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Friday, October 21, 2005

Albatron's PX915P-2V Jumps On 64-bit Celeron D Technology Cormac @ 17:58 Discuss this

Albatron Technology today announced its PX915P-2V mainboard which uses Intel Celeron D series (LGA 775 socket) CPUs which support the EM64T technology. The PX915P-2V still is capable of 32-bit application support along with support for 32-bit operating systems. The Intel Celeron D will also include support for the Execute Disable Bit, a feature that prevents malicious attacks of memory space causing buffer overflows. Aside from Celeron D CPUs, this mainboard can also support Pentium 4 CPUs.

The board bases on Intel i915P/ICH6 chipset, supports DDR2-533 memory, features two PCI-E slots providing dual graphics functionality. The PX915P-2V also includes a Realtec 10/100 Mbps integrated LAN chipset and supports 6-channel Audio. There are 4 SATA channels on this board.

The PX915P-2V also supports Albatron proprietary technologies, Dr. Speed and the ABS (Albatron BIOS Security) card. Dr. Speed is an overclocking tool and hardware monitor and ABS is Albatron's BIOS backup system used to provide immediate support and repair after a BIOS corruption or a BIOS virus attack (ABS is an optional accessory).

Source: Albatron Technology

ASUS Announces New 802.11g Wireless Router Cormac @ 16:42 Discuss this

ASUS today announced the availability of the WL-55gE wireless router, which incorporated BroadRange Technology and 125* High-Speed Mode claimed to triple signal coverage range and boost data transfer speed, respectively, of the 802.11g wireless standard.

Another innovation that enlarges coverage area is the ASUS-developed Radio Power Control. Simply enter the user-friendly interface of the WL-500gE and select [Advanced]. Find [Radio Power] and adjust output power according to different environments for enhanced signal sensitivity and larger coverage area.

Another feature is Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) that is called to enhance sharing audio and video files. The Wi-Fi Alliance defined WMM as a profile of the upcoming IEEE 802.11e Quality of Service extension for 802.11 networks. WMM defines four access categories voice, video, best effort, and background that are used to prioritize traffic to provide enhanced multimedia support.

Speaking of security, there's Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) is the next-generation Wi-Fi security standard, combining the most powerful authentication and encryption techniques, such as the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) to provide government-grade security to protect wireless networks from unauthorized use. WPA2 is designed to be backward compatible with the original WPA standard, and therefore, WPA2 also supports TKIP, AES, WPA, WPA-PSK and 802.1x authenticated WPA networks. WEP, ACL and SPI firewall are also included to make sure information doesn't fall into the wrong hands.

Source: ASUS

VIA Launches K8M890 IGP PCI Express Chipset with DirectX 9 Support Cormac @ 15:05 Discuss this

VIA Technologies today announced the VIA K8M890 core logic chipset featuring the new S3 Graphics DeltaChrome Integrated Graphics Processor core designed to meet the requirements of the upcoming Microsoft Windows Vista operating system.

Enabling support for DirectX 9.0 and Pixel Shader 2.0 for high quality video processing, the VIA K8M890 also boasts the Chromotion Video Display Engine, extensive display support including all HDTV output formats up to 1920x1080p, advanced 2D/3D graphics capabilities, comprehensive de-interlace support and DuoView for presentation capabilities.

Featuring the Ultra V-Link bus, the VIA K8M890 combines with the latest VIA South Bridges, including the recently introduced VIA VT8251, to create a platform with VIA Vinyl HD Audio, additional PCI Express connections, and more storage capabilities.

The VIA K8M890 chipset is available now and boards featuring the chipset will be available from all the world's leading motherboard manufacturers in Q4 of this year.

North BridgeVIA K8M890
Processor SupportAMD Athlon64 & AMD Sempron Single/Dual Processor Support
Front Side Bus1GHz/16-bit (Upstream & Downstream) HyperTransport Bus Link
Graphics / VideoIntegrated S3 Graphics DeltaChrome IGP
-DirectX 9.0 engine
-Pixel Shader 2.0
- Dual pixel pipelines
- 128-bit 2D/3D engine
- 250MHz engine clock speed

Optional external PCI Express x16 interface

South BridgeVIA VT8251
North/South Bridge LinkUltra V-Link (1GHz/s)
AudioVIA Vinyl HD Audio (AC'97 integrated)
VIA Vinyl Gold HD Audio (PCI companion controller)
NetworkVIA Velocity Gigabit Ethernet (PCI companion controller)
VIA integrated 10/100 Fast Ethernet
PCI Devices/Slots6 slots
SATAFour-Channel Serial ATA supports 4 SATA II devices
PATAParallel ATA 133 (up to 4 devices)
USB 2.08 ports
I/O ProtocolsI/O APIC / LPC Super I/0
Power ManagementACPI/APM/PCI/PM

Source: VIA Technologies

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