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KT880, PT890, PM890, K8T890 and other novelties from VIA Technologies

MSI introduces 661FM motherboards

DeltaChrome: PCI Express support and S3 Graphics roadmap. First photos

Shuttle announces SN85G4 barebone on NVIDIA nForce 3 150

Adaptec announces 2 and 4 port USB hubs

Toshiba´s RD-XS31 will use Seagate´s CE HDDs

KT880, PT890, PM890, K8T890 and other novelties from VIA Technologies

British The Inquirer found updates for VIA chipset roadmaps.

As you know, at IDF VIA showcased its PT880 Pentium 4 chipset supporting dual-channel DDR. I guess next week Computex 2003 announcements will just overwhelm us. However, it seems PT880 already has a successor in 2004 VIA plans to release PT890 chipset to support dual-channel 400/533/667 MHz DDR-2, PCI Express and 800MHz FSB processors. Of course, DDR-1 backward compatibility will be provided as well. The discrete PT890 won´t be left alone without an integrated brother. PM890 will feature the Unichrome 3.0 graphics core supporting DirectX 9.

We´ve already mentioned the integrated CM400 that was being prepared for volume production. This chipset supports Pentium III and features Unichrome 2 graphics core with AGP 8X support. Of course, VIA cares not about the Pentium III sales, but rather about its own C3/Eden.

As for AMD processors, the company prepares KT880 to be released this quarter. Naturally, this Athlon XP 400MHz FSB model will support dual-channel DDR266/333/400 with ECC. For 64-bit Opteron / Athlon 64 the company plans to release K8T890 in Q1 2004 with PCI-Express support.

Source: The Inquirer

MSI introduces 661FM motherboards

MSI introduced two new 661FM, motherboards — 661FM and 661FM-L (with 10/100 LAN). Models are based on SIS 661 and SIS 963/963L chipsets; support up to 3.06GHz Intel Pentium 4 (Socket 478), 400/533/800MHz FSB, Hyper-Threading.

Board specs:
SIS 661:SIS 963/963L:
  • Up to 2Gb DDR400 / DDR333 / DDR266; 2 x 184-pin DIMM sockets
  • Int. graphics
  • AGP 8x
  • Duplex 1GHz 16-bit MuTIOL
  • Dual-channel ATA 66/100/133
  • 5.1-ch. AC97 codec, SPDIF
  • 6 x USB2.0 ports
  • Int. IEEE1394 (only SIS963)
  • MuTIOL

DeltaChrome: PCI Express support and S3 Graphics roadmap. First photos

For a long time already it has been known that a press release and actual availability can be very different. This is especially true about 3D graphics companies. That´s why there was no hype over S3 Graphics´ desktop and mobile PCI Express-enabled DeltaChrome announcement...

Nevertheless, this one might still become real. Though it will take a long time for these chips to become available in volumes (only in early H2 2004, according to the company; but I think such graphics won´t be needed in volumes until that time anyway). This time S3 Graphics has actually showcased a PCI Express card prototype that gives hope to see these in volumes. I hope readers will excuse my scepticism about S3 Graphics, but if you remember, company announced its previous DX9 GPU three times, but only on paper.

So, what does S3 Graphics promise for PCI Express? DeltaChrome models on Columbia graphics core supporting DX9 should be offered for all market segments. Currently samples stepping A0 are available and fully verified. S3 believes already the next, not the 3rd or 4th revision will be ready for the volume production.

The DeltaChrome series will include at least two GPU models, with 8 and 4 pipelines and 1 texture unit per pipeline. Initially 8-pipeline GPUs will be produced for mid-end, with high-end production to start later. Besides, S3 will not only develop, but also design the cards. Mid-range DeltaChrome S8 are expected to be made in two variants, usual and Nitro similar to NVIDIA Ultra or ATI Pro. Mainstream DeltaChrome S4 and S4 Nitro will be based on 4-pipeline GPUs. High-end models on 8-pipeline chips will be named DeltaChrome F1 and F1 Pole.

