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Colorgraphic releases its quad output AGP video card

AOpen unveils Aeolus FX 5900 XT graphics card on GeForce FX5900 XT GPU

Fujitsu samples the first 2.5" Serial ATA hard drives with SATA II Phase I support

Intel server processors: years 2004 to 2006

Vantec Spectrum Fan Card: light and cold

Gigabyte NA501: a mobile Centrino meccano

Colorgraphic releases its quad output AGP video card

Colorgraphic has now released the Xentera GT 4 AGP card. It is available directly from Colorgraphic or through the channel via Ingram Micro. The low-profile, analog/DVI quad display card can support up to 2048x1536 analog VGA, or 1600x1200 DVI resolutions. It utilizes Colorgraphic´s new MV20 in-line cabling interface. The MV20 cable permits direct attachment of each display to the adapter bracket. Splitter cables are not required. Users can configure a mixture of analog and DVI-type displays on each adapter.

The Xentera GT 4 AGP has an MSRP of $595 and is available in the US, as well as most countries.

AOpen unveils Aeolus FX 5900 XT graphics card on GeForce FX5900 XT GPU

Right after our yesterday news about the graphics card shipment plans, we received the press release from AOpen that officially announced its Aeolus FX5900 XT (mentioned yesterday) on NVIDIA GeForce FX5900 XT GPU.

Aeolus FX 5900 XT has 128MB of 256-bit DDR operating at 700MHz, D-Sub, DVI, video-out. The bundle includes a DVI-CRT adapter. In Europe this card should cost about 239 as we also mentioned yesterday.

Fujitsu samples the first 2.5" Serial ATA hard drives with SATA II Phase I support

The era of Serial ATA II draws near: today Fujitsu Computer Products of America started sampling the first 2.5" 5400rpm Serial ATA HDDs to selected partners. The new drives feature Marvell 88i6535 chips supporting the extended SATA specs — SATA II Phase I, including the Native Command Queuing.

For the first time we reported about Marvell 88i6535 SoC as far back as in September at the moment of announcement. Marvell 88i6535 features Fujitsu HDD controller, 88C6591 core, 2nd generation Serial ATA PHY and ARM966E-S processor core. The Native Command Queuing support is carried out by analyzing requests from CPU and optimizing the queue of their execution to maximize throughput and minimize seek time. Serial ATA Native Command Queuing is generally alike the SCSI instruction queue organization, but supports up to 32 instructions vs. 256-level depth of SCSI.

Fujitsu´s new 2.5" SATA II Phase I HDDs designed for mobile PCs, multimedia boxes and server blades haven´t been assigned series name yet, and their volume production dates are also unknown. However, it seems that Fujitsu-Marvell tandem isn´t going to lag behind the Seagate-Silicon Image duet working in the same field that introduced its first Serial ATA Native Command Queuing prototype (SATALink SiI 3112A) as far back as in September.

Intel server processors: years 2004 to 2006

The Web brought us information about Intel server CPU roadmap for 2004-2006. At a glance this correlates with the data reported by PC Watch in October.

  Q1 2004 Q2 H2 H1 2005 H2 -
Itanium 2 - - Madison 9M; 1.5 GHz+ (9MB L3 cache); Q3 Montecito; Dual Core (24MB L3 cache); 90nm Tanglewood; Multi Core; 2006-2007
DP Itanium 2 - - Fanwood; 1.5 GHz+; Q3
Fanwood (533MHz FSB; Q4)
Millington (on Montecito) -
LV Itanium 2 - - Fanwood; 1 GHz+, DP; Q3 Millington (on Montecito) -
Xeon MP Gallatin-4M; 3GHz/4MB, 2.7GHz/2MB, 2.2GHz/2MB - - Potomac; 90nm; Q1 Tulsa; Dual Core; in about 2006
Xeon 3.20GHz; 2MB L3 cache, 533MHz FSB, $1,043 Nocona; 3.60-2.80GHz, 1MB L2 cache, 800MHz FSB; 90nm LV Nocona; 2.80GHz; Q3 Jayhawk; 4GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 800MHz FSB, 90nm; Q1 - -

Vantec Spectrum Fan Card: light and cold

Modding has its price as any other art. Vantec´s new Spectrum Fan Card, SP-FC70-BL, demands one PCI slot as a sacrifice. Actually it´s a dual fan cooler designed as a PCI card. According to the company, they tried to kill two birds with one stone: first, to create vertical airflow, second, to provide additional graphics card cooling (a delicate hint to help you select an appropriate PCI slot for the Fan Card). And don´t forget about the aesthetics — the card glows in ultraviolet, while fans have their own LEDs.

  • 195x92x20mm card size
  • 300g weight
  • 70x70x15mm fan size
  • 7-12V voltage
  • 9W power
  • 2400-4000 rpm speed (autoadjust)
  • 17.73-29.54 CFM
  • 25-36.4dBA noise
  • Ball-bearing

In retail the card will be available in December for about $20.

Gigabyte NA501: a mobile Centrino meccano

Gigabyte decided to promote its notebooks in a rather unusual way: yesterday Morex, the large French distributor started selling Gigabyte NA501 notebook as a... barebone, i.e. without a CPU, memory, and HDD that you should purchase yourself.

In France such a portable "meccano" costs €908 offering you:

  • Pentium M CPU support
  • i855GM integrated chipset
  • 2 x SO-DIMM sockets for DDR266
  • 2.5" ATA100 HDD support
  • Int. DVD/CD-RW (DVD 8x, CD 24x, CD-R 24x, CD-RW 10x)
  • 15" 1024x768 LCD
  • Audio, 3 x USB 2.0, 1 x FireWire, 1 x PCMCIA II slot, Ethernet, modem, VGA and TV-out, etc.
  • 2.8kg weight
  • 330x273x29.9mm
  • 5-hour battery

The price for this Centrino kit seems good (until you start inquiring about Pentium M retail prices ;-).

Source: 3dchips-FR

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