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XPC SB86i: Shuttle´s first pico-BTX SFF barebone

VIA sheds more light on Envy24-II, new PC audio solution

Plextor introduces new PX-716SA, SATA DVD burner

P4 3.8 GHz: just another 200 MHz, no hype

Sony VAIO R series: based on Pentium 4 3.8 GHz



XPC SB86i: Shuttle´s first pico-BTX SFF barebone

With an official press release Shuttle launched the new SFF (small form factor) barebones — XPC SB86i — designed in the pico-BTX form-factor.

Shuttle XPC SB86i motherboard bases on Intel 915G chipset with ICH6-R Southbridge and has Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 graphics.

XPC SB86i will be shipping late in this Q4.

VIA sheds more light on Envy24-II, new PC audio solution

At its official website VIA Technologies published interesting information about the soon-to-be-announced Vinyl Audio PCI novelties. As you know, Envy24 and Envy24xx are widely spread in various multimedia devices, on motherboard and even PCMCIA cards.

The new controller named Envy24-II will more likely be a logical continuation of Envy24 series than Envy24xx line and will be meant for professionals: improved digital hardware mixer, higher-quality ASIO support (through "flexible DMA architecture") for more effective usage of PCI bus and reduced latencies.

Envy24-II Envy24 Envy24HT Envy24GT Envy24MT
Max. sampling rate 192 kHz 96 kHz 192 kHz 192 kHz 192 kHz
Max. width 32-bit 24-bit 24-bit 24-bit 24-bit
Pairs of I2S/AC inputs 8 4 1 1 1
Pairs of I2S/AC outputs 8 4 4 3 1
Pairs of I2S inputs for ADC or S/PDIF 1 1 1 1 1
Digital hardware mixer 32 bit/32 channels 24 bit/20 channels - - -
WDM drivers - - + + +
I2C 4 1 1 1 1
IEC958 S/PDIF Tx 1 - 1 1 1
GPIO channels 10 8 23 16 16
MIDI port 2 2 1 1 1
PCI revision 2.3 2.1 2.2 2.2 2.2
Model name VT1732 VT1712 VT1724 VT1722T VT1720T
Package PQFP128 PQFP128 PQFP128 PQFP128 / TQFP128 TQFP128

Envy24-II specs are noticeable better than those of Envy solutions:

  • Sampling rates up to 192 kHz
  • Width up to 32-bit
  • 16 A/D inputs
  • 16 A/D outputs
  • Digital 32-bit hardware mixer for 32 channels
  • Integrated S/PDIF transmitter with IEC958 direct interface (direct data transmission to receiver by PCM, DTS, AC3 protocols)
  • 1 x SPI and 4 x I2C ports
  • 2 x MPU-401 MIDI UART ports
  • 10-channel GPIO
  • 2 x reference quartz clock generators operating at 49.512 MHz/24.576 MHz and 22.5 MHz (external clock generators supported)
  • PCI 2.3 revision
  • 3.3 V (up to 5 V) voltage

The press release mentions that the device can decode new audio formats, including DVD-Audio, in hardware. Does it mean SACD is not an exception? There´s just one problem left: to make usual DVD drives read SACD media.

Plextor introduces new PX-716SA, SATA DVD burner

Plextor introduced the new PX-716SA DVD burner with Serial ATA (SATA) interface. Other features are identical to those of PX-716A.

  • Write:
    • DVD+R, DVD-R 16x CAV
    • DVD+R Double Layer — 4x
    • DVD+RW 8x
    • DVD-RW 4x
    • CD-R 48x
    • CD-RW 24x
  • Read:
    • DVD 16x
    • CD 48x
  • 8 MB buffer
  • Buffer Underrun Proof
  • Lossless Linking/Zero Link

The drive is bundled with PlexTools Professional supporting GigaRec (record up to 1 GB onto a 700MB CD-R), SecureRecording, Silent Mode, VariRec. Besides, PX-716SA supports Plextor Intelligent Recording technologies, including Intelligent Tilt, PoweRec and AUTOSTRATEGY. The bundle also includes Roxio Easy Media Center 7 Basic DVD Edition.

Plextor PX-716SA will be shipping in December with MSRP of $160 (North America).

P4 3.8 GHz: just another 200 MHz, no hype

As you have already understood from our news about Sony VAIO R series, without much hype Intel added another processor to its list: P4 570J. Well, another 200 MHz is not a surprise these days. Besides, judging by some benchmarks, the novelty performs not much faster than Pentium 4 560 anyway.

The only thing that catches the eye is that there´s no such processor model without Execute Disable Bit (´J´ suffix), though until now all 800 MHz FSB, 1 MB L2 solutions had two modifications (including Celeron D 325). At least such model is not listed at company´s website.

  P4 570J P4 560 P4 EE 3.46 GHz
Core Prescott Gallatin
FSB 800 1066
Clock rate 3.8 GHz 3.6 GHz 3.46 GHz
L1 16 Êá 8 Êá
L2 1 MB 512 KB
L3 - 2 MB
VID 1.25-1.4 V 1.525-1.6 V
ICC 119 A 84.8 A
TDP 115 W 110.7 W

Sony VAIO R series: based on Pentium 4 3.8 GHz

According to the source, referring to the Japanese branch of Sony online store, the company started accepting requests for its high-end VAIO R series PCs based on the yet unannounced Intel Pentium 4 570 (3.8 GHz).


The system features 2 x 250GB HDDs, 1 GB RAM, RADEON X600 XT graphics and DVD±RW/+R9 burner. With Windows XP Professtional (SP2) OS and Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 the machine will cost ¥406,800 ($3700).

System interfaces include 7 x USB 2.0 ports, 2 x IEEE1394, built-in Gigabit Ethernet, PCMCIA Type 2 slot, Memory Stick (Pro) / CompactFlash/ xD-Picture Card / Secure Digital/MultiMedia Card reader. The PC case is sized 188x402x410 mm at 14.5-16 kg weight.

Source: PC Watch

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