Today S3 actually has two different design for these cards: the 6-layer for higher-speed and 4-layer for mainstream. High-end GPU clock speeds will start from 315MHz, while mainstream clock speeds will start from 275MHz. Theoretically, S3 DeltaChrome S4/S4 Nitro cards will perform on the level of Radeon 9500 Pro. As for the memory interface DeltaChrome will be 128-bit, but 64-bit models might also appear for inexpensive products.

GPUs will be made using TSMC´s 130nm process, with low-K dielectics to follow in the later models.

DeltaChrome features, just in case:

  • DirectX 9, OpenGL 1.3 support
  • Vertex Shaders v2.0, Pixel Shaders v2.0 (Delta Chrome V8 Pipeline) support
  • 8 pipelines / 1 texture/pass
  • 16x anisotropy
  • 2x Super Sampling AA
  • Advanced Deferred Rendering, hierarchical Z buffer
  • Shading acceleration with dual-side stencil
  • Per Pixel Adaptive Deinterlacing
  • Chromotion engine for streaming data; uncompressed S340 support; WMV8 and WMV9 video post-processing
  • Microsoft VMR (Video Mixing Renderer)
  • HDTV connector (480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p), LVDS, Duo-View+

Well, DeltaChrome supports DX9 and OpenGL 1.3, but doesn´t support OpenGL 2.0 and doesn´t pretend to enter the workstation market. However, it supports PCI Express and has chances to become popular in the 3D graphics field.

Anyway, only the time will tell. These days XGI prepares its DX9 Volari, and S3 seems to act lively as well. I wonder if we are to see the good old multi-rival battles in the 3D market again?

Photos and most information from Tech Report

Shuttle announces SN85G4 barebone on NVIDIA nForce 3 150

Shuttle announced new SN85G4 barebone on NVIDIA nForce 3 150 (for AMD Athlon64 with 800MHz FSB).

It supports DDR200/266/333/400 SDRAM (up to 2Gb); has Realtek ALC650 codec, 2 x IDE UDMA100/133 ports, 2 x SATA ports. On the front panel there are 2 x USB ports, 1 x IEEE1394a port, Line-In, Mic-In, Speaker-Out, slot for CF-I/CF-II/SM/SD/MMC/MS USB2.0 reader.

On the back panel: 2 x USB.0 ports, 1 x IEEE1394a, keyboard and mouse PS/2 ports, 1 x RJ45, 1 x COM, 1 x LPT, etc. The aluminium case is sized 295x200x180mm and weighs 2.85 kg.

Adaptec announces 2 and 4 port USB hubs

Adaptec announced two USB hubs 2- and 4 port versions (XHub2 and XHub4mini respectively), that will go on sale in the end of September. The dimensions of the XHub2 are 24 x 68 x 22 mm, its weight is 41 grams. The model is equipped with 3 LEDs to indicate working state. The device supports Windows 98 SE/ME/2000/XP, Mac OS 9.1 and higher, Mac OS X 10.1.

The dimensions of the XHub4mini are 88 x 68 x 23 mm, it weights 70 grams. The device is bundled with AC adapter; this model is equipped with 3 LEDs to indicate working state.

Toshiba´s RD-XS31 will use Seagate´s CE HDDs

Seagate Technology announced today that Toshiba has selected Seagate consumer electronics (CE) hard drives for Toshiba´s HDD & DVD recorder, RD-XS31 — the industry´s first DVD multi-drive video recorder. Seagate´s hard drive provides the RD-XS31 with up to 104 hours of recording time for TV shows. It also provides the cache storage that allows programs to be archived to DVD-RAM, DVD-RW and DVD-R formats. The disks were chosen for their quiet acoustics, efficient power use, high reliability and top streaming performance.

Seagate´s specialized CE hard drives and unique CE services provide storage for the new world of digital entertainment, enabling personal video recorders (PVR), video game consoles, audio jukeboxes, home media centres and networked entertainment systems.

Key specifications of the disks:

  • Capacity: 40, 80 (will be used in RD-XS31), 120, 160 GB
  • Interface: Ultra ATA/100, compatible with UDMA-2, —3, and —4 chipsets
  • Idle acoustics: 2.6 bels
  • Supported A/V streams: up to 8 (standard TV)
  • Typical startup current: no greater than 2.3 amps

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