GIGABYTE introduced the GV-RX80L512V VGA card based on the ATI X800 XL series GPU with 512 MB of onboard memory. The new high-definition graphics accelerator card also features a dual 256-bit memory interface and Silent Pipe cooling technology for media center type applications.
The novelty features 16 pipelines, 6 vertex engines and utilizes image enhancement technology. The GV-RX80L512V supports higher display resolutions and more antialiasing effects for a powerful high-definition gaming experience.
The list of ATI technologies include 3Dc (image enhancement technology), SMARTSHADER HD, SMOOTHVISION HD (antialiasing technology), VIDEOSHADER HD (shade processing engine for user programmable video effects, video quality enhancement, and encoding/decoding of various video standards, including MPEG1/2/4, Real Media, DivX and WMV9).
The GV-RX80L512V is equipped with dual DVI-I, TV-OUT, VIVO and HDTV outputs and is bundled with a HDTV/VIVO adapter box from GIGABYTE that simplifies multiple output connections and speeds up upgrading a PC to a digital home theatre. The card also comes with a wide range of software.
Intel plans to phase out its 865 and 915PL/GL chipsets in the fourth quarter and exit the entry-level chipset market, sources with motherboard makers revealed. Intel has only told some first-tier mobo makers and OEM clients about the decision, and the company is not expected to make a public announcement, the sources said. Intel declined to comment.
In the short term, the move is expected to dampen the entry-level and mid-range motherboard market, and may benefit competitors such as Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS), VIA Technologies, ULi Electronics and ATI Technologies, the sources said.
However, whether Intel’s competitors can really increase their shipments of low-cost chipsets will hinge on their ability to secure production capacity from foundries, whose capacities are currently running tight, the sources added.
SiS, a chief supplier of entry-level chipsets for the Intel platform, has secured a promise from United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) for more capacity, but SiS still expects its 661 chipset to be in short supply through the end of the year, the sources said.
VIA’s chipsets chiefly support the Advanced Mirco Devices (AMD) platform although the maker has stepped up its efforts to develop products for the Intel platform.
Apple announced a new-generation mouse manipulator the Mighty Mouse which offers a number of interesting features that, according to the vendor, will make its usage even simpler and more comfortable.
Firstly, the Mighty Mouse has a Scroll Ball instead of a wheel that is used to navigate opened documents, etc. Secondly, the solid touch-sensitive body of the new mouse can be programmed to work as a classic single-button or modern quadro-button manipulator.
While two invisible buttons are located in the usual place, the other two sensitive areas are situated on each side of the mouse. This makes it possible to activate quick launch panel, browser or any other application by squeezing the manipulator with fingers. All buttons can be programmed independently.
The Mighty Mouse (USB1.1/2.0) is available for $49 and can work under Mac OS X, Windows 2000/XP (Mac OS X 10.4.2 Tiger required for quick button functionallity).
These days Samsung introduced a new external DVD burner — SE-W164C — utilizing 16X WriteMaster technology.
The novelty supports 8X DVD+RW and 6X DVD-RW recording as well as 5X dual-layer media recording. With a price tag of about $200, the device uses Speed Adjustment Technology (SAT), Tilt Actuator Compensation (TAC) and two Optimum Power Control (OPC) units.
Elpida announced the availability of 4GB Fully Buffered Dual In-Line Memory Modules (FB-DIMMs) that, according to the vendor, offer the highest performance and density, as well as a thinner module form-factor for server applications. The new FB-DIMM also offers the additional benefits of improved memory controller timing and increased bus speed to support next-generation high performance server processors.
Elpida´s new modules can deliver up to 32GB of memory in an eight-slot server platform, with system data transfer rates up to 21.2 GB/sec. Elpida´s FB-DIMMs are based on its 1Gbit DDR2 devices incorporated into Elpida´s stacked FBGA (sFBGA) packages to achieve much thinner modules – 6.7mm – compared to the JEDEC specification of 9.8mm (max). The module thinness helps increase air flow between DIMMs and improves thermal performance in server and blade systems.
Elpida´s 4GB FB-DIMMs (Part numbers: EBE41FE4AAHA-5C-E, EBE41FE4AAHA-6E-E) are organized as 256M words x 72-bits x 2 Ranks. They feature 36 x 1 Gbit DDR2 SDRAM units stacked using Elpida´s sFBGA packages. The modules are available in two performance modes: either PC2-4200F or PC2-5300F. PC2-4200F mode uses DDR2-533 devices with a CAS Latency (CL) of 4-4-4, and the PC2-5300F mode uses DDR2-667 devices with a CL=5-5-5. This translates to a module data transfer rate of 5.3GB/sec per channel, 21.2GB/sec per system in a 4-channel configuration.
The new 4 Gigabyte modules (Part numbers: EBE41FE4AAHA-5C-E and EBE41FE4AAHA-6E-E) are available now for all customers in sample quantities, and volume production is scheduled for Q4 2005. Lower density 2GB, 1GB and 512MB FB-DIMM samples are also available.
Source: Elpida Memory
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