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Abit announces KV7 mobo on KT600

Toshiba Portege R100 and M100: new light notebooks on Intel Centrino

Microsoft creates Antivirus software. Do we hate that? @ NewsWare

Kingston announces HyperX DDR500 and DDR466 modules

VIA PT800 @ Legion Hardware

PNY Technologies offers 512Mb Verto Hi Speed PC3500 DDR

HWZ review: Toshiba Satellite 5200-A751 (Pentium 4-M)

Canon FPA-6000ES5: updated 248nm litho stepper for 100nm processes

Enermax CS-B031-TBB Titanium Case @ Bjorn3d.com

More SyncMaster products from Samsung

Altec Lansing XA3051 Surround Speaker System Review @ Tweaknews.net

Pentax announces new DIGIBINO DB200 binocular digital camera

Abit announces KV7 mobo on KT600

ABIT Computer announced new KT600-based motherboard, KV7, designed for AMD-K7 Athlon / AthlonXP / Barton processors with 200/266/333/400MHz FSB. The model has 3 x DIMM sockets for up to 3Gb of DDR266 or up to 2Gb of DDR 333/400.

The Southbridge offers some standard features, including 10/100Mb LAN, 6-ch. AC97 codec (plus hardware 24-bit S/PDIF out). Slots are: 1 x AGP, 5 x PCI, 2 x Ultra DMA 33/66/100/133, 2 x SATA 150 RAID, 2 x USB headers.

Naturally the board supports all proprietary technologies like SoftMenu (BIOS system settings), FanEQ (fan rotation control), MaxFID (5-bit FID register intead of a usual 4-bit BIT), CPU ThermalGuard (for overheating protection), TweakGuard (BIOS reset in case excessive overclocking).

Toshiba Portege R100 and M100: new light notebooks on Intel Centrino

Toshiba Computer Systems Group (CSG) announced two new Intel Centrino-based notebooks of Portege Series.

Compact Portege R100 features 1.8" 40Gb HDD, wireless interfaces. Portege M100 Series model also has an optical drive and full-size keyboard. Series differ by CPUs (1GHz ULV Pentium M in Portege R100 and 1.20GHz in Portege M100) and HDD capacity (up to 60Gb in Portege M100).

Brief summarized specs:

  • Intel 855PM chipset
  • 256Mb SODIMM PC2100 DDR (up to 1Gb)
  • 30, 40 or 60 Gb Enhanced IDE (ATA-5) HDD
  • 12" TFT active polycrystalline matrix, 1024x768 (XGA)
  • 32Mb DDR Trident XP4m32 LP graphics
  • PC Card Type II PC Card, SD slots, TV-out,
  • 2 x USB 2.0 ports
  • V.92 modem
  • AD1981B audio codec
  • 10/100Base-TX Ethernet controller
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b (Intel or Cisco; 802.11a/b Atheros 802.11ab) interface
  • 287.2x228.6x15.2mm size
  • 1 kg weight
  • ~45W power consumption
  • Up to 2 hours of work with standard battery, up to 6.8 hours with extended one
  • $2299 price tag

Microsoft creates Antivirus software. Do we hate that? @ NewsWare

"At all that misery must now come to an end, according to Microsoft. The new virusscanner, that takes part of the Trustworty Computing initiative of the softwarecompany, will decrease the inconvenience robust.

Or Microsoft is planning to follow the Netscape-scenario, by which oversolded technology will be set-in to compete with the market leader of that market. The scanner will not be taken inside of Windows, but will be offered as stand-alone software. According to a spokesman of Microsoft it is unlikely that the history will repeat itself. The scanner will not be integrated in Windows and people are free to use it or not. The software package is one of the steps to make Windows a safer product."

Read more at NewsWare.

Kingston announces HyperX DDR500 and DDR466 modules

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. announced the release and shipment roadmap of its new HyperX DDR500 (PC4000) and HyperX DDR466 (PC3700) modules. According to the maker, HyperX PC4000 and PC3700 solutions are currently tested on Abit IC7/IC7-G and Asus P4C800.

