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Tul Introduces PowerColor X1800 XT, X1300 PRO Graphics Cards

LaCie Introduces Big Disk Hi-Speed USB 2.0: Compact 1TB USB Hard Drive

Fujitsu Announces Networked Storage Virtualization Solution Based on Brocade Intelligent Switch Platform

Yamaha Will Use Blackfin Processor From Analog Devices

MSI Unveils Its Very First 90nm Graphics Card - RX1300PRO-TD256E

ARM Introduces Industry's Fastest Processor For Low-Power Mobile And Consumer Applications

Tul Introduces PowerColor X1800 XT, X1300 PRO Graphics Cards

Tul today introduced the latest PowerColor X1800 and X1300 PRO graphics cards based on the members of the ATI's 90nm Radeon 1XK family with a new ultra-threaded architecture and also based on up to 512 MB GDDR3 RAM.

PowerColor X1800 XT:

  • Memory & Bus Width: 512 MB GDDR3 / 256 bit
  • Core Speed: 600 MHz
  • Memory Speed: 700 MHz x 2
  • Output: Dual DVI/VIVO/HDTV
  • Interface: PCIE x16
  • Direct X Support: 9.0
  • TV Connector: S-Video

PowerColor X1300 PRO:

  • Memory & Bus Width: 256 MB GDDR3 / 128 bit
  • Core Speed: 600 MHz
  • Memory Speed: 400 MHz x 2
  • Output: Dual DVI/VIVO/HDTV
  • Interface: PCIE x16
  • Pixel Pipelines: 4
  • Direct X Support: 9.0
  • TV Connector: S-Video

All the novelties support ATI’s AvivoTM video and display technology, Shader Model 3.0, and are CrossFire Ready.

PowerColor X1800 XT and X1300 PRO are available October 5th, 2005.

Source: Tul

LaCie Introduces Big Disk Hi-Speed USB 2.0: Compact 1TB USB Hard Drive

LaCie introduced an affordable and easy-to-use Hi-Speed USB 2.0 hard drive: LaCie Big Disk Hi-Speed USB 2.0 packing up to 1TB into a sturdy aluminum d2 case. Drives ship standard with LaCie’s new One Click Backup Software for PC and Mac.

Big Disk Hi-Speed USB 2.0 500GB and 600GB models are fan-free for ultra-quiet operation, while the 1TB model includes new Smart Fan technology that automatically cools the drive when needed. Drives are protected by LaCie’s d2 aluminum alloy case design that helps dissipates heat by drawing it away from the internal disk, prolonging the life of the drive.


  • Up to 1TB of storage capacity
  • Convenient plug-and-play, no software or drives to configure
  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface for PC and Mac
  • Ultra-quiet, fanless operation (500GB/600GB models)
  • Can be stacked, rack-mounted or stood upright
  • Automatic Smart Fan quiet cooling control (1TB model)
  • Free 1-Click Backup Software for PC/Mac

LaCie Big Disk Hi-Speed USB 2.0 is available end of October at the retail prices below via LaCie’s specialized dealer network. Big Disk Hi-Speed USB 2.0 comes with all necessary cables and includes a one-year limited warranty in the US and a two-year limited warranty in Europe.

  • 300964 LaCie Big Disk Hi-Speed USB 2.0 500GB $349
  • 300990 LaCie Big Disk Hi-Speed USB 2.0 600GB $429
  • 300966 LaCie Big Disk Hi-Speed USB 2.0 1TB $929

Source: LaCie

Fujitsu Announces Networked Storage Virtualization Solution Based on Brocade Intelligent Switch Platform

Fujitsu Computer Systems and Brocade Communications Systems announced that Fujitsu Computer Systems will begin shipping the ETERNUS VS900 storage virtualization solution running on the Brocade SilkWorm Fabric Application Platform, an intelligent Storage Area Network switch designed to support SAN-based applications for storage environment management and administration.

The Brocade intelligent switch provides an out-of-band architecture that enables the ETERNUS VS900 solution to achieve scalability for constantly changing IT environments. The ETERNUS VS900 solution is also designed to streamline resource provisioning and simplify the management of enterprise data through a transparent, heterogeneous pool of data that is managed from a single, user-friendly platform.

The Brocade SilkWorm Fabric AP is an open, intelligent switching platform for hosting fabric applications. It is designed to centralize data management, movement and administration while simplifying the administration of storage environments through consolidation. The platform enables a wide range of fabric-based storage applications—such as volume management, data migration, virtualization and data replication—to be deployed on a scalable and intelligent hardware platform.

The new virtualization solution was designed to be used in conjunction with the ETERNUS3000 midrange storage solution and the ETERNUS6000 enterprise-class storage solutions.

The ETERNUS VS900 network storage virtualization solution is available in the United States beginning December 1, 2005.

Source: Fujitsu Computer Systems

Yamaha Will Use Blackfin Processor From Analog Devices

Analog Devices announced that its Blackfin Processor has been implemented in a concept design for a Networked Audio/Video Center by Yamaha Corporation, which represents a new product category that provides a central device for playing back, storing, and distributing digital music, video, and photos to any room in the house.

