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ATI, PowerColor and Russian distributors sign 4-party agreement

Photo of the day: a graphics card on ATI R423?

Toshiba unveils gigabeat G21 player on 1.8" 20GB HDD

CeBIT 2004: more motherboards, the tour of AOpen, VIA, Chaintech, ECS booths

AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 officially announced



ATI, PowerColor and Russian distributors sign 4-party agreement

Events like CeBIT 2004 are primarily organized as a place for conducting business meetings, signing important distributor agreements, etc. Sometimes a single meeting at such event might radically change the company focus.

Alexander Vorobiev, iXBT.com representative, exclusively photographed a very important moment of CeBIT 2004. First, C.P. Tech, the well-known maker of graphics and system boards, barebones and Tablet PCs, and the owner of PowerColor brand, changed its name to TUL.

Second, a number of Russian companies, namely Atlantic Computers, OLDI, Dealine, 3Logic, and Niagara, signed an exclusive distributor agreement with ATI and PowerColor.

According to it, PowerColor graphics cards will be exclusively shipped to the aforementioned partners based on the stable pricing policy.

And now take a look at the photos made at the meeting that gathered ATI´s senior management team and HIS top management.

Waiting for the agreement to be signed (left to right): Olesya Velichko (Atlantic Computers; Chief of Distributor Department), Maksim Neishpapa (Atlantic Computers; CEO), Alexander Zhavoronkov (ATI; Manager for Central and Eastern Europe), Alexander Bashlykov (3Logic; CEO).


TUL (ex. C.P. Technology) booth


Alexander Prilutsky, (OLDI; General Manager), Oleg Izumrudov (Atlantic Computers), Ted Chen (TUL; CEO), Elaine Liao (TUL, Director of Sales), Vsevolod Sokolov (OLDI; Product Manager).


Signing the agreement


Signing the agreement


Celebrating the agreement


Ted Chen (TUL; CEO), Rick Hegberg (ATI; Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales), Alexander Zhavoronkov (ATI; Manager for Central and Eastern Europe).


All distributors together



Photo of the day: a graphics card on ATI R423?

Of all the photos our Alexander Vorobyev sends us from CeBIT 2004 some are totally unique. Among the novelties showcased at the booth of GeCube (Info-Tek Corp. brand) there are several ATI-based graphics cards with PCI Express 16x bus. Despite the company representative withdraw from any comments, we believe one of the showcased GPUs is nothing else, but R423, the PCI Express 16x variant of R420.





And without a doubt the card below operates on ATI RV380:



Toshiba unveils gigabeat G21 player on 1.8" 20GB HDD

Toshiba unveiled its new portable multimedia player with networking support, gigabeat G21, that features 1.8" 20GB HDD. Two player models, black and silvery, will go on sale on April 9. The previous model, gigabeat G20, went on sale in October 2003.


The key difference between the old and the new models are 2 x USB ports on G21 cradle that can be used to connect WLI-USB-KB11 WLAN adapter. PC connection is established at USB 2.0, while WLAN adapter connection — USB 1.1.


According to the makers, 20GB capacity is enough for 5,000 tracks (128Kbps, 4-minute length). The player supports WMA, WAV, MP3 formats, features 160x86 backlit LCD. Sized 76.5x89.5x12.7mm, it weighs 138g. The Li-Ion battery provides up to 11 hours of operation.

Source: PC Watch

CeBIT 2004: more motherboards, the tour of AOpen, VIA, Chaintech, ECS booths

Let´s continue our report from CeBIT 2004 and take a look at various motherboards showcased at the booths of the well-known companies. This Spring in the spotlight are boards on Grantsdale/Alderwood (i915/i925) chipsets and similar LGA775 solutions from Taiwanese makers, all of them supporting DDR/DDR-2 and PCI Express.

One interesting novelty is AOpen MK915G-L ATX board on i915P (Grantsdale-P). It supports the new Socket T LGA775 processors with 800MHz FSB, dual-channel DDR400, PCI Express 16x, Gigabit LAN, 7-channel High Definition Audio:


AOpen MK915G-L

VIA booth: the operational reference board on VIA K8T800 Pro + VT8237 chipset for Athlon 64 that features 7.1-channel VIA Vynil Gold Eight-TRAC audio. The graphics card used is S3 Graphics´ reference on DeltaChrome S8 Nitro:


Reference on VIA K8T800 Pro

VIA again, another reference board now on integrated VIA PM880 chipset for Pentium 4.


Reference board on VIA PM880

Chaintech booth offers us two interesting exhibits in a row: Zenith Z925X motherboard for Socket T LGA775 processors on i925P (Alderwood) + ICH6R (4 x Dual DDR2-400/533 ECC/Non ECC, 1 x PCI Express 16x, 1 x PCI Express 1x, 4 x PCI, Gigabit LAN, 7-channel High Definition Audio), and SE5300 PCI Express 16x graphics card on GeForce 5200 (128MB 64-bit memory, 250/400MHz clock rates).


Chaintech Zenith Z925X, SE5300

Elitegroup (ECS) booth: Photon KV2 motherboard on VIA K8T800 Pro + VT8237 chipset for Socket 939 Athlon 64. Supports dual-channel DDR400, features 7.1-channel audio, dual LAN, etc.


ECS Photon KV2

Elitegroup 915P-A board on i915P + ICH6 chipset. Supports Socket T LGA775 processors with 800MHz FSB, dual-channel DDR2-400/533, PCI Express 16x, 2 x PCI Express 1x, 3 x PCI, Gigabit LAN, 4 x SATA:


ECS 915P-A


AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 officially announced

At CeBIT 2004 AMD itnroduced its new and the most powerful desktop processor, AMD Athlon 64 FX-53.


Actually, it differs from the predecessor, Athlon 64 FX-51, only by 200MHz higher clock rate (2.4GHz total) and the price, while all other features remained the same: 0.13µm process, Socket 940, dual-channel memory controller, Registered DDR400 SDRAM support, 1MB L2 cache.

In over 1,000-unit quantities AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 costs $733.

I invite you to read our freshest review of this novelty: AMD Athlon 64 FX-53: sometimes it´s not only about the architecture.

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