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Sharp Introduces PC-WA70K/50K Wide-Display Notebooks

ATI R520 GPUs to come in 3Q

Pretec Launches 4GB MMC Plus 266X

Sharp Introduces PC-WA70K/50K Wide-Display Notebooks

Sharp, following Sony, Toshiba and Acer, updated its notebooks series for the "back to school" season with PC-WA70K and PC-WA50K models. Novelties, with pre-installed Windows XP Home Edition and Office Personal Edition 2003 SP1, will go on sale on September 20.

Both feature 15.4" 1280x800 (WXGA) displays, are sized 354x253x27.8-33mm, and weigh 2.8kg.

The senior WA70K also features 512MB RAM (up to 2GB), and a TV tuner. Its expected price is about $1650. The junior WA50K has an IEEE802.11b/g adapter instead of a TV tuner, and twice as less RAM. Its expected price is $1569.

Both novelties base on Mobile Sempron 2800+ 1.6GHz and integrated RADEON XPRESS 200M, have 80GB HDDs, DVD Super Multi drives. Interfaces include PCMCIA Type II, Ethernet, 3 x USB2.0, 4-pin IEEE 1394, VGA (D-Sub). WA70K works for about 1.7 hours, WA50K for about 2.1 hours.

Source: PC Watch

ATI R520 GPUs to come in 3Q

ATI has informed its clients in Taiwan that it will gradually begin volume shipments of its R-series GPUs, including the R520, RV530, RV515 and RV505 by the end of the third quarter. R-series GPUs are fabricated at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), using a 90nm processing technology, according to the sources.

In addition, ATI has begun to design an R-series GPU, the R516, for the entry-level graphics card market. However, the R516 will be built with a 90nm process at United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), instead of TSMC, the source noted.

Source: DigiTimes

Pretec Launches 4GB MMC Plus 266X

Today at IFA 2005 in Berlin Pretec released 4GB MMC Plus 266X MMC card, the fastest flash memory card in the world. Pretec 4GB MMC Plus is available now for key customer sampling with unit price of $699 each, mass production is scheduled by Q4 of this year.

Maximum capacity of SD card is 4GB under v.1.1 spec. and is also 4GB for MMC under v.4.1 spec. using so called "Byte Addressing" scheme if the file format of FAT32 is adopted. Pretec 4GB MMC Plus can be configured to be fully compliant with MMC 4.1 specification under traditional "Byte Addressing"; or alternatively it can be configured under "Sector Addressing" scheme pioneered last year by Mu-Card Alliance. Maximum capacity of Mu-Card is 2TB (2048GB), which can potentially soon become the maximum capacity of future specification of MMC card. Mu-card Alliance and MMCA has announced the joined forces in June 2005.

Source: Pretec

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