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TEAC prepares Flash Drive SmartII USB 2.0 dongle series

AOPen introduces XC Cube EX915 SFF

AMD´s desktop CPU roadmap remains as planned

Hynix announces 4GB RDIMM and 2GB SO-DIMM modules

OCZ Technology introduces PowerStream PSU series

NVIDIA PCI-Express cards already selling

ATI X600 PCIE noticed in Japanese retail



TEAC prepares Flash Drive SmartII USB 2.0 dongle series

TEAC announced its Flash Drive SmartII USB 2.0 dongle series that will go on sale late in June (except for 1GB model that will be available in mid-July. Capacities range from 128MB to 1GB. The package includes password-protection software. Sized 19x68x8mm, new products weigh about 12 g each.


Judging by the table below, the company experiments with various controllers. Therefore it would be interesting to know about the internals of the 1GB model.

Model Capacity, MB Throughput MB/s Price, $
Write Read
UF-507TSM2 128 9 10 ~56
UF-508TSM2 256 14 17 ~104
UF-509TSM2 512 ~190
UF-510TSM2 1024 5,5 16 ~383

AOPen introduces XC Cube EX915 SFF

AOpen introduced its new SFF on UX915 motherboard (915G+ICH6) for Pentium 4 LGA775 processors. XC Cube EX915 will go on sale early in July for the yet undisclosed price.




XC Cube "clip-on" front panels
  • Drive bays:
    • 1 x 5.25"
    • 1 x ext & 1 x int. 3.5"
  • Front-panel I/O:
    • Optical digital output
    • Line-out
    • Mic-in
    • 2 x USB 2.0
    • 6-pin, 4-pin IEEE1394
  • Back-panel I/O
    • PS/2 keyboard and mouse
    • 1 x COM
    • 1 x LPT
    • 6-pin IEEE1394
    • RJ-45 (Gigabit Ethernet)
    • 2 x USB 2.0
    • Line-in/out
    • Mic-in
  • Expansion slots:
    • 1 x PCI Express x16
    • 1 x PCI
  • 275W PSU (FSP275-60CU)
  • 29 dB cooler


  • Motherboard:
    • LGA775 Pentium 4 / Celeron processors with HT, 533/800 MHz FSB
    • 2 x sockets for up to 2GB of PC3200/PC2700 DDR SDRAM
    • Intel Graphic Media Accelerater 900, PCI Express x16 slot
    • IDE/SATA — ATA100/SATA, 1 x IDE, 4 x SATA
    • Gigabit Ethernet (Broadcom)
    • 6-channel audio, Realtek AC´97
  • 200x320x185 mm size

AMD´s desktop CPU roadmap remains as planned

In the table above you can see that Advanced Micro Devices is to introduce 90nm processors in Q4 2004, while in Q3 2005 dual-core Toledo are to be announced.

Model Q3 2004 Q4 2004 Q1 2005 Q2 2005 Q3 2005
Athlon 64 FX SledgeHammer
(0.13, SOI, 1MB L2)
2.4 GHz FX-53
San Diego
(90nm, SOI,
1MB L2)
2.6 GHz FX-55
  2.8 GHz FX-57 Toledo
(90nm, SOI, Dual Core, 2MB L2?)
Athlon 64 Newcastle
(0.13, SOI,
512KB L2)
2.2 GHz 3500+
2.4 GHz 3800+
Winchester
(90nm, SOI,
512 KB L2)
2.6 GHz 4000+
2.8 GHz 4200+ 4400+  
Sempron Barton
(0.13, 256 KB L2)
2500+/2600+/2800+ (462)
       
Paris
(0.13, SOI,
256 KB L2)
3100+ (754)
  3200+ (939) 3500+ (939), 3400+ (754) Palermo
(90nm, SOI)

Well, as you can see there are no critical changes comparing to the late 2003 roadmap:


Hynix announces 4GB RDIMM and 2GB SO-DIMM modules

Hynix Semiconductor announced 4GB registered DIMM modules made of 36 x 0.11µm 1Gbit DDR2-533 SDRAM chips and 2GB SO-DIMM modules made of 16 DDR2-533 SDRAM chips.

The novelties are dated to new Intel chipsets supporting such memory. According to the company, these DDR2 solutions will strengthen Hynix in the worldwide market, in particular, in its DDR2 SDRAM segment.


If you remember, the Korean company has already introduced 1GB DDR2 RDIMM modules on 1Gbit elements for servers and workstations:

  • VDD = 1.8V, VDDQ = 1.8V
  • I/O = SSTL_18
  • 533Mbps/pin linear throughput
  • Up to 4,300MB/s performance in 64-bit systems
  • 4 and 8 packet lengths
  • WRITE latency = READ latency = 1 clock
  • Differential strobe
  • Off-chip output driver calibration (OCD)
  • On-die termination (ODT)

OCZ Technology introduces PowerStream PSU series

OCZ Technology, known as an overclocker memory vendor, now introduced PowerStream series of power supplies. It seems the company, after long debates about testlab equipment, decided to make its own PSUs that meet its own requirements.


A feature of PowerStream is PowerFlex technology that independently fine-tunes 3.3V, +5V and +12V voltages. Besides, PSUs have universal ConnectAll connector that meets ATX, SATA, P4, EPS12V and BTX standards. At 60% load the PSU provides 23dBA noise.

According to the press release, the series includes 520, 470 and 420 W models (OCZ520ADJ, OCZ470ADJ, OCZ420ADJ). Shipments started today.

NVIDIA PCI-Express cards already selling

NVIDIA doesn´t lag behind ATI, which cards were already seen in retail in Japan, and its products on GeForce PCX 5900 and 5300 with PCI-Express interfaces joined their competitors in Japanese stores.


On the first photo is Gigabyte GV-NX59128D on GeForce PCX 5900 GPU. It has VGA, DVI-I and S-Video interfaces and costs ¥26,800-31,980 ($245-292).


There´s also Albatron card on GeForce PCX 5300 GPU. It costs ¥11,500 ($105).

Source: Akiba PC

ATI X600 PCIE noticed in Japanese retail

In two weeks after Computex 2004, at which mid-end ATI X600 were announced, graphics cards on these novelties from ABIT and SAPPHIRE were noticed in the local Japanese. Each company sells one RX600 XT and one RX600 Pro card with PCI-Express interface and one RX600 Pro AGP product.






As for the price, RADEON X600 XT-PCIE costs ¥21,210-25,980 ($195-238), RADEON X600 PRO 256PCIE ¥19,420-23,480 ($178-215), RADEON X600 PRO ¥25,400-27,800 ($233-255).

Finally, let´s revise GPU features: SMARTSHADER 2.0, SMOOTHVISION 2.1 isotopic filtering, 128-bit DDR, 4 pixel pipelines, 2 vertex pipelines. RADEON X600 XT and RADEON X600 PRO differ by clock rate — RX600 XT cards feature 500/740 MHz clock rates, while RX600 Pro cards have them 400/600MHz. Both GPUs are 0.13µm. All cards feature VGA, DVI and TV outputs and have 128MB DDR.

Source: Akiba PC

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