First International Computer, Inc. (FIC) released two motherboards based on SiS 645 DX (VI35VL) and SiS 651 (VI35L).
VI35VL micro ATX mobo is designed for Pentium4 with 400/533MHz FSB. It supports up to 2Gb DDR333; has 1 AGP4X slot, 3 PCI slots alongside the usual int. audio, 10/100 LAN, up to 6 USB2.0 ports, ATA 100/133.
VI35L micro ATX board bases on 400/533MHz FSB chipset. Similar to the previous model it supports 2Gb DDR333; has 1 AGP4X slot, 3 PCI slots, integrated video and sound, similar ports, 10/100 LAN, ATA 100/133.
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The new Intel technology is designed for miniature components, especially mobile handsets, etc. currently Intel Ultra-Thin CSP is used for packaging 256Mbit StrataFlash chips. By the year-end, Intel plans to produce 512Mbit Ultra-Thin CSP, 1Gbit following in 2004. exceot fir Flash, such devices can combine SRAM, PSRAM or LP-SDRAM memory.
At the moment Intel controls about 20% of this market. Other players are Mitsubishi Electric, Sharp, Fujitsu, AMD, Samsung Electronics and Toshiba.
Source: EE Times
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VIA KM400 featuring integrated S3 Graphics UniChrome 2D/3D core with MPEG-2 hardware support will be coupled with VT8237 or VT8235CE Southbridge (8X V-Link, 533Mb/s). Besides, external AGP8X cards are also supplied.
Western†Digital has again pleased users by releasing a special model of its external FireWire/USB2.0 hard drives Ė 250Gb in capacity. Similar to the previous 200Gb model, this one features 8Mb cache and 7200rpm speed. Besides, the drive is encased into a stylish body.
According to John Monroe, vice president of Gartner Dataquest, the demand for large-capacity external drives has recently increased, so WD just caught the flow. The novelty will cost about $450, bundle including 1.8m FireWire cable (6-6 pinout), 1.8m USB2.0 cable, AC adapter and manual.
Source: Western Digital
So, 875 will be the first chipset to support 800MHz FSB. The second, Springdale, should be announced in May. Besides 800MHz FSB Springdale will feature 1Gbps Ethernet adapter.
Itís interesting that according to some sources, 2.6 and 2.8GHz Pentium4 with 800MHz FSB have already appeared in Tokyo due to connections with an Intel employee.
And something about memory. It seems DDR333 will become the past once chipsets are released, as there are already lots of DDR400 modules in the market. Still I wonder if they are seamlessly compatible with next-week novelties...
Besides, how will this shift prices for older DDR266 and DDR333? Below is an example for DDR266 daily change almost similar in all ņ“– markets:
According to market players, traders will start to get rid of DDR266 and DDR333 chips and modules, which would result in inevitable price reduction. So, if you are planning an upgrade, you should wait until next week.
But Palit went further, having installed 6ns memory with 166 (333) MHz nominal clock rate. Isnít this senseless? As you know GF FX 5200 clock speeds are 250/200 (400) MHz!
Of course, makers decreased memory clock to 150 (300) MHz. As a result we get not even GF4 MX440, but something like MX420 or MX440SE with very slow memory.
But thereís 128Mb! Well... inexperienced users might be tempted, and we hope these cards wonít be expensive.
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