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AMD unveils dual-core Opteron

AM320: an industrial motherboard on Alviso

VIA announces support of dual-core Opterons

ATI Radeon Xpress 200M officially announced

AMD unveils dual-core Opteron

Yesterday, as expected, AMD officially unveiled dual-core Opteron processors for high-performance servers. Also close is the desktop dual-core Athlon 64 X2, release being scheduled for June.

Opteron 8xx Series are available for 4-way and 8-way servers, while 2xx Series will find its place in 2-way configurations. The latter will be shipping late in May.

Note that two cores per chip enable AMD to keep the existing power and motherboard layout requirements, so just a BIOS update will be needed.

The dual-core AMD Athlon 64 X2 is not positioned as a replacement for gaming/enthusiast Athlon 64 FX. As most games can´t use the benefits of dual-core architecture, AMD underlines that X2 advantages will be primarily noticeable in digital video and sound processing as well as in multi-application work.

In 1,000-unit quantities Athlon X2 price ranges from $537 to $1,001, Opteron 2xx costs $851 to $1,299, and the most powerful Opteron 800 costs $2,649 per unit.

AM320: an industrial motherboard on Alviso

The trend of using notebook solutions in small form-factor desktop machines is growing. This time PFU, a subsidiary of Fujitsu that specialies in embedded and industrial systems, unveiled the AM320 micro-ATX motherboard on Intel 915GM Express (Alviso).

The novelty supports Pentium M CPUs, features ICH6M Southbridge, 1 x PCI Express x16 and 1 x PCI Express x1 slot, 2 x PCI, 2 x Serial ATA interfaces and supports up to 2GB of DDR2-533/400 memory.

Also onboard are Gigabit Ethernet (Intel 82541PI), 8 x USB 2.0, 2 x PS/2, 2 x RS-232 and 1 x Serial port.

Source: PC Watch

VIA announces support of dual-core Opterons

VIA officially informed that its K8 (VIA K8T890) chipsets officially support dual-core AMD Opteron processors.

Other features of VIA K8T890 include support of VIA Hyper8, 20 PCI Express channels (1 x PCI Express x16 + 4 x PCI Express x1) and VIA Flex Express Architecture.

It´s interesting that unlike Intel, that had to unveil a special chipset for its new dual-core products, AMD seems to offer support for existing solutions instead. Let´s wait and see what other vendors can offer us in their turn.

ATI Radeon Xpress 200M officially announced

ATI officially introduced the new Radeon Xpress 200 integrated chipset for Intel processors Radeon Xpress 200M — with a DirectX 9.0 graphics core supporting ATI Videoshader, Fullstream and LCD Enhancement Engine.

Radeon Xpress 200M:

  • Supports Intel Pentium M, Intel Celeron, Celeron M and Intel Pentium 4 CPUs
    • Hyper-Threading
    • Enhanced Intel Speedstep
    • Advanced Power Management and CPU Throttling
  • Memory:
    • UMA
    • DDR400, DDR2-667
    • 2Mx32 (64-bit interface), 4Mx32, 8Mx32 and 16Mx16
  • PCI Express:
    • Meets PCI Express 1.0a
    • Up to 4 x x1 PCI Express
  • 3D graphics:
    • DirectX 9.0 (Vertex Shader v2.0 and Pixel Shader v2.0)
    • Up to 4 x MRT (Multiple-Render-Target)
    • Microsoft GDI+
    • Up to 2536x2536 @ 32bpp
    • Antialiasing 2x-6x
    • Hidden surface removal, 16/24/32-bit Z-Buffer
  • 2D graphics:
    • 128-bit engine
    • Microsoft DirectDraw, Double Buffering, Virtual Sprites, Transparent Blit, Masked Blit
    • 2048x1536 @ 32bpp
    • New GDI for Windows 2000/XP: Alpha BLT, Transparent BLT, Gradient Fill
  • Multiple display support
    • DDCI and DDC2B+ Plug and Play
    • DVI interface
    • 8-bit alpha blending, video and graphic overlay
    • VGA interface
  • TV-out
    • TV encoder, DAC doesn´t support simultaneous operation of TV-out and CRT display
    • Macrovision 7.1 protection
    • Up to 1024x768 @ 32bpp
    • CGMS-A management
  • ACPI S1, S3, S4, S5, ATI Powerplay, Vari-bright
  • Supports ATI Catalyst drivers
  • Interfaces:
    • 8 x USB 2.0
    • Up to 7 x PCI v2.3
    • LPC (Low Pin Count) and SM (System Management)
    • Serial ATA, RAID 0,1
    • Backward compatibility with previous peripheral interfaces, RTC (Real Time Clock) and 64-bit Intel CPU power management
    • 7.1/5.1ch AC-97 audio, MC-97 modem
    • TPM 1.1 and 1.2

NEC LaVie RX and L Series coming this summer will be one of the first novelties on this chipset.

Sources: ATI and PC Watch.

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