Originally planned for early 2006, Intel's first dual-core, hyper-threaded processors for servers with four or more processors started shipping yesterday.
The Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® processor 7000 sequence, formerly codenamed "Paxville MP," is shipping with speeds up to 3.0 GHz and a 667 MHz dual, independent system bus. The new processors will fit into existing platforms using the Intel E8500 chipset that was architected for dual-core and shipped earlier this year. In early 2006, Intel plans to ship new versions of the chipset and processorthat will support an 800 MHz dual, independent system bus.
The platform shipping includes DDR2 Memory, PCI Express, advanced reliability features, and hardware-enabled support for Intel Virtualization Technology designed to provide hardware support within the processor for virtualized server applications, providing enhanced functionality and workload support. Intel is working with the industry to turn on this capability via a BIOS switch in early 2006.
Servers based on the Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 7000 sequence are expected to be available from system manufacturers worldwide beginning yesterday and into next year including Dell, Egenera, Fujitsu Siemens, Gateway, HP, HCL Infosystems Ltd, IBM, Kraftway, Lang chao, Lenovo, Maxdata, NEC, Samsung, Supermicro, Unisys and Wipro Infotech.
Looking ahead, Intel disclosed additional details on future Intel Xeon processor MP-based platforms. In the second half of 2006, Intel plans to deliver "Tulsa," a 65nm dual-core Intel Xeon processor MP with a larger 16 MB shared L3 cache for servers with four or more processors. Tulsa will fit into the same systems as the dual-core Intel Xeon processor 7000 sequence introduced today and begin shipping to customers for evaluation by the end of 2005.
And in October, Intel updated its Intel Xeon processor MP roadmap with the addition of a new platform in 2007, codenamed "Caneland," that is planned to include a quad-core processor, codenamed "Tigerton," based on Intel's next generation micro-architecture. The Caneland platform is designed to deliver higher performance through a high-speed interconnect, an interface connecting each processor directly to the chipset. In addition, the Caneland platform is expected to implement an upcoming memory technology, called Fully-Buffered Dual In-Line Memory Module (FB-DIMM) and will include four memory interconnects that take advantage of the increased capabilities of the technology.
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Imagination Technologies reported that Texas Instruments' OMAP2420 application processor has been selected to power NTT DoCoMo's new 3G FOMA 902i series handsets. TI's OMAP2420 incorporates the PowerVR MBX 2D/3D graphics core and fully programmable VGP vertex processor core licensed by TI from Imagination Technologies.
TI's OMAP2420 stand-alone application processor is the first device in the marketplace to leverage the ARM11 micro-architecture and is TI's second-generation of OMAP processors to use 90 nm technology. The OMAP2420 chip includes an ARM1136JS-F core, a TI programmable audio DSP, a TI imaging and video accelerator (IVA), an Imagination Technologies PowerVR MBX 2D/3D graphics accelerator offering up to 2 million polygons per second, integrated camera interface, M-Shield hardware-based security solution and more.
TI's OMAP2420 has been selected for the new NTT DoCoMo FOMA 902i series 3G handsets to provide advanced multimedia capabilities. Expected to launch later this year, these handsets will represent the first OMAP 2-based mobile devices on the market. Additional OMAP 2-based FOMA phones are expected to follow.
Source: Imagination Technologies
TI announces another addition to its PCI Express product line with the availability of a new PCI Express-to-PCI Bridge. The XIO2000 allows bridging between legacy PCI devices to the latest PCI Express applications used in PCs, docking stations, ExpressCard, split-chassis systems, and test and measurement instruments.
TI's new bridge device (XIO2000) is fully compliant to the PCI Express to PCI/PCI-X Bridge Specification, Revision 1.0 and also supports longer trace lengths, allowing designers to support longer distance PCI Express endpoint devices without the loss of signal strength.
The device has a x1 lane upstream port connection to PCI Express root complex, providing support for up to six x1 PCI endpoint devices on its downstream side. By using TI's XIO2000 customers are now able to expand one x1 PCI Express lane to support up to six devices.
The XIO2000 PCI Express-to-PCI Bridge is available now from TI and its authorized distributors. The XIO2000 comes in a 201-pin Microstar BGATM package. Suggested resale pricing in quantities of 1,000 starts at $14.95.
