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Intel´s CPU and platform roadmap after the IDF

Adtec MicroDIMM: DDR2-533 MHz for your notebook

CeBIT 2005: Siemens´s new mobile quartet: SXG75, CX75, CL75 and M75

OCZ Technology announces the new Titanium Memory series

S3 Graphics announces GammaChromeS18 PCI Express graphics

Cebit 2005: Sapphire´s new graphics cards and a High-End motherboard

Intel´s CPU and platform roadmap after the IDF

IDF has passed and it´s high time to rearrange the Intel´s CPU and platform roadmap.

First, speaking of the desktop CPU roadmap, the dual-core solution codenamed Smithfield became Pentium D. Other, more significant modifications are improbable.

Besides, some light was shed on the previously unclear roadmap of Extreme Edition processors. The Smithfield core will appear in the this high-end series as well. The new processors series will start from 3.20GHz Pentium Extreme Edition with 840 Processor Number. Frequency and model number will be the same as those of dual-core Pentium D, but the new Pentium EE will also have Hyper-Threading in the form of 4-thread TLP (Thread-Level Parallelism).

Speaking of mid-end, Intel is going to offer the dual-core configurations to this segment as well. The price of Pentium Extreme Edition solutions is not known yet, but considering the high-end character it won´t be that affordable.

Desktop CPU roadmap

Now let´s speak of Intel´s CPU evolution. In H1 2006 the 65nm generation is confirmed to the single-core CedarMill and dual-core Presler, Dempsey solutions. In about a year the new processor based on the mobile Merom are to be dragged into the desktop segment as well.

As for the server market, the 90nm dual-core Paxville processors are confirmed. These will be the "intermediate" novelties, because longer work will be required on the Smithfield that simply has two CPU cores on a single die. When the development is finished, the Paxville will be followed by the 65nm Tulsa.

Furthermore, the multiple core Whitefield will continue the evolution of IA-32 segment in 2007. The source believes the Whitefield to be based on multiple Merom cores.

Speaking of the IA-64 servers, the multi-core Tukwila, which is to bear the new architecture, is still confirmed for the late 2007. There was some time period when Tukwila was considered to be temporarily cancelled, but now it´s OK. In addition, this time it was made clear the Poulson core will follow the Tukwila as its 45nm modification.

CPU evolution

Let´s finish with Intel´s platform roadmap. For customers the company plans to promote platforms as a single whole, trying not to separate CPUs from chipsets. But as we all know, there´s usually a time gap between processor and chipset announcements. Because of this a platform is to be considered ready, when all components are officially released.

For example, the Presler/Cedarmill are expected in Q1 2006 and the Broadwater chipset is to be released about Q2 2006 only. Therefore the Averill and the Bridge Creek platforms are only expected in Q2 2006.

Platform evolution

Source: Hiroshige Goto at PC Watch

Adtec MicroDIMM: DDR2-533 MHz for your notebook

Such interesting memory modules from Adtec are to go on sale soon — 1GB DDR2 MicroDIMM PC2-4200 (DDR2-533MHz). The price is set to ¥79,800 (about $770).

The source underlines that such novelties will not work just in any notebook, because besides DDR2-533MHz support (present in Sharp Mebius MR, for example), the maximum memory amount must be at least 1GB.

Source: PC Watch

CeBIT 2005: Siemens´s new mobile quartet: SXG75, CX75, CL75 and M75

At CeBIT 2005 Siemens unveiled four new mobile handsets at once: SXG75, CX75, CL75 and M75. Actually, even before the 3GSM World Congress rumours were that these novelties will be introduced exactly at CeBIT, as Siemens had been using the geographical comfort, so to say, before as well.

