumours, but still this information hasn´t been officially confirmed yet.

So, according to this post, AMD Athlon XP with 400MHz FSB is almost a fact. Japanese sources suppose we might see Barton-based Athlon XP with 400MHz FSB (most likely, with 3200+ rating). And the actual clock rate should be 2.2GHz. as for other Barton-based processors with 400MHz FSB, we might also see Athlon XP 3000+ (2.1GHz). The clock speed is lower than that of 333MHz FSB 2.167GHz model, but Japanese believe the newer version will feature lower energy consumption.

And now a surprise: according the same sources, AMD is to release a new processor core Thorton — with 256Kb L2 cache and 3000+/3200+ and higher ratings. Moreover, they suppose Thorton, having architecture, L2 cache and model numbering similar to Thoroughbred, will feature smaller size and energy consumption. A logical question arises: isnt Thorton a junior brother of Barton with halved 256Kb SRAM L2 cache?

This is all info available for now. And they say despite Duron is off production, AMD might use it for Thorton chips (to separate them from Bartons).

Other AMD processor roadmap details were summarized by VR-Zone:

Opteron (WS/Server):

  • SledgeHammer 1Mb L2 cache, 0.13m SOI, Q2 2003 (April 22)
  • Athens: 1Mb L2 cache, 0.09m SOI, H1 2004

Desktop Athlon 64:

  • ClawHammer: 1Mb L2 cache, 0.13m SOI, DDR400; 2800+/3100+/3400+/3700+ (1.6GHz, 1.8GHz, 2.0GHz, 2.2GHz) Q3 2003; 4000+ (2.4GHz) Q4 2003
  • San Diego: 1Mb L2 cache, 0.09m SOI, H1 2004
  • Paris: 256Kb L2 cache, 0.13m SOI, 3200+ ( 2.0GHz?) Q3 2003; 3500+ — Q4 2003
  • Victoria: 256Kb L2 cache, 0.09m SOI, H1 2004

Mobile Athlon 64:

  • ClawHammer: 1Mb L2 cache, 0.13m SOI, H2 2003
  • Odessa: 1Mb L2 cache, 0.09m SOI, H1 2004

Source: PC Watch

HWZ review: Gainward GeForce4 PowerPack! Ultra/700-8X XP Golden Sample

"Looking for more options in the GeForce4 Ti 4200-8x segment? How about one that allows for some extreme overlclocking as well? Then you should check out our review of the Gainward GeForce4 PowerPack! Ultra/700-8X XP Golden Sample packed with DVI and VIVO features. Yet another reason it deserves your attention is because it was also awarded our Most Value For Money Award."

Read more at HardwareZone.

WANDA: a new PDA concept from Texas Instruments

According to rumours in the Web, next month Texas Instruments plans to release PDA concept codenamed WANDAWireless Any Network Digital Assistant. In other words, it should support the most popular wireless interfaces, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GSM/GPRS.

The device should feature TIs proprietary OMAP1510 processor combined with a high-frequency BRF6100 Bluetooth chipset, TNETW1100B WLAN IEEE 802.11b chip and a miniature TCS2100 GSM/GPRS terminal. All of these are supposed to work under Microsoft Windows Pocket PC OS. This combination is expected to provide a low-power PDA platform.

Similar to AMD and Intel, Texas Instruments doesnt plan to make its PDAs itself. The basic platform is to simplify PDA development by providing a nice WLAN set to third parties. WANDA-based devices are expected closer to the end of 2003.

NVIDIA to release nForce2-MX?

An unconfirmed but, looking true rumour, received from reliable sources. :-)

According to it, NVIDIA, the maker of nice, but expensive nForce2 chipsets, plans to present something for mainstream users as well: lighter and cheaper chipset models.

Having fixed nForce2 in the "elite" class of Athlon XP motherboards, NVIDIA realized that they might be too tough for mainstream users to buy. So, having consulted with one of leading mobo makers, it decided to strip nForce2 of features not critical to mainstream systems:

  • IEEE-1394 (FireWire) support
  • Hardware Audio
  • LAN
  • Dual-channel memory controller

After this the chipset should be enough for middle-end Socket A PCs, still featuring DDR333 and USB 2.0. And, naturally, it should be named nForce2-MX.

No specific release dates are available, but this might happen in the near future. I doubt the company will overlook the mainstream market, already having a higher-end chipset. And, as you know, paring-down is not that hard. :-)

Source: TestLab ITC Online

3DCenter.org posts more GeForceFX 5800 photos

"Back from our CeBIT visit, we have a few pics from a bunch of new GeForceFX 5800 / Ultra cards without the nVidia reference cooler and with own cooling solutions".

Images are available here.

Panasonic LF-P567C: a new portable DVD/CD

Matsushita released a new portable Panasonic LF-P567C DVD/CD USB 2.0 drive working under Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 98 SE.

Measured 130x154x17mm and weighing about 315g. LF-P567C supports DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, CD-ROM. DVD-RAM access time is 180ms, DVD-ROM/CD-ROM access time 130ms. Drives buffer size is 2Mb.

HWZ review: Gigabyte SINXP1394 (SiS 655) motherboard

"The new Gigabyte SINXP1394 is definitely one of the most highly integrated boards of all time. Giving users extreme flexibility in configuring and adding various PCI devices to the system is what Gigabyte does best in the recent months and the SINXP1394 is no exception. The board alone has suppot for as many as eight Ultra ATA-133 and two Serial ATA devices. Without purchasing any other standalone hardware, you can already configure the SINXP1394 as a storage server for either the home or small office environments."

Read more at HardwareZone.

Infineon releases new DDR/DDR2 solutions

Infineon launched shipments of 512Mbit DDR2 SDRAM samples. These are not graphics DDR2, but the second-generation DDR SDRAM for servers, workstations and, high-end desktops and notebooks.

512Mbit DDR2 samples with 400Mbps, 533Mbps and 667Mbps pin performance meet JEDECs drafts and are made using Infineon´s proprietary 110nm process technology. Each chip features four banks, organized as x4, x8 and x16. Besides, they have 4-bit prefetch block, strobbing and adjustable output impedance.

According to Infineon, DDR2 chips will be in demand by 2004, when the company will be ready to launch the volume production.

Besides, the company announced shipments of 1Gb 200-pin DDR SO-DIMM modules for high-end notebooks. Each features eight 1Gbit modules of two 512Mbit chips, are organized as 2x128Mbitx64. Engineering samples cost $900, volume shipments will start in Q2 2003.

Another Infineon novelty is 512Mbit Mobile-RAM chips for PDA, smartphones, tablets and digital cameras.

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