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G-Power Cooler Pro/BL: two new coolers from Gigabyte

IBM announces eServer xSeries 366

AMD answers to Truland with Pacifica

MEGA 865 Pro with HDTV support introduced

Samsung unveils compact SGH-X640 with integrated camera

Oki introduces X CooL heat dissipating material

G-Power Cooler Pro/BL: two new coolers from Gigabyte

Gigabyte officially released two G-Power Coolers in BL and Pro modifications.

The novelties have latches for Intel LGA 775, Socket 478, AMD K8 and K7 processors, copper heatsinks with nickel coating. The speed can be adjusted from 1700 to 3200 rpm. Besides, G-Power Cooler are backlighted for them modders.

IBM announces eServer xSeries 366

As you know, yesterday Intel announced its Truland server platform featuring Xeon MP 8MB L3 processors and the support of 64-bit EM64T as well as the Å8500 chipset. Today we got to know that the company will also release the new 4-way IBM eServer xSeries 366 on the proprietary XA-64e chipset, the 3rd generation of EXA (Enterprise X-Architecture).

The server supports up to 4 x 3.66GHz Xeon MP CPUs. With 2GB RAM (8862-PAN model) it will cost about $12,000.

The XA-64e chipset bases on SOI (Silicon-on Insulator) chips, supports NUMA (Non-Uniform Memory Access), and has throughput increased by 1.5x comparing to previous systems.

Like E8500, it´s claimed to support 64-bit EM64T, PCI-X 2.0, SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) and future dual-core CPUs.

Source: PC Watch

AMD answers to Truland with Pacifica

It seems that the latest round of the server fight hasn´t finished with Intel´s flawless victory, as just in several hours after the announcement of Truland (Xeon MP 8MB L3), AMD held the AMD Reviewer´s Day in Austin, TX, at which it shed light on its Pacifica innovation. Similar to Intel´s Vanderpool it enables several OS to co-exist on single x86-compatible server, though AMD intends to implement Pacifica into workstations and home PCs in the future as well.

According to the press release, Pacifica will be implemented on the hardware level as additional features of CPU and the Direct Connect Architecture. These features will be available in the future AMD64 processors, Opterons in particular, though this technology is also mentioned in early dual-core Athlon 64 demonstrations. Pacifica specs are expected to be published at the company website from April 2005 on.

MEGA 865 Pro with HDTV support introduced

American X2 that positions itself as a digital lifestyle product vendor, introduced to the public the new MEGA 865 Pro barebone with X2Link and X2Go features. It´s a kind of a ready entertainment center supporting HDTV recording. The compact main body is to be connected to other "digital home" devices via X2Link, so user is able to watch or record any content received by MEGA 865 Pro on any other home PC. X2Link also enables to control MEGA 865 Pro from the Web.

X2Go, in its turn, automatically transfers content from MEGA 865 Pro to any X2Go-compatible portable so you can watch it afterwards on the road.

Speaking of integrated HDTV tuner, it supports 480i, 480p, 720p and 1080i resoluions. By 2006 all TV stations in USA are to fully move to digital broadcasting. At the moment already 1129 of 1678 are fully digital serving to 99.35% of USA population. And about a half of all shows are broadcasted in the HDTV format. MEGA 865 Pro receives digital signals with a built-in DTV antenna, while analog NTSC comes through standard cable network or satellite. TV shows can be paused/played, stored on hard drive or burnt onto optical media. The system can output the signal simultaneously to a 4:3 or 16:9 TV set and a PC monitor.

Media center´s front panel features display indicating playback mode, settings, volume, CPU temperature and HDD state and a receiver for the bundled remote control.

MEGA 865 Pro is stuffed with 3.6GHz Pentium 4 CPU, 2GB DDR400 and up to 400GB HDD. Interfaces include 802.11b+g Wi-Fi and 10/100 Ethernet, IEEE1394 and USB 2.0. Besides, the system has 1 x AGP8X and 1 x PCI slot, 6-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC, Compact Flash, Memory Stick, Memory and Stick Pro).

Actually this self promotion of X2 is pure marketing, because the company is actually a distributor and an OEM partner of MSI in Canada and USA..

Samsung unveils compact SGH-X640 with integrated camera

Samsung officially unveiled the new SGH-X640 cell phone positioned as a compact entry-level clamshell with a built-in digital camera.

Naturally for an entry-level mobile, the camera has resolution of 640x480 (VGA). It supports the night mode and, somewhat unexpectedly, the serial shooting feature.

Besides, SGH-X640 supports a kind of background noise reduction, has a speaker and a voice recorder (up to 2 hours). The device works in 900/1800/1900 MHz GSM bands, supports Java, MMS and polyphonic ringtones, features 10MB integrated memory, 128x160 @ 65K color display.

The MSRP is $240.

Oki introduces X CooL heat dissipating material

Oki Electric introduced the new lightweight and flexible material — X CooL — that can be used to dissipate heat from electronic components. According to Oki, the novelty is able to reduce heat emission by 40% without fans.

A usual heatsink and X CooL

X CooL differs from usual heatsinks by special coating and small size that enables to use it in "dead zones" inside barebones, etc.

The novelty has form of a cube filled with Stick-it Flexible Hybrid Sheets made of non-organic paint and ceramics — Cerac that has been developed by Oki together with Ceramission Co. The flexible "fins" are just 0.2mm thick, and the entire solution weighs just 1/8 of a usual heatsink weight.

X CooL is expected in the market from April 2005 on.

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