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Elpida Memory announces 256Mbit x 32 SDRAM chip samples

VAIO PCG-TR1A: a light notebook on 900MHz ULV Pentium M

IEEE 802.11g is ratified!

SCH-X820: a TV/phone from Samsung Electronics

Seagate Momentus: a new notebook HDD family

ABIT to ship novelties on GF FX 5600/5600 Ultra GPUs

Albatron introduces new Gigi FX5900UV and FX5900PV featuring new 3-fan cooling system



Elpida Memory announces 256Mbit x 32 SDRAM chip samples

Elpida Memory announced sampling of low-power compact 256Mbit x 32 SDRAM chips for mobile devices.


Organized as 2M x 32 bit x 4 banks, new 256Mbit 32 SDRAM chips (EDS2532AA, EDS2532CA, EDS2732AA, EDS2732CA) operate at 166MHz. They are made at Elpida´s proprietary lines using 0.11µm process. New chips are packed into standard 90-pin FBGA case approved by JEDEC, and require 3.3/2.5V VDD. Besides, they support BL = 1, 2, 4, 8 and full-page, CAS latency (CL)= 2, 3. Volume shipments of these novelties are scheduled to September 2003.

VAIO PCG-TR1A: a light notebook on 900MHz ULV Pentium M

We´ve already written that Sony is preparing to ship new Centrino-based VAIO PCG-TR notebooks. Recently company´s North American website was updated with specs of VAIO PCG-TR1A, so now we can offer more details about this novelty.


VAIO PCG-TR1A bases on 900MHz ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) Intel Pentium M, Intel 855GM (int. graphics, 64Mb of shared memory), Intel PRO/Wireless 2100, 10.6" (1280x768) wide LCD supporting XBRITE technology, 512Mb DDR SDRAM (up to 1Gb), 30Gb HDD, internal DVD/CD-RW, V.90 modem, Ethernet 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX, PC Card Type I/Type II slot for Memory Stick, built-in digital camera (CMOS sensor, 640x480, 370,000 pixel, MotionJPEG), a number of interfaces (IEEE 1394, USB2.0, etc.)

With a standard Li-Ion battery set the notebook is claimed to work 2.5-7.0 hours (or 3.5-11.0 hours with higher-capacity battery). Model dimensions are 34.7269.2x187.9mm; weight is 1.27kg (w/battery). For website orders in USA the notebook will cost $1999.

IEEE 802.11g is ratified!

Standards Board of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has at last ratified the final IEEE 802.11g specifications.

We´ve repeatedly wrote about this new version of WLAN standard, so now we can just state it´s real and remind you the specs: being an extended version of 11Mbps IEEE 802.11b (i.e. Wi-Fi), it provides up to 54Mbps bandwidth. Both standards utilize the same 2.4GHz range unlike IEEE 802.11a that provides 54 Mbps at 5GHz. IEEE 802.11g is backward compatible with IEEE 802.11b that enables devices of both standards to work in same networks.

In the nearest future we should see a wave of announced solutions officially supporting IEEE 802.11g. More details about the standard are available at IEEE 802.11 official website.

SCH-X820: a TV/phone from Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics released a new mobile handset, SCH-X820, featuring integrated TV-tuner able to receive color broadcasts (I guess, it´s not a tele-phone, but a "TV-phone" already :).

Being initially designed for the Korean market, the device supports meter/decimeter ranges. The press release stresses that the company suceeded in making a combo-antenna for both TV, and mobile signal reception. The handset can store up to 50 frames captured from broadcasts, which can later be used as screensavers.


SCH-X820 brief specs:

  • CDMA2000 1X
  • 176x200, 262,000 colors main display
  • 96x64, organic EL LCD, 256 colors secondary display
  • 780mAh standard battery, up to 1560mAh additional battery
  • 115 min (235 min) active operation
  • 65-190 hours (135-385 hours) of standby
  • 40-tone polyphony
  • 91.1x49.8x25.3mm (standard battery) or 91.1x49.8x29.4mm (additional battery) dimensions
  • 121g (138g) weight
  • Cyber Blue, Metalic Silver body colors
  • Retail price in Korea is about KRW700,000 ($1=1193.2 won) or about $580

Seagate Momentus: a new notebook HDD family

According to provisional data, today Seagate intends to present its new Momentus HDD family for notebooks.

What we know now is that volume shipments of Seagate Momentus drives (initially 20Gb and 40Gb) should start within these days. Each drive has a single plate, rotating at 5400rpm. Most models will have 2Mb buffer, though 8Mb drives are being prepared as well. Besides, HDDs will support the low-noise QuietStep technology.

I guess Seagate will post more details on its website in the nearest future. I can add that Seagate has already signed supply contacts Hewlett-Packard Acer.

Source: CNet

ABIT to ship novelties on GF FX 5600/5600 Ultra GPUs

In the nearest future ABIT plans to ship new graphics cards on NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600 Ultra GPU. We introduce you their first photos and brief specs.


ABIT FX5600 Ultra OTES AGP 8X, NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600 Ultra, 128Mb of 128-bt DDR SDRAM, 400/400MHz GPU/memory clock, VGA, DVI-I, TV-Out, low-noise OTES cooling.


ABIT FX5600 Ultra DT has the same features, but Brilliant Blue Visor LED FAN cooling.


ABIT FX5600 DT GeForce FX 5600, 256Mb of 128-bit DDR SDRAM, 325MHz GPU clock, VGA, DVI-I, TV-Out, Brilliant Blue Visor LED FAN cooling.

Albatron introduces new Gigi FX5900UV and FX5900PV featuring new 3-fan cooling system

Albatron Technology updated its NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 graphics card line with two top-end products featuring 3-fan Wise Fan cooling system and VIVO. Gigi FX5900UV bases on GeForce FX 5900 Ultra GPU. Besides, FX5900UV and FX5900PV are bundled with stylish bags (as long as the promo campaign lasts).

As for Albatron´s proprietary Wise Fan cooling with "2+1 Backup" technology, it features two primary fans, which are always enabled. In its turn, the third one provides system uptime, enabling in case any of primary fans fails, or rotates slower than 1800rpm. Despite the design is this powerful, Albatron engineers succeeded in keeping total noise at 25dBA and below.



As for the cards, FX5900UV on GeForce FX 5900 Ultra features 256Mb of 256-bit DDR clocked at 450MHz. It supports VIVO and has VGA and DVI connectors. The bundle includes Power DVD, Power Director, Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project software.

FX5900PV bases on GeForce FX 5900, has 128Mb of 256-bit DDR clocked at 400MHz. This one supports VIVO, and has the same VGA and DVI connectors and software pack.

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