Sized 111.5x53x20mm at 134g weight Siemens SXG75 works in UMTS and 900/1800/1900MHz GSM bands, supports GPRS Class 10. The handset has 2.2" TFT LCD of 240x320 resolution and 262K colors, 2-megapixel digital still camera and a CIF (352x288) video conferencing camera. Besides, SXG75 features GPS/A-GPS receiver, MP3 player and RDS FM radio, IrDA, Bluetooth, and can be synchronized with PC over USB. Of built-in 128MB memory 64MB is free for use as well as the RS MultiMediaCard (RS MMC) slot. Work time is said to be 16 days standby and 5-6 hours of talking in GSM/UMTS networks.

Siemens SXG75 is to go on sale in September for the price yet unknown.

Mid-end Siemens CX75 is designed for mobile entertainment. It works in 900/1800/1900MHz GSM networks, supports GPRS Class 10, has 1.3-megapixel camera, 132x176 TFT LCD (262K colors as well), video player, MP3/AAC(+) player and 3D games. Sized 110x47.7x18.9mm, it weighs 98g. The phone is said to work up to 10 days in standby mode and up to 5 hours in active mode. CX75 has 14MB memory and an RS-MMC slot.

Judging by its appearance, Siemens CL75 is naturally meant for women. Its dimensions are 87x44x23mm at 90g weight. 9 days of standby, 3 hours of talking. The cell phone also works in 900/1800/1900MHz GSM networks and supports GPRS Class 10, SMS, MMS, WAP 2.0. The primary TFT LCD has resolution of 128x160 @ 262K colors and can be used as a mirror. The external CSTN display has resolution of 96x64 and 65K colors and can also be used as a mirror. Other features include VGA camera with 4x digital zoom, 11MB of memory and IrDA port.

Finally, the "off-highway" Siemens M75 is damp and dust proof according to IP54 requirements. Sized 110x52x20mm, it weighs 110g and features 1.3-megapixel camera with a flash light, MP3/AAC player. Phone´s TFT LCD display works at 132x176 resolution and supports 262K colors. MMS, email, 3D games and Bluetooth are also supported. Besides, for this novelty you will be able to buy the Mobile Music Set IMS-700 providing audio output to active Hi-Fi stereo speakers. The mobile handset is bundled with a 32MB memory card.

OCZ Technology announces the new Titanium Memory series

OCZ Technology today announced the new Titanium Memory series that includes the exclusive OCZ PowerSwap Warranty.

Modules feature 400MHz clock rate (PC3200), 2-3-2-5 timings, Enhanced Latency Technology, 3V voltage. Capacities available include 512MB and 1GB.

S3 Graphics announces GammaChromeS18 PCI Express graphics

S3 Graphics today announced the availability of GammaChromeS18, the first mainstream GammaChrome GPU with full DirectX 9.0 hardware, a native PCI Express interface and S3G´s Hi-Def native HDTV display support.

GammaChrome comes equipped with the second generation programmable video engine, Chromotion 2.0 that combines video rendering, manipulation and display tools, including ArtisticLicense™ real-time video effects and filtering. In addition to the native HDTV encoder, GammaChrome integrates hardware digital video accelerators, and supports rotating monitors and multiple screen configurations.

PCI Express interconnect is implemented as x16 or x8 (up to 8GB/s total throughput). Clock speeds reach up to 500MHz.

Cebit 2005: Sapphire´s new graphics cards and a High-End motherboard

Our Alexander Vorobiev is at the moment in Germany at Cebit 2005 sending us the hot news and photos from this event. First, let us introduce novelties from Sapphire Technologies.

ATI Xpress 200 based motherboard. Said not to compete with such brands as ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, etc. in the mainstream segment (in other words, the price will be rather high). Positioned for hardcore gamers. The white-red corresponds the latest ATI High-End graphics.

Sapphire introduces the new Ultimate series of graphics cards with Zalman coolers. Positioned for overclockers (and hardcore gamers).

As you know, X800XL series from Sapphire featured very noisy and not that effective cooling. This has been fixed to the following:

And this is the Sapphire´s TV tuner prototype. No details available yet.

The Xpress 200 based platform enables to work with three monitors at once (integrated graphics + two connectors on the PCI-E graphics cards.

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