At CeBit 2005 VIA Technologies launched the VIA EPIA DP-310 mainboard, the first Mini-ITX product designed to host two processors — 1GHz VIA Eden-N CPUs (in 15x15mm nanoBGA packaging). The novelty bases on the VIA CN400 Northbridge and VT8237R Southbridge.
According to the company, two EPIA DP-310 mainboards can fit into a single 1U chassis, or one mainboard per ½U chassis with two chassis back to back on each rack level. This makes CPU density raise up to 168 processors per fully-configured 42U rack at only 2.5kW of power.
The list of proprietary technologies includes VIA PadLock Hardware Security Suite for on-the-fly data encrypting/decrypting and VIA PowerSaver 3.0 for advanced power management.
Other features introduced by the chipset include the UniChrome Pro integrated 2D/3D graphics core (hardware video acceleration, Chromotion CE engine that supports hardware MPEG-2/-4 acceleration), 2 x DDR400/333/266 SO-DIMM sockets (up to 2GB), 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet and dual 10/100Mbps LAN, 2 x Serial ATA connectors, 1 x ATA-133, up to 4 x USB2.0, VIA Vinyl 6-channel Audio support, RJ45 header, AC’97 header, 1 x SM Bus Connector, PS2 header for KB/MS, 2 x Serial Port Connectors for 1 x Com Port and 1 x 10-pin header for RS232.
As you might remember, at the last IDF they announced the details about Intel 955x (Lakeport) and Intel 945 (Glenwood) chipsets. CeBit 2005, in its turn, offered you such motherboards in all their glory from every vendor possible (see this large gallery). Let me remind you the features of both chipsets.
The Intel 955x will be a part of Intel´s yet to be announced (in Q2 2005) Anchor Creek platform that will also include dual-core CPUs like Pentium Extreme Edition and Pentium D series. This novelty will feature 1,066/800MHz FSB, 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, DDR2-677/533 memory (up to 8GB paired with a EM64T processor that enables to break the 4GB limit). In addition, this chipset will offer improved memory performance and ECC support.
As of the ICH7 Southbridge series, comparing to ICH6, the number of PCI Express x1 lanes is increased to 6 (though real motherboards still feature 1 to 3 such slots) and SATA is replaced by 3Gbps SATA II. The ICH7R modification will support RAID 5.
In its turn, the Intel 945 chipset series will be positioned as mainstream. There will be discrete Intel 945P and integrated Intel 945G with built-in graphics. These novelties will also be paired with ICH7/7R Southbridges.
The "negative" difference of Intel 945 comparing to Intel 955x is that it has only 4GB maximum memory capacity and lacks the memory performance optimization and ECC support. But the "positive" difference is that it supports 533MHz FSB in addition to 1,066/800MHz FSB, which makes it available for the mainstream Celeron D processors. Still, it doesn´t support DDR2-400 and DDR400 and slower memory, just DDR2-677/533 like the senior i955x.
The graphic core built into the Intel 945G is upgraded to Intel GMA950. Besides higher clock rates, the newer graphics core will support HD playback.
Source: PC Watch
Silicon Integrated Systems today announced the release of the SiS761GX integrated chipset, the first to support AMD64 platforms with PCI Express x16 graphics interface. The SiS761GX is equipped with a DirectX7-based Mirage 1 graphics core that has software support for DirectX 9.0, dual-screen output (when paired with the SiS307 video bridge chip).
The SiS761GX supports the AMD 64-bit platform´s advanced HyperTransport 1G specifications (up to 2000MT/s) and utilizes the proprietary MuTiol 1G bridge interconnect.
SiS has also released its newest SiS966 Southbridge, which offers 1GB/s bandwidth over the MuTiol 1G bus. The SiS966 offers two PCIe x1 ports, with Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1 High Definition Audio surround sound, 8 x USB2.0/1.1, 4 x SATA ports fitting AHCI specifications, 4 x Parallel ATA133 standard IDE interfaces.
And some more photos from Alexander Vorobiev. This time from the booth of MSI.
nForce 4 Ultra based board with SLI pared down to x4 (a single graphics card will work at x16 though.
Dual-Opteron motherboard on nForce Professional chipset.
nForce 4 Ultra based board and testbed for Intel processors.
i925X motherboard of BTX form-factor.
i955X (Lakeport) based testbed.
SIS 649 motherboard supporting both PCI-E and a kind of proprietary AGP.
MEGANet WLAN adapter supporting WiFi and Bluetooth.
MEGAView media player on a 20GB hard drive and SD card reader.
Alexander Vorobiev sent us a new photo gallery from the booth of Gigabyte.
