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Elitegroup Computer Systems announces 865PE/G-based boards

Logitec presents LDR-PR22U2 DVD+RW/+R external USB2.0 solution

SuperMicro announces P4SPA+/P4SPE motherboards on 865G/PE

Psion Teklogix introduces its new 7535 Pocket PC

More photos of the day: Soltek K8AV-R motherboard for Athlon 64

Legacy Electronics patents its 3D chip assembly technology

Minolta releases DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400

HWZ review: Intel Desktop Board D865PERL (865PE)

Sigma Designs announces new EM8500 DVD decoder line

Bjorn3D reviews the XFX GeForce FX5200

Photo of the day: Sapphire Atlantis RADEON 9600 PRO and Atlanis RADEON 9200 64MB



Elitegroup Computer Systems announces 865PE/G-based boards

Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) announced new system boards on 865PE — PF1 (on the photo) and 865G — 865G-M.


PF1 865G-M
CPU Intel Pentium 4 with 400/533/800 MHz FSB
Chipset 865PE/ICH5 82801EB 82865G/82801DB
Audio C-media 9739A AC97 2.2
LAN 3COM 940 1Gbit LAN 3COM 1Gbit Ethernet (optional
Memory 4 sockets for 184-pin dual-channel DDR 400/333/266 4 sockets for up to 4Gb of 184-pin dual-channel DDR400
Expansion slots
  • 1 x AGP 8x
  • 6 x PCI 2.3
  • 1 x CNR
  • 3 x PCI
  • 1 x AGP
I/O interfaces
  • PS/2 mouse/keyboard
  • 8 USB ports
  • 2 IEEE 1394a ports
  • 1 x LPT/1 x COM
  • 1 x Gigabit LAN
  • Line in/out, mic-in
  • 2 x PCI IDE (for up to 4 devices, PIO mode 4, DMA Mode 2, Ultra DMA66/100)
  • 2 x SATA
  • IrDA
  • SPDIF
  • PS/2 mouse/keyboard
  • 4 USB ports
  • 1 x LAN (optional)
  • 1 x LPT (EPP/ECP) / 1 x COM
  • 1 x Gigabit LAN
  • 1 x IEEE1394a
  • Line in/out, mic-in
  • 2 x PCI IDE (for up to 4 devices, PIO mode 4, DMA Mode 2, Ultra DMA66/100)
  • 2 x SATA
  • IrDA
  • Additional 1 x 1394a (optional)
  • Additional 4 x USB
  • IrDA
Form-factor 4-layer ATX PCB (304x244mm) 4-layer microATX (244x244mm)

Logitec presents LDR-PR22U2 DVD+RW/+R external USB2.0 solution

Logitec presented its new external USB2.0 DVD+RW/+R drive, LDR-PR22U2, that should be available late in May for about $378.

It provides: 2.4x DVD+RW rewrite, 2.4ű DVD+R write, 16ű CD-R write, 8x CD-RW rewrite. The model has 8Mb buffer and is sized 145x24x160mm.

SuperMicro announces P4SPA+/P4SPE motherboards on 865G/PE

SuperMicro, specializing in Intel-based server solutions, announced two new 865G/PE-based motherboards: P4SPA+ and P4SPE. They support up to 800MHz FSB, AGP8x or integrated Intel EXTREME Graphics II.


P4SPA+/P4SPE key specs:

  • 3.06GHz Intel Pentium 4 / Celeron with Hyper Threading and 800/533/400MHz supported
  • Up to 4Gb of dual-channel DDR400/333/266 SDRAM
  • Intel Gigabit LAN (P4SPA+)
  • Intel 10/100 LAN (P4SPE)
  • 2 SATA ports
  • Int. Intel EXTREME GRAPHICS II (P4SPA+)
  • AGP 8x 1.5V
  • Five 32-bit 33MHz 5V PCI slots
  • 8 USB2.0 ports
  • 5.1-ch. int. audio

As usual for its new P4SPA+/P4SPE boards SuperMicro recommends 17" SC733i-300 chassis that offers four HDD bays, two 5.25" bays, one FDD bay, 2 front-panel USB ports. The power supply of SC733i-300 provides 300W power.

Psion Teklogix introduces its new 7535 Pocket PC

Psion Teklogix announced new 7535 Pocket PCs to arrive to North American and German shops in the nearest future.

