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Intel To Showcase Sossaman And Monahans At IDF Russia

Panasonic To Release New Blu-ray Solutions Next Spring

Info-Tek Releases GECUBE RADEON X1800 Series Graphics Cards

Photo Of The Day: ATI R520 In Our Lab

Intel To Showcase Sossaman And Monahans At IDF Russia

Next week, Intel will use its developer forum in Moscow as an opportunity to showcase two future processors codenamed Sossaman and Monahans, according to the company. Although both these codenames were officially announced at August IDF in the US, some sources mentioned, for example, Sossaman almost a year ago.

Based on a dual-core Yonah architecture, which is developed for notebook CPUs, this processor will be targeted for server rack and blade designs where space is constrained, according to Intel. The company plans to make Sossaman supporting dual-CPU configurations and launch the first Sossaman CPUs in the first half of 2006. Next week at Moscow IDF, Sossaman will be displayed as a part of the special showcase called the Digital Enterprise Zone.

It is expected that the Monahans processor will be introduced in Moscow by Shmuel (Mooly) Eden, vice president of Intel’s mobility group and general manager of the mobile platforms group, who will deliver a keynote on the first day of the event. Designed for handsets, smartphones, PDAs and consumer electronic devices, this product family of next-generation XScale application processors is expected to provide five times more performance within the next few years, while consuming less energy than previous XScale-based platforms, Intel said in August. A that time the company indicated that Monahans will probably debut in the fourth quarter of 2005. However, Intel is now aiming at a 2006 launch, and the Moscow event will include the “Technology direction for 2007 mobile platforms” seminar featuring Monahans, according to the company.

IDF Russia will be held in Moscow on October 11-12. Three Taiwan companies, Foxconn Electronics (the registered trade name of Hon Hai Precision Industry), Gigabyte Technology and Tyan, confirmed their participation at the event.

Source: DigiTimes

Panasonic To Release New Blu-ray Solutions Next Spring

Panasonic announced that the company will introduce Blu-ray Disc drives for notebook and desktop computers that can write and read single- and dual-layer BDs as well as all types of recordable DVDs and CDs. The drives will become available for personal computer manufacturers by spring 2006 along with the new non-cartridge bare disc with storage capacities of 25 GB and 50 GB. The world's first BD drive for notebook PCs is only 12.7-mm high and can record and playback the three generations of optical discs. It supports single-layer 25 GB and single-sided, dual-layer 50 GB BDs. Panasonic plans to ship samples by the end of this year and commence commercial production by March 2006.

The multimedia drive uses Panasonic's own laminated glass plate prism technology that enables the reduction in size of the optical pickup to one-twelfth of the size of conventional pickups.

Prior to the introduction of the notebook-use disc drive, Panasonic will ship samples of the half-height (41.3-mm) desktop version in October and start volume production by January 2006. The desktop-use disc drive also serves as a BD, Super-Multi DVD and CD drive. The device can write BDs at 2x speed.

For use in these thin-profile drives, Panasonic has developed a durable and reliable BD that does not use a cartridge. The newly-developed surface-treatment technology enables better disc resistance to scratch, abrasion and dust. Starting in spring 2006, Panasonic plans to mass-produce four types of bare disc BDs: single-layer 25 GB and single-sided, dual-layer 50 GB BD-REs (rewritable) and BD-Rs (recordable), all at 2x speed.

Product samples of the new drives and BDs are being demonstrated at the Panasonic and the BDA booths at CEATEC JAPAN 2005 from October 4 to 8 at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo.

Source: Panasonic

Info-Tek Releases GECUBE RADEON X1800 Series Graphics Cards

Info-Tek, the supplier of the brand GECUBE, has announced the new GECUBE Radeon X1800 graphics card. Utilizing ATI’s newest R520 architecture, the GECUBE Radeon X1800XT features 625HMz core clock speed, 1.5GHz memory clock speed and 512MB of on-board GDDR3 memory. Both the GECUBE RADEON X1300 and GECUBE RADEON X1600 will be released simultaneously with the Radeon X1800.

The list of new technologies should already seem familiar: 90nm GPU, ultra-threaded architecture, Avivo (a set of hardware and software technologies that refine video capture and playback), CrossFire, Shader Model 3.0.

The GECUBE RADEON X1800 graphics card has 16 pixel shader pipelines and 6 vertex engines. It also supports dual DVI interface.

RADEON 1800 Series Specifications:

  • Model Name: GC-X1800XTD-VIE3/D3 (CrossFire Ready)
  • ASIC: R520XT (90nm)
  • Pixel Pipelines: 16
  • Shader Model: 3.0
  • Core Frequency: 625MHz
  • Memory Size: 256MB/512MB
  • Memory Type: GDDR3
  • Memory Bus: 256-bit (512-bit Internal Ring Bus)
  • D-Sub: Yes (By Dongle)
  • TV-Out: S/HDTV-out
  • Video-In: Yes (Avivo)
  • DVI: Yes (Dual Link, HDCP)
  • HDTV: HDTV by S to YPbPr cable (included)
  • Cooling: ATI Original Fan

Source: Info-Tek

Photo Of The Day: ATI R520 In Our Lab

As you know, yesterday ATI launched a new family of graphics processors, the Radeon X1000 family, built using the 90nm fabrication technology.

The new family has a GPU for every target group there is: Radeon X1800 for enthusiasts, Radeon X1600 for newbie gamers, and Radeon X1300 for those low on budget.

Each of the new graphics processors features ultra-threaded shader architecture, new memory architecture, improved 3D image quality, Avivo technology (improves display quality and refines video playback).

Radeon X1800 and Radeon X1300 cards are shipping immediately, with additional Radeon X1800 configurations and Radeon X1600 cards shipping later in October and November.

So, in our lab we are already testing X1800XT, X1800XL and other novelties, so an article will soon be published (stay tuned ;).

While we test, you can start with familiarizing yourself with the architecture of the new GPU family.

P.S. The "BEACHmarking" is a pun meaning ATI Technology Days on Ibiza.

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