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AMD K8 to be shipped in August

Joybook 5000: the first Centrino-based notebook from BenQ

Legion Hardware — Gigabyte Radeon Series!

Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc presents a new PSRAM series

Philips Sonic Edge 5.1 review @ Designtechnica

EIZO Nanao ColorEdge: a new professional LCD monitor series

HWZ review: i-connect Wireless 802.11b LAN Solution

Exclusive: Soltek SL-85FRV2-RL mobo on VIA PT800

Albatron PX865PE PRO II Mainboard Review @ TechConnect

Photo of the day: Gigabyte GV-R96P128D graphics card on Radeon 9600 Pro



AMD K8 to be shipped in August

According to The Digitimes, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), decided to ship its Athlon 64 with K8 core in August instead of September as it had been said before. This information was supplied by such brands, as Asustek Computer and Gigabyte Technology, which announced about receving 3100+ and 3400+ in August. However, considering that shipments of 200-300,000 unit/month will be launched closer to the year-end, the Pentium 4 platform won’t be pressed in the nearest future.

Expecting new AMD processors, VIA Technologies has recently renamed K8T400M, K8M400 and K8PCIE into K8T800, K8M800 and K8T890, respectively. NVIDIA, in its turn, plans to release Crush K8, Crush K8S and Crush K8 Pro chipsets.

AMD K8 chipsets

 

Type

Chipset

South Bridge

Release date

Comment

VIA

Discrete K8T800

VT8235 series
VT8237 series

April 22, 2003 Former K8T400M

Int.

K8M800

VT8235 series
VT8237 series

Volume production in Q3

Former K8M400

UniChrome2 GFX graphics core

-

K8T890

-

Sampling in Q4

Former K8 PCIE

Supports PCI Express

SiS

Discrete

SiS755 SiS963

November 18, 2002*

-

Int.

SiS760 -

-

-

ALi

Discrete

M1687 M1563

June 3, 2002*

-

Int.

M1688 -

-

-

Nvidia

Discrete

nForce3 Pro -

April 22, 2003

-

Single-chip

Crush K8 - - -
Crush K8S - - Supports Serial ATA
Crush K8 Pro - - Supports PCI Express

* — Announcement date

Joybook 5000: the first Centrino-based notebook from BenQ

BenQ announced the first (bearing the proprietary trademark) notebook series on Intel Centrino. BenQ Joybook 5000 feature the new deisgn and longer, up to 6 hours, operation.


BenQ Joybook 5000 series currently includes three models: Joybook 5000-E01, —E02 and —E04. They feature 14.1" 1024x768 XGA LCD displays with 200cd/m² brightness as well as all of the Centrino components (1.3GHz – 1.5GHz Intel Pentium M, i855 chipset, Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 802.11b WLAN), 32Mb ATi Mobile Radeon 9000 graphics, 256Mb DDR, 30-40Gb HDDs, DVD/CD-RW drives, interfaces, including USB2.0, IEEE 1394, PCMCIA, SD/MMC/MS card reader.

The standard battery capacity is 64 watt-hours. Notebook dimensions are 265x320x31mm, weight – 2.4kg.

Legion Hardware — Gigabyte Radeon Series!

"Gigabyte’s latest ATi Radeon based products are a well balanced combination of performance and features. All three products are designed to cover different market segments based on their price and performance. The Radeon 9800 Pro is obviously the high-end solution in this Gigabyte series designed to deliver maximum performance."

Read more at Legion Hardware.

Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc presents a new PSRAM series

Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc. presented a low-power Pseudo SRAM (PSRAM) chip series requiring 2.3V to 3.6V supply voltage. These 1Mx16 and 2Mx16 chips are designed for mobile handsets and other portable devices.

The access time is 70ns or 100ns, standby current is 50µs and 100ms, respectively. Chips differ by "industrial" temperature conditions: from —40°C to +85°Ń and are compatible with Fujitsu, Toshiba and NEC devices.

IS32WV16100 and IS32WV16200 are made using the single-cell core technology with a simple I/O interface for smaller crystal size. Novelties are packed into a 48-pin miniBGA package.

