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ATI RADEON X800 officially announced

GF 6800 Ultra + water cooling = Gainward CoolFX PP! Ultra/2600 GS

KanguruMicro MP3 Pro, flash player and voice recorder

IBM officially announces Power5 processor

ATI RADEON X800 officially announced

Yesterday ATI officially announced its new RADEON X800 GPU and the first graphics card on it.

RADEON X800 features 16 pixel and 6 vertex pipelines, supports GDDR3 memory and is claimed to provide 8 billion pixels and 800 million vertex per second.

Similar to the previous RADEON 9700 and 9800 GPUs, RADEON X800 is positioned for the high-end market segment and is made using 0.13µm process and low-k dielectrics by Taiwanese TSMC. .

Additionally RADEON X800 supports 3Dc technology of high-resolution normal maps compression to save memory resources. In the nearest future we should expect RADEON X800-based announcements from ABIT, ASUS, Celestica, Club 3D, Connect 3D, Creative, Diamond, Elsa, FIC, Gigabyte, Hightech Information Systems, Info-Tek, MSI, Sapphire, Tul, VisionTek, Xpertvision, Yuan.

As for ATI itself, today it offers two RADEON X800-based cards, RADEON X800 XT Platinum Edition (520/1120MHz; 256MB GDDR3; $500 MSRP) and RADEON X800 PRO (475/900MHz; 12 pipelines; GDDR3; $400 MSRP.)

GF 6800 Ultra + water cooling = Gainward CoolFX PP! Ultra/2600 GS

In a press release Gainward officially announced its new Gainward CoolFX Power-Pack! Ultra/2600 "Golden Sample" (GS) graphics card on NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra with water cooling system.

GeForce 6800 Ultra in this board operates at 450MHz clock rate. The card features 256MB of 1.6ns / 1.2GHz DDR3 memory and VGA, DVI interfaces. Its MSRP is €899.

At the same time the company released a version with usual though low-noise 120mm fans. This one will have lower clock rates (430/1150MHz) and thus "only" €599 MSRP.

Both models support dual-monitor configurations and resolutions up to 2048x1536 @ 85Hz. NTSC/PAL interface supports resolutions up to 1024x768.

KanguruMicro MP3 Pro, flash player and voice recorder

Kanguru Solutions, the maker of optical drive / card reader combo, introduced the new KanguruMicro MP3 Pro that combines a USB storage, digital voice recorder and MP3/WMA player.

There are four models with different capacity: 64, 128, 256, 512 MB. The 64MB device costs $75.

And the features are:

  • USB 1.1
  • Supports MP3, WMA @ 8-256Kbps
  • 30g without battery
  • 99x31x22mm size
  • 5mW+5mW audio output
  • 20Hz to 20kHz output frequency range
  • NAND flash storage
  • Requires an AAA battery for up to 15 hours of operation
  • 39.1-39.4mA write and 35.0-36.1mA read current
  • Sustains 1 million rewrites
  • 10-year data storage
  • Endures shocks up to 1000G

IBM officially announces Power5 processor

These days IBM officially announced its Power5 processors alongside two servers on it. This 64-bit novelty is to compete with 64-bit products from AMD, Intel and Sun.

Power5 is made using 130nm silicon-on-insulator (SOI) process with copper interconnects at 300mm fab in East Fishkill. The chip has 389mm² square size and contains 276 million transistors (vs. 174 million transistors of Power4.) The processor features 2,313 signal I/O and 3,057 power I/O units. I guess the latter are used for dissipated heat optimization purposes.

Power5 supports simultaneous multi-threading (SMT) technology that enables simultaneous operation of two Power5 cores.

The first IBM server on Power5 is eServer i5 based on dual chip module (DCM) with Power5 core and L3 cache. In the future the company plans to use quad-processor multi-chip modules (MCM; on the photo,) so Power5-based will contain up to 64 processor cores.

As for eServer i5, it supports up to 40 dynamic software sections, up to 10 hardware-software sections with SMT task time-division, up to 2 hardware sections. The first eServer i5 model (i570) supports up to 32 processor cores.

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