Albatron has announced the 7800GTX, a new PCIe graphics card using NVIDIA´s latest GeForce 7800GTX GPU. The GeForce 7800GTX GPU core clock is rated at 430 MHz. It has been engineered using 0.11 micron process technology and includes 24 pipelines. This GPU also supports SLI dual VGA card technology. This NVIDIA GPU also features new versions of CineFX (Ver 4.0), Intellisample (Ver 4.0) and Ultrashadow(Ver 4.0). It also includes upgrades to nView technology. Microsoft DirectX 9.0 and Shader Model 3.0 are fully supported.
To go along with the fast core, is a "not-too-shabby" 1,200 MHz memory clock. This card contains 256 MB of DDR3 memory with a 256-bit memory bus. The 7800GTX is also capable of 400 MHz RAMDAC at 2048 x 1536 (at 85 Hz).
The 7800GTX will provide Dual DVI and VIVO connectors. The bundle package will include HDTV, S-Video and AV adapter cables. Bundled software will include Power Director and 3D Games.
The GeForce 7800 GT is a simpler version of GeForce 7800 GTX with 20 pixel pipelines instead of 24. It supports DirectX 9 and Shader Model 3.0, WGF Windows Vista (Windows Graphics Foundation) 1.0 as well as NVIDIA´s CineFX 4.0 and PureVideo. The SLI and HDTV features are also supported.
Speaking of the new graphics cards, ELSA GLADIAC 780GT works at 420 MHz core clock and its 256MB of 256-bit GDDR3 operate at 1,000MHz.
Leadtek WinFast PX7800 GT Extreme has core clock increased up to 450MHz and memory clock (there´s also 256MB) – up to 1,050MHz.
Source: PC Watch
Transcend unveiled its latest Flash based MP3 player, T.sonic 620, which features a funky new design, vibrant color schemes, a bright self-luminous color OLED display and easy to use controls. The T.sonic 620 MP3 player can, of course, be used to store not only MP3, WMA and WAV music, but also any files you like.
The T.sonic 620 is designed for people who have an active lifestyle and enjoy listening to music. The T.sonic 620 is compact, measuring just 57x57x14mm and weighing only 28g (without AAA battery). It has an FM Radio with presets for 20 channels and can record from the radio. The player also has a Digital Voice Recorder and an A-B repeat function, which allows you to continuously replay a designated section of a track (for language learning means, according to the press release).
The player includes 6 different types of Equalizer and a USER EQ customizable preset, supports 12 user languages and is USB 2.0 compliant.
The T.sonic 620 is available in several color coded capacities: Green 256MB (TS256MMP620), Blue 512MB (TS512MMP620) and Red 1GB (TS1GMP620).
Palm is likely to outsource the production of its next generation of Treo-series smartphones, built using Microsoft’s operating system, to Taiwan-based High Tech Computer (HTC), with volume shipments to begin in the first quarter of next year, according to an August 10 report from the Chinese-language Commercial Times.
HTC will manufacture the new Treo smartphones on an ODM basis, instead of the OEM contract the company received from Palm for the production of the Treo 650 smartphone, the paper said.
HTC declined to comment on the report, citing client confidentiality.
Palm expects to ship 420,000 Treo-series smartphones in the third quarter, up from 380,000 in the second quarter and 280,000 in the first quarter, the paper reported, quoting data from Palm.
Canopus announced three TV tuners and a graphics card, all to go on sale on September 8.
DNT-888L Network TV Tuner receives TV signal and transmits it in MPEG-2 form over LAN. It´s expected to cost $365. The bundle includes FEATHER2005 V2 software that searches network for DNT-888L when its IP is not set. While this application is designed for Windows XP, the signal cen be received by a machine working under any OS. DNT-888L utilizes NEC´s noise reduction technology, Sony´s TV tuner chip and Philips´ MPEG codec. The novelty is sized 184x205x50mm.
The second TV tuner, Tigers (after Hanshin Tigers), is a USB solution that will cost about $90. Sized 61x13x32mm, it weighs 24g and supports stereo output.
The third TV tuner is a usual PCI solution with a price tag of about $165. It also utilizes noise reduction, hardware MPEG-2 codec and works with FEATHER2005 V2 software.
