During its quarterly Network Computing '05 (NC05Q3) yesterday, Sun Microsystems announced a new family of enterprise-class x64 (x86, 64-bit) multi-core available servers powered by AMD Opteron processors and running the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS). The new x64 servers can also run standard distributions of the Linux and Windows operating systems.
Additionally, the company announced Sun(SM) System Service Plans for Microsoft Windows Server. This new Service offering is backed by Sun's support and engineering groups and provides integrated hardware and Microsoft Windows Server support for the latest Sun Fire x64 servers.
The new x64 multi-core available server family begins with the Sun Fire X2100, the lowest cost single-socket x64 rack-mount server, starting at $745(USD), and includes the two-socket, 4-way Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire X4200 servers. Future servers in this same family are being designed to accommodate up to eight multi-core processors to achieve 16-way mid-range system performance levels.
The entry-level price for the compact, single rack-unit, up to 2-way Sun Fire X2100 server starts at $745(USD), and includes the Solaris 10 OS, one AMD Opteron processor Model 146 and 512 MB memory. The Sun Fire X4100 entry-level server configuration comes equipped with the Solaris 10 OS, one AMD Opteron processor Model 248, 1 GB memory, one power supply unit and one service processor, priced at $2,195(USD). The Sun Fire X4200 entry-level server configuration comes equipped with the Solaris 10 OS, one AMD Opteron processor Model 248, 1GB memory, one power supply unit and one service processor, priced at $2,595(USD).
Micron Technology today unveiled new 5-megapixel and 3.1-megapixel CMOS image sensors equipped with Micron’s proprietary low-noise, high-sensitivity DigitalClarity technology. The 5-megapixel sensor (Micron part number MT9P001) is designed for use in either digital still cameras or camera phones, while the 3.1-megapixel (Micron part number MT9T012) sensor is specifically developed for camera phones.
The 5-megapixel and 3.1-megapixel sensors were developed using a pixel size of 2.2 microns square. Additionally, both sensors feature pixel binning for an enhanced viewing experience, simplified mechanical shutter support and support for multiple interface standards including parallel and serial interfaces.
General customer sampling is now available for the 3.1-megapixel image sensor, with mass production expected in the fourth quarter of 2005. Samples for the 5-megapixel image sensor are expected to be available in November and production is planned in the first quarter of 2006.
Fujitsu Computer Systems today announced that starting next month, the LifeBook P1500 notebook will be available with Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005. The ultra-portable 2.2-pound LifeBook P1500 notebook, also available with Microsoft Windows XP Professional, is equipped with a bright compact 8.9" wide SVGA touchscreen display. It can be used either in the tablet mode, or as a standard notebook.
The LifeBook P1500 notebook with Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition will be available by the end of October through the Fujitsu direct sales force, Web site and channel partners beginning in the fourth quarter of 2005 with pricing starting at $1,549 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 LifeBook P1500 notebook with Microsoft Windows XP Professional is available now.
Albatron Technology has recently announced a new PX19-SLI Intel based mainboard supporting NVIDIA´s SLI and Intel´s Dual Core processors.
The PX19-SLI doesn´t require a hardware adapter to connect two graphics cards, featuring additional on-board circuitry instead. The novelty supports Intel´s latest Dual Core processors with 1066 MHz FSB along with DDR2-667 memory.
Albatron also has included the second-generation mPower II, a PWM (Power Width Modulation) circuit board that reduces temperatures around the CPU socket resulting in more stability and increased performance potential. mPower II is easier to install than its predecessor (mPower), only requiring installation into its slot. The system then automatically detects it with no additional configuration required.
Albatron also provides additional support for the onboard BIOS with ABS (Albatron BIOS Security), an attachable/detachable circuit board with its own BIOS. Not only does this provide backup security, it also can be used for BIOS repair and revision upgrades.
The PX19-SLI comes standard with Gbit LAN, 6ch audio, and SATA II with RAID. On the back panel, Albatron removed older COM and Parallel ports in favor of additional 2.0/1.1 USB ports, an RCA digital audio output port and space for the mPower II slot. However, users still have the option of using COM and Parallel devices by using the designated headers on the mainboard (extension bracket is required).
Intel’s forthcoming high-end 975X chipset, which is expected to be launched in the first quarter of next year, will support both Nvidia’s SLI and ATI Technologies’ ‘CrossFire’ dual-graphics technology, according to sources at Taiwan motherboard makers.
The 975X will come with a built-in PCIe x16 interface, which will allow motherboard makers to design boards with dual PCIe x8 slots to support dual-graphics technology, the sources noted.
Intel has reached a licensing agreement with both Nvidia and ATI that will allow Intel users access to drivers to enable SLI or CrossFire, the sources noted. The 975X will target the high-end segment with an initial price tag of US$50 (for 10k lots), or at the same level as Intel’s 955X chipset.
The 975X will come with a 65nm version of the dual-core Pentium Extreme Edition 955 processor, which supports 1066MHz FSB speeds and 2x2MB of L2 cache (4MB of L2 cache per central processing unit in total), according to the sources.
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