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IWILL DK8X: a new dual-way Opteron motherboard

Renesas announces 18 and 36 Mbit QDR II SRAM

LL530/7A — a new member of NEC´s LaVie L series

New exhibits for our Hardware Museum: Apple PowerBook from year 1993

Photo of the day: Gainward Powerpack FX Ultra/1600 XP "Golden Sample" with CoolFX water cooling

Pentax releases new 5Mp Optio 555



IWILL DK8X: a new dual-way Opteron motherboard

IWILL announced a new DK8X workstation motherboard for 64-bit AMD Opteron processors. DK8X supports up to 2 x Opterons, HyperTransport; features AGP Pro/8x and PCI-X slots.



DK8X main specs:

  • AMD Opteron (Socket 940) CPU
  • AMD 8111 + 8131+8151 chipset
  • Memory: up to 16Gb dual-channel DDR333/266/200 w/ECC, 8 x DIMM sockets
  • AGP Pro/8X slot
  • 2PCI-X (64bit/133MHz), 1PCI (64bit/66MHz), 2PCI (32bit/33MHz)
  • Built-in 1000Mbps Ethernet: 3COM 3C940
  • Serial ATA controller: Silicon Image Sil3114, 4 x Serial ATA ports supporting RAID 0, 1, 0+1
  • 2 x Ultra DMA 133/100/66/33 channels
  • TI TSB43AB22 IEEE1394 controller
  • NEC USB2.0 controller
  • eATX form-factor (12" x 13" or 304x330mm)
  • Power: EPS 12V (460W)

Renesas announces 18 and 36 Mbit QDR II SRAM

Renesas Technology America, Inc., a joint venture of Hitachi, Ltd. and Mitsubishi Electric, announced a line of high-speed QDR II (Quad Data Rate-II) SRAM chips with 18 and 36 Mbit capacities for networking and comms, in particular for high-end routers and switches.

Used as buffer memory, new 0.13µm chips provide up to 1.33Gb/s throughput. Chips are packed into 165-pin FBGA (15x17mm) packages.

Chip Packet Architecture Name Price/availability
36Mbit QDR-II SRAM (133, 167, 200, 250 MHz) 2 words

x8

HM66AQB8402BP

$184-210 / Sept. 2003 (volume production in Dec. 2003)
x9 HM66AQB9402BP
x18 HM66AQB18202BP
x36 HM66AQB36102BP
36 Mbit QDR-II SRAM (167, 200, 250, 300, 333 ) 4 words

x8

HM66AQB8404BP

$184-196 / Sept. 2003 (volume production in Dec. 2003)
x9 HM66AQB9404BP
x18 HM66AQB18204BP
x36 HM66AQB36104BP
36 Mbit QDR-II SRAM (133, 167, 200, 250 ) 2 words

x8

HM66AQB8202BP

Q2 2004
x18 HM66AQB18102BP
x36 HM66AQB36512BP
18 Mbit QDR-II SRAM (167, 200, 250, 300, 333 MHz) 4 words

x8

HM66AQB8204BP

Q2 2004
x18 HM66AQB18104BP
x36 HM66AQB36514BP

New 133/167/200/250 MHz 36Mbit chips with 2-word packets provide 7.5/6.0/5.0/4.0 ns clock times; 167/200/250/300/333 MHz chips with 4-word packets provide 6.0/5.0/4.0/3.3/3.0 ns clock times.

LL530/7A — a new member of NEC´s LaVie L series

NEC extended its LaVie L series with LL530/7A to be sold for about $1205 in retail. It is equipped with 14.1" display, and, according to the manufacturer, features 20% higher brightness compared to the previous models.

LaVie L LL530/7A is based on Athlon XP-M 1800+ (SiS 740 chipset); features 256Mb of PC2100 RAM (up to 768Mb), 40Gb HDD, built-in DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo. Traditionally the notebook has an integrated LAN controller, PC Card Type II slot, 3 x USB2.0 ports, IEEE FireWire port, D-Sub connector.

Model dimensions are 330x268x35 mm, weight 3.1 kg; battery life time is about 1.5 hours.

New exhibits for our Hardware Museum: Apple PowerBook from year 1993

We obtained a really unique exhibit for our Hardware Museum. It is Macintosh PowerBook produced in year 1993. It still works! Oh my, just 10 years ago 14Mb of RAM was enough...



Photo of the day: Gainward Powerpack FX Ultra/1600 XP "Golden Sample" with CoolFX water cooling

We obtained a very interesting graphics card sample — Gainward´s Powerpack FX Ultra/1600 XP equipped with Innovatek´s CoolFX water cooling system.

This card has higher 500/1000MHz clock speeds instead of the standard 450/850MHz. The cooling system is worth a special mention as well. But the MSRP of this package is 900 euros and that is rather confusing, don´t you think?. Anyway, let´s leave the details for the review and now you just take a look at the photos:




Pentax releases new 5Mp Optio 555

Pentax announced its new 5Mp Pentax Optio 555 digital camera to arrive to retail late in September. The new model bases on the previous 550 and mostly differs by improved 3cm Super Macro (vs. 5.5cm) and the Strobo feature.

Pentax 555 main specs:

  • CCD: 1/1.8", 5.25Mp (5.0Mp effective)
  • Lens: 9 elements in 7 groups, 2 aspherical; 5 optical zoom, f=7.839mm, (37.5-187.5mm in 35mm equiv.), F2.8-4.6
  • Digital zoom: 4
  • Exposures: 1/2000-15 s
  • Focal length: 60cm to inf. (Normal), 15-65 cm (Macro), >2cm (Super Macro)
  • Resolutions: 2592x1944, 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 1024x768, 640x480
  • Formats: JPEG (Exif 2.2), TIFF; MOV (QuickTime Movie)
  • Movies: 320x240@15fps, WAV (PCM)
  • Media: SD/MMC
  • Interface: USB1.1, TV-Out (NTSC/PAL)
  • Supports PictBridge, PIM II (Print Image Matching II)
  • LCD: 1.5", 113K pixels
  • VF: optical
  • Power: Li-Ion D-LI7 battery, up to 400 shots with disabled LCD and 50% Strobo
  • Size: 100x39.5x59mm
  • Weight: 250g (207g w/o batteries and media)



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