PCUnleash posted the interesting information about NVIDIA´s future GPU roadmap. According to it, the company plans to increase the amount of transistors and reduce GPU size. (Well, that seems natural enough, doesn´t it?)
GeForce PCX will utilized Intel´s technology implemented into Alderwood/Grandsdale, namely PCI Express 16x. And GeForce PCX 5950 products will be based on GeForce FX 5900.
NVIDIA PCI Express cards will operate via AGP-PCI Express bridge, a duplex High Speed Interconnect (HSI) with up to 4GB/s throughput.
The NVIDIA products will work via AGP interface, so a bridge to PCI Express will be required. On the other hand, ATI PCI Express products will have PCI Express interface implemented making such bridges obsolete.
PCX 5300 sample:
As for industry prospects, NVIDIA believes the nearest decade will be as depicted below:
Toshiba, seemingly pretending for 2.5" HDD leadership, introduced MK1031GAS (sampling in May,) a 100GB hard drive for portable PCs, especially those handling lots of visual information.
The 80Gbit/inch2 became possible due to the transition from pico to femto heads that are 35% smaller than the former. The drive consumes about 20% less energy than other competing solutions and can sustain 325g operating shocks for up to 2ms that´s twice longer than other solutions can offer. Besides, the drive provides only 21dB noise in standby.
MK1031GAS key specs:
S/U/M/A/, Korean graphics card vendor, announced a new product on NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700LE GPU, PLATINUM GeForce FX 5700X 128MB.
It doesn´t differ much from the previously released crowd: 128MB RAM (3.6ns TSOP chips, 128-bit bus), 270/500MHz core/memory clock (though some vendors prefer 250/400MHz), TV-out (up to 1024x768), D-Sub, DVI, full DX 9.0 and OpenGL 1.5 hardware support.
NEC Mitubishi Electric Visual launched sales of its new LCD monitors with 12ms response time that will go on sale in Japan in May.
The new monitors differ from the previous models by DV Mode (Dynamic Visual Mode), in which during video playback the response time is 12ms as mentioned.
RDT194S has 1280x1024 (SXGA) natural resolution, 0.294mm dot pitch, 450:1 contrast, 350cd/m² brightness and 160° vertical and horizontal viewing angle. The model has D-Sub and DVI-D interfaces. Sized 416.3x205x388.7mm, it weighs 7.8kg.
RDT179M and RDT179S models support SXGA resolution. The former also features 2x1W speakers. Both models have 0.264mm pixel pitch, 500:1 contrast, 300cd/m² brightness, 160° viewing angle. They also have DVI-D and D-Sub. Sized 374x196x383.6mm, it RDT179M 5.9kg, while RDT179S weighs 5.8kg.
Source: PC Watch
Lite-On is to start selling its new SOHW-832S DVD recorder (€160) that supports dual-layer DVD+R9.
At yet another IDF session (in Barcelona) Serial ATA Working Group officially announced final specs of Serial ATA II or Serial ATA 300. Besides, they for the first time introduced specs of new SATA cables and connectors designed for some newer applications.
Serial ATA II specs define up to 3Gbps (300MB/s) throughput that doubles the performance of the previous standard version.
It has been already announced that first Serial ATA II products are to go on sale in a month after the standard is fully approved. At that, the new technology won´t require any newer connectors and cables to support higher bandwidths.
Besides doubling SATA 1.0 physical-level performance, the new specs also defines higher-consumption version for computing centres. These external physical-level specs are only to be used to connect whole storage systems and is not meant for single drives.
As for the new (second) version of cable and connector specs, it defines several new connection types:
Products utilizing new cables and connectors are expected by the year-end.
Currently Serial ATA Working Group includes Serial ATA 1.0 Working Group and Serial ATA II Working Group that, in their turn, include 153 companies, including Dell, Intel, Maxtor, Seagate, Vitesse, etc.
In a fresh press release Acer informed on started shipments of company´s new ultra light TravelMate 6000 notebook on Intel Centrino.
Acer TravelMate 6000 bases on Intel 855GME, 1.6GHz Pentium M, 512MB DDR33, 40/60GB HDD with Acer DASP (Disk Anti-Shock Protection), DVD/CD-RW or DVD-DUAL drive in AcerMediaBay, 802.11g, 15" SXGA+ (1400x1050) LCD, integrated audio, speakers and mic. TravelMate 6000 interfaces include 56Kbps V.92 modem, 10/100/1000Mbps LAN, 4xUSB 2.0, IrDA, VGA, CardBus Type II, Firewire (IEEE1394) 4-in-1 card reader (Secure Digital, SmartMedia, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick.)
The battery provides up to 5 hours of operation, while Acer EasyPort docking station enables to connect additional peripherals. As for security, Acer TravelMate 6000 offers classic BIOS password, SmartCard reader and Platinum Secret utilities.
Sized 332x281x36mm, the model weighs up to 2.83kg. Acer TravelMate 6000 is bundled with installed Windows XP Home/Professional, Recovery CD, Acrobat Reader, Norton AntiVirus, Platinum Secret and NTI CD Maker.
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