Psion Teklogix 7535 brief specs:

  • 400MHz XScale PXA 255
  • 64Mb SDRAM (128Mb optional), 32Mb Flash ROM
  • 3.8" 240x320 64-grade monochrome semi-transparent FSTN display or 3.5" 240x320 256  semi-transparent LCD with white backlight
  • Windows CE.Net 4.x OS
  • HTML, XML, CE.net SDK, Java, Visual C++ environment
  • IEEE 802.11b (11 Mbps, Compact Flash slot), Bluetooth (5m, SD I/O slot)
  • 58-key green-backlit keyboard
  • 102x62.5x244mm body dimensions, 75.5x36mm keyboard size
  • 650g weight w/battery
  • 7.4V 2000mAh Li-Ion battery for up to 10 hours of operation, built-in charger
  • SDI/O slot, Compact Flash Type II slot, RS232 and USB ports


More photos of the day: Soltek K8AV-R motherboard for Athlon 64

Introducing the photos of Soltek´s K8AV-R motherboard. Based on K8T400M + VT8235 chipset, itís designed for 64/32-bit Socket754 Athlon 64 processors.

The 0.22µm K8T400M Northbridge, announced by VIA on April 22 and dated to the Opteron release, is encased into 35x35mm 578-pin BGA package. It interacts with VT8235 via V-link 8X with up to 533Mb/s throughput (in the future we might see the VT8237 supporting 1Gb/s Ultra V-Link bus.)

The board has 2 DDR333 DIMM sockets, AGP 8X slot, 5 PCI slots, 5.1-ch. Realtek ALC650 codec, standard 2-ch. ATA 133, 2-port SATA controller (Promise PDC20376).





Legacy Electronics patents its 3D chip assembly technology

North American Legacy Electronics, known as memory modules, PCB, etc. developer, maker and tester, obtained the patent No. 6,545,868 B1 from USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) for the proprietary technology of assembling memory modules using Canopy assembly sub-modules (patent No. 6,313,998 B1).


The idea of using the Canopy tech is shown on the image above. It provides a kind of caps for making higher-capacity multi-layer memory modules like those the company produces now. The new technology will enable even higher-capacity 3D assembled modules for Legacy Electronics. Itís also interesting that initially this Canopy innovation was called to increase the stability and decrease the chance of overheating in multi-layer DRAM designs.

Minolta releases DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400

Minolta announced a 35mm film scanner, DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 (5400dpi), to arrive for sale for about $896 late in June.

Brief specs:

  • 5400dpi (40,800,000 dots) resolution
  • 36.69x24.61mm standard frame size
  • 16-bit ADC
  • 8 elements in 4 groups
  • IEEE1394 (6-pin)/USB2.0
  • 100-120V AC required
  • 30W energy consumption
  • 65x360x165mm
  • 2.5kg weight
  • Designed for Windows 98/98 SE/ME/2000 Professional/XP, Mac OS X 10.2.1 — 10.2.3, Mac OS 8.6 — 9.2.2

Source: ASCII24

HWZ review: Intel Desktop Board D865PERL (865PE)

"All in all, the Intel D865PERL would make an attractive buy for users who only trust in Intel´s product reliability, stability and support. With more features now built on-board, we think Intel is addressing the needs of the consumers with very attractive value and performance. That is certainly a very positive step for Intel and we hope to see more of such products coming from Intel — especially one with even better (or more radical) overclocking features."

Read more at HardwareZone.

Sigma Designs announces new EM8500 DVD decoder line

Sigma Designs announced a line of EM8500 DVD decoders, products used by over 12 MPEG-4/DivX-compatible DVD player makers. Itís underlined that the new line is the first DivX-certified in the market.

Besides MPEG-4, DivX Video solutions enable MP3, WMA, Picture CD, DVD-Video, Audio CD support in DVD products. EM8500 is a SoC (system-on-a-chip) type combining 150MHz RISC processor, SDRAM controller, IDE/DVD interfaces along with IO ports.

The supported formats are: MPEG-4, MPEG-2, MPEG-1, Dolby Digital, Windows Media Audio (WMA), MPEG-1 Layer 1, 2, 3 (MP3).

Source: CDR Info

Bjorn3D reviews the XFX GeForce FX5200

"With all the talk about the high-end FX5800 and FX5900 it is easy to forget that NVIDIA also has released new low-end cards that will replace the GF4 MX cards. We have reviewed the XFX FX5200 card and compared it to a GF4 MX and a Ti4200 both in the usual benchmarks and in a bunch of the latest game demos."

Read more at Bjorn3D.

Photo of the day: Sapphire Atlantis RADEON 9600 PRO and Atlanis RADEON 9200 64MB

We are currently testing new graphics cards from Sapphire : Atlantis RADEON 9600 PRO and Atlanis RADEON 9200 64MB.

The former is almost identical to ATI´s reference with 400/300(600)MHz clock speeds.





Unlike it, the latter, Sapphire Atlanis RADEON 9200 64MB has a really unusual low-profile PCB. But whatís more important, it has only a 64-bit bus, i.e. lacks the half of memory chips, with other being 16ű4 bit. Apparently, it will work considerably slower than a usual RADEON 9200. Still, you should read our reviews on it.






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