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Cornice unveils 1" 2GB Cornice SE hard drives

VIA to produce 90nm 2GHz Esther processors at IBM fabs

Crusoe TM5700/TM5900: Transmeta´s new compact processors

Intel Celeron M: the official debut

Athlon 64 3400+ and three new Mobile Athlon 64: an official New Year present from AMD

Creative releases 512MB NOMAD MuVo TX player

Cornice unveils 1" 2GB Cornice SE hard drives

Cornice, the maker of miniature storage solutions, unveiled its new 2GB 1" HDD belonging to the Cornice SE (Storage Element) series. The novelty is primarily designed for multimedia players, GPS tools, etc. If you remember, the previous 1.5GB 1" Cornice model was introduced in June 2003.

Key specs:

  • 42.8x36.4x5mm size
  • 14.5g weight
  • ~4mW consumption at typical audio playback; ~21mW at typical video playback; ~75mW at typical video recording
  • Over 5-year lifetime (under typical conditions)
  • 3.3V voltage
  • Up to 4.5MB/s average throughput

If you also remember, Cornice´s main market rivals are Toshiba that aggressively promotes its 1.8" solutions; Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) that already its 4GB 1" drive announced a year ago; GS Magicstor that plans to launch volume shipments of 4.4GB 1" drives.

Anyway, besides the quite good partner list, Cornice already ships its 2GB Cornice SE drives for the acceptable price of about $70 per unit in quantities of 100,000 per year.

VIA to produce 90nm 2GHz Esther processors at IBM fabs

VIA signed the contract with IBM about the production of its Esther-based processors (also known as C5Y — the next generation after C4 or C5X-Nehemiah). VIA´s Esther processors will be produced using 90nm SOI CMOS process and low-k isolator films at the 300mm Fab in East Fishkill, NY.

Esther solutions shouled reach 2GHz clock speed at the same energy consumption level. Shipments should start in H2 2004.

Another partner of VIA, Taiwanese TSMC, will continue producing VIA Ñ3 and Ñ4, core logic, comm, networking and multimedia solutions.

Crusoe TM5700/TM5900: Transmeta´s new compact processors

According to today press release of Transmeta, the Crusoe TM5800 family will be furter developed in the form of Crusoe TM5700 and TM5900 that differ by ultracompact package sized 21x21mm.

Other specs of TM5700 and TM5900 resemble those of Crusoe TM5800: the same 128-bit VLIW engine supporting up to four x86 instructions/clock, Transmeta LongRun energy saving, up to 1GHz clock speeds, integrated Northbridge, 64-bit DDR SDRAM memory and 32-bit PCI controllers. The new families differ only by the L2 cache capacity: TM5900 has 512KB, while TM5700 has 256KB.

The target market of Transmeta Crusoe TM5700/TM5900 is thin clients, server blades, printers, copiers, POS terminals, consumer eletronics, consoles, and ultra-personal computers (UPC).

It´s also interesting that Transmeta is trying to find a way already familiar to us from VIA´s experiments and promises to introduce a reference platform (Mini-ITX motherboard + TM5900) bundled with drivers and volume production tools before the end of Q1 2004. It´s hard to say now whether it would be in demand or not, as the reference platform is only the first step that might not be enough for recognition.

As for the TM5700/TM5900 release dates, Transmeta promises to start sampling them already in January 2004.

Intel Celeron M: the official debut

Today is a very interesting day for those interested in processors. Virtually all companies that make x86 chips published their press releases. However, this one from Intel seems to be the most interesting, as today the company officially launched shipments of its new mobile Intel Celeron M processors. To some extent I can say that the Centrino platform that had had a high price disadvantage finally got rid of it as well. :)

Today we have three Intel Celeron M solutions: the first two, 1.30GHz and 1.20GHz Celeron M, operate at the stanard 1.356V core voltage and feature TDP=24.5W, while the 800MHz ULV (Ultra-Low Voltage) Celeron M requires 1.004V voltage and has TDP=7W. All three are made using 0.13Ám process, have 512KB L2 cache, support 400MHz FSB, support energy saving technologies, including the Deep Sleep, and are designed for Intel 852GM or Intel 855 systems.

I´ll just add that in over 1,000-unit quantities 1.30GHz and 1.20GHz Celeron M cost $134 and $107, respectively, while the 800MHz ULV Celeron M is priced $161.

Athlon 64 3400+ and three new Mobile Athlon 64: an official New Year present from AMD

Today AMD officially announced its new processors first in this year: desktop and DTR Athlon 64 3400+ and three mainstream mobile Mobile Athlon 64 3200+, 3000+, 2800+.

Athlon 64 3400+ is the development of the ClawHammer-based series, it features 2.2GHz actual clock speed, 64KB data cache and 64KB instruction cache, 1MB L2 cache, TDP=89W, Iccmax=57.8A. All the novelties support AMD Cool´n´Quiet technology, are designed for Socket 754 boards, require 1.5V core voltage, and are made using 0.13Ám process at Fab30 in Dresden.

In over 1,000-unit quantities Mobile AMD Athlon 64 3200+, 3000+, 2800+ will cost $293, $233, $193, respectively, while AMD Athlon 64 3400+ will cost $417.

Creative releases 512MB NOMAD MuVo TX player

Creative released another NOMAD MuVo player, now with the index TX. From the previous models it differs by the increased memory capacity of 512MB, increased operation time of 15 hours (vs. 11 hours of NOMAD MuVo NX). According to the company, 512MB is enough for 16 hours of 64Kbps WMA music. Scheduled for sale to this month, the player should cost about $500.

The blue backlit display traditionally shows ID3 tags, track #, playback mode, equalizer settings. Playback modes are selected by the scroller button.

The model has an integrated microphone and can record up to 32 hours of voice or other sounds. Of course, NOMAD MuVo TX can be used as mere Flash storage. As for the specs, >90 SNR in particular, they don´t differ much from the previous models.

The player is bundled with the Creative MediaSource software intended primarily for users inexperienced in CD ripping. Besides, this suite can be used as a jukebox.

Size 36.7 x 74 x 16 mm
Weight 43 g w/battery, 31.5 g w/o battery
Storage 512MB
Power supply AAA battery
Operation 14 hours of MP3 music, 11 hours of WMA music
Voice recording IMA ADPCM Mono
THD >0.05%
Headphones stereo minijack, 5-7 mW
Interface USB 2.0

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