Philips Sonic Edge 5.1 review @ Designtechnica

"With this product being ranked 3rd in a 4 product line up, I must say that Philips has created an excellent price/performance ratio. Their innovative ideas for surround sound and low cost speaker enhancement make this product an excellent choice for those looking for an inexpensive, intermediate sound solution. I am hoping that in the future Philips will create a sound card APU (audio processing unit) that will actually include Dolby Digital decoding and encoding, even though they do a pretty good job without it. "

Read more at Designtechnica.

EIZO Nanao ColorEdge: a new professional LCD monitor series

EIZO Nanao Technologies announced a new professional ColorEdge Series of LCD monitors intended for publishing and design. It includes two models: 21.3" ColorEdge CG21 (MSRP $2899) and 18.1" ColorEdge CG18 (MSRP $1859). Both feature analog and DVI connectors, USB1.1 port, are bundled with a newer version of ColorNavigation software and are compatible with GretagMacbeth Eye-One spectrometer.


ColorEdge CG21 has 170° vertical and horizontal viewing angle, 0.270x0.270mm pixel pitch, 1600x1200 native resolution, 250cd/m² brightness, 400:1 contrast, 50ms response time, 59-86Hz frame scan, 24-94kHz line scan. Without a support it’s sized 472x373x69mm, weighing 7.0kg.


ColorEdge CG18 features 0.2805x0.2805mm pixel pitch, 170° vertical and horizontal viewing angle, 1280x1024 native resolutionm, 250cd/m² brightness, 400:1 contrast, 40ms response time, 49-86Hz frame scan, 30-82kHz line scan. Sized 399x328x65mm without a support, it weighs 5.5kg.

HWZ review: i-connect Wireless 802.11b LAN Solution

"All in all, we felt that the i-connect 802.11b Wireless products are best suited for home or for a small office network. We found its features very attractive for a product at this current price point. In addition, its performance was sufficient enough to pass it off as a decent 802.11b wireless solution."

Read more at HardwareZone.

Exclusive: Soltek SL-85FRV2-RL mobo on VIA PT800

Introducing the exclusive photos of Soltek’s SL-85FRV2-RL along with the new VIA PT800 chipset that hasn’t been announced yet.


In brief, VIA PT800 (former PT400) supports P4 with 800MHz FSB and single-channel DDR400. According to provisional data, it will be coupled with VT8235 or newer VT8237 like we see it here.



Soltek SL-85FRV2-RL brief specs:

  • Supports Socket 478 Pentium 4 with 800/533/400MHz FSB
  • VIA PT800 + VT8237 chipset
  • AGP 8X/4X slot
  • 6 PCI slots
  • 3 DIMM sockets for DDR400/333/266
  • BIOS protection
  • FSB frequency selection: via DIP switches and BIOS, up to 200MHz
  • BIOS setup: Vcore, AGP Voltage (1.5V, 1.6V, 1.7V, 1.8V), DIMM Voltage (2.5V, 2.6V, 2.7V, 2.8V)
  • 6-ch. AC97 codec
  • 2 Serial-ATA ports
  • Serial ATA, RAID 0, 1, 0+1
  • VIA VT6103 LAN
  • 8 USB2.0/1.1 ports
  • ATX form-factor

Albatron PX865PE PRO II Mainboard Review @ TechConnect

"This is the first motherboard that features onboard sound with 8-channel output and 24/96 digital outputs. 7.1-channel support will enable playback of DVDs with Dolby Digital EX and DTS ES tracks, as well as enhancing gaming experience. The sound provided by Envy24PT/Six-TRAC is clearly better than any other onboard soundcard."


Read more at TechConnect.

Photo of the day: Gigabyte GV-R96P128D graphics card on Radeon 9600 Pro

We are currently testing a new graphics card from Gigabyte: GV-R96P128D on ATI Radeon 9600 Pro with 128Mb of 128-bit DDR.

GPU/memory clocks are 400/300MHz (600MHz DDR). Connectors list includes VGA, DVI, TV.

You won’t find a connector for external power supply on this one (though the bundle includes a corresponding adapter, and PCB has a place for it). A defect? Not at all: GV-R96P128D just doesn’t require any external power supply.








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