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 doesn’t allowed in this market. I doubt if any of them are granted such a license.
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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: isn’t 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:
Desktop Athlon 64:
Mobile Athlon 64:
Source: PC Watch
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The device should feature TI’s 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 doesn’t 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.
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:
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
Images are available here.
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. Drive’s buffer size is 2Mb.
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512Mbit DDR2 samples with 400Mbps, 533Mbps and 667Mbps pin performance meet JEDEC’s 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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