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Albatron Unveils KM51PV Mainboard With GeForce Graphics

Sony To Start Selling New VAIO TX Notebooks This Month

TI Integrates Smart Battery And Power Management On Single Chip

Texas Instruments Announce SmartReflex Technologies For 65nm Process

Philips Introduces Advanced Ultra-low Power CMOS Logic Family

Panasonic Starts Production At Its New PDP Plant In Japan

RightMark RAMTester 2005 (final release) is available!

Fujitsu Unveils LifeBook C1320D Thin and Light Widescreen Notebooks

ATI Introduces Avivo Hardware And Software Technology

TSMC Manufactures 90nm Graphics Chips For ATI

Albatron Unveils KM51PV Mainboard With GeForce Graphics

Albatron Technology recently announced its new KM51PV mainboard based on Nvidia Geforce 6150, nForce 430 with nVidia Pure Video technology chipset that features Pure Video Technology combining the DVD and MPEG playback with Dolby Digital surround sound as well as hardware-accelerated video on all Microsoft DirectX compatible graphics processors.

The KM51PV has a smaller, space saving micro-ATX form factor. Its other features include PCI-E 16x, PCI-E 1x slots, DVI, TV-out, and HDTV (720P and 1080i) connectors, USB2.0 ports. This board also supports multi-display configurations. Aside from all these functions, KM51PV supports AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processors and SATA II hard drives.

Sony To Start Selling New VAIO TX Notebooks This Month

Sony's newest VAIO TX notebook packs wireless WAN connectivity, entertainment playback and a white LED display into a 1" thin carbon fiber casing that weighs about 2.8 pounds. The novelty offers integrated WWAN feature (certain models), as well as optional access to the Cingular Wireless national EDGE network. Toggling between wireless standards is performed by Sony's SmartWi technology.

The notebook can work from 4 to 7.5 hours with a standard battery, features a DVD+R double layer/DVD+RW drive and supports Sony's Instant Mode (allows to watch movies, listen to music or view photos without having to boot the machine). The display is the 11.1-inch WXGA widescreen display with XBRITE LCD technology. Speaking of sound, the machine supports Dolby Headphone and Virtual Speaker technologies for surround sound when wearing headphones.

The TX series comes with a number of Sony multimedia applications, including SonicStage Mastering Studio, Click to DVD. Connector interfaces include both an i.LINK (IEEE 1394) and USB 2.0 port as well as Memory Stick PRO and Secure Digital media slots.

Sony VAIO TX notebooks will be widely available this month in charcoal without WWAN starting at about $2,250 and next month with WWAN for about $2,300. Exclusive colors platinum and slate blue can be purchased online at www.sonystyle.com or at SonyStyle stores.

TI Integrates Smart Battery And Power Management On Single Chip

Texas Instruments Incorporated announced a power conversion integrated circuit (IC) with "smart charging" capability that incorporates all essential power transistors onto a single device. Occupying up to 70 percent less board space versus discrete solutions, the programmable chip delivers high DC/DC conversion efficiency and battery management to one-cell Li-Ion powered communication and multimedia devices with multiple voltages, such as smart phones, portable audio and media players, satellite radio and GPS systems.

TI's TPS65800 power management unit integrates several power control building blocks, including two synchronous step-down DC/DC converters with integrated FETs, one boost DC/DC converter for white LED display backlight, an RGB LED driver, seven linear regulators (LDOs), a high-performance analog-to-digital data converter, SIM card and RTC power supplies and an I2C communications interface that allows full programmability of the TPS65800. In addition to the power regulation blocks, the device applies TI's patented linear charge and system power path management technology for Li-ion batteries using integrated charge FETs.

The TPS65800 is currently sampling and is scheduled to be available in volume production later this year from TI and its authorized distributors. The TPS65800 power management unit comes in 56-pin, 8x8mm QFN package, and is priced at $6.50 each in quantities of 1,000 units. Evaluation modules of the TPS65800, application notes and TI's online power management product selection tool are available through power.ti.com.

Texas Instruments Announce SmartReflex Technologies For 65nm Process

Texas Instruments Incorporated announced its SmartReflex power and performance management technologies for advanced mobile devices. TI's SmartReflex technologies are a combination of intelligent and adaptive silicon, circuit design and software designed to solve power and performance management challenges at smaller process nodes.

TI's SmartReflex technologies are claimed to solve the critical issue of leakage power in 65nm for mobile devices. Specifically, TI's SmartReflex technologies incorporate a system-level approach, from integrated circuit design to system software that guarantees performance while aggressively addressing the power consumption challenge for mobile devices at deep sub-micron process nodes. Leveraging TI's power management-focused silicon IP, System on Chip (SoC) design, and system software, SmartReflex technologies extend to the entire SoC and dynamically control voltage, frequency and power based on device activity, modes of operation and process and temperature variation.

TI first introduced technology elements of SmartReflex technologies at the 90nm process node and is now applying advanced techniques of the solution to 65nm. TI is incorporating the technology in its family of OMAPTM 2 applications processors and has plans to introduce incrementally more advanced SmartReflex technologies in future generations of wireless products.

