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Fujitsu LOOX T70H/50H: first models for new series

Kingston´s 1GB CompactFlash Elite Pro to go on sale soon

Apple unveils new notebooks with DVD recorders and 802.11g

NVIDIA releases Quadro FX 4000 workstation GPU

ASUS announces K8N-E Deluxe Socket 754 motherboard on nForce3 250Gb

Intel cancels a number of Pentium 4, Xeon MP, Mobile Pentium 4 and Pentium M models

Fujitsu LOOX T70H/50H: first models for new series

Fujitsu introduced two first models for its FMV-BIBLO LOOX T thin series, LOOX T70H and LOOX T50H, both featuring fingerprint sensors. The novelties weigh 1.2kg and are about 32.2mm thick.

The higher-end LOOX T70H features 1.1GHz ULV Pentium M, Intel 855GME motherboard, 256MB RAM (up to 1GB), 80GB HDD, multi-format DVD, 10.6" 1280x768 (WXGA) LCD. Interfaces include 2 x USB 2.0, Ethernet, IEEE 1394, 1 x PC Card Type II, SD/MS, 1 x CF Type II, modem-out, S-Video, 802.11b/g. Sized 261x199x32.2-35mm, the notebook can work up to 7 hours (11.7 hours with additional battery.)

LOOX T50H features 900MHz ULV Celeron M, Intel 852GM board, 60GB HDD, DVD/CD-RW. Other specs are identical to the above. The battery provides about 6.5 hours of operation (9.4 hours with additional battery.)

Source: PC Watch

Kingston´s 1GB CompactFlash Elite Pro to go on sale soon

In the nearest future Kingston Technology will start selling 1GB CompactFlash Elite Pro cards announced last week. The novelties provide higher write (up to 5.1MB/s) and read (up to 6.1MB/s) performance.

1GB CompactFlash Elite Pro specs:

  • 36.4x42.8x3.3mm size
  • 1GB capacity
  • 300,000 rewrites / logical sector
  • 10-year data storage
  • Single Level Cell (5.2Mbps)
  • 0C +70C operation temperature
  • -20C +85C storage temperature
  • 1000g operating shock
  • 10.8ms average seek
  • 15g vibration
  • 3.3/5.0 V voltage
  • 100A standby current, 45-75mA read/write current

In Europe cards are expected to cost 350 (taxes not included.)

Apple unveils new notebooks with DVD recorders and 802.11g

Apple officially unveiled new models for the iBook and PowerBook series. Based on PowerPC G4, novelties feature AirPort Extreme 802.11g, Bluetooth, DVD-ROM/CD-RW or DVD recorder.

iBook G4 are positioned as relatively inexpensive notebooks (slightly over $1000 with 1.0GHz processor and 12" LCD) feature up to 1.2GHz processors, 256MB RAM, 32MB ATI Mobility Radeon 9200, Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther" and are bundled with iLife´04 (iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD and GarageBand.) Optionally you can have AppleWorks, Quicken 2004 for Mac, WorldBook Encyclopedia 2004 Edition and Tony Hawk´s Pro Skater 4 installed. As usual, notebooks feature 56K v.92 modems, Ethernet (10/100BASE-T), 2 x USB2.0 and 1 x FireWire 400.

New PowerBook G4 feature 1.33-1.50 GHz PowerPC G4 processors, 4x SuperDrive DVD-R/CD-RW, integated AirPort Extreme 802.11, 15" or 17" LCD, 128MB ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 or 64MB NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200, Bluetooth, Ethernet (Gigabit Ethernet in senior models). The bundle includes Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther, iLife´04, Expose, Instant On and Automatic Networking (auto-switching Ethernet, 802.11 and modem. PowerBook G4 basic configuration will cost $1600.

NVIDIA releases Quadro FX 4000 workstation GPU

In a week after the GeForce 6800 announcement NVIDIA officially released NVIDIA Quadro FX 4000 designed for professional needs. From Quadro FX 3000 it differs by higher performance (133 million triangles vs. the previous 100 million triangles; 4.5 billion texels per second vs. the previous 3.2 billion texels per second.

Though both older and newer GPUs support up to 256MB GDDR3 SDRAM over 256-bit bus, FX 4000 has supported memory clock rate increased to 1GHz (vs. 850MHz of FX 3000) that makes 32GB/s total bandwidth. Besides, dual-DVI connection is now supported at up to 3840x2400 pixels.

Quadro FX 4000 will start shipping next months in cards from PNY, Leadtek and Elsa.

At the same time NVIDIA announced Quadro FX 4000 SDI model for TV studio workstations. This one supports realtime rendering, color conversion, gamma correction, and can output uncompressed 10-bit SDI video in SMPTE format.

Drivers are available for both Windows and Linux, while Gelato rendering software is offered for open-source systems only, because it requires fully-fledged 64-bit processors support. According to the press release, Gelato supports the following GPUs:

  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 700
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 1000
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 1100
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 3000
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 3000G
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 4000
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX Go700
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX Go1000

ASUS announces K8N-E Deluxe Socket 754 motherboard on nForce3 250Gb

ASUS officially announces its new K8N-E Deluxe motherboard on NVIDIA nForce3 250Gb designed for Socket 754 Athlon 64 processors. For the first time this board was introduced at CeBIT 2004.

As you know, nForce3 250Gb implies integrated GbE controller and, like nForce3 150, 2 x SATA (RAID 0, 1, 0+1, JBOD.) Besides, K8N-E Deluxe has an additional 2 x SATA RAID 0, 1, 0+1 controller (Sil3114), 8-channel Realtek audio and 2 x IEEE1394 (VIA VT6307).

The ATX novelty also features AGP 8x slot, 5 x PCI slots, 3 x DDR400/333/266 sockets (up to 3GB.) Besides AI Overclocking and ASUS C.P.R., the board features AMD Cool´n Quiet power saving.

Intel cancels a number of Pentium 4, Xeon MP, Mobile Pentium 4 and Pentium M models

At once Intel stopped the production of a number of its processors getting old to free production facilities for newer chips:

  • 2.66GHz box and OEM Pentium 4 (S-Spec SL6PE, D-1 stepping); orders will be accepted until June 4; shipments will continue until November 5, 2004 (box) and October 14, 2005 (OEM).
  • 1.50GHz/1MB, 1.90GHz/1MB and 2GHz/2MB box and OEM Xeon MP (S-Spec SL6GZ, SL6H2, SL66Z; all A stepping); orders will be accepted until July 16; shipments will continue until January 14, 2005 (box) and April 13, 2007 (OEM).
  • 2.40GHz Mobile Pentium 4 (S-Spec SL723, D-1 stepping), 1.40GHz Pentium M (S-Spec SL6F8, SL6F5, B-1 stepping), 1.20GHz LV Pentium M (S-Spec SL723, B-1 stepping), 1.20GHz, 900MHz ULV Pentium M (S-Spec SL6NJ, B-1 stepping); orders will be accepted until June 7; shipments will continue until November 15, 2004 (box) and August 15, 2005 (OEM).

So, it´s the first time we witness Banias-based mobile processors cancelled. This may prove the satisfactory quality and yield of Dothan-based Pentium M products. More details are to follow soon anyway.

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