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ASUS S-presso: new stylish barebone

AOpen unveils Dual DVD drive, ESV-289U

Photo of the day: S3´s reference card on Delta Chrome in our lab

Kingmax introduces RS-MMC, miniSD and HS-MMC media

Intel SRSH4 based server in our lab

ASUS S-presso: new stylish barebone

At Computex 2004 ASUS is going to showcase its new barebone, S-presso, that judging by photos will be rather attractive. Not much is disclosed, just the mention that this "Prescott ready" system will be positioned as a home multimedia center with rather high-quality 3D graphics. Besides, a number of sources also mention 3.4GHz processor.

S-Presso will support DVD/CD/MP3 playback and radio features without OS boot and will have all necessary controls on-case.

AOpen unveils Dual DVD drive, ESV-289U

AOpen unveiled its new external 4x Dual DVD drive, ESV-289U:

  • USB 2.0
  • Speeds: 4x DVD+R, 2.4x DVD+RW, 2x DVD-R/RW, 24x CD-ROM, 8x DVD-ROM, 10x CD-RW, 16x CD-R
  • Formats: DVD, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, CD-DA, CD-ROM/XA, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-I, Video CD, Photo-CD, CD-Extra & CD-Text
  • Throughput: 8x DVD-ROM MTRP 10.56 MB/s max. 24x CD-ROM MTRP 3,600 KB/s max.
  • 2MB buffer
  • 50,000 hours MTBF
  • 5V voltage
  • 5°C to 45°C operating range
  • 175x141x25mm size
  • 430g weight
  • Nero Ahead, NeoDVD, PowerDVD, VideoStudio7 included

Photo of the day: S3´s reference card on Delta Chrome in our lab

We are currently testing S3´s reference card on Delta Chrome GPU:

  • DirectX 9, OpenGL 1.3
  • Vertex Shaders v2.0, Pixel Shaders v2.0 (Delta Chrome V8 Pipeline)
  • 8 pipelines / 1 texture per pass
  • 16x anisotropic filtering
  • 16x Super Sampling AA
  • Advanced Deferred Rendering, hierarchical Z buffer
  • Shading acceleration with dual-side stencil
  • Per Pixel Adaptive Deinterlacing
  • Chromotion streaming engine supporting uncompressed S340, WMV8 and WMV9 postprocessing
  • Microsoft VMR (Video Mixing Renderer)
  • HDTV-out (480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p), LVDS, Duo-View+

Kingmax introduces RS-MMC, miniSD and HS-MMC media

Kingmax introduced new 512MB RS-MMC and miniSD media designed due to low power consumption for new-generation mobile handsets. Packaged into proprietary PIP package, novelties feature the following:


  • 2.5MB/s throughput
  • 18x24x1.4mm size
  • 2.7-3.6V voltage
  • 7-pin package


  • Meet SDMI requirements
  • 12.5MB/s throughput
  • 21.5x20x1.4mm size
  • 11-pin package

But one of the most interesting solutions are HS-MMC (High-Speed MultiMedia Card) media that meet specs of Multimedia Card Association (MMCA). Cards will be showcased at Computex, so now we can just state some technical details:

  • Theoretical peak throughput of 52MB/s
  • 24x32x1.4mm size
  • 32, 64, 128, 256, 512 MB capacities
  • 1.8/3.3V voltage
  • 13-pin package

As usual, new media is designed for digital still cameras, mobile phones, PDAs, notebooks, etc.

Intel SRSH4 based server in our lab

We are currently testing Intel SRSH4 based server. It features 4 x Xeon MP processors (2GHz, 1MB L3 cache, 400MHz FSB, 603-pin µPGA), SRCU42L RAID, 8GB of 1GB registered ECC PC2100 DIMM (KVR266X72RC25L/1G; CL=2.5), 5 x Fujitsu MAS3735NC HDDs (73.5GB; U320-SCA2; 8MB buffer, 3.5s average seek; 15,000 rpm).

Other features of SRSH4 are:

  • ServerWorks Grand Champion HE chipset
  • dual-channel Adaptec AIC7902 Ultra320 SCSI
  • Intel PRO/100+ Server Network Connection, Intel PRO/1000 XT Network Connection
  • 4MB ATI Rage XL VGA PCI (1600x1200)
  • I/O:
    • 1 x IDE
    • National Semiconductor Super I/O PC87417
    • 2 x asynchronous 9-pin Shell-232C
    • 1 x IEEE1284
    • CMOS765B and 82077AA-compatible HDD controller
    • 3 x USB 1.0 (two in the back, one in the front)
  • Expansion slots:
    • 4 x PCI-X 64-bit/66MHz (hot-plug)
    • 2 x PCI-X 64-bit/100MHz (non hot-plug)
    • 2 x 32-bit/33MHz (non hot-plug)

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