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Photo of the day: K8 Ultra-U Pro and PX925XE Pro-R motherboards in our lab

Samsung unveils 5" flexible LCD display

Photo of the day: K8 Ultra-U Pro and PX925XE Pro-R motherboards in our lab

We are now testing new motherboards from Albatron: K8 Ultra-U Pro and PX925XE Pro-R.

The first board bases on ULi M1689 chipset, supports AMD Athlon 64/Sempron (Socket 754) processors, features up to 800 MHz HyperTransport bus (up to 3.2 GB/s duplex throughput). More features include Winbond Super I/O W83627THF controller, Realtek ALC655 audio codec, Realtek RTL8201CL LAN, 2 x sockets for up to 2GB of DDR266-DDR400 SDRAM (with or without ECC), 1 x AGP (1.5V only), 4 x PCI, 2 x IDE (Ultra ATA 66/100/133; up to 4 devices), 2 x USB headers (8 x USB), SATA. Back-panel interfaces are: PS/2 keyboard and mouse, LPT, 2 x COM, 4 x USB, audio connectors.

The second board bases on i925XE+ICH6R chipset bundle, supports Pentium 4 Prescott (Socket 775), 800/1066 MHz FSB. It has the same Winbond Super I/O W83627THF controller, ALC880 audio codec. More features include Broadcom BCM5789 Gbit LAN and VIA VT6105 Mbit LAN, up to 4GB of DDR2-400/DDR2-533 (the X model supports non-ECC, while the XE model works with both ECC and non-ECC modules), according to the press release, no more than 3.2-3.5 GB will be available anyway. There is also 1 x PCI Express x16, 2 x PCI Express x1, 3 x PCI (PCI 2.3), IrDA 1.0 SIR, 2 x IDE (Ultra ATA 66/100/133 DMA, PIO), RAID (0, 1, 0+1, JBOD), 4 x SATA (RAID 0/1).

Back-panel connectors: PS/2 keyboard and mouse, 2 x COM, 1 x LPT, audio, 2 x LAN, 4 x USB.

Samsung unveils 5" flexible LCD display

Samsung officially unveiled the new 5" plastic LCD display intended for portable devices such as mobile handsets, MP3 players, PDAs, etc.

The new displays, as said above, base on flexible substrates covered with amorphous polycrystalline silicon (a-Si) and have 512x384 (qSVGA), 100 ppi resolution. The new displays, according to the press release, were developed together with SoftPixel. This cooperation also brought to life the technology of processing amorphous thin-film transistors, color filters and liquid crystals at temperatures relatively low for coating plastic.

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