Extending its family of data converters, TI announced another technology advancement with a 14-bit, 170MSPS (mega samples per second) ADC. The ADS5545 offers 72dBFS SNR and 84dBc spurious-free dynamic range (SFDR) at the maximum sample rate of 170MSPS and an input frequency of 150MHz, providing increased system capabilities in advanced communications, instrumentation, test and measurement, medical, video and imaging applications.
The device includes an internal sample and hold, low-jitter clock buffer, internal reference, and options for parallel CMOS or LVDS outputs. It operates from a single 3.3V supply and is specified over the industrial temperature range of -40C to +85C.
The ADS5545 is sampling now, with volume production scheduled for 2Q 2006. The device comes in a 48-pin QFN package (7x7mm) and is priced at $62.50 in 1,000 piece quantities (suggested resale pricing). Evaluation modules (EVMs) are also available.
Panasonic Mobile Communications announced that it has begun shipments of FOMA P701iD phones to NTT DoCoMo. Developed in collaboration with Taku Satoh, a graphic designer, NTT DoCoMo and Panasonic Mobile, the FOMA P701iD comes in 6 variations (3 colors each in "Square X Glossy" and "Round X Mat") in different textures and forms. Using the designed-in "Hikari (Light) Drops" feature, the user can customize their phone by linking the light display with the embedded melodies.
The P701iD is pre-installed with "i-channel" services. Subscribers to i-channel will automatically receive various content, such as news, weather, entertainment reports, sports news and horoscopes, delivered to the phone's standby screen as telop text. By pushing the i-channel button, a channel list will appear and the user can select the channel they want to view. The FOMA P701iD is also equipped with a Real Audio player.
Intel announced availability of its last planned single-core Intel Xeon processor. Intel also announced new low-voltage versions of its Intel Xeon processor line as the company shifts to enterprise platforms with processors having two or more cores. They include the 64-bit Intel Xeon processor LV 3GHz with only a 55W processor power envelope and the 64-bit Intel Xeon processor MV 3.20GHz with a 90W processor power envelope. Both processors are targeted at server rack and blade designs where space is constrained and power-efficiency is a priority.
Intel also introduced a new 64-bit Intel Xeon processor with 2MB of L2 cache running at 3.80GHz that is drop-in compatible with the previous Intel Xeon processor platforms and continues to offer power-saving features with Demand Based Switching, enhanced performance and flexibility with support for Hyper-Threading Technology, DDR2-400 memory and PCI Express. Additionally, Intel introduced a 64-bit Intel Xeon processor 2.80GHz with 2MB L2 cache for servers used in small and medium business environments.
64-bit Intel Xeon processors with 2MB L2 cache at operating speeds of 3.80GHz and 2.80GHz are available now for $851 and $198, respectively, in 1,000-unit quantities. The 64-bit Intel Xeon processor LV 3GHz is priced at $519 in 1,000-unit quantities. And the 64-bit Intel Xeon processor MV 3.20GHz is priced at $487 in 1,000 unit quantities.
In the coming weeks, Intel will introduce its first dual-core Intel Xeon processor, codenamed "Paxville." Originally scheduled in 2006, Paxville will deliver improved performance for both dual-processor (DP) and multi-processor (MP)-based servers.
In early 2006, Intel will deliver another server platform, codenamed "Bensley," including a dual-core Intel Xeon processor, codenamed "Dempsey," a chipset optimized for dual-core, codenamed "Blackford," and technologies that will improve performance, manageability, reliability and productivity. At that time Intel will bring to market a dual-core Intel Xeon processor-based workstation platform, codenamed "Glidewell," also including the Dempsey processor, and a new chipset, optimized for workstations, codenamed "Greencreek."
To further efforts in reducing server power consumption, in 2006 Intel also plans to deliver a new dual-core processor, codenamed "Sossaman," targeted at power-constrained environments.
Later in 2006, Intel will introduce a dual-core Intel Xeon processor-based platform, codenamed "Woodcrest," designed on Intel's advanced 65-nanometer technology manufacturing process. Woodcrest, based on the company’s next-generation, power-optimized micro-architecture, will offer dramatically improved performance and greatly reduced power consumption.
AMD announced three new models in the Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor family for one-way to eight-way x86 servers and workstations. The Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor Model 880 for up to eight-way, 16-core enterprise-class servers and Model 280 for high performance dual-processor workstations and servers are immediately available. Model 180 for one-processor, two-core servers and workstations is expected to be available within 30 days.
HP added the new Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors across its portfolio of AMD Opteron processor-based ProLiant servers and workstations. Model 880 will add to the four-processor/eight-core HP ProLiant DL 585 and BL45p, while Model 280 will offer customers performance increases in the two-processor/four-core ProLiant DL385 and DL145 G2, plus the BL25p and BL35p server blades. HP will also match Model 280 with the performance-class HP xw9300 workstation that features multi-processing capabilities and support for dual PCI-Express x16 graphics.
Sun Microsystems is the first OEM to design and develop systems with the Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor SE Model 280, and will be shipping servers equipped with these highest-performing x64 processors next month.
The Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor Model 880 is priced at $2,649 in 1,000-unit quantities and the Model 280 is priced at $1,299 in 1,000-unit quantities. The Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor Model 180, for single-processor workstations and servers, is scheduled to be available within 30 days and will be priced at $799 in 1,000-unit quantities. With the addition of the new Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor models, the prices of two dual-core processor models within each series overlap with current single-core processors, making the shift to dual-core technology an easy decision for customers.
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