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Apple iPod mini worldwide sales to be launched in Jul. only

Microsoft Windows Media Center Extender, the new solution on ATI XILLEON 225

*Exclusive* photos of 500MHz MCST R500, Russian server processor

Centrino, Sonoma, Napa, Santa Rosa: Intel mobile platforms up to 2007

Fujitsu unveils ST5010 Tablet PC for outside work

Apple iPod mini worldwide sales to be launched in Jul. only

Apple moved the launch of iPod mini worldwide sales to July. According to the company, this was the result of the high demand on the local USA market.

First introduced early this year at Macworld 2004, 4GB Apple iPod mini differs from iPod not only by the size, but also different body colors, including silvery, golden, pink, light-blue, and green. Its brief specs are:

  • M9160LL/A (silver), M9437LL/A (gold), M9436LL/A (blue), M9435LL/A (pink), M9434LL/A (green)
  • 4GB capacity
  • Supports AAC, MP3, AIFF (Mac), WAV
  • 1.67", 138x110 LCD
  • IEEE1394, USB 2.0
  • Works for up to 8 hours
  • 50.8x12.7x91.4mm size
  • 102g weight
  • Costs $249 in company´s online store

Microsoft Windows Media Center Extender, the new solution on ATI XILLEON 225

ATI Technologies informed that XILLEON 225 system-on-chip will be used in Microsoft´s Windows Media Center Extender solution allowing access to images, movies, TV broadcasts, music stored on your Windows XP Media Center Edition PC from any place of your apartment.

Windows Media Center Extender prototype (photos from Darkcrow)

For your information, XILLEON 225 features 300MHz MIPS processor for Windows CE systems, audio codec, video codec (hi-res MPEG), Windows Media Video/Audio interfaces, graphics core for Windows Media Center Extender GUI, S/PDIF, IrDA, dual-monitor chip, PCI, USB, HDD interfaces, etc. By the moment this SoC is used as a base for Roku HD1000, HDTV digital media player, Sony HDTV (KDP-51WS550, KDP-57WS550, KDP-65WS550), Epson PowerLite 735c multimedia projector and a number of other solutions.

*Exclusive* photos of 500MHz MCST R500, Russian server processor

Recently Elbrus MCST, Moscow Center of Sparc Technology, announced and launched mass production of the new Russian server processor, MCST R500. Today we are proudly introducing the first photos of this novelty.

The MCST R500 belongs to the family of SPARC-compliant MCST-R series. It´s made using 0.13µm process with 8 metallization layers, operates at 450-500MHz, consumes <2W, features 4.2 million transistors, 20mm² crystal, requires 1.2/3.3V voltage, provides 400 MIPS, 170 MFLOPS performance, and is encased into 420-pin BGA package.

The new MCST R-500 processors have already been tested in Elbrus 90-micro computing complex under Solaris, Linux in the vast amount of tasks.

In the nearest future we´ll try to offer the exclusive information about motherboards for this processor, and today we offer you the exclusive photos of MCST R-500 processor (1 ruble is about 20mm in diameter):

Centrino, Sonoma, Napa, Santa Rosa: Intel mobile platforms up to 2007

In one of our previous publications about the future generations of Intel Centrino we mentioned Napa platform to be released about the late 2005, when the company introduces the next generation of mobile processors cores, Yonah. Today the Japanese sources shed some more light on this. We got to know the name of the Napa successor Santa Rosa expected late in 2006 along with the first Merom cores.

Now some more information about Napa. According to the freshest data, 65nm Yonah core will be introduced in at least two modifications, single and dual-core. Respectively, each version will be positioned for different markets: the single-core (up to 45W TDP) for light notebooks, while the dual-core (up to 90W TDP) fpr DTR models. At that, they say that ULV (ultralow voltage) versions with about 5W power consumption will be made on the single-core variant only.

Napa, besides Yonah core, will be based on the Calistoga chipset being a mobile version of desktop Lakeport chipset expected in Q2 2005. Calistoga will be released in discrete and integrated fast GPU modifications. It will support DDR2-667 and Serial ATA-300, and will work with ICH7-M Southbridge. Napa will also include Gaston Mini PCI Express WLAN solution supporting IEEE802.11a/b/g standards and WPA2 encryption (the next generation, IEEE802.11n, is said to be announced later, in Q3 2005).

But what´s next? Next, closer to the end of 2006, we´ll see multi-core (2 and more) Merom processors with 4MB L2 cache alongside Santa Rosa platform. Not much is known about these, but Santa Rosa´s base chipset is named Crestine, and Intel Extreme Graphics3 will support DirectX 9. Perhaps, by that time the chipset will already support DDR2-800. But this is only a guess.

Platform Centrino Centrino+ Sonoma Napa Santa Rosa
Release Q1´03 Q2´04 Q4´04 Q4´05- H2´06
Name Banias Dothan Yonah Merom
Process 130nm 90nm 65nm
Cores 1 2 2+?
Bus 400MHz 533MHz 533MHz? 800MHz?
L2 cache 1MB 2MB 4MB
IA-32e - ?
Name Odem / Montara-GM Odem+ / Montara-GM+ Alviso Calistoga Crestine
Memory DDR266 DDR333 DDR2-533 DDR2-667 DDR2-800
GPU bus AGP 4X PCI Express X16
Graphics IEG2 IEG3 (DX9)
Slots PCI PCI/PCI Express
Southbridge ICH4-M ICH6-M ICH7-M ICH8-M?
Serial ATA - SATA-150 SATA-300
Audio AC97 Azalia (Intel HDA)
Cards PC Card PC Card /ExpressCard
Name Calexico Calexico2 Gaston Gaston2?
Standard 11a/b, 11b 11b/g 802.11a/b/g 11n?
Security 802.1X WPA WPA2 ?
Bus PCI PCI Express X1

In other words, today we just added to the list of the future codenames that will obtain specs with time. And currently the Centrino timeline is like this:

Source: PC Watch

Fujitsu unveils ST5010 Tablet PC for outside work

For those of you out-of-the-office workers Fujitsu announced the new Stylistic ST5010 Tablet PC, which display enables to work under the bright sunlight. Fujitsu ST5010 bases on 1GHz Intel Pentium-M, has 10.4" display and 4,440 mAh battery for up to 5 hours of operation.

Fujitsu ST5010 specs:

  • 1GHz ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) Intel Pentium-M
  • Indoor-Only 12" XGA TFT or Indoor/Outdoor 10.4" XGA TFT Reflective FL display
  • 256MB SDRAM, up to 2GB 333MHz DDR
  • 60GB/40GB HDD
  • Int. modem and 10/100/1000 Base-T/TX Ethernet, 2 x USB 2.0, IrDA 1.1 port, IEEE1394
  • Optional Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG, Network Connection (Wi-Fi Certified 802.11b/g) or 802.11a+b/g (ST5010D)
  • 1 x Type I/II PC card, 1 x Smart Card, 1 x Memory Stick / Secure Digital
  • 4400mAh standard or 6600mAh extended battery
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
  • 220x325x20-22.5mm size
  • 1.5kg
  • MSRP in North America $2250

Source: Two Mobile

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