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Tejas and Prescott: more details

Micron announces 512Mbit DDR400 chips

Cirrus Logic CS4272 and CS4271: new 24bit/192kHz codecs

EIZO Nanao to ship new 19" FlexScan L767 LCD monitor

Three new processors added to the Intel XScale family

M-Audio Audiophile USB: a new external USB/MIDI interface

Bjorn3D reviews the Compro Poladyne Ti4800SE

ATI FireGL X1 256MB – professional graphics in our lab

HWZ review: Fuji Xerox Phaser 7300 Laser Printer

Kingston announces 1Gb DIMM PC2700

Tejas and Prescott: more details

PC Watch reported some more details on Tejas and Prescott processors. If you remember, the former will support 1066MHz FSB and feature 4.4-5GHz clock speeds and new packages.


  • 90/65nm process technology
  • 120-140 mm² (90nm) and 80-100 mm² (65nm) crystal size
  • Enhanced Hyper-Threading
  • 8 new instructions (Tejas New Instructions, TNI) for improved voice recognition, multi-threading, Dolby Digital support (codename "Azalia"), etc.
  • 1Mb L2 cache
  • 24Kb L1 cache
  • 16Ęb custom op cache
  • 800/1066MHz FSB
  • Socket T LGA 775 package
  • Dual-channel DDR2 400/533MHz, PCI Express x16 & ICH6 support


  • 90nm process technology
  • 109 mm² crystal size
  • 13 new instructions (Prescott New Instructions, PNI) for video encoding, thread synchronization and complex math ops, float-to-integer conversions, etc.
  • LaGrande support
  • 1Mb L2 cache
  • 16Kb L1 cache
  • 800MHz FSB
  • Socket T LGA 775 package
  • 3.4GHz initial clock speed; up to 5GHz
  • Dual-channel DDR2 400/533MHz, PCI Express x16 & ICH6 support

Expected availability: Prescott – Q4 2003, Tejas – 2004.

Source: PC Watch

Micron announces 512Mbit DDR400 chips

Today Micron Technology announced production of new 512Mbit DDR400 chips. According to the company, such PC3200 devices will be showcased at JEDEX to take place in San Jose, CA, this week.

New 512Mbit DDR400 chips are made at Micron´s proprietary facilities using 0.11µm process technology and meet JEDEC’s DDR400 requirements. Micron supposes new chips and modules will pass qualification tests by mid-2003.

Cirrus Logic CS4272 and CS4271: new 24bit/192kHz codecs

At the current Audio Engineering Society Convention in Amsterdam Cirrus Logic announced two new 24bit/192kHz embedded stereo codecs — CS4272 and CS4271 – designed for high-end audio devices such as multi-band digital recorders, mixer consoles, car audio systems, digital video devices, etc.

CS4272 features differential analog architecture, while CS4271 – asymmetric architecture. Both chips include ADC and DAC modules. CS4272 provides 114dB dynamic range and –100dB THD+N for both ADC, and DAC. CS4271 dynamic range is 108dB ADC / 114dB DAC. Both chips are packed into low-profile 28-pin TSSOP packages, support 24bit/192kHz audio processing suitable for DVD-Audio solutions.

Volume production and shipments have already started. In over 10,000-unit quantities CS4272 costs $5.57, CS4271 — $4.87.

EIZO Nanao to ship new 19" FlexScan L767 LCD monitor

Early in April EIZO Nanao is to ship its new 19" FlexScan L767 LCD monitor. Featuring silver or black body, it will cost about $920 in Japan.

FlexScan L767 basic specs remind of 18.1" FlexScan L665: narrow display borders, MultiEdge feature. Max. resolution is 1280x1024 (SXGA), viewing angle — 170° vertically and horizontally, max. brightness – 250cd/m², contrast — 500:1, response time – 25ms.

The monitor features analog and DVI-D sockets, USB 1.1, built-in stereo speakers (2x1W). Other features include FineContrast, gamma correction, sRGB, PRINT Image Matching II and Exif Print (Exif 2.2). Monitor dimensions are 415x216x406 mm, weight — 6.6 kg.

Source: PC Watch

Three new processors added to the Intel XScale family

Intel officially announced three new PDA processors. Well, actually two are brand new — PXA263 and PXA260, and the third — Intel PXA255 – is an improved version of PXA250.