First, all top-end boards of the company will now be named "Royal". On the photo you can see a novelty on i955 chipset (codename Lakeport).
Then there´s a Pro-series board that is more humble than Royal, but still has SATAII and most value-added features.
A motherboard on i945P (Glenwood) + ICH7R.
915P-based board with "almost a SLI" configuration as actually one PCI Express slot works as x4, while only the second works as x16. Besides, the SLI mode itself is enabled from Gigabyte´s drivers (SLI performance naturally drops down to x4.) It´s interesting how NVIDIA will react to such a solution according to Alexander, the company considers such products as "discrediting the idea of SLI".
nForce 4 SLI for Intel
VIA PT880Pro/8232R based motherboard.
Athlon FX solution on ATI RS480 + ULi M1573.
K8T890/8237R based motherboard.
Inexpensive internal router.
A value home WLAN solution going on sale this summer.
The new cooling system.
A unique cooler that can be installed at any angle to CPU socket.
Among the novelties Samsung showcased at Cebit 2005 there is company´s first Symbianb-based smartphone SGH-D720.
The device is encased into a slim slider body with internal antenna. SGH-D720 features a flash-equipped digital camera and a MPEG4 player, supports video streaming and messaging. The TFT display shows 262K colors.
Besides, SGH-D720 features stereo speakers 64-tone polyphony, supports 3D sound and can use MP3 files as ringtones.
Other features include Bluetooth, E-mail client, SyncML DS, TransFlash slot and even a text-based pager.
Our Alexander Vorobiev sent us another new portion of photos from Cebit 2005. This time he visited the booth of GeCube.
The High-End AGP graphics card on ATI RADEON X850 XT PE GPU. It has a very effective single-slot cooling with a copper heatsink.
Another graphics card with a similar cooler. This time based on RADEON X800 XL GPU (PCI-E).
The same RADEON X800 XL, but with AGP interface already. Here you can also see a TV tuner on ATI Theater 550 chip (also note the monitoring utility pictured on a sticker in the upper corner of the TV).
GeCube enters the new market of portable storage devices with its DataBank series. The drives can play movies, music and slideshow photos. The volume shipments are expected this Summer.
Samsung announced the world-first mobile handset with a 7-megapixel digital camera. To me it doesn´t seem like a phone, but a digital camera with which you can also talk to your friends if needed. :) SCH-V770 has lots of "senior camera" features: automatic and manual focus, optical zoom, exposure controls, lens attachments. The cameraphone can also play MP3 files and even scan business cards.
The novelty is expected in retail in H1 2005, price being unknown.
At CeBIT 2005 Pretec introduced the new flash card pretending to be the smallest of all. With dimensions of 17x12x1mm C-Flash is even smaller than RS-MMC or miniSD.
C-Flash supports smart cards and SIM modules; MMC/SD and USB interfaces. The list of chip vendors include Samsung, Micron, Renesas and Toshiba.
Moreover, the press release states that C-Flash is ready to support the MU-Card specs, a young standard from Mu-Card Alliance that is, in turn, a part of OMIA (Open Mobile Internet Alliance). Mu-Card can theoretically offer capacities up to 2,048 GB up to 120MB/s read/write performance.
At CeBIT 2005 Samsung unveiled its latest novelties, including the several new cell phones. While the 7-megapixel SCH-V770 hybrid is a matter of a separate news article, the new SGH-i300 and SGH-i750 fit this particular news well.
Samsung SGH-i300 is a Windows Mobile smartphone interesting by its package that includes even the Windows Media Player 10 and, besides, featuring a 3GB hard drive for keeping various data such as WMA, WMV, MPEG4, H.263/H.264, MP3, AAC, AAC+ and Ogg Vorbis media files. Other features include the 240x320 display of 262K colors, 1.3-megapixel camera with a flash light. Another interesting feature of SGH-i300 is its stereo speakers and a stereo Bluetooth headset.
SGH-i300 supports USB 2.0 interface and has a TransFlash slot that actually won´t be of the utmost use as such media isn´t the cheapest in the market, besides you still remember that 3GB hard drive.
The second novelty, Samsung SGH-i750 multimedia phone works in 900/1800/1900MHz GSM bands, supports GPRS/EDGE. It also has Windows Mobile 2003 SE installed as well as 128MB flash ROM and 64MB RAM, 2.8" 240x320 display of 65K colors. The handset doesn´t have a built-in camera (such a rarity today, saves your money), but has Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and TransFlash slot instead. Moreover, the phone has a QWERTY keyboard, supports predicative input and voice controls, can play WMV, WMA, MP3, ASF, 3GP files and can even be connected to a TV (forget what I said about saving money:).
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