And another newspost about ASUS. Besides the Extreme AX800 Silencer graphics card, yesterday the company introduced the A8N32-SLI Deluxe and P5N32-SLI Deluxe motherboards, which support dual PCI Express x16 slots.
The new boards also feature Stack Cool 2 design originally implemented on the Intel 955 and 945 chipset platforms. Stack Cool 2 is a fanless cooling system that transfers heat generated by the critical components to the other side of the specially designed PCB.
The A8N32-SLI Deluxe and P5N32-SLI Deluxe will be available in September. Below are their brief specifications.
ASUS yesterday introduced the Extreme AX800 Silencer graphics card powered by ATi RADEON X800 PCI Express GPU and featuring ASUS´ new fanless SilentCool Technology.
The latter implies a large heatsink, hidden copper heatpipe and stacked copper fins, which are positioned on a joint design, which enables the fins to rotate 90 degrees. Depending on the locations of critical components such as the CPU, mosfets or capacitors etc., users can rotate the fins away from these areas for optimal heat dissipation.
The list of innovations goes beyond cooling and also includes the Splendid Video Intelligence Technology (detects activation and usage of video applications and automatically optimizes image quality; provides five presets: Standard, Game, Theater, Scenery and Night); GameFace Messenger (an online messenger for gamers); GameLiveShow (allows gamers to stream broadcast their gaming experiences live over the Internet); ASUS GameReplay (records gaming action into MPEG4 video files).
The package also includes Project SnowBlind and Xpand Rally games. The ASUS Extreme AX800 Silencer card is already available.
Texas Instruments yesterday announced the availability of its advanced voice-over-cable (VoCable) chipset and new Wideband DOCSIS reference design which are called to help drive the global growth of Voice over IP (VoIP).
TI´s DSP-based TNETC47xx (Puma-4) VoCable chipset incorporates advancements to process cellular codecs, setting the stage for fixed mobile convergence with phones that operate on cellular or VoIP connections, depending on the user´s choice and proximity to either network. Additionally, its low bitrate codecs for conferencing channels use half the bandwidth currently consumed for multi-user calls, saving bandwidth for other applications while maintaining high data rates. The TNETC47xx also has advanced fax capabilities, furthering VoIP´s potential as a replacement for traditional telephone lines.
In addition to the TNETC47xx chipset, TI announced it has developed a Wideband DOCSIS reference design that lets equipment manufacturers and service providers evaluate system architectures today, speeding time to market. This will allow multi-service operators (MSOs) to quickly offer advanced features and enhanced cable modems, once the standard is approved. The reference design includes documentation, board schematics, production files and DOCSIS software.
Wideband DOCSIS technology will incorporate multiple down and up streams in a single modem, providing higher broadband speeds and greater bandwidth to both business and consumer subscribers. As the standard evolves to include voice, the increased bandwidth and enhanced performance of DOCSIS 3.0 modems will support VoIP conversations and video downloading without impacting the stream of information delivered to and from the home or office.
TI´s TNETC47xx chipset will sample in the fourth quarter of 2005. TI also expects to deliver its first Wideband DOCSIS reference designs in the same time frame.
Source: Texas Instruments
Logitech today introduced three new solutions that utilize its Music Anywhere wireless technology. The idea of this innovation is that the transmitter and receiver are paired at manufacturing, ensuring they will instantly connect when plugged in. The proprietary technology features adaptive frequency hopping to overcome potential wireless interferences.
Speaking of new products, firstly, there´s Logitech Wireless Music System for PC, which can stream any format of digital audio from the PC to a home stereo system or to a separate speaker system. The novelty includes a USB music transmitter (up to 100 meters (330 feet) range) that connects to the PC; a music receiver that plugs into a home stereo receiver or multimedia speakers through a standard RCA port or a 3.5mm jack; and a wireless remote control. The latter, according to the vendor, allows to control music from almost anywhere around the home and features controls such as volume up or down, mute, play, pause, skip forward and back. The remote works with media players like iTunes, Windows Media Player, Musicmatch, WinAmp, and RealPlayer.
