Our Alexander Vorobyev, who represents iXBT.com and Digit-Life.com at CeBIT 2004 in Hannover, continues to send us various photo reports from the event. This time it´s about the booth of XGI.
The primary spotlight is occupied by a system on Volari Duo V8 Ultra. And, judging by the heatsink, the card was made by PowerColor. Another card on this GPU is XGI Volari Duo V8 Ultra 256MB from Club3D (see our article: XGI Volari Duo V8 Ultra 256MB Review).
This is how it looks:
Independently of any estimated prospects of Volari V8 solutions, you can clearly see that XGI slowly accumulates partnerships. For example, look at these Volari Duo V8 Ultra and Volari V8 products made by ABIT:
Chaintech also showcased its Volari V8 and Volari V5 solutions at XGI booth:
Let´s continue our tour around the ASUS booth and proceed to motherboards. Due to serious changes in chipset camps the Spring is bringing the similar serious motherboard families updates. But let´s start with a still semi-exotic ATI Radeon IGP9100. Having it coupled with IXP150 Southbridge, ASUS demonstrated two boards on it: P4R800-V Deluxe ATX and P4R800-VM µATX.
A real exotic was the P5GD1 board on i915P (Grantsdale-P) chipset offering the support of the new LGA775 processors with 800MHz FSB, dual-channel DDR400, int. Gigabit LAN and High Definition Audio (former Azalia):
P5GD2 model bases on the same chipset for the same LGA775 processors, but already supports dual-channel DDR2-533, SATA RAID, Gigabit LAN, IEEE1394, High Definition Audio:
Another very interesting model, P5VD1, on VIA PT890 + VT8237 chipset also supporting LGA775 processors, dual-channel DDR400, SATA RAID, Gigabit LAN, 8-channel audio:
As it has been usual for the recent years, ASUS showcases a number of overclockers solutions. In particular, a system on ASUS P4C800, 2 x 256MB Kingston modules, ASUS V9520 and 3.2GHz Pentium 4 overclocked to 5GHz!
And another operational motherboard for processors yet to arrive to retail Socket 939 Athlon 64. For them ASUS introduced A8V Deluxe product on VIA K8T800 Pro + VT8237 chipset.
Among the booths that our Alexander Vorobyev visited at CeBIT 2004 was the exposition of HIS company from Hong Kong. This winter it introduced its new graphics cards with an original IceQ cooling system which we described in our article: HIS Excalibur RADEON 9800/9800 PRO IceQ Platinum 128MB Review.
It was very nice to see iXBT.com logos on the company´s poster designating that we awarded the aforementioned graphics cards with the "Best Package" and the "Original Design" awards in January 2004.
Besides the logos, iXBT.com awards were "manually" presented to ATI and HIS representatives, we embodied this in the photo below:
Among interesting novelties showcased at HIS booth, I´d like to pick out the HIS Excalibur 9600XT Turbo graphics card with 256MB RAM clocked at 650MHz.
Alexander Vorobyev, the representative of iXBT.com and Digit-Life.com at CeBIT 2004, is sending us reports from Hannover.
One of the first that we received was about ASUS´s exposition.
ASUS has been long known as a maker of various PDAs. This time the company showcases several new models at once. First, ASUS MyPal A730 bases on 520MHz Intel Bulverde processor, has 64MB Flash memory, 64MB or 128MB SDRAM, operates under MS Windows Pocket PC 2003. It has a 3.7" 480x640 LCD, CompactFlash Type II and SDIO slots, int. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and SIR interfaces, 1.3-megapix digital camera, MyPal A730 is sized 73x117x16.8mm weighing 165g. The standard bundle includes a 1,150mAh battery and there´s an 1,800mAh option.
Another interesting novelty is a tri-band ASUS A8100 communicator (EGSM900/DCS1800/PCS1900, GPRS Class 10). It also bases on Intel´s chip, has a QVGA LCD, MMC/SD, Bluetooth, IrDA, digital still and video camera and operates under MS Windows Mobile for PPC PE supporting MMS, Java, WAP 2.0. In general, it´s a mobile handset, PDA, MP3 player and a camera in a single body.
