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Photo of the day: Pinnacle PCTV USB2 TV tuner in our lab

Micron ships DDR2-667 FB-DIMM

Turion 64: heat emission is the key

Photo of the day: Pinnacle PCTV USB2 TV tuner in our lab

We are currently testing Pinnacle PCTV USB2 TV tuner from Pinnacle Systems that stands out of other USB TV tuners in the market.

First of all, it stands out by its package :) That contains only:

  • Tuner itself
  • Remote control
  • USB 2.0 AB cable
  • Software CD
  • User´s Manual

Besides standard deinterlacing and timeshifting, PCTV USB2 features the following:

  • Compact body (10x7.5x3.3 cm)
  • Sound over USB
  • No need in additional power
  • Software noise filter

Micron ships DDR2-667 FB-DIMM

Micron Technology launched shipments of its DDR2-667 FB-DIMM modules. Being one of the few vendors to showcase such solutions at Intel Developer Forum last September, the American company seems to lead as a vendor of complete various series ranging from 256 MB to 2 GB, including PC2-5300.

As you might know, Elpida already had time to start sampling similar modules. Besides, it has more chances to Elpida outdo Micron in terms of volume shipments as well (512 MB, 1 GB and 2 GB modules), because it plans to launch them in H2 2005, while Micron believes its DDR2-667 FB-DIMM to start arriving to industrial servers only in H1 2006. This means that Micron won´t rush the volume production until the year-end.

Turion 64: heat emission is the key

As you know, at CES 2005 AMD announced its new mobile platform, Turion 64. According to our colleagues from PC Watch, they visited a seminar held by AMD, at which the new platform details were uncovered.

So, the key feature of Turion 64 will be low energy consumption claimed to be up to 35W (for example, Pentium M dissipates 25W max., and AMD couldn´t even catch up with Intel until now). For the sake of justice, the source states that AMD actually has Mobile Sempron with 25W heat emission, but Turion 64 can become the first really competitive 64-bit platform in the portable PC market.

Turion 64 will be based on 90nm Lancaster core. Thus there´s no doubt that AMD will position Turion 64 as a rival to Sonoma which might dissipate more than 25W.

Source: PC Watch

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