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AOpen introduces i915Ga-EFRII and i915Pa-EFRII motherboards

IDF Fall 2004, day 2: again on multi-core processors, FB-DIMM, etc.

RMMA 3.4 is released!

Nokia 9300: a pared-down 9500 without camera and Wi-Fi

AOpen introduces i915Ga-EFRII and i915Pa-EFRII motherboards

AOpen officially announced two new motherboards, i915Ga-EFRII and i915Pa-EFRII, based on Intel 915G/i915P chipsets.

AOpen i915Ga-EFRII and i915Pa-EFRII support dual-channel DDR2 533 MHz memory, feature PCI Express x16, PCI Express Gigabit LAN, Azalia HD audio, Promise RAID.

  • Supports Intel Pentium 4 LGA775
  • Intel 915G/915P + ICH6R chipset
  • 800 MHz FSB
  • Intel GMA 900, PCI Express x16 graphics
  • DDR2 533/400 memory
  • Serial ATA, IDE ATA100, USB 2.0, IEEE 1394
  • Intel Matrix RAID, Promise RAID 0/1/0+1
  • Broadcom PCI Express Gigabit LAN
  • 7.1-channel Azalia HD audio

IDF Fall 2004, day 2: again on multi-core processors, FB-DIMM, etc.

On the second IDF day they shed light on dual-core notebook processors and on the fact that Intel plans to move to multi-core architectures, maybe even in the end of the next year.

In particular, vice president of Intel Mobile Platforms Group, Anand Chandrasekher, informed on details of a new notebook processor codenamed Napa. It will continue the series which previously was crowned by Sonoma. (These will require Alviso chipset). Dual-core Napa, in its turn, will be made using 65 nm process. Actually, Napa is a whole platform that also includes Golan wireless adapter and Calistoga graphics.

Besides, according to some mass media citing Paul Otellini, all Intel´s desktop, notebook and server processors will migrate to multi-core architecture in 2005. The first will be Montecito, then Napa. After that more desktop CPUs. Note that notebook solutions have higher priority, while desktops are to be released some later. This is becoming usual for Intel. The most interesting thing is that by the next year-end Intel expects dual-core CPU sales to be up to 70% of all its server market, 85% of its notebook market, and up to 40% of its desktop market.

Another matter is related to an interesting server memory technology — FB-DIMM (Fully Buffered DIMM) — that is called to improve memory performance. FB-DIMM closes impedance gaps affecting signal flow in the memory bus. It uses serial interfaces similar to those used by PCI-Express.

Finally, much attention was paid to LaGrande technology and flash memory development strategies, but more on this in our news to come.

RMMA 3.4 is released!

RightMark Memory Analyzer v3.4 is released!


  • Added ResultsBrowser feature
  • Added support for Intel E7205, E7500, E7501, E7505, E7520, E7525, AMD8000, VIA K8T800, K8T800Pro (memory controller integrated into AMD64), nVidia nForce2
  • Extended DMI info support (BIOS, motherboard, vendor, model, revision)
  • Added support for new processors

For more information about RMMA visit the official website.

Nokia 9300: a pared-down 9500 without camera and Wi-Fi

Nokia 9300 officially introduced its new 9300 smartphone.

As promised, Nokia 9300 is a light version of Nokia 9500 — without digital camera and 802.11 adapter. This means a couple of hundreds bucks off.

  • EGSM 900, GSM 1800, 1900 MHz, AMR codec, EGPRS Multislot class 10 (236.8 Kbps in EDGE networks, up to 53.6 Kbps in GPRS networks), HSCSD (High-Speed Circuit-Switched Data)
  • 132x51x21 mm size
  • 167 g weight
  • User profile
  • Alarm clock, calculator
  • MP3, MPEG-4 (AAC), Real audio, MIDI
  • RealVideo, MPEG4, H.263
  • Speakerphone, voice recorder
  • 80 MB memory, MMC slot
  • 640x200, TFT, 65,536 colors main display
  • 128x128, TFT, 65,536 colors external display
  • Customisable external button, QWERTY keyboard, 5-way joystick, 8 functional keys
  • Symbian 7.0s/Series 80 OS
  • Java MIDP 2.0
  • MMS, SMS
  • Email (Java), IMAP4, POP3, APOP, SMTP, MIME, IMAP4-SSL/TLS, POP3-SSL/TLS, SMTP-SSL/TLS, OMA Data Syncronization, facsimiles
  • HTML 4.01/xHTML browser supporting WML 1.3, OMA DRM Forward Lock for content protection, OMA Device management 1.1.2
  • Pop-Port, USB 2.0 (DKU-2 cable)
  • IrDA
  • Bluetooth
  • 40-tone polyphony
  • Word, Sheet, Presentations, synchronization with MS Office 97; Nokia PC Suite
  • BP-6M 970 mAh, Li-Pol, up to 3.5-4 hours of talking, 150-200 hours of standby

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