Philips Introduces Advanced Ultra-low Power CMOS Logic Family

Royal Philips Electronics introduced its family of Advanced Ultra-low Power (AUP) CMOS logic, featuring ultra-low power consumption. The AUP logic family offers more than 55 new products available in two package options, PicoGate and MicroPak.

The AUP logic family comprises single, dual and triple gate functions housed in a 5-,6-, and 8-pin packaging allowing engineers to select the exact functions they require. Additionally, translation functions enable designers to easily interface between different voltage systems The AUP family also uses the newest MicroPak technology from Philips, which allows for migration from 0.50mm lead spacing to 0.35mm lead spacing, with the full release expected to take place by Q1 2006. Furthermore, the AUP family provides higher Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) protection, making the logic devices less vulnerable to static electricity. Typical specifications for the AUP logic family are: operating voltage range 0.8V – 3.6V, propagation delays of 2.5n @ 2.5V and a Cpd = 4 pF or less.

Philips’ AUP family of logic is available in production quantities.

Panasonic Starts Production At Its New PDP Plant In Japan

Panasonic today announced that the company started production on September 16 at the Third Plant of Matsushita Plasma Display Panel Company Ltd. (MPDP). The new PDP plant in Amagasaki City, Hyogo Prefecture, western Japan, began operation two months earlier than planned to fulfill the accelerating world demand for large-screen flat-panel TVs as well as to gear up for the year-end shopping season.

The new plant has an initial monthly output of 125,000 units and will boost Panasonic's total PDP production capacity to 295,000 units per month or 3.54 million units per annum. Panasonic has two other plants in Osaka, Japan, and one in Shanghai, China. When the Third Plant begins operating at its full capacity of 250,000 units per month by March 2007, Panasonic's total production capacity will exceed 5 million units per annum. Panasonic expects that the global PDP demand will reach 12 million by March 2008 and over 15 million by March 2009.

The plant employs the latest technology and can process large substrates to optimize the yield of display panels, assuring speedy and flexible supply. Capitalizing on its production capability, the company will meet demands in the market where 42 inches are most popular.

RightMark RAMTester 2005 (final release) is available!

Changes to this version include:

  • Testing methods improved
  • Memory compacting function added
  • UI a bit changed
  • New i18n resources added
  • Full source code released with i18n kit

You can download the new version here.

Fujitsu Unveils LifeBook C1320D Thin and Light Widescreen Notebooks

Fujitsu Computer Systems today announced the LifeBook C1320D thin and light notebook with a widescreen display, extended battery life, and Intel Pentium M Processor offered at the price of $1,149 and more. According to the vendor, the LifeBook C1320D notebook should appeal to value-minded small and medium businesses, as well as students and teachers who want a slim, full-featured, high-performance notebook on a modest budget.

Equipped with a large 15.4" widescreen XGA display, the LifeBook C1320D notebook features a built-in modular bay for a variety of optical drives or a second battery. The combination of the second battery and the high-capacity main battery is claimed to provide up to 9.5 hours of computing time. The novelty weighs less than 6.4 pounds.

Speaking of performance, the notebook bases on Intel Pentium M Processor with 533MHz FSB, Intel 915GM chipset and Serial-ATA hard drives. Connectivity features include modem and Gigabit Ethernet, optional `Atheros Super AG wireless LAN (802.11 a/b/g), and optional Bluetooth. The LifeBook C1320D also has a Secure Digital card slot, a Dual-Layer Multi-Format DVD Writer and a port replicator.

The LifeBook C1320D notebook is available through the Fujitsu direct sales force, Web site and channel partners with pricing starting at $1,149 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 Fujitsu LifeBook C1320D notebook is backed by a three-year or one-year International Limited Warranty for U.S. and Canadian customers.

ATI Introduces Avivo Hardware And Software Technology

ATI Technologies' Avivo includes hardware and software technologies that refine video capture and playback, and improve display quality. According to the developers, computers with Avivo provide more accurate color reproduction than other PCs - they can display 64 times as many colors - and so are essential for anyone editing photos or viewing video. In addition, Avivo makes PC games look better on current displays.

Avivo features:

  • Supports hardware MPEG-2 compression, hardware assisted decode of MPEG-2, H.264 and VC-1 video codecs, and advanced display upscaling
  • 64 times the number of colors currently available in current PCs; higher color fidelity with 10-bit processing throughout Avivo's display engine
  • Resolutions, such as 2560x1600 or higher, on the latest digital displays using dual-link DVI, as well as high color depth support over DVI
  • Advanced up or down resolution scaling on any flat panel display using ATI's solutions
  • Video capture with features like 3D comb filtering, front-end video scaling, and hardware MPEG video compression
  • Hardware noise reduction and 12-bit analog-to-digital conversion
  • Supports standard TV, HDTV, video input and all PC displays via digital (DVI, HDMI) and analog (VGA, Component, S-Video, composite) ports

Avivo will be an integral component in all of ATI's upcoming desktop, mobile, chipset, workstation, and software products.

TSMC Manufactures 90nm Graphics Chips For ATI

ATI Technologies and TSMC have announced that TSMC is in volume production of multiple 90nm products for ATI, including the Radeon X1800, Radeon X1600 and Radeon X1300 series chips, and has shipped large quantities of production wafers to ATI.

ATI expects the latest cards to begin arriving on store shelves by the end of September.

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