Fujitsu will manufacture the "Chrome" graphics processor family, S3 Graphics' newest and most advanced 3D graphics processors using its 90nm process technology, which yields silicon that runs both 25% faster and with power savings of at least 25% compared to chips made with conventional 90nm processes. In benchmark tests, the new silicon produced by Fujitsu showed up to 75% performance improvement over earlier S3 Graphics generations.
Fujitsu will manufacture the S3 Graphics chips at its Mie facility in Japan. S3 Graphics is planning to continue its foundry relationship with Fujitsu for products beyond the 90nm generation.
Fujitsu Computer Systems expanded its consumer portfolio, announcing four new LifeBook desktop replacement notebooks featuring Microsoft Windows Media Center Edition 2005.
LifeBook N6220 notebook features an integrated sub-woofer and stereo speakers along with an Intel Pentium M processor and a 17-inch wide Crystal View display. An optional built-in TV tuner and Media Center remote control are also offered. A dual hard drive option comes in handy for storing pictures, TV programs and family movies. The LifeBook N6220 notebook also has ATI Mobility Radeon X600 graphics card with 256 MB of HyperMemory and Intel PRO/Wireless 2915ABG network connection. The LifeBook N6220 notebook is priced starting at $1,649 including a $100 rebate for a base configuration.
The LifeBook N6110 notebook, priced starting at $1,299 including a $100 rebate for a base configuration offers an array of multimedia features and a large 17-inch wide Crystal View display. Featuring a Dual-Layer Multi-Format DVD Writer for reading and writing multiple CD and DVD formats, the LifeBook N6110 notebook can write up to 8.5 GB. Optional external TV tuner and remote control are available for use with the Media Center Edition 2005 operating system. The LifeBook N6110 notebook also offers the Intel PRO/Wireless 2915ABG network connection.
The LifeBook N3520 notebook has a 15.4-inch Fujitsu Color Enhanced Crystal View display, an optional built-in TV tuner and remote control with Media Center Edition. It also features an Intel Pentium M Processor and ATI Mobility Radeon X300 graphics with 128 MB HyperMemory technology. Priced starting at $1,449 for a base configuration, the LifeBook N3520 notebook also features the Intel PRO/Wireless 2915ABG network connection.
LifeBook N3410 notebook, which replaces the LifeBook C2340 model, is equipped with a 15.4-inch Fujitsu Crystal View display. Priced starting at $1,199 including a $50 rebate for a base configuration, it features a powerful Intel Pentium M Processor and Intel GMA 900 graphics with shared memory and a Dual-Layer Multi-Format DVD Writer. External TV tuner and remote control options are available for use with Media Center Edition 2005. Connecting to the Internet is provided by integrated Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection (802.11b/g).
In addition to Media Center Edition 2005, the four LifeBook N Series notebooks are available with Microsoft Windows XP Home or Professional Edition. All models also offer a dedicated Express Card slot and dedicated slots for MemoryStick and SD cards.
The LifeBook N Series notebooks are available through the Fujitsu direct sales force, website, channel partners and select retail outlets. Users can choose from a recommended configuration or they can customize their system using the Fujitsu Configure To Order (CTO) program.
Source: Fujitsu Computer Systems
Atmel Corporation announced its DVD Single Chip (SoC) - AT78C4050 - based on 0.13 micron technology and capable of supporting Blue Laser and Red Laser technologies.
Atmel offers complete development platforms for Blue Laser and Red Laser OPU (Optical Pick-Up Unit), enabling customers to start system development with their own preferred OPU hardware. Development platforms include the Atmel AT78C4050 and AT78C3007 Motor Driver, Flash memory, Laser Diode Driver Integrated Circuit (LDDIC) and Photo Detector Integrated Circuit (PDIC). Complete reference design platforms including firmware and board support packages provide a complete tool for accelerated customer development.
Also available is an optional Serial ATA IC, which leverages the company's transceiver (PHY) technology. This product provides DVD-storage OEMs for developing mainstream PC DVD-storage, high-performance Set-Top Boxes and Recorder subsystems.
The AT78C4050 is available now at $8.00 in 100 unit quantities. A hardware and firmware reference design is also available.
Source: Atmel Corporation
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