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 Technology, Inc., announces the industrys 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 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 available in retail this Fall/Winter.
NVIDIA GeForce FX Go solutions:
Card Media introduced a special accessory for more comfortable data transfers from cards to CDs DigiMagic.
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:
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 decided to continue chipset experiments and released P4VT8 on VIA PT800 for P4 processors with 800MHz FSB and DDR400.
ASRock P4VT8 brief specs:
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.
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.
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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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