Wireless Music System for PC
The system also includes software that allows people to switch back and forth between listening to music on the PC and wirelessly streaming it to another room.
The Logitech Wireless Music System for PC will be available in stores and online beginning in September in the U.S. and in Europe. Its suggested retail price in the U.S. is $149.99. Logitech will make additional receivers available for people who want to stream their music to multiple rooms in the house. The additional receivers will be available online at www.logitech.com, for $79.99 (U.S.).
Secondly, there´s a similar system — the Wireless Music System for iPod — which includes a music transmitter that connects to any portable music player´s standard headphone port and a music receiver that likewise plugs into a home stereo receiver or multimedia speakers through an RCA port or a 3.5mm jack. Note that the transmitter works in a range of up to 10 meters (33 feet).
Wireless Music System for iPod
The Logitech Wireless Music System for iPod will be available in the U.S. and Europe, beginning in October. The suggested retail price is $149.99 in the U.S.
The third solution announced today is the Logitech Wireless Headphones for PC. These come with a small transmitter that connects to the USB port on a PC and a wireless receiver that is integrated into the headphones. The operation range is up to 50 meters (165 feet).
Wireless Headphones for PC
Headphones feature lightweight, behind-the-head design and have 40 mm full-range neodymium drivers for enhanced bass performance. With the included software, the headphones´ integrated controls, located on the right earpiece, enable people to adjust the volume, play, pause and skip tracks forward and back in the same media players as written above.
The Logitech Wireless Headphones for PC will be available in the U.S. and in Europe, beginning in October. The suggested retail price is $129.99 in the U.S.
Leadtek Research today announced its most powerful graphics card — WinFast PX7800 GTX Extreme, which is based on the GeForce 7800 GTX GPU.
The novelty works at GPU/memory clock rates of 490/625 MHz vs. the reference 430/600 MHz. Therefore the company positions it for hardcore gaming, in particular "shadow intensive games such as incoming id Software´s Quake IV".
Leadtek also developed a cooling system with 4 heatpipes and 2-slot fan design for more stability, which is never excessive, as we know.
Source: Leadtek Research
Fujitsu Computer Systems today updated its mobile product portfolio with the enhanced LifeBook T4000 and Stylistic ST5000 Tablet PCs.
The LifeBook T4020 Tablet PC features the Intel Pentium M Processor ULV 740 or 760, 12.1" XGA display with a 160 degree viewing angle, optional Bluetooth and fingerprint sensor and also comes with a choice of either the Atheros Super AG or Intel PRO/Wireless 2915ABG network connection.
The Stylistic ST5032 Tablet PC weighs 3.5 pounds and features a 12.1" XGA display with a 160 degree viewing angle or a 10.4" display. It also features an Intel Pentium M Processor ULV 753, a shock-mounted hard drive and comes with a set of security features including built-in TPM, a Smart Card slot, and a biometric swipe sensor (on 12.1" display models only). The Stylistic ST5032 Tablet PC also comes with an optional Bluetooth PAN and a choice of Atheros Super AG 802.11a/b/g WLAN or Intel PRO/Wireless 2915ABG network connection.
The Fujitsu LifeBook T4020 and the Fujitsu Stylistic ST5032 Tablet PCs are backed by a three-year or one-year International Limited Warranty for U.S. and Canadian customers, and are available through Fujitsu Computer Systems and through Fujitsu resellers.
Source: Fujitsu Computer Systems
AMD today issued a challenge to Intel to conduct a head-to-head competition of dual-core x86 server processors. AMD’s proposed dual-core duel in 2005 would be a live, public performance evaluation between server platforms based on the Dual-Core AMD Opteron 800 Series or 200 Series processors and the corresponding Intel x86 server processors that are commercially available in volume.
The duel would take place at a public venue to be announced in the coming weeks, with testing conducted by a neutral, third-party testing lab. Testing would be done using industry-standard server benchmarks most relevant to customers today such as SPECjbb and SPECweb Measurement on energy consumption would also be conducted.
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