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Photo of the day: Albatron PX848 Like Pro motherboard in our lab

Intel 3.40GHz Pentium 4 XE and other CPU roadmap changes

Sony PSP: XXI century walkman

EIZO Nanao FlexScan L550-R — design improved

ASUS P4S13G: the first motherboard on SiS R659

Alderwood Canterwood´s successor?

Intel officially announces 2.80GHz Celeron



Photo of the day: Albatron PX848 Like Pro motherboard in our lab

We are currently testing Albatron´s PX848 Like Pro ATX motherboard (PX848 Like Series) on ALi M1683 chipset. It supports Pentium 4 with 400/533/800MHz FSB; has 3 x DDR 333/266/400 SDRAM DIMM sockets, 6-channel Realtek ALC655 audio, 10/100Mbit Ethernet (3Com 3C920), AGP 8x, 5 x PCI slots (2.2-compliant), 2 x ATA133 (up to 4 x IDE devices), 3 x USB2.0/1.1 headers for up to 6 ports (2 on back panel), PS/2 keyboard/mouse connectors, etc.









Intel 3.40GHz Pentium 4 XE and other CPU roadmap changes

International Gate Insulator Workshop being held in Japan brings very interesting news on the future of Pentium 4 processors. We´ve already written about Intel´s primary presentation theme the new high-k dielectrics for 45nm chips (see Intel: high-k dielectrics enable to reduce leakage currents by a factor of 100!) However, the Japanese audience got to know about the closest Intel´s Pentium 4 roadmap (including Prescott) as well.

The latest information is that the company plans to announce the 3.40GHPentium 4 XE on 0.13m Northwood before any Prescott-based solutions. It seems Prescott stepping C1 suitable for volume production will be sampling only by December, volume shipments scheduled to Q1 2004 (closer to February). So today they speak of 3.40GHz Northwood-based Pentium 4 as some intermediate variant to "hold on" until Prescott arrives. By the way, they also say that considering the expected announcement of Grantsdale chipsets in February, we might see Prescott chips in LGA775 packages at once.

Anyway, let´s get back to the novelties. There´s sense in releasing such chips before 90nm solutions arrive, as AMD might release something like Athlon 64 FX53 and become the performance leader as well. If Pentium 4 XE is widespread, or not, it´s not clear. Let´s wait for more information...

Source: PC Watch

Sony PSP: XXI century walkman

Sony, which started intriguing the gaming society by messages about the new PlayStation Portable (PSP) as far back as in July, introduced the first prototypes at the press conference in New York.



The color LCD occupies the most of PSP, so the side buttons look tiny. PSP differs from GameBoy Advance far more than N-Gage. Before Sony has promised to add an analog controller, but it seems this hasn´t been done yet. I guess the joytstick will be available as an accessory.

The strap allows more comfortable handling. And the large display and features will allow to position this device not only as a gaming console, but also as a portable multimedia player.

EIZO Nanao FlexScan L550-R — design improved

Eizo Nanao reported that on November 19 it will start shipping its new 17" FlexScan L550-R monitors featuring the new design. In particular, the first model will have light-gray front and back panels, the second gray panels, and the third black panels. LCD monitors will support automatic brightness adjustment depending on illumination.

Besides, monitors will support 1280x1024 (SXGA) resolution, 16 190 000 colors, 300nit brightness, 450:1 contrast, 160° vertical and horizontal viewing angle, 16ms response time; will have D-Sub and DVI-D interfaces.

Sized 369x120.5-222.5x298-344.5 mm, each will weigh about 3.9kg.

Source: PC Watch

ASUS P4S13G: the first motherboard on SiS R659

Today in the morning at RAMBUS Developer Forum Taiwan (RDF Taiwan) SiS again announced its SiS R659 chipset supporting 4-channel RDRAM, while ASUSTeK Computer announced its first motherboard on this chipset — P4S13G.

According to the press release, P4S13G is designed for gaming, DCC and CAD applications. The board supports Pentium 4 with 800MHz FSB and Advanced HyperStreaming Engine (AHSE).

P4S13G key specs:

  • SiS R659 + SiS964 chipset
  • 4-channel PC1200 RDRAM support
  • Up to 4GB unbuffered 4-channel RIMM RDRAM with or without ECC, up to 9.6GB/s total performance
  • AGP 8x slot
  • Serial ATA RAID
  • Gigabit LAN
  • IEEE 802.11abg Wi-Fi
  • 6-channel audio

At the moment we don´t have any graphics content about the new boards and RAMBUS Developer Forum Taiwan in general, so I guess we´ll get back to it again these days.

Alderwood Canterwood´s successor?

Taiwanese press, referring to industrial sources, reported that this week Intel updated its Prescott-supporting chipset roadmap. Now, besides the four variants of Granstdale, the roadmap also features Alderwood core logic to replace Intel´s most powerful and expensive desktop chipset, i875P (Canterwood).

Alderwood, according to provisional information, will be first introduced in Q2 2004. All we know is that it will support 800MHz FSB and dual-channel DDR2. Perhaps, the company is just trying to delimit the Socket 478 and Socket 775 markets? Today, it´s still early to speak of it.

Intel´s chipset roadmap
Market 2003 Pentium 4 2004 Prescott 2005 Tejas
High-end 875P Alderwood
Middle 865P Granstdale P Lakeport P
865PE
865G Granstdale G Lakeport G
Entry 848P Granstdale GV
Granstdale GL

Source: The DigiTimes

Intel officially announces 2.80GHz Celeron

Intel officially announced shipments of its new 2.80GHz desktop and mobile Celeron processors.

Similar to its predecessors, the new chip is made using 0.13µm process; features 400MHz FSB and is designed for Socket 478 motherboards. In over 1,000-unit quantities it will cost $117.

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