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IDF Fall 2003: The photo of ATI PCI Express X16 graphics card; Intel Tumwater server chipset

IDF Fall 2003: The future of Centrino Dothan, Sonoma, Alviso, DPST...

Samsung and Roxio work over Napster Players

CrossFire — new series of external USB/FireWire drives from SmartDisk

MCC from Antelope PDA-sized PC with Windows XP Pro

Matrox unveils new solution, Parhelia HR256



IDF Fall 2003: The photo of ATI PCI Express X16 graphics card; Intel Tumwater server chipset

Yesterday we got to know that ATI released the first GPU supporting PCI Express X16. Today we have to offer you some details as well as the photos.

The reference card (RV350?) supporting PCI Express X16 is designed for Intel Grantsdale motherboard to arrive in Q2 2004. They will be the first offering PCI Express X16 that is called to replace AGP 8x with doubled bandwidth.

Of course, the demonstrated card doesn´t correspond to models that will be in volume manufacture. The commercial naming is also unknown.

Besides, Intel showcased a workstation prototype on the Tumwater chipset (called to replace Intel E7505) that supports PCI Express X16 as well.

Below you can see a demo system on ATI´s PCI Express X16 and Tumwater; and below that Tumwater Southbridge.


Source: PC Watch

IDF Fall 2003: The future of Centrino Dothan, Sonoma, Alviso, DPST...

Today, on IDF Mobility and Enterprise Day, our Dmitry Korostelev reports from San Jose:


Plans to release new generation of wireless mobile platform were announced today. Dothan-based Pentium M will arrive in Q4 2003. As you already might know, the processor will be made using 90nm process and strained silicon. It will contain about 140 million transistors and 2Mb of power-otpimized L2 cache. No information is available about the crystal size.

The company also announced the new-generation Centrino chipset Intel 855GME naturally for Dothan-based systems. It features ICH6 Southbridge that will be the first in the mobile market to support PCI Express in ExpressCard slots. It will also feature next-generation Azalia sound controller, Serial ATA, Gigabit LAN and will support single-channel DDR333, docking stations and switches.

The key innovation of the new Centrino platform is the Intel Display Power Saving Technology (DPST). The idea is to save up to 25% of energy usually consumed by LCD display. According to Intel, the graphics core clock will be reduced when powering notebook from batteries. Besides, it will be monitoring the illumination as well as static/dynamic image properties to adjust brightness and save energy. The power will also be reduced for static pictures. The new-generation Calexico 2 wireless controller will work in 802.11a/b/g networks.

I will only add that Intel 855GME chipset will be a part of Intel Stable Image Platform program.


In H2 2004 the company is to announce the new Sonoma mobile platform on Intel Centrino. It will feature the future Pentium M model, 802.11a/b/g wireless solution and the new chipset codenamed Alviso. The former will have a new integrated graphics; support PCI Express, NEWCARD, next-generation DDR2, Serial ATA and Intel Azalia audio codec.

Samsung and Roxio work over Napster Players

Samsung Electronics is working with Roxio to develop a line of portable audio players that will carry the brand names of both Samsung and Roxio´s Napster service.

The showcased Samsung Napster YP-910 Player includes a 20GB hard disk drive, according to the user manual published by the FCC. The capacity is enough space to store around 5,000 average-length MP3 files. It measures 108 millimeters by 70 millimeters by 20 millimeters, that is near to competing players´ data, but it weighs 60 grams only.

Other features that worth mentioning are support for not MP3 only, but Windows Media Audio files as well, a USB port, and an FM radio and an FM transmitter, which means you can listen to songs wirelessly through an FM radio. It also includes a rechargable battery that provides enough power for up to 10 hours of use, and a recording function that can be used to record from the built-in FM radio or an external device, such as a CD player, to an MP3 file, according to the manual.

Hard disk drive based MP3 player comparison
Player Length (millimeters) Width (millimeters) Depth (millimeters) Weight (grams)
Samsung YP-910 108 70 20 60
Toshiba Gigabeat MEG200J 89.5 76.5 12.7 138
Toshiba Gigabeat MEG50JS 112.0 72.5 22.3 235
Apple iPod 20GB 104 60.9 15.7 158
Apple iPod 40GB 104 60.9 18.5 176
Sources: Samsung preliminary user manual published by FCC, Toshiba press release, Toshiba Web site, Apple Japan Web site

By PC World, CDRInfo


CrossFire — new series of external USB/FireWire drives from SmartDisk

SmartDisk Corp. introduced CrossFire, a new line of hard drives with both USB 2.0 and FireWire connectivity. Due to ship Oct. 6, the drives sport 3.5-inch, 7200-RPM mechanisms and capacities up to 250GB.

  • External Power: +5 VDC and +12 VDC input
  • Two 6-pin FireWire 400 ports and one USB 2.0 port
  • Case is made of magnesium alloy
  • Supports Mac OS 8.6 — 9.x, Mac OS X 10.1 or higher, Windows 98SE, ME, 2000 or XP
  • Dimensions: 221 mm X 127 mm X 39 mm

MCC from Antelope PDA-sized PC with Windows XP Pro

At the DEMOmobile exhibition Antelope Technologies unveiled its MCC (Modular Computing Core)-solution, portable PC, equipped with 1 GHz Crusoe TM5800, 256 MB RAM, 10/15 GB HDD; it has 2D/3D graphic core Silicon Motion 722 supporting analog and LVDS displays (8 MB). The model has 6.3" LCD (supported resolution 1024 x 768), Sound Blaster-compatible audio supporting mic in, stereo out, line in. The dimensions of the MCC are 75 x 125 x 20 mm, the weight is 258 grams. Well, the OS installed is Windows XP Professional. The device will go on sale on November, 7.


The idea is that the MCC contains processor, internal battery, memory and software applications. The power supply, display, communications and I/O devices are detached and transformed into modular accessories that a user chooses according to his individual preferences and work environment.


Nowadays the company offers keyboard, portable printer, barcode scanner, mouse and display as the accessories for the MCC.


Matrox unveils new solution, Parhelia HR256

Matrox Graphics announced its new professional solution, Parhelia HR256 that has 256 MB DDR (256 bit memory bus) and based on 512 bit GPU. As for the interface, it is not AGP, but 33/66 MHz PCI.


  • Supports resolutions up to 3840x2400
  • Dual LFH-60 connectors on bracket
  • Matrox PrecisionCAD driver for Autodesk AutoCAD
  • AEC|VIZ for Parhelia and Meka|VIZ for Parhelia visualization and collaboration tools from TORNADO Technologies
  • UltraSharp Display Output technology



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