Brief specs:

  • 184-pin unbuffered DIMM
  • Timings:
    • 500MHz 3-4-4-8-1 (CAS Latency 3)
    • 466MHz 3-4-4-8-1 (CAS Latency 3)
  • 2.65V voltage
  • Aluminium heat-sinks

New HyperX series include:

Module Capacity, Mb MSRP, $
HyperX DDR 500MHz (PC4000)
KHX4000/256 256 112
KHX4000/512 512 218
KHX4000K2/512 512 Mb kit (2256 Mb) 223
KHX4000K2/1G 1 Gb kit (2512 Mb) 435
HyperX DDR 466MHz (PC3700)
KHX3700/256 256 Mb 99
KHX3700/512 512 Mb 187
KHX3700K2/512 512 Mb kit (2256 Mb) 188
KHX3700K2/1G 1 Gb kit (2512 Mb) 363

VIA PT800 @ Legion Hardware

"VIA Technologies are about to unleash a new generation of chipsets designed to be used with the Intel Pentium 4 processor. This new series will be simply dubbed PT and the first chipset you will see emerge from this series will be named the PT800. Previously, VIA offered a number of Pentium 4 chipsets based on the P4X series which are now obsolete. The P4X based chipsets did not create all that much success for VIA due to legal implications that have now been settled."

Read more at Legion Hardware.

PNY Technologies offers 512Mb Verto Hi Speed PC3500 DDR

North American PNY Technologies launched shipments of its 512Mb Verto Hi Speed PC3500 DDR modules, naturally with heat-sinks.

These feature chips working at 433MHz. As usual (for o/c memory), each Verto Hi Speed PC3500 DDR module is tested individually on various mobos and chipsets.

Currently the novelties are available in USA; MSRP is $119.99.

HWZ review: Toshiba Satellite 5200-A751 (Pentium 4-M)

"All in all, if you´re looking for a semi-stationary Swiss Army knife of a notebook, you really can´t go wrong with the multi-purpose Toshiba Satellite 5200-A751. Its excellent video and audio outputs means that this Satellite notebook should be an attractive investment for video/audiophiles. In addition, hardcore mobile gamers would also be delighted to know that they´ll be the envy of every gamers out there especially with the one-of-a-kind NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5600 graphics solution. Great job there, Toshiba."

Read more at HardwareZone.

Canon FPA-6000ES5: updated 248nm litho stepper for 100nm processes

At Semicon West (July 14-16, San Francisco) Canon is to introduce the first sample of new photo-lithographic stepper, FPA-6000ES6, designed to replace FPA-6000ES5 and providing improved resolution and performance. Despite even the price is already known (¥1.6 billion or $13.5 million), the company receives orders for FPA-6000ES6 for only Q2 2004, not sounding reasons of 9-month delay. According to Canon, FPA-6000ES6 enables production of 100nm chips at about 147 silicon wafers (300mm) or 170 wafers (200mm) per hour. FPA-6000ES5, announced a year ago, is designed for 110nm process and provides 5% less performance: up to 140 wafers (300mm) per hour. Its interesting that FPA-6000ES6 features the same 248nm Krypton Flouride (KrF) excimer laser, but provides higher resolutions due to the improved 4:1 optics and 0.86 aperture. Canon plans to ship up to 50 of such plants in 2004.

Source: Silicon Strategies

Enermax CS-B031-TBB Titanium Case @ Bjorn3d.com

"All I could say when I first saw the case was WOW. The construction is immaculate. I immediately got a sense that some serious thought was put into the making of this case. The case is solid in construction without being too heavy and is very aesthetically pleasing. Boy is it SHINY!"

Read more at Bjorn3D.

More SyncMaster products from Samsung

Samsung again extended its SyncMaster series, now with SyncMaster152Td model to be shipped on July 9 for $352. The monitor support has two joints enabling to adjust display height (up to 49mm) and tilt (5 forward, 90 backward).

The look and price (according to the maker) are similar to SyncMaster 152Sm, the monitor just differs by a DVI-D connector. As for other features, they are: 0.297mm pixel pitch, 330cdm² brightness, 450:1 contrast, 25ms response time, 160 horizontal and 130 vertical viewing angle.

Altec Lansing XA3051 Surround Speaker System Review @ Tweaknews.net

"Although not a true 5.1 surround speaker system, it definitely has its advantages. For one, you don´t need a 6 channel surround sound card to use this on your computer if you go and pick up an adapter, and this could save you a quite a bit of money."

Read more at Tweaknews.

Pentax announces new DIGIBINO DB200 binocular digital camera

Pentax announced DIGIBINO DB200, the binocular digital camera, which should arrive for sale on August 22 for $253. The model features 1/2.7" progressive scan CCD of 1.34 million pixels (1.3 million effective); supports 1280x960 and 640x480 resolutions; utilizes SecureDigital memory cards.

The camera provides 7 optical zoom, 250mm focal length (in 35mm equiv.) and 2 digital zoom. Other features are the same as the previous DB100 has: 1/8000-1/30s exposures, up to 10 frames burst at 5 fps; 2m minimal focusing distance. The company provided 8s voice comments feature to compensate the lack of movie recording support.

The model supports USB and has a video-out. Sized 127x69x44mm, it weighs about 270g.

Source: PC Watch

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