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VIA announced tiny CPU for tiny systems

Micron announced 256 Mb DDR2 SDRAM components

Kingston announces 512 MB SD card

ABIT motherboards in the Fall 2003

The list of brand notebooks with NVIDIA GeForce FX Go graphics

Card Media DigiMagic: a portable card reader and CD recorder

EPoX unveils eX5 Mini Me barebone family and eX5 Home Theater

ASRock releases P4VT8 motherboard VIA PT800

XDR to become mainstream memory by 2006

VIA announced tiny CPU for tiny systems

VIA Technologies, Inc., a developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today unveiled the new VIA Eden-N processor at the 16th annual Microprocessor Forum conference in San Jose.

Based on a new streamlined Nehemiah core architecture, the VIA Eden-N processor delivers enhanced digital media performance features and the industry´s most advanced embedded hardware security technologies in a tiny nanoBGA package measuring just 15mm x 15mm to provide the world´s smallest, lowest power, and most secure native x86 processor.

Combining the streamlined Nehemiah core architecture with a new nanoBGA package that measures only 15mm x 15mm, the VIA Eden-N processor is approximately the size of a penny and less than half the size of the Intel Pentium M processor, and with its enhanced thermal characteristics achieves a Thermal Design Power of only 6 watts at 800MHz and 7 watts at 1GHz.

The processor´s ultra low power consumption is of importance for small and quiet connected devices because it means that they can run without any cooling fans, significantly enhancing reliability during 24/7 operation. Its small size reduces motherboard real estate requirements, facilitating the development of smaller, more highly integrated footprints such as the forthcoming 12cm x 12cm VIA Nano-ITX mainboard form factor.

The VIA Eden-N processor adds advanced new on-die security features to the existing PadLock Security Suite on the Nehemiah core, including the new PadLock Advanced Cryptography Engine (ACE) and two hardware based RNGs. PadLock ACE provides world-class performance for the US government approved Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), performing cryptographic functions for securing e-mails, personal files, online transactions, and networks, including the latest high-bandwidth 802.11g wireless networks. PadLock ACE encrypts at rates of up to 12.5 Gigabits per second (Gbps) with a 1GHz VIA Eden-N processor, more than eight times faster than the best software AES implementation from a power hungry 3GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor based system that encrypts at a rate of a mere 1.5 Gbps.

Micron announced 256 Mb DDR2 SDRAM components

Micron Technology, Inc., announces the industry’s first 256Mb DDR2 SDRAM components manufactured on 0.11΅m process technology. Intel has validated these components at DDR2-400 speed on the x4 and x8 configurations and DDR2-533 speed on the x8 configuration. In 2004, DDR2-400 will be used primarily in server platforms and DDR2-533 will be used in desktop platforms.

The majority of DDR2 desktop computing architectures will use dual memory channels. In a dual channel system, DIMM modules are installed and accessed in pairs. Most 256Mb DDR2 components are currently used to build 256MB DDR2 PC2-3200/PC2-4300 modules, which are the preferred module density for 512MB dual channel platforms. Building dual channel 512MB platforms with two 256MB PC2-4300 modules provides twice the bandwidth of a single channel system using one 512MB PC2-4300 module. In addition, 256Mb DDR2 components will be used to construct 128MB and 512MB DDR2 modules to meet the price and performance requirements of a wide range of system configurations.

Kingston announces 512 MB SD card

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. today announced the release of a 512MB Secure Digital Card (SD).

SD is the latest addition to Kingstona´s continuously expanding spectrum of digital storage devices. The SD card provides enhanced cryptographic security protection for copyrighted data. SD cards are used in the latest SD compatible digital devices such as PDAs, digital cameras, digital camcorders and MP3 players.

Available immediately, Kingston´s 512MB Secure Digital Card, part number: (SD/512) carries a Manufacturer´s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $187.00. SD is also available in 32MB, 64MB, 128MB and 256MB capacities.

What made the company to wait for 6 monhts before the announcement? One could suggest that Kingston has been evaluating the market´s acceptance and demand for 512 MB SD cards.

ABIT motherboards in the Fall 2003

Introducing the list of the most interesting ABIT motherboards available in retail this Fall/Winter.
Pentium 4
Model Chipset FSB, MHz DDR PCI SATA 1394 LAN USB2.0
IC7-Max3 875P 800 Dual 400 5 6 3 1GB 8
IC7-G 5 4 2 1GB 8
IC7 5 4 2 x 8
AI7-Guru 865PE 5 2 3 10/100 8
IS7 865PE 5 2 3 8
IS7-E 865PE 5 2 x 8
IS7-M 865G 5 4 x 8
IS7-V 848P DDR 400 5 2 x 8
IS-10 865PE Dual 400 3 2 x 8
VI7 PT800 DDR 400 5 2 x 6

Model Chipset FSB, MHz DDR PCI SATA 1394 LAN USB2.0
KV8 MAXIII K8T800 400 DDR400 6 2 x 10/100 8
KV7 KT600 6 2 x 10/100 8
AN7-Guru nForce2 + MCP-S 5 2 2 6
NF7-S nForce2 + MCP-T Dual 400 5 2 2 6
NF7-SL nForce2 + MCP-T 5 2 2 6
NF7-M nForce2 IGP + MCP 333 5 x x 6
NF7 nForce2 + MCP 400 5 x x 6
VA-10 KM400 DDR400 3 x x 4

The list of brand notebooks with NVIDIA GeForce FX Go graphics

The quality graphics is an important question for notebook users. Many notebook makers are striving to produce solutions nearly equal to desktop PC, especially from the angle of DX9 support. Today after the latest mobile GPUs are available, I can say that DX9 support is becoming a standard of modern notebook graphics. To illustrate this trend here´s a list of brand notebooks based on NVIDIA GeForce FX Go solutions:


