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Some info on Chaintech´s Personal Cinema solutions

VIA showcases new K8T800 chipset at LinuxWorld Expo

Sharp extends Mebius series with PC-SV1-7D/5CB notebooks

New exhibits for our Hardware Museum: Intel Express3D 4Mb SGRAM

ATI announces ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 PRO

ST55: the second Siemens handset with a built-in camera

The Russian version of MSI 865PE Neo2-S mobo in our lab



Some info on Chaintech´s Personal Cinema solutions

Chaintech plans to unveil two Personal Cinema models for Zenith series, FM6X and FM20, on 128/256Mb GeForce FX 5600 and 128Mb GeForce FX 5200, respectively.

The package includes:

  • 1.5m S-Video cable
  • Composite cable
  • USB IrDA receiver and remote control
  • DVI-I to VGA adapter
  • Antistatic brush
  • Q Ball for monitor cleaning
  • NVDVD 2.0, IVI WinDVR 2.0, Ulead Movie Factory 2.0SE, Ulead Video Studio 6.0SE software


VIA showcases new K8T800 chipset at LinuxWorld Expo

At LinuxWorld Expo VIA Technologies, Inc. showcased its long-anticipated VIA K8T800 chipset in a dual-Opteron system. Besides dual CPUs, it supports AGP8X and is designed for servers and workstations. The demo platform was based on MSI MS-9130 server board.

Brief chipset specs:

  • 800MHz HyperTransport FSB
  • AGP 2X/4X/8X
  • Ultra V-Link interbridge bus (1.06GB/s)
  • VIA Vinyl codec (6-ch., AC´97)
  • Int. MC´97 modem
  • Int. 10/100 Ethernet MAC
  • Dual Channel Serial ATA/RAID (0, 1, 0+1, JBOD)
  • Dual Channel ATA 33/66/100/133
  • 8 x USB2.0 ports
  • Advaned power management, including ACPI/OnNow
  • 579-pin BGA VT8385 Northbridge
  • 539-pin BGA VT8237 Southbridge


Sharp extends Mebius series with PC-SV1-7D/5CB notebooks

Sharp introduced new Mebius notebooks, PC-SV1-7DB and PC-SV1-5CB. The former will arrive for sale on August 28, the latter on August 22 with MSRP of $1860 and $1600, respectively.

PC-SV1-7DB will feature Athlon XP-M 2000+ CPU (1667MHz), 60Gb HDD. PC-SV1-5CB will have Athlon XP-M 1800+ (1533MHz), 40Gb HDD, CD-R/RW / DVD-ROM drive. Other features are identical: 15" display, 256Mb RAM (PC2100, up to 768Mb), TV tuner (VHF (1-12ch), UHF (13-62ch), CATV (C13-C63ch)). Each model will have PC Card Type II, SD and Memory Stick slots, 4 x USB2.0 ports, 1 x IEEE1394 ports, S-Video connectors.

These models also support INSTANT PLAY technology for watching TV or DVDs and listening to music without booting Windows.

Source: PC Watch

New exhibits for our Hardware Museum: Intel Express3D 4Mb SGRAM

We obtained another unique card for our Hardware Museum: Intel´s i740-based Express3D with 4Mb of SGRAM 10ns memory and actually the world-first serial graphics fan cooler.





ATI announces ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 PRO

ATI Technologies Inc. announced new ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 PRO on ATI RADEON 9600 PRO DirectX9 GPU.

The card is supplied with a REMOTE WONDER II control (mouse controls, 6 programmable buttons, 4 additional buttons, complete MULTIMEDIA CENTER integration). Another nice feat is the FM and TV tuners (125 channels). As usual the card has two monitor connectors.

The software bundle includes MULTIMEDIA CENTER 8.6 supporting DVD+/-R, DVD+/-RW, CD-R, CD-RW recording (it also includes EAZYLOOK home theatre software), THEATER 200 for video/audio playback, Pinnacle Studio 8 (ATI Version).

Other features include:

  • Analog MPEG-2 capture at 720x480@30fps
  • Supports DVD with Dolby AC-3
  • Supports Microsoft DirectX 9.0 and OpenGL

To Europe and Asia the card will arrive in 4-6 weeks.

ST55: the second Siemens handset with a built-in camera

Siemens introduced another camera-equipped handset, ST55. The camera features 0.3 million pixels (VGA) that exceeds MC60 twice. LCD display resolution is 120x160 pixels at 16 bits (vs. 12 bits of MC60).

The only thing ST55 lacks comparing to similar handsets of Nokia and Sony Ericsson is memory only 1.2Mb. As for other features, they include 40-tone polyphony, GPRS Class 10, WAP 2.0 browser.

Sized 99x47x22mm, it weighs 87g. According to the company, the phone provides up to 140 hours of standby or 4.5 hours of talking (750mAh Li-Ion battery). European sales will start in August.

The Russian version of MSI 865PE Neo2-S mobo in our lab

We are currently testing the mobo from Micro-Star International (MSI), 865PE Neo2-S, "adapted" for shipments to Russia.

This is a basic model without LAN, IEEE1394 and RAID. Besides, the Russian manual and the box logo the it doesn´t differ from "foreign" boards.

The package includes software CD, manual, back panel stub, Serial ATA cables, dual USB header, power adapter cable, round HDD/FDD cables, Northbridge fan.






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