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Gigabyte GA-7VT600 1394: a novelty on VIA Apollo KT600

Transcend presents 45 CompactFlash to replace 30 solutions

Creative presents two new 2.1-channel sound systems

AMD cuts prices for server and mobile processors

Plextor releases new PX-708A combo able to write DVD+R at 8

Fujifilm unveils new digital cameras: FinePix S7000, FinePix S5000 Zoom

A-Data announces 256 and 512 Mb DDR500 modules



Gigabyte GA-7VT600 1394: a novelty on VIA Apollo KT600

Gigabyte Technology announced the new GA-7VT600 1394 mobo on VIA KT600 + VT8237 chipset supporting AMD Athlon XP with up to 400MHz FSB.

GA-7VT600 1394 ATX board supports Socket A processors with 400/333/266/200MHz FSB; features 3 x DIMM sockets for up to 3Gb of DDR400/DDR333/DDR266, 1 x AGP8X/4X slot, 5 x PCI slots, 3 x IEEE1394 (VIA VT6306) ports, Serial ATA (VT8237) RAID interface, Ethernet 10/100Mb LAN (Realtek 8101L), 5.1-ch. AC97 codec (Realtek ALC655), up to 8 x USB2.0 ports. Supported proprietary technologies include DualBIOS, Xpress Install, Xpress Recovery, EasyTune4, @BIOS, Q-Flash.

Along with the top-end GA-7VT600 1394, Gigabyte released GA-7VT600 and GA-7VT600-L models without IEEE1394/Ethernet 10/100Mb LAN and IEEE1394, respectively.

Transcend presents 45 CompactFlash to replace 30 solutions

Transcend presented its new 45x CompactFlash cards with 2 and 1 Gb capacities (TS2GCF45 and TS1GCF45) providing up to 8 Mb/s read (7 Mb/s, according to some sources) and up to 6.6 Mb/s write.

According to the company, with time the entire 30 media line, including 256Mb, 512Mb, 1 and 2 Gb cards will be replaced by 45 solutions. 2Gb cards are expected to cost about 1000 euros.

Creative presents two new 2.1-channel sound systems

Creative presented two new 2.1-channel sound systems, I-Trigue L3450 and I-Trigue L3500.

Models differ only by the body color, with one being black and another white.




Other features are: two 9W RMS satellites, 30W RMS subwoofer; 30Hz 20kHz frequency range, 80dB SNR; 268x180x310mm subwoofer dimensions, 79x48x226mm satellites dimensions.

The package includes M-Port remote control. Both systems should arrive for sale in August.

AMD cuts prices for server and mobile processors

AMD posted some info about price cut of many mobile processors as well as Opteron 100 and 200 server series, with Opteron 242, 144, 142 prices cut by 33% and more.

Below is the changes summary for usual over 1,000-unit quantities.

Opteron 200 April 22July 28Cut
244 $794 $690 -13%
242 $690 $455 -34%
240 $283 $256 -9%
Opteron 100June 30July 28 
144 $669 $438 -34%
142 $438 $292 -33%
140 $229 $229-
Athlon MPMay 6July 28 
2800+ $275 $230 -16%
2600+ $201 $174 -13%
2400+ $153 $131 -14%
2200+ $131 $116 -11%
2000+ $116 $116-
DTR Athlon XP-MJune 17July 28 
2800+ $230 $185 -19%
2600+ $156 $108 -30%
2400+ $108 $86 -20%
2200+ $86 $71 -17%
2000+ $71 $65 -8%
1900+ $69 $59 -14%
Athlon XP-MApril 22July 28 
2500+ $134 $99 -26%
2400+ $113 $91 -19%
2200+ $91 $76 -16%
2000+ $76 $69 -9%
1900+ $69 $59 -14%
1800+ $59 $55 -6%
1700+ $55 $55 -
Low Voltage
Mobile Athlon XP-M
June 17July 28 
2000+ $134 $112 -16%
1900+ $123 $105 -14%
1800+ $112 $97 -13%
1700+ $97 $80 -17%
1600+ $80 $71 -11%
1500+ $71 $57 -19%

Plextor releases new PX-708A combo able to write DVD+R at 8

Plextor released its new combo, PX-708A, supporting DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-R/RW. The drive is able to write DVD+R at 8, DVD-R at 4; rewrite DVD+RW at 4, DVD-RW at 2; read DVD-R at 12; write CD-R at 40; rewrite CD-RW at 24; read CD-R at 24.


