At Intel Developer Forum (September 16-18) Western Digital is to showcase the new generation of 10Krpm WD Raptor Serial ATA drives.
New WD Raptors feature:
Asustek introduced Asus DiGiMatrix barebone based on Asus P4SQ motherboard for Pentium 4 @ 533MHz FSB. It´s positioned as a home theatre platform with connectivity to LCD monitors, projectors, plasma TVs, etc. DiGiMatrix allows to to listen to CDs, MP3 and radio without OS bootup.
Today ABIT officially announced its new DigiDice barebone brand. DigiDice´s distinctive feature is the new mini PC concept based on performance, upgradability and functionality.
New mini PC specs are:
Four programmable buttons are provided on the front panel for multimedia features access. These can also be bound to apps in the OS.
Overclocking is provided in two ways: either with ABIT Softmenu, or with a special controller managed by 5-position switch on the front panel.
Besides, the system front provides status indication.
OTES cooling system provides noise below 25dB.
Today XGI Technology (eXtreme Graphics Innovation), the daughter company of SiS with rights to all its graphics expertise, held a press conference to officially announce the first generation of graphics products under own brand.
XGI´s Volari trademark will be used on a DX9 discrete GPU family. The top-end Volari Duo V8 Ultra and Volari Duo V5 Ultra would be high-performance dual-processor solutions. Besides, the family will include high-end Volari V8 Ultra and Volari V8; mainstream Volari V5 Ultra and Volari V5; entry-level Volari V3.
New desktop GPUs are compatible with DirectX9 and OpenGL 1.4, higher-end solutions support both DDR DRAM, and DDR2 DRAM. The dual-processor design of XGI Volari V5 and Volari V8 is implemented with the help of the new BitFluent Achitecture.
XGI is going to participate in the mobile graphics market as well. The Volari family includes three mobile DirectX9 GPUs Volari XP5m32 for light models, Volari XP5m64 for performance models and Volari XP5 for other segments.
Finally, below are the features of family´s most powerful Volari Duo V8 Ultra GPU:
It´s just impossible to describe all the novelties in a single news, so below is a spec table for all of them together.
I´d also like to note that some names resemble codenames of previous solutions (e.g. Volari XP5m32 or XV301), however some are really new for 3D graphics.
Today Corsair Memory announced its high-performance XMS Pro Series DDR modules that have two distinctive features: new heatsinks and LED lights.
New nielloed aluminium heatsinks with longitudinal fins that cover both module sides have been developed specially for the XMS Pro Series. On top each has a line of 9 LEDs indicating module usage. Moreover, dual-bank 512Mb XMS Pro Series feature two lines of green, yellow and red LEDs (18 in total).
Currently XMS Pro Series includes the following products:
Motorola has finally announced its MPx200 handset based on Microsoft Windows Mobile OS, of which you might have heard already, as Taiwanese Chi Mei Communication Systems (CMCS) has had time to present a number of prototypes before.
Considering it´s a CMCS phone, it should be the "Beethoven" Motorola MPx200 has 32Mb ROM and 32Mb RAM, Secure Digital slot, USB interface and IR port. The phone is designed for GSM/GPRS networks and 1800/1900MHz bands. It supports Microsoft Outlook sync either during PC connection, or via Exchange server. The phone has Pocket Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player installed.
USB Implementers Forum posted a new specification that supports streaming data — USB Video Device Class Specification Revision 1.0. This new substandard is called to simplify the connection of streaming devices with PCs.
USB Implementers Forum members expect new devices will include both inexpensive webcams, high-end digital video cameras. Prototypes will be first showcased at Intel Developer Forum that starts tomorrow.
These are the first specs of Nokia´s EDGE handset that features a built-in camera and a new design. If you remember, EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution) provides throughputs up to 150-180Kbps, exceeding GSM/GPRS. Still EDGE might root in USA only, as most European and Asian regions are going to 3G from GPRS at once.
Nokia 3200 brief features:
Nokia 3200 seems to be a budget version of 7250/I without some features and 1Mb memory (vs. 5Mb in Nokia 7250/I). Priciing information is unavailable for now, but the model is expected in retail in Q4 2003.
It´s hard to believe that not so long ago most graphics cards had 1Mb memory. 4Mb was a kind of luxury, and S3 Graphics ruled the graphics card market. Well, at least the considerable amount of systems featured its products. And it would be just impossible to forget S3 Trio series (still present in some price lists), their popularity can hardly be overestimated.
Our exposition was updated with one of the later S3 Trio — S3 Trio64 V2/DX (Virge). This card is a real fragment of times long gone, but we must admit most of such "fragments" in our Museum are still operational.
OCZ Technology unveils the Eliminator 2 Gold CPU cooler for the Intel Pentium 4 processor up to 3.2. GHz. The Eliminator 2 features a solid copper, gold coated design to prevent corrosion and increase performance.
It is bundled with 70mm YS Tech TMD (Tip-Magnetic Driving Fan) fan, mounting
hardware, thermal paste. The dimensions of the OCZ Eliminator 2 Gold are 80x70x70mm.
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