ABIT released its latest SLI motherboard, the ABIT AN8 32X. It supports the AMD Socket 939 Athlon 64X2/64FX/64 processors with a 2GHz system bus using Hyper Transport technology and can implement AMD CPU Cool'n'Quiet Technology.
With a full dual X16 PCI-E slots, support for the latest AMD Athlon 64X2/64FX/64 CPUs, the Guru Clock peripheral, and a customized Silent OTES cooling solution, the ABIT AN8 32X is designed for multimedia enthusiasts.
Memory is supported by four 184-pin DIMM sockets with the usual Dual channel DDR400 non-ECC un-buffered memory capability. Maximum memory capacity is up to 8GB. Onboard features are four ports SATA 3Gbp/s RAID 0/1/0+1 controller from the South bridge and two SATA 3Gbp/s RAID 0/1 ports from the Sil 3132 controller. Additional features include NVIDIA Gigabit Ethernet with NVIDIA Firewall ActiveArmor, Firewire IEEE 1394 support at 400 Mb/s transfer rate, AC'97 7.1-channel audio surround sound and auto Jack sensing and Optical S/P DIF In/Out.
The proprietary features are the ABIT Engineered technologies such as µGuru BIOS tweaks (to adjust your peripherals and software), OC Guru (allows instant on the fly overclocking), AutoDrive function (allows previous OC settings to be saved per application), ABIT µGuru EQ (H/W Monitoring, Voltage & Temp. & Fan speeds), FAN EQ (maintains fan Speed Control W/O phase Limits).
Kingston Technology Company announced the release of ValueRAM DDR2 667-MHz (PC2-6400) memory modules to support next generation notebook and mobile systems. The new Kingston ValueRAM 667-MHz DDR2 unbuffered SO-DIMM modules are available in 256-MB, 512-MB and 1-GB capacities, shipping immediately in limited quantity.
Speaking of prices (US), 256MB 667MHz Unbuffered DDR2 SODIMM (KVR667D2S5/256) will cost $58, 512MB 667MHz Unbuffered DDR2 SODIMM (KVR667D2S5/512) will cost $87, and 1GB 667MHz Unbuffered DDR2 SODIMM (KVR667D2S5/1G) will cost $165.
NEC LCD Technologies announced the development of two new, high-end 21.3-inch (54cm diagonal), QXGA TFT LCD modules for professional use.
The new 21.3-inch LCD, an upgraded model of NL160120BC27-10 that was commercialized in March this year, achieves the highest level of color definition in the range of color TFT LCDs supporting Adobe RGB. Its other features include an ultra-wide color gamut of 109% for Adobe(R) RGB, realized by a 3 color LED back-light system; high luminance of 250cd/m2 and a high contrast ratio of 800:1 enabled by a newly designed LCD panel based on NEC LCD Technologies' own SA-SFT technology, despite a density 1.6 times greater than that of NL160120BC27-10; simultaneous display of 1073 million colors out of a total of 68.5 billion owing to a 10bit display driver and a 12bit look up table (LUT).
21.3-Inch QXGA TFT Color LCD for Graphics Use
The second model (for medical use) is an upgraded model of NL160120AC27-05 that was launched in April this year, this LCD module achieves the highest brightness level in the UXGA and above class of color TFT LCDs. Boasting sufficient brightness for radiogram interpretation utilization, it can be used for a combination of applications such as image diagnosis requiring high-brightness and smooth grey-scale and viewing of picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) that require a color screen to display multiple images from a range of medical tests and instruments such as endoscopes, ophthalmoscopy and ultrasound equipment. Its other features include: high luminance of 500cd/m2 and a high contrast ratio of 800:1 realized by a combination of a high-intensity, direct, back-light system and a newly designed LCD panel based on SA-SFT technology, despite a density 1.6 times greater than that of NL160120AC27-05; simultaneous display of 1073 million colors out of a total of 68.5 billion and 1024 gray-scales (more than that of a monochrome monitor with an 8bit source driver IC) out of a total of 4093 enabled by a 10bit source driver IC and a 12bit look up table (LUT).
21.3-Inch QXGA TFT Color LCD for Medical Use
Both new models will be displayed at FPD International 2005 being held in Pacifico Yokohama, Japan, from October 19 - 21.
Source: NEC LCD Technologies
GIGABYTE announced Silent-Pipe II technology that generates natural airflow to provide more efficient cooling without the use of a heat sink or fan. This is achieved through a proprietary design that draws cool air in through a new proprietary front-flow thermal module to remove heat from the heat sink on the VGA card.
GIGABYTE Silent-Pipe II features:
GIGABYTE Silent-Pipe II technology will be available on a range of GIGABYTE VGA cards that include the GV-NX66T128D-SP with GDDR3 memory and the GV-NX66T256DE with DDR2 memory.
ASUS, a leading provider of graphics solutions, today introduced the EAX1300PRO/TD/256M graphics card on the 90nm ATI Radeon X1300PRO GPU.
Besides the GPU technologies, the card supports a number of proprietary innovations as well: ASUS GameReplay, GameLiveShow, GameFace Messenger, Splendid Video Intelligence Technology.
The EAX1300PRO/TD/256M is now available worldwide.
At a ceremony attended by top German government officials and leaders from across the semiconductor industry, AMD today announced the grand opening of its 300 millimeter Fab 36 in Dresden, Germany.
With the production ramp in Fab 36 progressing on schedule, the company intends to make 90nm production shipments in the first quarter of 2006 and begin 65nm production by the end of 2006. AMD has set a goal to be substantially converted to 65nm in Fab 36 by mid-2007.
AMD plans to add production output on a steady year-to-year basis, giving it the potential to ship as many as 100 million units in 2008, while also keeping fab utilization at consistently high levels.
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