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Say goodbye to 2.8/3.0/3.2 and 3.4 GHz Northwood processors

ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe: starting the new motherboard series

PolarFLO introduces new water pumps

AOpen introduces Aeolus 6600GT-DV128 graphics card

Philips unveils miniature FM tuners for mobile handsets

Clio NXT PDA from Data Evolution: after five years of silence...



Say goodbye to 2.8/3.0/3.2 and 3.4 GHz Northwood processors

Intel stopped the production of several of its processors, including 2.8, 3.0, 3.20 and 3.40 GHz P4 (all 800 MHz FSB; Northwood) made using 0.13Ám process (both boxed and tray).


Tray versions
  • Orders accepted up to May 18, 2005
  • Last shipments on May 19, 2006 (tray) and June 17, 2005 (boxed)

Boxed versions


And their replacements

ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe: starting the new motherboard series

The date of ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe availability for sale has been revealed. According to Japanese sources, the model will go on sale early in December.

  • NVIDIA nForce 4 SLI chipset
  • Supports AMD Athlon 64FX / Athlon 64 (Socket 939) processors
  • 4 memory sockets
  • 2000/1600 MT/s FSB
  • 2 x DDR400/333/266 channels
  • 2 x PCI-Express x16 (EZ Selector to enable SLI mode; 2 x PCI Express x8 in SLI mode, PCI Express x16 and x1 in non-SLI mode)
  • 2 x PCI-Express x1
  • 3 x PCI
  • 4 x SATA, 2 x ATA133 (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, JBOD)
  • 4 x SATA II
  • 2 Gbit LAN
  • 2 x IEEE1394

It seems in the nearest future we´ll witness announcements of similar boards from other companies. Besides, in the middle of December the company will unveil A8N-E Premium without SLI and SATA II, but with WLAN feature.


PolarFLO introduces new water pumps

PolarFLO updated its TT series of liquid cooling solutions.


Now PolarFLO TT series looks like:



AOpen introduces Aeolus 6600GT-DV128 graphics card

Clones are attacking — companies are all about announcing 6600GT AGP cards. This time AOpen released its Aeolus 6600GT-DV128 with 128 MB of GDDR-3 (Micro BGA), TV-Out, D-Sub, DVI. Core clock is 500 MHz, fill rate — 4 billion texels/sec, draw rate — 375 million vertices/sec


  • DirectX9.0 Shader Model 3.0
  • nVIDIA PureVideo
  • nVIDIA CineFX3.0
  • nVIDIA UltraShadowII
  • nVIDIA Intellisample 3.0
  • MPEG-2 hardware acceleration


Philips unveils miniature FM tuners for mobile handsets

Philips unveiled a series of chips designed for making compact FM tuners that can be integrated into a mobile phone, CD/MP3 player, PDA, etc.

Each novelty stands out with its own peculiarities. For example, TEA5767 requires low power and TEA5777 supports AM range.


TEA5761, the smallest one, is made using WL-CSP (Wafer Level — Chip Scale Packaging) and is a wafer of silicon crystal plates. As the I/O connections were redesigned with some of them removed, TEA5761-based solutions require thrice less PCB space.

Some of TEA5764 are also shipped in WL-CSP package, but they primarily stand out with RDS (Radio Data System) support (that provides various information like station name, current track, news, ads, etc.) RDS also simplifies tuning.

Model TEA5767 TEA5761 TEA5764 TEA5777
Ranges stereo FM stereo FM stereo FM stereo FM / AM
RDS - - + -
Quartz oscillator 32.768 kHz/ 13* MHz 32.768 kHz 32.768 kHz 4 MHz/ 13* MHz
Interface I2C / 3 wire I2C I2C I2C / 3 wire
Size 6 õ 6 mm 3.5 õ 3.5 mm 6 õ 6 mm 4 õ 4 mm 7 õ 7 mm
Package HVQFN40 WL-CSP HVQ-FN40 WL-CSP HVQFN48
Current 11 mA 13 mA 13 mA 12 mA
Required peripherals, units 25 14 22 25
Min. PCB square 150 mm2 50 mm2 70 mm2 200 mm2
Availability ATM ATM 01/05 01/05

You can take a look at the key parts of a modern FM/AM tuner on the example of TEA5777 below (click to enlarge).



Clio NXT PDA from Data Evolution: after five years of silence...

After the five-year delay Data Evolution announced the updated version of Clio NXT PDA. Like the one introduced five years ago, the PDA has fully-fledged keyboard, 9.4" display rotating to 180°, Windows CE .NET 4.2 Professional.


This proves company´s plans (though they have promised 12.1" display).

The new model supports Wi-Fi 802.11b and bases on 400 MHz Intel Xscale. Besides, it features a USB port, flash media slots, IR-port and Ethernet adapter. Shipments are scheduled to early 2005.

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