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Promise releases two Serial ATA RAID PCI adapters

Acer AL707: a new 17" monitor

128Mbit SDRAM spot prices exceed 256Mbit prices

HWZ review: ASUS P4PE Black Pearl (Intel 845PE)

I-O Data releases GV-BCTV5E TV tuner

Promise releases two Serial ATA RAID PCI adapters

Promise Technology released two new Serial ATA (SATA) RAID PCI adapters for Serial ATA/150 drives: FastTrak S150 TX2plus and FastTrak S150 TX4.

FastTrak S150 TX2plus features two independent SATA RAID ports (for two Serial ATA/150 devices) and one Ultra/133 ATA RAID port (for two Ultra/133 ATA devices).

Promise FastTrak S150 TX4 features four independent Serial ATA/150 ports.

Both controllers support over 137Gb HDDs and 33MHz/66MHz PCI buses. They can work under Windows 98/Me/NT4/2000/XP; RedHat 7.3/8.0; SuSE 7.3/8.0. The MSRP of FastTrak S150 TX2plus is $109, of FastTrak S150 TX4 — $139. Both of them are shipped with 2-year manufacturer warranty.

Acer AL707: a new 17" monitor

Japanese branch of Acer announced sales of its new 17" Acer AL707 monitor.

Acer AL707 supports 1280x1024 (SXGA) at 0.264mm dot pitch; features 250cd/m² brightness, 500:1 contrast, 20ms response time. Viewing angles are 125° vertical and 150° horizontal, line scan is 31–80kHz, frame scan — 55–75Hz.

The model has analog connector and consumes up to 45W. Measured 407x173x434mm, the monitor weighs 5.8kg. According to provisional data, in Japan Acer AL707 will cost about $420.

Source: ASCII24

128Mbit SDRAM spot prices exceed 256Mbit prices

On Monday, traditionally not very active, 128Mbit SDRAM spot prices grew by 10%, having exceeded 256Mbit prices. Three days of the last week were marked by DRR and SDRAM chips and modules prices growth. 256 and 128 Mbit SDRAM chips cost $4.06 and $3.75, respectively; DDR – $3.65 and $1.82, respectively.

From the late February SDRAM prices are affected by limited shipments. Memory makers focus on DDR and, according to observers, system builders favor this type of memory more and more. The latest price increase is the result of chip resupply by module makers and dstributors, as the rapid demand growth is expected after Iraq war ends.

Anyway, if the war ends in the near future, SDRAM demand growth will exceed the demand for DDR, as it’s more widely used in consumer electronics. And actions of Taiwanese memory makers, which haven’t urged to re-equip production lines for SDRAM being wary about the volume releases of Intel chipsets, seem to be the smartest in this situation.

Source: The DigiTimes

HWZ review: ASUS P4PE Black Pearl (Intel 845PE)

"The ASUS P4PE Black Pearl is nothing too out of the ordinary except for its tretreasure chest packaging design. In terms of features, it is just a basic motherboard with only an on-board Fast Ethernet controller. Although we found a lot of areas vacated for other devices such as Serial ATA and FireWire, ASUS does not seem to have any plans to make them as optional features..."

Read more at HardwareZone.

I-O Data releases GV-BCTV5E TV tuner

I-O Data released an internal Conexant-based TV tuner — GV-BCTV5E – to arrive to retail for about $82 in April. According to the maker, the novelty differs from the popular GV-BCTV5/PCI by enhanced image quality.

Brief specifications:

  • VHF(1~12ch), UHF(13~62ch), CATV(C13~C63ch)
  • Stereo sound
  • Max. capture resolution: 720x480 (4-10Mbps bitrate)
  • Audio bitrate: 192Kbps
  • Connectors: composite NTSC, S-Video, internal line-out, CD-audio, external line-out (minijack)
  • Image processing: YUV4:2:2
  • Dimensions: 119.91x106.68 mm, weight — 150 g
  • Bundled: remote control, mAgicTV/RC software
  • OS: Windows XP/2000/Me/98SE

Source: I-O Data

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