It seems that these months Intel is going to aggressively attack the inexpensive notebooks market, in which Centrino has a not very good position. However, you shouldn´t expect prices for Centrino components to go down at once. Yes, you are to see the inexpensive Centrino notebooks in the market, but they´ll reach it in some other way: due to the "light" Pentium M processors that are already nicknamed Celeron M.
Last week we published the corresponding provisional data. Today PC Watch offered more details.
So, the first Banias-based Celeron M processors will have 512KB L2 cache. In Q1 2004 Intel is to introduce 1.2GHz and 1.3GHz models, in Q2 2004 – 1.4GHz model, in Q3 – 1.5GHz model. At that the first chips should consume 24.5W like usual Pentium M. At the same time we should see the 90nm Dothan-based Celeron M processors.
Below is Intel´s provisional roadmap for Dothan-based Celeron M solutions.
On the photo below you can see the comparison of 90nm Prescott and Dothan cores.
Source: PC Watch
French X86-Secret reported that Intel´s Grantsdale chipset might feature a new form of RAID implemented into ICH6 Matrix RAID a combination of RAID 0 and RAID 1:
Matrix RAID provides two partitions: RAID 0 and RAID 1. The first is sized 80GB is used to store less critical data that still requires lots of capacity — like Windows. The second partition must be sized 40GB and used to store critical information. Among the advantages they mention the capability to resize partitions without data losses.
In mid-November ATI Technologies officially announced its new mobile workstation MOBILITY FireGL T2 GPU and posted a small note that this GPU would be used in Hewlett-Packard´s Mobile Workstation nw8000. Today the latter published an official press release.
Mobile Workstation nw8000 has 15" UXGA (1600x1200) LCD display, 128MB of graphics RAM; 8/24/10/24x DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo, 1.7GHz Pentium M (Intel 855PM chipset), 1GB of PC2700 (up to 2GB), 60GB 7200rpm HDD.
Networking features are rather rich: IEEE 802.11a/b/g, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 1.1, IrDA, V.92 modem. Interfaces include 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x IEEE1394, LPT, COM, S-Video, 2 x PC Card Type II slots, 1 x SD slot. Sized 326x275x41mm, nw8000 weighs about 2.96kg. The battery provides up to 5 hours of operation.
Sales are scheduled to mid-January. The price should be $4620.
Source: PC Watch
Taiwanese Albatron Technology announced two graphics cards on GeForce FX 5900 XT: FX5900XT and FX5900XTV. Both models are almost identical, but FX5900XTV supports VIVO.
Source: PC Watch
Audio.Rightmark.Org, the Independed Audio Benchmark Project, released its new RightMark Audio Analyzer 5.2 kit designed for testing acoustic capabilities of sound cards and systems.
New features of RMAA 5.2 include:
RightMark Audio Analyzer 5.2 is available for download here.
The RightMark Audio Analyzer test kit is designed for testing acoustic capabilities of sound cards and systems. The testing is conducted by playing and recording test signals that pass along the tested path. Obtained results can be saved and browsed. For those unfamiliar with measured technical specs, the kit provides results such as "bad", "average", "good", "very good", "excellent".
According to Boyden, next year VIA will primarily focus on the transition PCI-Express and DDR II. As you know, the first company´s chipset supporting PCI-Express will be the discrete PT890 also supporting 800MHz FSB and dual-channel DDR400 with ECC, DDR-II 400/533/667. The integrated PM890 should follow it with the UniChrome 2 GFX graphics.
Besides, early in Q1 2004 VIA is to introduce K8T800 Pro supporting the new 939-pin AMD Athlon 64 processors. The new Pro version will have all the features of K8T800 (800MHz HyperTransport FSB, AGP 2X/4X/8X, Ultra V-Link), and will support 1GHz HyperTransport FSB. It´s interesting that some motherboard makers are already planning to use K8T800 Pro for 754-pin Athlon 64 products counting on their popularity due to 1GHz FSB.
After K8T800 Pro for 64-bit Opteron/Athlon 64 processors we should expect K8T890 that will support PCI-Express and DDR II. VIA also prepares to release new Vinyl Audio and Velocity Gigabit Ethernet solutions.
P.S. By the way, this weekend a board on VIA PT880 supporting dual-channel DDR400 arrived to Japanese retail. It was the PT880 Neo-FISR from Taiwanese MSI priced $100-135.
Source: PC Watch
The first graphics cards on GeForce MX 4000 GPUs that arrived to Japanese retail were GF4M4000-A128C (AGP, 128MB of 64-bit DDR, D-Sub, DVI, TV-out) and the low-profile GF4M4000-LA128V (AGP, 128MB of 64-bit DDR, TV-out, no DVI). Both cards were introduced under the local brand, Kurouto Shikou, however the actual maker was Taiwanese Palit that posted the corresponding specs on its website.
As you remember, GeForce MX 4000 (or NV18B) doesn´t differ much from GeForce MX440-8X, it just supports 128MB or 64MB of 128-bit DDR organized as 16Mx16, and has TMDS and S-Video controller integrated into the core. GPU has 275/400 (DDR) MHz clock speed. In other words, it´s a slightly improved variant of mainstream low-end graphics.
In Japan GF4M4000-A128C costs about $60-63, the low-profile GF4M4000-LA128V – about $57-60.
Source: Akiba PC
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