Fortemedia announced the immediate availability of the FM1182 voice processor, a DSP-based solution aimed at providing clear and noise-free communication for portable devices (60dB acoustic echo cancellation, 20dB noise suppression).
Under less than ideal conditions, even the best microphone does a poor job of capturing sound. FM1182 features SAM (small array microphone) technology, leveraging an array of microphones to enable a beam-forming effect which accurately pinpoints the location of the sound source. Then, using a patent-pending algorithm, FM1182 preserves the desired signal while suppressing ambient noise outside of the beam, delivering a crystal clear signal to the other party.
FM1182 is a standalone voice processor, with DSP, CODEC, on-chip memory, and industry standard interfaces. FM1182 is sampling today in 48-pin BGA and 48-pin LQFP packages, with both extended grade and automotive grade support. A development kit is also available.
Seagate Technology announced the availability of its Barracuda 7200.9 family of internal hard drives to the worldwide distribution channel. Targeted at low-cost and Serial ATA (SATA) servers, mainstream and high-performance PCs, PC gaming systems and media PCs, the new Barracuda 7200.9 family combines up to a half-terabyte capacity with 3Gbit/second Serial ATA throughput and storage technologies such as Native Command Queuing (NCQ).
Barracuda 7200.9 delivers high data density, storing up to 160GB on a single disc. Seagate's 3Gbit/second SATA interface with NCQ supports Intel Hyper-Threading and provides a number of advanced capabilities such as command reordering, first-party DMA, interrupt aggregation and race-free status return. Barracuda 7200.9 drives also offers enhanced CRC data protection, the latest latching cables and snap-in connectors, and thin cables for improved cooling. All the drives are backed by Seagate's industry-leading 5-year warranty.
All Barracuda 7200.9 SATA drives adhere to the latest Serial ATA 2.5 specification.
Source: Seagate Technology
Maxtor introduced the 3Gb/s Serial ATA (SATA) interface on its Maxtor MaXLine III (enterprise ATA applications) and DiamondMax 10 (desktop) hard drives. The 7,200 RPM drives will begin shipping this quarter and include capacity points up to 300GB, up to a 16MB buffer and a comprehensive set of SATA II features including native command queuing (NCQ), staggered spin up, hot-plug capability and asynchronous signal recovery.
Maxtor hard drives with the SATA 3Gb/s interface will also be available in retail later this year.
SMART Modular Technologies has released a full lineup of DDR2 registered very low profile DIMMs, with densities ranging from 512MB to 2GB and a module height of only 0.72". These DIMMs, which are RoHS-compliant, are targeted for blade computing applications where low height and high density are required.
SMART offers two types of 2GB DDR2 registered VLP DIMMs: one using 512Mb devices and another using 1Gb devices. Both types use two-high BGA stacking for space savings. With the SMART approach, OEMs have the option to design in both types of 2GB modules and have the flexibility to switch between the two to take advantage of future pricing and availability trends.
For power-sensitive applications, such as network storage or embedded computing products, SMART offers x8-based VLP DIMMs. For these designs, power savings is achieved using fewer devices per rank of memory on a module.
SMART’s lineup of DDR2 registered VLP DIMMs is offered in three speed grades that specifically address the needs of sub-1U high-performance blade computing applications: PC2-5300 (DDR2-667), PC2-4200 (DDR2-533), and PC2-3200 (DDR2-400). For all of its DDR2 VLP DIMMs, SMART uses the highest-grade DRAM devices and performs rigorous module testing in order to provide high quality and robust performance. To ensure compatibility and repeatability, SMART performs thorough system testing and applies strict bill of materials (BOM) control.
Adaptec announced a new family of enterprise RAID controllers for its Serial ATA product line, the Adaptec Serial ATA II RAID 2420SA and the Adaptec Serial ATA II 2820SA, which are company's first SATA II RAID on Chip (ROC) solutions. These new SATA II controllers also offer optional software upgrade that includes support for array snapshots to simplify enterprise backup of block data and advanced RAID capabilities such as Dual Drive Failure Protection (RAID 6 on Adaptec 2820SA only) to protect against the simultaneous failure of up to two drives.
