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AGEIA PhysX products pricing disclosed

Pepper Pad: wireless Internet access and home appliances management

Sapphire unveils Blizzard RADEON X850 XT with "liquid-metal" cooling

AGEIA PhysX products pricing disclosed

At E3 AGEIA Technologies, Inc., the developer of PhysX, a specialized processor for handling gaming physics, officially disclosed recommended prices for the first add-in cards on these GPUs which are to go on sale late this year. In particular, we know that ASUS is planning to make some novelties on AGEIA PhysX.

AGEIA PhysX offloads CPU of calculations related to physical modelling of game environment. PhysX architecture is optimized for multi-threaded vertex processing that enables to create animation better in all aspects.

PhysX chip will be made using 0.13µm process by TSMC.

Sample production of these add-in cards is planned for Q3 2005, while retail sales are to start in Q4 2005. The recommended price ranges from $249 to $299. Not much it might seem, but don´t forget to add the price of a graphics card itself. Makes quite a sum.

Pepper Pad: wireless Internet access and home appliances management

Pepper Computer Inc announced sales of the new Pepper Pad wireless solution. The novelty offers users access to the Internet, multimedia and even home appliances. Actually it´s a PC encased into a stylish body that has some software installed: Mozilla browser, AOL and email clients, multimedia manager, TV/etc. remote.

Pepper Pad has SVGA (800x600) display sized 8.4" and bases on Intel PXA270 624MHz CPU. Another chip, Intel 2700G, is dedicated to processing multimedia. The machine has a 20GB HDD, 256MB SDRAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, IrDA, USB interfaces and SD/MMC. A mic and stereo speakers are also in place. One can connect headphones, external mic, display, optional mini-keypad with a scroller. Text input is handled by a simplified QWERTY keyboard, at that a larger one can be connected via Bluetooth or USB. Pepper Pad is encased into a waterproof body. Its battery is claimed to provide energy for the whole day.

Pepper Pad leaves PDAs and smartphones behind, but is still much simpler than a typical notebook. It seems Pepper Computer positions its novelty exactly as a home appliance than a PC.

Shipments are to launch on June 28, 2005. At the moment Pepper Pad is available for ordering for $850.

Source: Pepper Computer

Sapphire unveils Blizzard RADEON X850 XT with "liquid-metal" cooling

Sapphire Technology, known by its original approach to cooling, unveiled the new Blizzard graphics card that utilizes yet another innovation based on the so-called "liquid metal". According to the vendor, the high efficiency of the new system enabled to reduce temperature to the record low value and also reduce the cooling system noise.

Sapphire Blizzard RADEON X850 XT Platinum Edition for PCI Express has 256MB GDDR3 memory and operates at 540/1,180 MHz clock rates. It has 2 x DVI-I and YPrPB component HDTV interfaces.

The cooling system works on some kind of a "liquid-metal" substance which mixture has not been disclosed. An electromagnetic pump is used to move this liquid. NanoCoolers, the developer of this, claims the substance is neither poisonous, nor flammable and has 65 times higher heat conductivity than water. As a result the GPU temperature is reduced by another 10 degrees comparing to the Arctic Cooling system.

Source: Sapphire Technology

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