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Matsushita continues P3 combo series with KXL-CB35AN

Future ASUS novelties: My Pal A716 Pocket PC and A8100 smartphone

Dothan-based Pentium M pricing, clock speeds and release dates

AMD Opteron 148, 248, 848 officially announced



Matsushita continues P3 combo series with KXL-CB35AN

Matsushita introduced its new portable CD-RW&DVD-ROM combo, KXL-CB35AN (P3 series), that will arrive for sale in a week. The model will feature USB2.0/1.1 support and won´t differ much from similar devices: 130ms CD-ROM seek, 180ms DVD-ROM seek, 2MB buffer, 130x157x18.5mm dimensions, 305g weight. 10W consumption via AC adapter, 5W startup via USB.

Besides, when powering from AC adapter, the model provides 24x CD-R write, 16x CD-RW rewrite. Otherwise only 8x. AC adapter also enables 24x CD-ROM/R/RW read, 8x DVD-ROM read, 4x DVD-R/RW read, 2x DVD-RAM read. Otherwise — 20x CD-ROM/R/RW, 6x DVD-ROM, 4x DVD-R/RW, 2x DVD-RAM.

Source: ASCII24

Future ASUS novelties: My Pal A716 Pocket PC and A8100 smartphone

French sources report that ASUS prepares several novelties. Pity, but no release dates or detailed specs are available at the moment.


One of the novelties is the new My Pal A716 Pocket PC featuring Bluetooth and WI-FI support. Known specs:

  • CPU: 400MHz Intel Xscale PXA255
  • RAM: 64MB (58MB free for use)
  • Expansion slots: SD and CF
  • OS: Windows Mobile 2003
  • Size: 135x77x17.6mm
  • Weight: 170 g

Another novelty is the new Asus A8100 smartphone working under Windows Mobile 2003. It´s said to be a worthy rival to Sony Ericcson P900.

Source: PDA France

Dothan-based Pentium M pricing, clock speeds and release dates

Taiwanese sources close to notebook manufacturers reported some new details on 90nm Dothan-based Pentium M processors scheduled to February 2004. According to Intel Taiwan, currently the yield of 90nm chips from 300mm wafers even exceeds values for 0.13m process and 200mm wafers.

First we should see the 1.6GHz, 1.7GHz and 1.8GHz models in the market. Besides, in Q1 2004 Intel is also going to present the 1GHz ULV Pentium M on Dothan core for about $262 wholesale.

As for the primary Intel Mobile M (Dothan) series, the prices will be approximately as below:

Pentium M pricing
Model 0.13m (Oct. 5, 2003) 90nm (from Feb. 4, 2004)
1.8GHz $637
1.7GHz $423 $455
1.6GHz $294 $326

Source: The DigiTimes

AMD Opteron 148, 248, 848 officially announced

Today AMD announced its new AMD Opteron server and workstation processors with 148, 248, 848 ratings. All three chips operate at 2.2GHz and are respectively designed for 1-way servers and workstations (Opteron 148), 2-way servers (Opteron 248) and 4-/8-way servers (Opteron 848).

Thus we can now state that AMD 32/64-bit processors achieved 2.2GHz in volumes. If you remember, Socket 940 Athlon 64 FX 51 was the first to do this.

Another achievement of server AMD Opterons is the support for registered DDR400 memory. This is not a surprise as it first appeared in Athlon 64 FX 51 solutions, so we could expect this from AMD. It´s also interesting that, according to today´s press release, "all AMD Opteron processors with model numbers ending in 46 and higher will soon be available with the additional memory support. Therefore we should soon expect a new wave of annoucements related to AMD Opteron-based systems supporting registered PC3200.

Other specs of new Socket 940 Opterons are the same: 64-bit core, 64Kb associative bidirectional instruction cache + 64Kb associative bidirectional data cache (L1), 1Mb 16-channel L2 cache, integrated DDR controller supporting DDR200/DDR266/DDR333/DDR400 SDRAM, up to 3 x HyperTransport buses module (19.2Gbps total). All chips are made using 0.13µm process.

According to the press release, the AMD Opteron processor Model 848 will be priced at $3199 in 1,000-unit quantities. The AMD Opteron processor Model 248 is priced at $913 in 1,000-unit quantities and the AMD Opteron processor Model 148 will be priced at $733 in 1,000-unit quantities. Naturally, the previous models now cost less, so their wholesale prices are:

AMD Opteron wholesale prices
100 series Price 200 series Price 800 series Price
Model 148 $733 Model 248 $913 Model 848 $3199
Model 146 $438 Model 246 $794 Model 846 $2149
Model 144 $292 Model 244 $455 Model 844 $1299
Model 142 $229 Model 242 $316 Model 842 $999
Model 140 $187 Model 240 $198 Model 840 $749

As for the future prospects, it seems the next AMD Opteron generation will arrive in H2 2004 only made using 90nm process. And we doubt there will be any significant breakthroughs until that time...

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