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Amacom Technologies unveils ez2, 300GB external storage

Computex 2004: IWILL barebones, two distinguished twins

Making X800 XT out of X800 PRO, Russian style

DDR2-667 support to be an apanage of third parties?

VIA Envy24MT: 24-bit/192kHz notebook audio

Computex 2004: ASUS booth

Photo of the day: VisionDTV USB-Ter VP-7041 USB 2.0 TV tuner in our lab

Computex 2004: more and more exhibits

Computex 2004: Kingston showcases 1GB MMC 4.0

EIZO updates monitor series with FlexScan S190 and FlexScan S170

Amacom Technologies unveils ez2, 300GB external storage

Amacom Technologies, specializing in backup and portable storage solutions, unveiled its new external HDD, ez2, with 300GB capacity and USB 2.0 and Firewire interfaces.

It seems one of the highest-capacity hard drives (after LaCie´s 500GB d2 and 1TB Bigger Disk). Product bundle includes FlipBack backup software.

Computex 2004: IWILL barebones, two distinguished twins

It´s time to speak of SFF systems that are very popular at Computex 2004, especially as many of them support PCI Express x16. Let´s start with IWILL that showcases ZMAX dp on two Opteron (Socket 940) processors.

It´s based on nForce3 PRO 250 chipset, has 2 x DDR SDRAM DIMM sockets, 1 x AGP slot, 1 x PCI slot and 1 x miniPCI slot, 1 x 5.25" bay, 1 x 3.5" bay, 6 x USB ports (two on the front panel), 2 x IEEE1394 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 6-channel audio. Sized 220x280x220mm, it weighs about 6.22kg. ZMAX dp also has 300W PSU.

It´s interesting that sales schedule has been changed: initially the new barebone should have been sampling in July, with volume production to be launched in September. But now the system should be expected for sale in August.

Another company´s model, ZMAX gs, is encased into a similar body. It features Intel 915G for one 3.40GHz Pentium 4 LGA775, 2 x DDR2-667 sockets, 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, 1 x PCI slot, 1 x miniPCI slot, Gigabit Ethernet, 8 x USB and 2 x IEEE1394. WLAN support is optional. ZMAX gs should go on sale in July.

Source: PC Watch

Making X800 XT out of X800 PRO, Russian style

Most likely, you have already read some materials on remaking RADEON X800 PRO cards into X800 XT ones. We believe it´s high time to perform the same operation in our own lab.

The experiment affected PowerColor RADEON X800 PRO Limited Edition (to the left) and ATI RADEON X800 PRO Reference card (to the right):

The detailed examination indicates the cars have identical PCB design, so the differences should only be found in proceccors. And there it is: you can see a gap on PowerColor RADEON X800 PRO GPU. Then we should close these contacts and repatch BIOS... In advance, I can say the experiment was a success:

But as usual, all operation details and newly-made card test results will be provided in the dedicated article.

DDR2-667 support to be an apanage of third parties?

One of the most interesting moments of VIA´s technological forum at Computex 2004 was the DDR2-667 module demonstration by all major brands, in particular, Samsung and Elpida. According to forum visitors, the most popular was the showcase of a VIA PT890 system with such memory modules.

It seems that boards on "native" Intel i925X, i915G/P won´t be suitable for DDR2-667, as they officially support DDR2-533 only. But third parties (SiS and VIA will for sure) might find this memory kind interesting. You should remember that VIA promised DDR2-667 in its PT890 as far back as in March at CeBIT.

Showcased DDR2-667 modules had 5-5-5 timings, not far from 4-4-4 timings of DDR2-533. But adoption of this memory is still questionable, as JEDEC hasn´t yet cleared out the specs. Well, it doesn´t seem that critical, as close cooperation of memory and chipset vendors along with their support is enough for memory distribution. The time will tell us whether 1.85V Hyper DIMM is going to be popular or not.

