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ASUS Dual 6800U PCIE monsters caught in China

VIA updates Luke CoreFusion platform

IBM sells new Sonoma and P4 based notebooks



ASUS Dual 6800U PCIE monsters caught in China

You all remember the Gigabyte 3D1 graphics card on dual GeForce 6600GT GPUs it was nice. But at the moment in China you can already take a look at the new monster from ASUS based on dual GeForce 6800Ultra PCIE GPUs.

Although not much is known, you can already imagine the huge PCB dimensions of this novelty (based on the size of a standard DVI connector, the size of the card is to be about 337x172mm, which even exceeds the full-size PCI dimensions). Besides two GeForce 6800 GPUs the card is said to have 512MB GDDR3 memory, 400MHz/1100MHz clock rates, and, naturally, the 6-pin connector for additional power.

Since no official release date has been disclosed, we can only hope it won´t take long and, which is also important, that the price of this powerhouse will be at least close to the "nearly affordable".

Source: GZeasy

VIA updates Luke CoreFusion platform

Two years after the announcement of Mark CoreFusion platform at CeBIT 2003, VIA, at Embedded System Conference, introduced the updatd platform named Luke CoreFusion Processing Platform. It´s interesting that VIA names its platforms after Evangelists according to their order in the New Testament.

Luke CoreFusion supports x86-compatible processors with clock rates up to 1GHz, hardware security features, MPEG-2/4 acceleration, LVDS, DVI and TV interfaces.

The platform bases on VIA Eden-N chipset with CN400 Northbridge, has integrated S3 Graphics UniChrome Pro core (2D/3D AGP8x), and supports DDR333/400 memory. The range of Southbridges include VT8235M, VT8237R and VT8251 (PCI Express).

IBM sells new Sonoma and P4 based notebooks

Today IBM launched sales of its new Sonoma-based notebook, ThinkPad T43, as well as the new ThinkPad G41 DTR based on Pentium 4.

The basic configuration of ThinkPad T43, 1871-11J, based on 915GM chipset includes: Pentium M 730 (1.6GHz), 256MB RAM, 40GB HDD, DVD-ROM, IEEE802.11b/g and 14.1" display (1024x768). It costs $1850.

The best configuration of ThinkPad T43, 2668-92J, (on the photo) bases on Intel 915PM chipset and includes: Pentium M 760 (2.0GHz), 80GB HDD, 64MB MOBILITY RADEON X300, DVD±RW drive, IEEE 802.11a/b/g, fingerprint sensor, 15" 1400x1050 display. Such a machine costs $3100.

All configurations also include Gigabit Ethernet, modem, 2 x USB2.0, PCMCIA Type II. Battery is claimed to provide power for about 3.5 hours. The 14" model is sized 311x255x26.6 mm and weighs 2.3kg, while the 15" model is sized 329x268x31 mm at 2.7kg weight.

As for ThinkPad G41, it bases on Pentium 4 552 (3.46GHz), has 512MB RAM, 15" display, DVD±RW, IEEE 802.11a/b/g adapter and costs about $2000. With dimensions of 329x282x37.1mm it weighs 3.8kg.

Source: PC Watch

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