Finally, the MTVGA X700SE graphics card is interesting for its passive heatpipe cooling and RADEON X700 SE GPU. It´s expected to cost $200. MTVGA X700SE works at 400/500 MHz clock rate and features 256MB of 128-bit DDR. Interfaces include VGA (D-Sub), DVI-I and HDTV 720p with separate resolution/frequency settings. The bundle includes FEATHER2005 V2, Vision Express 2 (DVD recorder) and Show Time (DVD player).
Source: PC Watch
Micron Technology announced sample availability of a new 1/4" complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor, known as MT9M112, that enables 1.3 megapixel SXGA cameras in the same optical format and module form factor.
As with all Micron CMOS image sensors, the MT9M112 is equipped with Micron’s proprietary low-noise, high-sensitivity DigitalClarity technology. The novelty is a fully integrated system-on-chip (SoC) sensor, incorporating additional logic on the device that simplifies the camera module design, related manufacturing processes, system integration, power management, and component count.
Advanced image processing features are designed directly into the MT9M112 including three channel gamma correction, lens shading correction, and color correction. Automatic features include on-the-fly auto defect correction, auto exposure, auto white balance, auto black reference, auto flicker avoidance, and auto color saturation. The camera control sequencer automates the camera’s flash and video clip snapshots. Additional features include 2 by 2 pixel binning, programmable input/output slew rate, mechanical shutter support, and continuous, smooth zoom and pan, as well as day and night mode configurations.
The MT9M112 is capable of recording at 15fps at full resolution and at 30 fps in preview mode. It has a pixel size of 2.8 micron square and contains 1,280 horizontal by 1,024 vertical active pixels (standard SXGA format). Samples for this device are available now and production will commence in December of 2005.
Source: Micron Technology
Fujitsu Computer Systems announced the LifeBook P1500 notebook, the industry´s smallest notebook with the versatility to convert from a conventional notebook into a tablet.
Slightly larger than a DVD case (23.6x16.7x3.45cm), Fujitsu LifeBook P1500 weighs 2.2 pounds and is equipped with a 8.9" wide SVGA touch screen display (1024x600). LifeBook P1500, the successor to the LifeBook P1000 notebook, is powered by the Intel Pentium M Processor ULV 753 and 915GMS chipset with up to 1GB of system memory. It delivers extended battery life of up to 7 hours, a shock-mounted hard drive, embedded Trusted Platform Module (TPM) and a biometric fingerprint swipe sensor. Other features include built-in modem, LAN and optional Atheros Super AG WLAN with dual diversity antenna.
LifeBook P1500 also has standard ports and card slots to attach a standard keyboard or large screen monitor. An optional docking station is available for drop-and-dock convenience. The inking and note-taking features are supported by third-party applications EverNote Plus 1.0 note management software, ritePen 2.5 for handwriting recognition and Fortune Fountain DialKeys which provide on-screen keyboards and thumbpads.
The LifeBook P1500 notebook is available through the Fujitsu direct sales force, Web site and channel partners with pricing starting at $1,499 for a base configuration. Users can choose from a recommended configuration or they can customize their system using the Fujitsu Configure To Order (CTO) program.
The novelty is backed by a three-year or one-year International Limited Warranty for U.S. and Canadian customers. The International Limited Warranty includes technical support, on a 24x7 basis. In addition, users can add Fujitsu Premium Care Service Plans, which include an on-site service or a screen protection plan.
Source: Fujitsu Computer Systems
Rambus announced the availability of its fully integrated PCI Express solution, which consists of silicon-proven digital controllers and PHY cells meeting the PCI Express 1.1 base specification. Supported by a PCI Express evaluation kit, the Rambus integrated solution is meant for customers searching for end-to-end implementation and validation, which eliminates the interoperability risks and complexities associated with multi-vendor IP.
Rambus’s PCI Express solution includes vertically integrated testing features to help customers facilitate system bring-up and debug for improved production test coverage. The Rambus solution allows design optimizations to be made across the PHY and logic layers to result in lower power, area and latency for cost- and performance-sensitive applications.
For a streamlined design-in experience, Rambus offers developers the PCI Express evaluation kit, a system level evaluation platform that supports:
Rambus PCI Express digital controllers are highly configurable, and are delivered with a complete test environment, test cases and synthesis environment for maximum ease of integration. Rambus PCI Express PHY cells are available on multiple foundry and captive processes at process nodes ranging from 180nm to 65nm.
Rambus has also demonstrated its Turbo PCI Express platform with serial links operating at 5.0Gbps and 6.25Gbps data rates to meet future PCI Express requirements.
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