Creative introduced the long-expected improved drivers for Audigy and Audigy 2 sound cards.
Besides the optimizations for Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 / Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS and bugfixes, the new drivers are the first to offer the EAX4.0 support, as indicated by our RightMark 3DSound 1.0 (see Creative Audigy2 ZS Sound Card Review.
The new drivers are intended for Windows 9x/ME/2000/XP. For more details and downloads visit Creative´s drivers section.
NTT DoCoMo announced its new mova P505iS mobile handset, the second in the 505iS series. From similar solutions (with 1-megapixel cameras) mova P505iS differs by the autofocus feature.
The phone has 65536 color LCD (also operating as a viewfinder). When unfolded, screen can rotate by 180° (for making self-portraits, for example). The model has a mini SD slot. Besides, P505iS supports voice recording (up to 55 minutes of sound for a 16MB card).
M-Systems, a well-known flash storage manufacturer, updated its series of 2.5" IDE Plus solutions. First, the capacity was extended from 21GB to 47GB; second, the newer production technology allowed for thinner solutions with up to 10GB (11.3mm) and 2GB (8mm) capacities.
2.5" IDE Plus solutions support algorithms of complete data destructions, including DoD 5220.22-M National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual, NSA 130-2, AFSSI 5020, 380-19 and Navso 5239.
The speed, at which Sony realizes its concepts, is really implressive. Just several weeks ago we´ve written that at WPC Expo it presented a working prototype of a portable video player. And voila! – sales in Japan are already scheduled to November 22.
So later this month Sony will start selling its new Vaio PCVA-HVP20 video player featuring 3.5" LCD, Memory Stick/PRO slot and 20GB HDD. The novelty supports MPEG-1, MPEG-2, WMV, and AVI, and is capable to connect to PC (Windows Me/2000/XP) via USB2.0 and video-out.
Vaio PCVA-HVP20 supports stereo sound. Sized 84x28x120mm, it weighs about 300g. A built-in Li-Ion battery provides up to 4 hours of operation. Vaio PCVA-HVP20 is estimated to cost about $450.
Source: PC Watch
As we had said, the new week brought the first comments of AMD press conference held this weekend, at which the company first introduced its roadmap until 2005 inclusively.
British The Inquirer offered the first surprise saying that Egypt, Italy and Denmark CPU cores, which are present in the AMD roadmap as the third-generation server AMD Opterons estimated in H2 2005, will have the... K9 core.
Well, a daring and interesting claim: if before it was just about improving Athens, Troy and Venus cores, which should be just AMD Opteron (Opteron 800, 200, and 100, respectively) ported to 90nm process with SOI, now it´s about the completely new core design, offering more than just DDR2 support.
As usual, only sparse information is available. They say the new chips for the future Socket 9XX will support 533/667MHz DDR2, three HyperTransport 1.05 buses. And at least three undisclosed companies are to join AMD for chipset production.
That´s all for now. But the same source also reports that the first 90nm Opteron samples should arrive early in December.
I guess it´s still early to speak of the volume shipments, however system builders (and maybe even testers) will be able to try these novelties on the eve of 2004. According to provisional information, 90nm Opterons will consume 45W max. that is actually twice less than 0.13µm consume today.
Source: The Inquirer
VIA Technologies officially announced its first dual-channel DDR chipset for the Pentium 4 platform — VIA PT880. High time I´d say, as some makers have already announced their products on it.
VIA PT880 will feature VIA VT8237 Southbridge that naturally supports 6/8-ch. VIA Vinyl Multichannel Audio, 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet, 8 x USB2.0, 2 x Serial ATA, etc. As for the PT880 Northbridge, it differs from PT800 only by a dual-channel DualStream64 controller (up to 8GB DDR400, including ECC). Similar to the previous chipset, VIA PT880 supports Pentium 4 with 800MHz FSB and Hyper-Threading, AGP 8X.
ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, ABIT and other companies have already announced the support of this novelty.
Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) approved the new Bluetooth 1.2 specs that include advanced features for better connection quality and stability.
Bluetooth 1.2 features:
Of course, Bluetooth 1.2 will be backward compatible with Bluetooth 1.1.
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