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MSI releases PT8 Neo motherboard series

Psion Teklogix unveils a NETBOOK PRO PDA

Sony to announce DVD PSX gaming combine next week at CEATEC Japan 2003

MSI releases PT8 Neo motherboard series

MSI announced its new PT8 Neo motherboard series for Pentium 4 processors. For now the series includes two boards: PT8 Neo-SR and PT8 Neo-LSR that utilizes built-in 10/100Mbps LAN.

PT8 Neo key specs:

  • Supports up to 3.2GHz Socket 478 Intel Pentium 4
  • VIA PT800 + VT8237 Southbridge
  • 800/533/400MHz FSB
  • AGP 8X/4 (0.8/1.5V only)
  • 2 x 184-pin DIMM sockets for DDR 400/333/266MHz SDRAM, up to 2Gb, 2.5V
  • 5 x 32-bit PCI slots, 3.3/5V
  • V-link Client controller
  • Internal Ethernet LPC (optional RJ-45 LAN)
  • Internal 5.1-channel Realtek ALC655, AC97 v2.2, SPDIF, RCA
  • 2 x Ultra DMA 66/100/133 channels
  • ACPI
  • Serial ATA/150 / RAID 0/1
  • 8 x USB2.0 ports
  • ATX, 305x210mm

Psion Teklogix unveils a NETBOOK PRO PDA

Psion Teklogix that was rather popular in the market in the past is trying to win back its positions by releasing original novelties. In May we reported that the company introduced an unusually shaped Pocket PC — Psion Teklogix PC 7535. And now the company released even more interesting model that looks like a notebook, but is actually a PDA — NETBOOK PRO.

From usual PDAs on Intel XScale PXA 255 and Windows CE.NET, NETBOOK PRO differs by a larger full color SVGA display and extended number of interfaces that theoretically allows to use various 802.11b, Bluetooth, GSM/GPRS or CDMA/1xRTT devices. Brief device features are:

  • CPU: 400MHz Intel Xscale PXA255
  • Memory: 128Mb SDRAM, 32Mb Flash
  • Display: color SVGA (800x600) LCD touchscreen with CCFL backlight
  • OS: Microsoft Windows CE.NET version 4.2
  • Keyboard: 58 buttons
  • Audio: AC97 codec
  • Ports: RS232, IrDA 1.1, Mini USB 1.1 master, USB slave (for a docking station)
  • Stereo headphones-out, mic-in, built-in speaker
  • Slots: CF card Type I & II, PCMCIA Type I & II, SDIO/SD/MMC
  • Power: Li-Ion battery, 10.6V 2200mAh ; 2 x backup AAA batteries
  • Size: 235x184x35mm
  • Weight: 1.1kg

NETBOOK PRO will be shipping to USA and Europe in the late October through Psion Teklogix official reseller network. Pity, but pricing hasn´t been disclosed yet, but I guess this model will be able to compete with some sub-notebooks and PDAs if it´s right.

Sony to announce DVD PSX gaming combine next week at CEATEC Japan 2003

Reuters, referring to Sony officials, reports that already next week at CEATEC Japan 2003 the company plans to introduce its universal Sony PSX gaming console.

Today very scarse details are known about PSX. It´s expected to combine a gaming console and a multimedia center. In a single body PSX will feature a TV-tuner, DVD recorder with a hard drive, and a kind of Playstation 2. Pity, but this is all we know about it for now. It´s even less than Sony PSP pocket console to be announced at E3 next year.

Following the tradition, Sony plans to establish Sony PSX sales in Japan first where it´s expected before the end of 2003. Shipments to Europe and USA are to start early in 2004. No more precise dates were given.

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