The concept design is capable of demonstrating multi-channel, multi-zone output from a variety of sources, including set-top box, PVR, DVD, mobile audio players, internal hard disk, mobile storage media, and Ethernet. Yamaha recently showed the prototype in action at the CEDIA Expo in Indianapolis, September 2005.

A single Blackfin Processor provides convergent processing for the Yamaha prototype. That is, the Blackfin architecture is able to perform both media and control processing for the Networked AV Center, eliminating the requirement for a separate digital signal processor (DSP) and microcontroller. The Blackfin Processor combines best-in-class DSP performance with microcontroller functionality, enabling a single chip media solution that can be augmented via software upgrade to keep ahead of the technology curve.

In the Yamaha prototype, the Blackfin Processor carries out high-performance video playback from PC and streaming sources via Ethernet, while simultaneously performing high-quality audio playback by decoding formats including AC3, DTS, MP3, AAC, and WMA.

The AV Center’s consumer-friendly design is also supported by the Blackfin Processor’s ability to drive on-screen menus presented on a display, which lets users make their entertainment selections through a remote control device.

Source: Analog Devices

MSI Unveils Its Very First 90nm Graphics Card - RX1300PRO-TD256E

Today, MSI introduces its next-generation PCI-E 16x graphics card RX1300PRO-TD256E based on ATI's new 90nm X1300PRO GPU and DDR2 memory for faster mapping efficiency. Furthermore, RX1300PRO-TD256E includes technologies like Avivo, Shader model 3.0 , CrossFire, and HDTV.

MSI RX1300PRO-TD256E default frequency is 600MHz (Core)/ 800MHz (Memory). With 4 parallel pipelines and 2.5ns DDR2 graphics memory, the card is claimed to "knock out" existing mid-end graphics cards like NVIDIA 6600 series.

In image quality, MSI RX1300PRO-TD256E uses next-generation video and display technology named Avivo. ATI's Avivo adds High-Definition imaging and video features for smooth video playback, sharp images, and universal connectivity with all TVs, displays, and projectors. Avivo delivers HDTV, PVR, and HD video playback with advanced 3D comb filtering, automatic gain control, and hardware accelerated processing.

MSI RX1300PRO-TD256E comes with full support for ATi's Crossfire. CrossFire's "supertiling" GPU renders speed sharing by evenly dividing the graphics processing, alternating the rendering workload to each Radeon GPU for efficient load balancing, and optimized performance.

Source: MSI

ARM Introduces Industry's Fastest Processor For Low-Power Mobile And Consumer Applications

ARM announced its new Cortex-A8 processor for consumer and low-power mobile devices. Launched at the second annual ARM Developers' Conference, in Santa Clara, California, the ARM Cortex-A8 processor delivers up to 2,000 DMIPS for demanding consumer products running multi-channel video, audio, and gaming applications. The ARM Cortex-A8 processor uses less than 300 mW in 65nm technology. The Cortex-A8 processor features new ARM Artisan libraries supporting Intelligent Energy Manager (IEM) technology and implementing advanced leakage control. The processor is supported by a wide range of ARM technologies including RealView DEVELOPER software development tools; RealView ARCHITECT ESL tools and models; CoreSight debug and trace technology; and software library support through the OpenMAX multimedia processing standard.

ARM has already secured five licensees for the Cortex-A8 processor, including Freescale, Matsushita, Samsung and Texas Instruments, and future support from major EDA and Operating System vendors.

The Cortex-A8 processor is the first applications processor based on the next-generation ARMv7 architecture, and features Thumb-2 technology for greater performance, energy efficiency, and code density. It includes the first implementation of the NEON signal processing extensions to accelerate media codecs such as H.264 and MP3. The Cortex-A8 solution also includes Jazelle-RCT Java acceleration technology to optimize Just In Time (JIT) and Dynamic Adaptive Compilation (DAC), and reduces memory footprint by up to three times. Additionally, the new processor features TrustZone technology for secure transactions and Digital Rights Management (DRM), and IEM capability for low power.

The Cortex-A8 processor features an advanced superscalar pipeline which can execute multiple instructions at the same time and deliver more than 2.0 DMIPS per MHz. The processor integrates a size configurable level 2 cache which works in conjunction with 16K or 32K level 1 caches. The Cortex-A8 processor uses advanced branch prediction techniques and has dedicated NEON integer and floating-point pipelines for media and signal processing. The Cortex-A8 processor will run at more than 600 MHz in low-power 65nm processes with the core using less than 4 mm2 of silicon (excluding NEON, Trace technology and L2 cache). Consumer designs will run the Cortex-A8 processor at up to 1 GHz in 90nm and 65nm processes.

The ARM Cortex-A8 processor is available for licensing now, along with the majority of the supporting technology. First availability for the Advantage-CE library in leading 65nm technologies will be 1Q06.

Source: ARM

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