Adaptec 2420SA and 2820SA support standard SATA II features including Native Command Queuing (NCQ) to optimize the execution of commands. In addition, there are several optional features which can be easily added at any time by purchasing a license for Adaptec's Advanced Data Protection Suite. Included in the Advanced Data Protection Suite is patent-pending Adaptec RAID 6 technology (Adaptec 2820SA only), as well as support for Hot Space (RAID 5EE) and Striped Mirror (RAID 1E). Snapshot Backup, another feature included with the Advanced Data Protection Suite, provides the ability to create point-in-time copies of data stored on an internal or external array in order to improve enterprise backup operations; while Copyback Hot Spare allows system administrators to designate a drive location as a hot spare. After a drive failure and replacement, the controller will automatically migrate back to the original configuration.
Adaptec Serial ATA II RAID 2820SA is an 8-port SATA II RAID controller designed for workstations and servers with a 64-bit 133MHz PCI-X host interface and connects up to eight SATA or SATA II disk drives. The Adaptec Serial ATA II 2420SA includes 4 SATA II ports and is also meant for high-density servers and workstations. In addition to the integrated ROC ASIC, the cards provide 128MB standard or 256MB (optional) of ECC-protected DDR DRAM and an optional battery unit. The data protection is provided by Adaptec RAID Code (ARC) along with Adaptec Storage Manager for single interface management across all Adaptec RAID products.
Adaptec PCI-X to Serial ATA II RAID 2420SA and 2820SA Features:
The Adaptec 2420SA and 2820SA join a family of Adaptec SATA products which includes a variety of 0, 2, 4, 8, and 16 port models. The Adaptec 2420SA and 2820SA will also be compatible with the family of Adaptec Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) RAID controllers scheduled for release before the end of the year. This means that customers using Adaptec SATA II controllers can upgrade to Adaptec SAS controllers and attach their SATA drives seamlessly, providing a simple upgrade path that customers can leverage at any time they're ready to move to Serial Attached SCSI (SAS).
The Adaptec Serial ATA II RAID 2820SA will begin shipping through distribution partners to resellers in November and the Adaptec 2420SA will begin shipping in December. Both products will also be available through the Adaptec online store. Pricing begins at $375.00 MSRP for the 2420SA and $575.00 MSRP for the 2820SA.
Intel announced the availability of its first dual-core, hyper-threaded Intel Xeon processor for dual processor servers. Early next year, Intel plans to deliver a new server platform, codenamed "Bensley," consisting of a dual-core Intel Xeon processor, codenamed "Dempsey," a chipset, codenamed "Blackford," along with a number of integrated technologies. Premium server platforms based on the new dual-core Intel Xeon processor are available today. The forthcoming Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 7000 sequence for multi-processor servers, codenamed "Paxville," is expected to be available in the next 60 days. Over the next few months, servers and workstations based on both platforms are expected to be available worldwide from system manufacturers including ASUSTek, Dell, Egenera, Fujitsu Siemens, Gateway, HP, HCL Infosystems Ltd, IBM, Kraftway, Lang chao, Lenovo, Maxdata, NEC, Samsung, Supermicro, Unisys and Wipro Infotech.
In addition to delivering multi-core processors, Intel will integrate a host of technologies into the silicon including hyper-threading technology, virtualization, security, and management technology.The new dual-core Intel Xeon processor runs at 2.80 GHz with an 800 MHz system bus and 2 MB of Level 2 cache per core and will use the Intel® E7520 chipset. Since each core is equipped with its own cache, the amount of traffic on the system bus is reduced and each core has faster access to data. Other features include Intel® EM64T, HT technology, Execute Disable Bit, and Demand Based Switching. Servers based on these processors are well suited for applications such as web server, infrastructure and email.
The Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 7000 sequence for multi-processor servers is expected to run at speeds up to 3.0 GHz and includes a new chipset, the Intel E8501, to support an 800 MHz system bus and support for the existing Intel E8500 chipset. The platform will also include a dual, independent system bus, DDR2 Memory, PCI Express, memory RAID and I/O technologies. These server platforms are targeted at mid-tier enterprise applications such as database, financial services and supply chain management.