The drive features 2Mb buffer, provides 33Mb/s burst transfers for 8-min 4.7Gb DVD+R writing. The combo can be installed both vertically, and horizontally. The package includes ATA/ATAPI-5 combo itself, Roxio Easy CD & DVD Creator 6.1 Basic DVD Edition, PhotoSuite 5 SE.

PX-708A shipments are scheduled to August 2003, MSRP is $300.

Fujifilm unveils new digital cameras: FinePix S7000, FinePix S5000 Zoom

Today Fuji Photo Film U.S.A unveiled a whole list of new digital cameras, including Fujifilm FinePix S7000 with Super CCD HR (High Resolution) featuring 6 million effective pixels (up to 12.3 million pixels (4048x3040) interlaced) and FinePix S5000 Zoom with 3.1Mp Super CCD HR and 10x optical lens. FinePix S7000 also features advanced exposure controls and 6x optical zoom.


Fujifilm FinePix S7000 brief specs:

  • CCD: 1/1.7", 4th generation Fujifilm Super CCD HR, 6.3 million effective pixels, up to 4048x3040 (12.3 million pixels) interlaced.
  • Lens: 35-210mm in 35-mm equiv. F2.8-F8, 6x optical zoom, 3.2x digital zoom, 0.79x Wide and 1.5x Tele converters supported
  • Fully-fledged manual controls: flash modes, autobracketing, manual white balance, etc.
  • Formats: JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2), RAW, AVI (Motion JPEG), WAV
  • Exposure modes: TTL-64 zone multi, average, spot
  • ISO: 160-800, manual ISO 200, 400, 600, 800
  • Exposure range: 15s 1/10000s
  • White balance: Automatic, Manual (Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light), Custom
  • LCD: 1.8", 118,000 pixels
  • Video-Out: NTSC and PAL
  • Media: xD-Picture Card and Microdrive
  • Movies: up to 640x480@30fps with sound limited by media capacity
  • Package: 16Mb xD-Picture Card, 4 x AA batteries, strap, USB cable, AV cable
  • Software: FinePix Viewer, ImageMixer VCD for FinePix
  • Size: 121.2x81.3x96.5mm
  • Weight: 510g
  • Availability: October 2003
  • MSRP: $799.95

As for FinePix S5000 Zoom, this elegant and stylish camera is aimed at "ambitious" digital photography enthusiasts. Resembling a usual SLR, S5000 is rather compact and light.


FinePix S5000 Zoom main specs:

  • 10x optical Fujinon lens (37-370mm in 35mm equiv.)
  • 4th generation Super CCD HR, 3.1 million pixels
  • QVGA movie recording at 30fps with sound
  • ISO up to 800
  • xD-Picture Card media

FinePix S5000 Zoom is expected to arrive for sale in September. Pricing hasn´t been disclosed yet.

A-Data announces 256 and 512 Mb DDR500 modules

It turned out that not all companies have released their DDR500 products A-DATA Technology announced its PC4000 line, including 256 and 512 Mb modules traditionally aimed at PC enthusiasts. A-Data DDR500 modules provide 8Gb/s throughput (vs. 6.4Gb/s of DDR400 and 7.2Gb/s of DDR450).

Module specs:

  • 184-pin DIMM
  • 32M*8 organization
  • 3-4-4-8 timings
  • 2.8/2.8V VDD/VDDQ
  • 2 banks, SSTL_2
  • 7.8c (8K) refresh

The company also plans to release solutions with heat-sinks in the near future as well.

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