We are currently testing PixelView PlayTV@P7000 TV tuner with MPEG-1/2 hardware compression support from Prolink Microsystems Corporation, the owner of PixelView graphics card brand. The model is positioned not as a professional video capture solution, but as an addition to home multimedia PC.
Card features are:
It´s been 25 months since we first mentioned iVDR (Information Versatile Disk for Removable usage) standard designed for 2.5"/1.8" hard drives for use in PCs and other electronics. The last mention sounded at CES 2003, so we started thinking we would never see iVDR alive. But today IO-DATA announced the first iVDR cartridge and the first reader, so perhaps, this initiative will become popular in the future.
If you remember, iVDR specs were jointly developed by Sanyo Electric, Canon, Fujitsu, Hitachi Manufacturing, Phoenix Technologies, Pioneer, Sharp, Victor Company of Japan, FCI and Mitsumi. They define connector design, unified interface, file system, etc. According to the specs, drives have 50-pin plug with over 10,000 connect/disconnect cycles guaranteed.
Electrical specs, instruction set, etc. meet ATA Standard + AV Expansion + Secure Expansion. iVDR drive´s nominal shock is 900G, and the file system is this simple File system for iVDR. During recent years iVDR obtained some new media form-factors: iVDR Secure, iVDR Secure Mini and iVDR Secure Micro.
IO-DATA´s iVDR-20 removable drive announced today is bundled with a USB2-iVDR/20 USB2.0 adapter. This iVDR Mini storage has 20GB capacity, bases on 1.8" 4,200rpm Serial ATA HDD with 2MB buffer. I don´t know about the File system for iVDR, but the novelty is partitioned, according to FAT32. Sized 80x67x10mm, iVDR-20 weighs about 70g.
As for USB2-iVDR/20, the adapter works under Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP, Mac OS 9.x, Mac OS X 10.1-10.3.1. Sized 95x135x21.5mm, it weighs 120g.
I´ll just add that in Japan 20GB iVDR-20 will cost about ¥25200 ($240), while USB2-iVDR/20 adapter will cost ¥35700 ($340). Well, for now it seems cheaper to buy an external USB drive. Still, if iVDR evolves to a usual SOHO multimedia center attribute, perhaps, its price will be more acceptable. But at the moment, this seems exotic...
Today Intel unveiled PXA27x XScale chips designed for mobile handsets and PDAs that were previously codenamed Bulverde. PXA27x series features 312-624MHz clock rates, 32MB or 64MB StrataFlash.
Intel PXA27x brief specs:
By the way, prototypes on PXA27x (Bulverde) were already mentioned in our news from CeBIT 2004, so you can take another look at them here: ASUS at CeBIT 2004: PDAs and handsets.
Since there´s already information about NVIDIA GeForce 6800 (see our today news), it would be right to mention competing products, especially considering that neither DarkCrow, nor Gzeasy can be considered misinformative.
At IDF Spring 2004 Japan they discussed issues related to implementation of the future DDR2 memory. Actually this session resembled the one held at IDF Spring 2004 in California, so if you need the basics, please read IDF Spring 2004: FB-DIMM and Memory Implementers Forum. The nearest future of DDR2. And we´ll proceed to the new details unveiled.
The new memory roadmap is more or less known: before 2004 ends we should expect DDR2-400/533 implementation, while DDR2-667/800 solutions are to go on mass sale next year, because these days they finish DDR2-667 specs development and specify DDR2-800 interchannel compatibility. DDR3 is scheduled to 2006 and later time.
The current situation around DDR2-400/533 is that most makers have already validated their server and desktop modules and launched the mass production. At the moment only SO-DIMM DDR2-400/533 modules are to be validated. Therefore, by the moment three vendors are ready to support Grandsdale chipsets with their Unbuffered DIMMs, while server Lindenhurst is already supported by Registered DIMMs of five companies.
As you know, desktop Alderwood and Grandsdale support both DDR333/400 and DDR2-400/533. Neither vendors, nr analysts do not expect DDR2 to become wide-spread in the nearest future. DDR-2 market expansion and replacement of DDR-1 might last for about a couple of years. Most likely, DDR2-400/533 sales will be additionally boosted by mobile Alviso-based Centrino platform in H2 2004.
The most interesting speech at IDF Japan was made by Elpida that outlined its future memory roadmap generally identical to Intel´s.
On the threshold of the last weekend MSI introduced its new K8N Neo Platinum motherboard that supports new Socket 754 AMD Athlon 64 processors. Based on NVIDIA nForce3 250Gb, the board features NVIDIA Gigabit LAN, NV RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 4 x Serial ATA, special Communication Slot for IEEE802.11g/Bluetooth.
MSI K8N Neo Platinum brief specs:
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