Intel plans to deliver three more server platforms to round out its initial dual-core server and workstation portfolio. Later this year, Intel will ship dual-core Intel Itanium processors. In the first half of 2006, Intel is expected to deliver a volume dual-core Intel Xeon processor platform and ship dual-core Intel Xeon processors designed for systems requiring low power consumption. All of these systems are currently shipping as evaluation platforms to customers.
The Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 2.80 GHz is available for $1,043 in 1,000-unit quantities. Pricing for the forthcoming dual-core server processors will be provided within the next 60 days.
Supermicro has started to ship Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor-based serverboards and server systems. The company has introduced more than ten models of dual-core server systems and motherboards based on the existing Intel E7520 chipset to ensure maximum scalability and compatibility between single-core and dual-core platforms. (Since Intel Paxville official launch date is in the coming week, shipping platforms from Supermicro are currently for NDA customer sampling purposes only.)
The SuperServer 6014P-32(R) is a redundant-powered 1U DP dual-core Xeon server with the following specifications: up to 16GB of ECC Reg. DDR2-400 memory, two universal slots that can support either PCI-X-133/100 or PCI-Express x8 expansion, eight SAS/SATA ports (supporting four internal hard drives and over 100 external hard drives for JBOD), dual gigabit Ethernet ports, fan speed control, and an IPMI 2.0 socket with a 3rd LAN option for server management.
The SS6014H-32 is a standard 1U server that supports many of the same features as the SS6014P-32R and two universal expansion slots that support up to two PCI-Express x8 or two PCI-X-133/100 cards. For convertible 4U/tower systems, the SuperServer 7044H-32(R) shares a similar design along with the following additional features: 8 internal SAS drive support, two PCI-Express x8, 3 PCI-X-133/100, and one legacy PCI slot. Meanwhile, the SS6024H-32(R) is a 2U server powered by the Super X6DH3-G2 serverboard, and it supports six internal SAS drives.
SCSI users are offered the 2U SS6024H-82+ and the 4U SS7044H-82+ servers, while the SS6014H-i+ is a 1U server that supports IDE/SATA hard drives. For dual-core Xeon workstations based on the Intel 7525 chipset, the SW7044A-32 supports eight internal SAS drives while the SW7044A-i2+ supports IDE/SATA drives. Both of these workstations feature Supermicro's SuperQuiet power supply and fan operation.
For system builders and channel partners, Supermicro introduces several 64-bit dual-core Xeon serverboard solutions customized for different kinds of users. Power users will like the high-end X6DH3-G2 serverboard. Its standard features include PCI-Express expansions, ECC Reg. DDRII memory support, dual gigabit connectivity, IPMI management option, and more. The core of this board is the Adaptec 8-port SAS controller supporting 3Gb/s storage access and allowing backward compatibility with parallel SCSI software and middleware to protect existing SCSI investments and to lower transition risks.
Rackmount server solution users are offered X6DHR-3G2 and the X6DHP-3G2. Both serverboards are optimized for Supermicro's 1U chassis, and they retain all the features of the high-end X6DH3-G2 plus two universal PCI-Express slots that allow users to choose PCI-Express or PCI-X expansion cards depending on their applications. On the cost-effective front, the X6DVA-4G2 and X6DVA-EG2 feature the E7320 chipset and single-channel SCSI for more cost conscious users.
On the workstation front, Supermicro has the X6DA3-G2 and the X6DAi-G2 for graphics intensive applications. Furthermore, the X6DH8-G2+, X6DHE-G2+, X6DHi-G2, X6DHR-EG2, X6DHR-8G2+ and X6DHR-iG2+ are high performance dual-core Xeon-optimized serverboards with SCSI, SATA or IDE support.
ASUS today introduced the PVL-D Series serverboards (PVL-D/1U and PVL-D/SCSI), which support the latest Intel dual-core, hyper-threaded Xeon DP (Paxville) processor with a two-processor platform to deliver the power of eight CPU threads.
The PVL-D Series support a dual-Xeon DP dual-core processor platform with Hyper-Threading Technology, independent 2M L2 cache for each CPU core, 800MHz system bus, and up to 16GB of memory.
Also onboard is 1 x PCI Express x8 slot, 2 x PCI 32bit/33MHz slots, 4 x PCI-X 64bit/133 slots, 1 x SODIMM ZCR RAID 5 socket (PVL-D/1U only), dual-PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet.
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