We’ve repeatedly mentioned PXA255 in the news as "PXA250 stepping C1". Here’s a list of benefits and improvements:

  • Hardware universal asynchronous receiver / transmitter (HWUART)
  • Low Power SDRAM configuration register
  • 400MHz / 200MHz PxBus
  • Core Clock Configuration Register (CCCR)
  • Core Phase Locked Loop
  • UDC Control Function Register (UDCCFR)
  • MMC/SD and PCMCIA/CF interfaces
  • 1.84MHz cellular broadband interface for easier comm integration
  • 920Kbps Bluetooth

The most considerable difference between XScale PXA255 and its predecessor is the improved processor performance due to doubled 200MHz (vs. previous 100MHz) clock speed of PxBus that interconnects chip with external devices, including memory. According to Intel, energy consumption of 400MHz model at 1.3V is lower than PXA250’s by 30% in active and by 60% in standby modes. Clock speeds remain the same as of PXA250 – 200MHz, 300MHz and 400MHz. The processor bases on ARM v.5TE architecture is made using 0.18µm process technology. Many manufacturers, including Acer, Casio, Dell, Intermec, Symbol and Toshiba, have already informed on intentions to make PDAs on these novelties. You might have seen some photos in our CeBIT 2003 reports.

Intel PXA260 is a budget PDA chip pin-compatible with PXA26x and available with 200, 300 and 400 MHz clock speeds. It is packaged into 294-pin BGA casing (0.65mm pin pitch, 13x13x1.4 mm dimensions).

As for Intel PXA263, its architecture resembles PXA262 with its stacked assembly, including 200/300/400MHz processor core, 32Mb 32-bit Intel StrataFlash, etc.

Intel PXA263 and Intel PXA260 are sampling new now with volume production scheduled to Q2 2003 and first devices expected closer to the year-end. In over 10,000-unit quantities 200MHz Intel PXA263 will cost $42.35, 200MHz Intel PXA260 — $22.85.

M-Audio Audiophile USB: a new external USB/MIDI interface

Japanese branch of M-Audio informed that early in April it will be shipping Audiophile USB – an external USB/MIDI interface with SPDIF support. For the first time this card was announced in November 2002.

Audiophile USB is designed for Mac/PC and is an improved version of popular Audiophile 2496. Audiophile USB enables establishing PC connections via USB audio and MIDI sources. The device features two analog linear inputs (1/4" or RCA sockets), two analog linear outputs (RCA) with volume control, coaxial S/PDIF in/out, MIDI interface, headphone out. Besides, it supports AC3, 24bit/96kHz ADC (109dB dynamic range) and DAC (107dB dynamic range). The bundle also includes drivers for Windows 98 SE/Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 9.X/Mac OS X 10 1.5. The MSRP is $249,99.

Source: PC Watch

Bjorn3D reviews the Compro Poladyne Ti4800SE

"With all the talk about new cards like the ATI Radeon 9800 or the GeForce FX 5800 Ultra it is easy to forget that most people don’t want to or can’t afford to buy one of those. Thus it still is interesting to look at the GeForce 4 Ti’s since they still pack enough punch for most of the users. Today we are taking a look at the Poladyne Ti4800SE from Compro."

Read more at Bjorn3D.

ATI FireGL X1 256MB – professional graphics in our lab

We are currently testing the professional graphics card — ATI FireGL X1 256MB. As you might know, the card bases on Radeon 9700 Pro, has 256Mb 3.0ns Infineon memory, 325/275 (550) MHz GPU/memory clock speeds. All of these are bundled with drivers for professional apps.

This card features a modern AGP Pro interface without an additional external power connector. In retail this solutions costs about $935.

HWZ review: Fuji Xerox Phaser 7300 Laser Printer

"Overall, the speed of the Phaser 7300 and the fact that this did not impact too detrimentally on the print quality, gave us a largely favorable impression of this color laser workgroup printer.

With print quality and speed to spare, the Fuji Xerox Phaser 7300 also has the specs and a reasonable price tag to match. With models ranging in price from the low S$6,799 for the base model up to S$10,999 for the highest end, fully decked out 7300MDX, there is a model to suit any SOHO and SME who need color printing and network capabilities all in the same great package."

Read more at HardwareZone.

Kingston announces 1Gb DIMM PC2700

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. released 1Gb 333MHz DDR2700 DIMM module — KVR333X64C25/1G — designed for high-performance desktop systems.

The module features 16 DDR333 chips organized as 64M x 8-bit (16M x 8-bit x 4 Bank) in TSOP package.

Main timings:

  • tCK – 6 ns min, 12 ns max
  • tRC — 60 ns min
  • tRFC — 72 ns min
  • tRAS — 42 ns min
  • Power – 2.5V ±0.25V

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