Finally, here´s a dual-band (EGSM900/DCS1800) ASUS J101 mobile handset supporting GPRS Class 10. It features a large 1.8" 128x160 @ 65K-color LCD, secondary 1.17" 96x96 LCD, integrated VGA CMOS camera, 40-tone polyphony, etc. It supports MMS, SMS, voice commands, WAP 2.0+, J2ME (CLDC + MIDP 1.0.3). Sized 80x40x20.5mm, it weighs 78g. The 650mAh Li-Ion battery provides 2-5 hours of active operation or 80-150 hours of standby.
At CeBIT 2004 Nokia showcases its first GSM handset with a 1-megapixel camera, Nokia 7610. Based on Series 60, it will go on sale in two variants, GSM 900/1800/1900 and GSM 850/1800/1900, with the MSRP of €500.
7610 design resembles Nokia 7600 3G model announced in September. Having keyboard closer to Nokia´s traditional, 7610 doesn´t support W-CDMA.
Other features are the same: 1152x864 camera, 4x digital zoom, up to 10-min movie recording, 65536-color LCD, 72MB RAM, Java, MP3/AAC playback, USB, Bluetooth; Kodak Pictures, RealOne, Movie Director apps. According to the company, the model provides up to 250 hours of standby and up to 3 hours of talk.
Besides 7610, Nokia introduced a number of the new accessories: the next version of Nokia Image Viewer SU-5 (SU-4 was announced in September). Unlike SU-4, SU-5 doesn´t have a display, but connects to PAL, NTSC, SECAM TVs. SU-5 is claimed to work up to 255 minutes and support up to 2-megapixel images.
The similar device, Nokia Image Album, also uses TV for image shows, but has a 20GB HDD. It supports JPEG, GIF, AMR, WAV, MPEG4, MPEG1, H.263, MJPEG formats, has an IrDA, Bluetooth and can burn files onto CDs via USB.
The next two accessories are intended for car drivers: Nokia Headrest Handsfree and Advanced Car Kit CK-7W. The latter powers from a cigarette lighter socket and provides a battery charger, Bluetooth, Pop-Port, a speaker and an audio line-out.
Taiwanese Leadtek released the new WinFast A340 Pro TD graphics card on NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500 GPU. It´s an "intermediate" model for those hesitating over GeForce FX 5200 and GeForce FX 5700.
WinFast A340 Pro TD features 270/400MHz clock rates and 128MB or 256MB RAM. "T" in the model name stands for TV-out, while "D" is for DVI-I. Of course, there´s a usual D-Sub as well.
Other specs are rather standard:
Seemingly Motorola adopts the methods and tactics of its main rival, Nokia. First, Motorola is seriously trying to outrun Nokia in announcements per time unit. Second, the company started paying more attention to innovations at such major events as 3GSM World Congress and CeBIT. Still Motorola focuses more on user technologies, while Nokia focuses on the corporate market.
At CeBIT 2004 that started today in Hannover the company showcases its "Intelligence Everywhere" series: Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, Push-to-Talk over TETRA, Cellular (PoC) products, partially announced earlier. It also demonstrates the MTV International broadcast onto the first-introduced E398 mobile handset. Besides, the company introduced two more handsets, E680 and C650, alongside M900 car GSM terminal.
Motorola C650 is a rather simple, but fully-featured product with a digital camera, MP3 playback, MMS, Java support. I guess it will replace C350.
Motorola E398 supports MP3 and MPEG4 stereo playback with its 2 x 16mm 22kHz speakers and 3D-Stereo-Surround-Sound).
Finally, Motorola E680 has the highest display resolution of 240x320 and resembles MPx, but works under Linux. Similar to the previous models, E680 has a 640x480 digital camera, but also supports movie recording and has 8x digital zoom.
