Maxtor launched shipments of new 250 GB and 300 GB Maxtor SATA Ultra16 kits ($240 and $280, respectively). According to the press release, Parallel ATA Ultra16 solutions will be introduced in Q4 this year.
The main feature of kit drives is 16 MB buffer and Native Command Queuing (NCQ). Before the series included 80 GB, 120 GB, 160 GB, 200 GB and 250 GB 7200 rpm products with 8 MB buffers. Traditionally, the bundle includes MaxBlast software for formatting, partitioning, etc.
These products are designed for systems requiring high-capacity storage, including multimedia PCs, servers, workstations. New products can work with both PC and Mac systems. Besides, users can connect them to either external SATA controller, or motherboard connectors.
AMD updated its AMD Geode NX processor series with 6W AMD Geode NX 1250 CPU designed for thin clients, printers, terminals, telecomm equipment. The new processor is pin-compatible with AMD Geode NX 1500@6W and AMD Geode NX 1750@14W.
AMD Geode NX 1250@6W has 667 MHz clock rate (vs. 1 GHz of Geode NX 1500@6W and 1.4 GHz of Geode NX 1750@14W).
Geode NX 1250@6W bases on AMD Athlon core and has the following specs:
And yet again an unpleasant surprise in High-End graphics camp. This one comes from ATI this time.
It hasn´t been long since the announcement of GeForce 6800LE sold as fully-fledged GeForce 6800 cards, but now in Moscow we found X800XT cards that look the same as X800XT Platinum Edition products, but instead of 520/560 (1120) MHz have 500/500 (1000) MHz clock rates. We saw products from Sapphire, but remembering that such cards are made by ATI´s order, while other vendors purchase ready cards, similar products may arrive from other vendors as well.
Pity, but ATI Technologies (as if it doesn´t need its reputation to be that good) hasn´t informed anyone about X800XT AGP cards. Until this moment X800XT-non-PE cards were officially related to PCI-Express segment only. According to this page:
RADEON X800 graphics technology is available in two bus configurations from ATI: AGP bus configuration (8X/4X/Universal AGP 3.0) and PCI Express™ bus configuration.
AGP bus configuration (8X/4X/Universal AGP 3.0):
PCI Express™ bus configuration:
We expected ATI non-PE cards to be released sooner or later, but we didn´t think it would come without any announcements...
We want to warn you to be careful when you buy, because it´s a matter of about $600! Obtain the exact specs from store managers, because card appearance won´t let you distinguish X800XT PE from a non-PE.
Sony announced VAIO VGN-T70B ultra portable notebook that will go on sale on September 25 for ¥210,000 ($1,910). Sony VAIO VGN-T70B will be shipping with Windows XP Home Edition SP2 and Office 2003 Personal.
Sized 272x205x25-34 mm, VAIO VGN-T70B weighs 1.38 kg and operates up to 4.5 hours with standard or up to 8 hours with higher-capacity battery.
Sony VAIO VGN-T70B specs:
Source: PC Watch
NEC/Mitsubishi Electronics Display announced the new 17" Mitsubishi VM72LCD TFT display for corporate market segment.
Mitsubishi VM72LCD specs:
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