Samsung´s DDR2
Elpida´s Hyper DIMM (DDR2)
Click photos for larger images

Source: PC Watch

VIA Envy24MT: 24-bit/192kHz notebook audio

VIA announced its new VIA Vinyl Envy24MT audio controller designed for notebooks and mini PCs. In particular, Vinyl Envy24MT might come in handy for those notebook owners that are not satisfied with built-in AC´97 (2.2: 20-bit DAC, 96kHz).

Vinyl Envy24MT continues VIA Envy24 series (on the photo). It´s optimized for small-size systems and has lower power consumption. Envy24MT supports 24-bit/192kHz audio, analog and digital inputs/ outputs, 2 x MIDI ports, ASIO.

VIA offers several variants of Vinyl Envy24MT usage, including motherboard integration, Mini-PCI or PCMCIA cards.

Computex 2004: ASUS booth

We continue our virtual tour around Computex 2004. This time we visit ASUS booth that has the following interesting exhibits (not speaking of already mentioned S-presso):

Of course, there are Intel Pentium 4 LGA775 motherboards, in particular, P5AD2 Premium on i925X (800MHz FSB, dual-channel DDR2-533, SATA RAID, Dual-Gbit LAN, IEEE1394b, Azalia audio). It seems ASUS is serious about advancing in the wireless market, as many recent boards of the company feature Wi-Fi units (this one has it integrated).

Photo of the day: VisionDTV USB-Ter VP-7041 USB 2.0 TV tuner in our lab

We are currently testing VisionDTV USB-Ter VP-7041 USB 2.0 tuner from Taiwanese TwinHan Technology. The bundle includes remote control, antenna, USB cable, software CD.

According to the specs:

  • Tuner operates within 48.25-863.25 MHz range
  • Supports 6/7/8 MHz channel width
  • Supports MPEG-2 Main Profile& Main Level video
  • Supports MPEG-2 Audio layer I & II audio
  • Supports software MPEG-2 decoding
  • Is sized 11.2x7x3cm

Computex 2004: more and more exhibits

Below are several interesting exhibits from Computex 2004 that are hardly categorized:

OmniChrome at work

Pentium M motherboard sample from DFI-ACP

A system on a Mini ITX board

Computex 2004: Kingston showcases 1GB MMC 4.0

As we have already written, before Computex 2004 Kingston Technology introduced several high-speed MultiMediaCard 4.0 (MMC 4.0) flash cards. Initially only 128MB MMC was available, while 256MB and 512MB MMC 4.0 were expected for sale this year. But at Computex 2004 the company showcased 1GB model, so the only mentioned in the press release, but unseen is 2GB card.

If you remember, MMC 4.0 specs imply 20MB/s read and 17MB/s write speedsm 1.8/3V voltage, 1-bit, 4-bit and 8-bit buses. MMC 4.0 is backward compatible with the previous MultiMediaCards and controllers.

As promised, at Computex 2004 Kingston showcased its new media with the new Skymedi SK6802 MMC 4.0 controller. Sales are expected to start in Q3 this year.

EIZO updates monitor series with FlexScan S190 and FlexScan S170

EIZO Nanao extended its monitor series with EIZO FlexScan S190 and EIZO FlexScan S170 LCDs that will go on sale on July 1. The novelties are distinguished by 1000:1 contrast ratio.

Monitor key features are:

FlexScan S190:

  • 0.294mm dot size
  • 250nit brightness
  • 25ms response time
  • 178°s horizontal and vertical viewing angles
  • 24.8-80kHz (D-Sub) and 31-64kHz line scan, 50-75Hz and 59-61Hz frame scan via D-Sub/DVI-D, respectively
  • 1280x1024 (16,770,000 colors) native resolution
  • 15-pin D-Sub, 24-pin DVI-D, USB
  • 404x200x288-423mm size, 6.6kg weight
  • 40W max. power, less than 2W standby power

FlexScan S170 differs from the above model by 0.264mm dot size and 362x200x280-406mm dimensions and 5.6kg weight.

Besides, the support in both models is now ArcSwing 2 that provides 104mm height adjust, 5 front and 60 back tilt, 172 horizontal rotation.

Source: PC Watch

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