  • GeForce FX Go5600 — VAIO GRT796SP
  • GeForce FX Go5600 — VAIO PCG-GRT715M
  • GeForce FX Go5600 — VAIO PCG-GRT715S
  • GeForce FX Go5600 — VAIO PCG-GRT100


  • GeForce FX Go5200 — Satellite P25
  • GeForce FX Go5600 — Satellite 5200-902
  • GeForce FX Go5600 — Satellite 5205-S705


  • GeForce FX Go5600 — Pavilion zd7001us


  • GeForce FX Go5650 — Inspiron 8600
  • GeForce FX Go5600 — Inspiron 8600
  • GeForce FX Go5200 — Inspiron 5150


  • GeForce FX Go5200 — TravelBook M5Wide


  • GeForce FX Go5200/5600 Aspire 1700


  • GeForce FX Go5600 — Area-51m Extreme
  • GeForce FX Go5600 — Area-51m Enthusiast
  • GeForce FX Go5600 — Area-51m Performance


  • GeForce FX Go5600 — MD 40274


  • GeForce FX Go5200 – Hollywood
  • GeForce FX Go5200 — X6 Force
  • GeForce FX Go5600 — Hummer FX

Card Media DigiMagic: a portable card reader and CD recorder

Card Media introduced a special accessory for more comfortable data transfers from cards to CDs — DigiMagic.

DigiMagic supports CD-R/CD-RW multisessions, CompactFlash, MicroDrive, SmartMedia, Memory Stick, Secure Digital and MultiMediaCard (as well as xD picture card via adapter).

EPoX unveils eX5 Mini Me barebone family and eX5 Home Theater

EPoX posted the detailed specs and photos of new eX5 Mini Me barebones to become available in retail in October.

eX5 Mini Me 300S/320S brief specs are:

  • Intel 865G + ICH5 chipset
  • Support Intel P4/Celeron with 400/533/800MHz FSB, Hyper-Threading
  • 2 x DIMM sockets for dual-channel DDR266/333/400
  • 1 x PCI and 1 x AGP 8X slot
  • 1 x 5.25" and 2 x 3.5" bays
  • 2 υ ATA-100 IDE
  • 8 x USB2.0 ports
  • 2 x S-ATA IDE ports
  • 2 x IEEE1394A ports
  • 10/100 Ethernet LAN (Realtek RTL8101L)
  • 6-channel Realtek ALC-655
  • Music On-now (OZ263 controller; MP3/CD playback from HDD or CD-ROM w/o OS boot)
  • 200W power supply
  • The size of 300S – 300x200x180mm, of 320S – 323x200x182mm
  • 3G-Tek cooling system
  • Optional eX5 Home Theater Speakers
  • Below 30dB summary noise

In addition the Music On-now feature allows to listen to music without booting up the OS. It´s controlled by the front-panel LCM module and indicates times, alarm mode as well as all important file properties like length, source (HDD/CD-ROM), etc. Unlike optional eX5 Home Theater Speakers, each eX5 is bundled with a stylish screwdriver.

ASRock releases P4VT8 motherboard VIA PT800

Following the P4AL-800 motherboard on ALi´s new chipset, ASRock decided to continue chipset experiments and released P4VT8 on VIA PT800 for P4 processors with 800MHz FSB and DDR400.

ASRock P4VT8 brief specs:

  • ATX form-factor
  • VIA PT800 + VT8237 chipset
  • Supports Intel Pentium4/Celeron with Hyper-Threading, 800/533/400 MHz FSB
  • 3 x DDR400/333/266 sockets
  • AGP 8X/4X slot
  • 2 x Serial ATA 1.5 channels with RAID 0,1
  • ASROCK I/O Plus – 6 x USB2.0 ports on the back panel and 2 on a separate board
  • Int. 5.1-channel sound
  • 10/100Mbps Ethernet
  • 2 x ATA133/100 ports
  • Bundled PC-cillin 2002, ASRock PC DIY Live Demo, 3D Audio Player, RAID controller, etc.

Each P4VT8 bundle will also include the additional (FREE BONUS PACK) with 2 x SATA cables, SATA Y-type power cable and Game port board.

XDR to become mainstream memory by 2006

Rambus Inc. announced its roadmap to bring XDR DRAM to the PC main memory market by 2006.

As CPU speeds increase, and as new operating systems and software applications come to market, PC main memory requirements will quickly outgrow the limits of current mainstream memory solutions. Running at 3.2GHz, XDR DRAM offers eight times the bandwidth of today´s best-in-class PC memory. The differential signaling of XDR allows it to scale to 6.4GHz and beyond, providing PCs with unprecedented levels of memory performance.

XDR topology

Rambus has defined all of the ingredients necessary to bring XDR to PC main memory. These ingredients include a broad range of XDIMM memory modules, programmable-width XDR DRAMs, buffers, connectors, clock generators, and comprehensive system design guidelines and documentation.

The XDIMM memory module will provide 12.8GB/s to 25.6GB/s of bandwidth, which is four times more memory module bandwidth in the same pin count and form factor as DDR2 DIMMs, giving the XDIMM the highest performance at the lowest system cost.

Chip block diagram

XDR offers a roadmap to 6.4GHz and can scale to interface widths of up to 128-bits, enabling memory system bandwidths up to 100GB/s, 16 times more than today´s 6.4GB/s memory systems. XDR DRAMs will be available in multiple speed bins, device densities, and device widths. With densities ranging from 256Mb to 8Gb, and device widths ranging from x1 to x32, XDR DRAM satisfies the needs of both high-bandwidth and high-capacity systems.

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