Matsushita Electric announced two Toughbook novelties: A4 Toughbook 73 and more compact B4 Toughbook 18. The latter also features rotating display, making it more comfortable to use. Of course, both models are based on the Intel Centrino platform. Toughbook 73 and Toughbook 18 shipments will start on June 26.
Toughbook 73 features 1.3GHz Pentium M, Intel 855PM, 13.3" 1024x768 LCD display, Intel PRO/WIRELESS2100 LAN adapter, 256Mb DDR SDRAM, 30Gb HDD, a number of interfaces, and an additional bay for a DVD-ROM, DVD/CD-RW combo, or a battery. The standard battery provides 6 hours of operation, the additional adds another 5. Measured 297x254x42.5mm, it weighs 1.9. Together with Windows XP Professional (SP1) or Windows 2000 Professional (SP3) the model will cost in Japan about $2300.
Toughbook 18 is a notebook with some tablet features like hand-written input, 10.4" 1024x768 rotating sensor LCD display. This model bases on 900MHz ULV (Ultralow Voltage) Pentium M and Intel 855GM; features Intel PRO/WIRELESS2100 LAN adapter, 256Mb RAM, 40Gb HDD, etc. The standard battery provides 8 hours of operation under Windows XP or 7 hours under Windows 2000. Measured 271x216x48mm, it weighs 1.99 kg. The expected price is $2500.
There are a few nice touches also. The signature red PCB along with the LED fan on the northbridge will appeal to those of you with window cases. The board is clearly laid out and colour coded making assembly much easier. The MSI 875P Neo FIS2R itself can support up to 10 ATA devices, 6 on the ICH5R and 4 on the Promise controller. This has got to be a record. :-). The CoreCell feature is another excellent idea with full control over the PC system, from voltages, CPU and FSB frequency and fan speed. The fan speed can be set to automatic depending on temperature.
Although the MSI 875P Neo FIS2R is one of the fastest P4 boards we have tested, its a pity the features that set it apart from the competition don´t work. As MSI released these boards a bit early there is no doubt that these are more available that other Canterwood boards and hence more popular. It is a pity that a feature rich board of this class is let down by just a few lines of code."
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CS-32SAU HDD rack supports any 3.5" Ultra ATA 66 and faster HDD drives enabling external Serial ATA or USB 2.0/1.1 connections. The rack dimensions are 125x220x35mm. It’s interesting that combined with IF-11LSA, CS-32SAU makes additional power supply obsolete. IF-11LSA is designed in Low Profile PCI form-factor and bases on the popular SiliconImage Sil3112. It has 2 Serial ATA ports (external and internal).
Both devices work under Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP. TEAC CS-32SAU should cost about $80, IF-11LSA – about $30.
Source: PC Watch
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AHCI has been developed by The AHCI Contributor Group, including Intel, AMD, Dell, Marvell, Maxtor, Microsoft, Red Hat, Seagate, and StorageGear. AHCI specs define standard interface platform with drivers and OS features for such SATA functionality, as instruction queueing, hot plug, energy management, etc. New specs supprot will be provided with AHCI chipset integration already in 2004 as well as with AHCI drivers integrated into the next Windows version.
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In the field of "heavy" chips for parallel systems we should expect 2.8GHz Xeon MP with 2Mb cache for $3692, while 2.0GHz Xeon MP with 2Mb cache is to be cancelled. Instead the company will release 1Mb cache, 2.5GHz ($1990) and 2.0GHz ($1177) models.
Now something about expected prices for 64-bit Itanium 2 codenamed "Madison". Scheduled for announcement to June 30, 1.5GHz model with 6Mb cache will be released for $4225; 1.5GHz model with 4Mb cache (Deerfield-based) – for $2250; 1.3GHz Itanium 2 with 3Mb cache – for $1338. According to provisional data, in Q3 we should see 64-bit Low Voltage 1GHz Itanium 2 with 1.5Mb cache for dual-processor systems for $750.
Source: The Inquirer
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There’s still no info on the financial side of this project.
Source: Silicon Strategies
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