Motorola M900 car GSM terminal supports a large number of voice commands allowing for almost complete hands-free controls. Supported languages include English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Hebrew.
One after another Taiwanese chipset makers are announcing their PCI Express solutions, according to the roadmaps. Today we got to know that SiS unveiled SiS656 and SiS756 Northbridges for Pentium 4 and Athlon 64, respectively.
SiS656 for Pentium 4 (Socket 478 / LGA775) supporting Hyper-Threading, PCI Express x16, 800/533/400 MHz FSB, dual-channel DDR2-667/DDR400 up to 4GB. It´s designed to work together with SiS965 Southbridge announced in February. SiS MuTIOL bus offers usual up to 1GB/s throughput.
SiS756 for Athlon 64 also supports PCI Express x16 and has Hyper-Transport clock rate increased to 1GHz. Similar to SiS656, SiS756 is to be coupled with SiS965 Southbridge via 1GB/s MuTIOL bus. (Speaking of SiS965, it supports 2x SATA 150, 2 x PCI Express x1, 7.1-channel audio, 10/100 LAN, etc.)
NVIDIA today introduced NVIDIA Quadro FX 600 PCI GPU being a professional solution capable of working with up to eight digital flat panels. NVIDIA Quadro FX 600 PCI has 256 frame buffer.
NVIDIA Quadro FX 600 PCI features:
NVIDIA Quadro FX 600 has 128-bit pipeline and supports 12-bit subpixel precision. It naturally supports OpenGL 1.5 and Microsoft DirectX 9.0 as well as UDA drivers.
Besides, the company also introduced NVIDIA Quadro FX 700 GPU for CAD/CAM, visualization apps, etc.
NVIDIA Quadro FX 600 and NVIDIA Quadro FX 700 will go on sale in April will be shipped by PNY (USA and Europe), Leadtek (Asian-Pacific) and Elsa (Japan), not speaking of resellers and system builders.
By the way, PNY Technologies already introduced its solutions on NVIDIA Quadro FX 600 PCI and NVIDIA Quadro FX 700 with recommended features:
NVIDIA Quadro FX 600 PCI:
NVIDIA Quadro FX 700:
Lexar Media introduced at CeBIT 2004 another portion of products, namely the JumpDrive 2.0 Pro 80x (12MB/s sequential read/write). Shipments starting in April, the series will offer 256MB, 512MB and 1GB capacities for $90, $190 and $350, respectively.
The next Lexar´s novelty is JumpDrive Photo 40x Flash drive bundled with the proprietaty Image Rescue 2.0 software for recovering "lost" or accidentally deleted from the storage media. The drive has a plastic body, connectors are protected by rubber stubs. JumpDrive Photo will go on sale in April as well for about $90 for 256MB and $180 for 512MB. In the nearest future the company promises to introduce 1GB and 2GB models as well.
The next message from the company is about launched shipments of 32MB, 64MB and 128MB miniSD media (since December 2003 these cards have been shipped to Japan only). The estimated price is about $30 for 32MB, $50 for 64MB and $80 for 128MB card.
This seems like Kingston´s answer to yesterdays rumours of company´s DDR2 SDRAM production launch. Dated March 17 press release confirms the launch at the official website. The complete series of company´s products now includes up to 1GB DDR2-400 and 533 Registered DIMM, Unbuffered DIMM and SO-DIMM.
DDR2 SDRAM used in the modules have FBGA packages and can potentially offer capacities up to 4Gbit. Below is a summary table:
At CeBIT 2004 MSI among other solutions showcases its new motherboards, including 9X, 9P, 9G, 865PE Neo2-P, 848P Neo-V, 865G Neo2-P, PT880 Neo-V, PT8 Neo-V, PX8 Neo-V, K8T Gem, K8N Gem, K8N Neo, K8TM, KT880 Delta, K7N2 Delta2, K8NM, 865 GM3/GVM2. Impressive, isn´t it?
For now we´ll omit the already known chipsets and look closer at the former three for Intel´s new processors.
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