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Silicon Laboratories Announces AeroFONE Si4905 Single-Chip Cell Phone

S3 Graphics Unveils Chrome S20 Series PCI Express Graphics Processors

Albatron's PX915P-2V Jumps On 64-bit Celeron Technology

Silicon Laboratories Announces AeroFONE Si4905 Single-Chip Cell Phone

Silicon Laboratories announced the AeroFONE Si4905 single-chip phone, which it claimed to be the industry's most integrated, highest performance, easiest-to-use solution for GSM/GPRS handsets. The AeroFONE Si4905 is based on patent pending innovations enabling the first single-chip phone to integrate the power management unit (PMU), battery interface and charging circuitry, digital baseband, analog baseband and a quad-band RF transceiver in a single monolithic CMOS IC.

Compared to other integrated baseband solutions on the market, the Si4905 single-chip phone reduces component count by 75 percent, board area by 65 percent and manufacturing costs by up to 50 percent. The Si4905 has an integrated digitally-controlled crystal oscillator, which eliminates the need for external VC-TCXO modules used in competing solutions. The Si4905 also integrates 2 Mbits of on-chip SRAM, which enables handset manufacturers to build GSM voice-centric cell phones without the need for external SRAM. The AeroFONE single-chip phone also integrates an ARM9 family-based MCU.

The Si4905 is available in a standard 12x12 mm, lead-free, RoHS-compliant plastic ball grid array (PBGA) package. Pricing is dependent on volume. The Si4905 is sampling now, with mass production scheduled for Q2 2006. An evaluation platform is available for $5,000.

Source: Silicon Laboratories

S3 Graphics Unveils Chrome S20 Series PCI Express Graphics Processors

S3 Graphics launched its 4th generation DirectX 9.0 GPUs, the Chrome 20 series that combines the integration of Fujitsu Limited's 90nm process technology with S3 Graphics' advanced Power Wise architecture.

The Chrome S20 series further enhances S3Graphics' Hi-Def visual experience, complementing the native 1080p HDTV support and widescreen display capability with Chromotion 3.0, the next generation programmable video engine boasting hardware accelerated motion compensation and WMV-HD support.

The first two members of the Chrome S20 Series desktop GPU family are:

  • Chrome S27 - 700MHz core clock, DDR3 support, dual graphics implementations with the upcoming MultiChrome technology.
  • Chrome S25 - 8 pixel shaders, 32-bit to 128-bit DDR2 memory interface, AcceleRAM technology to boost the performance of smaller memory configurations.

MultiChrome is an open-platform and cable free multi-graphics acceleration technology that will enable two or more Chrome S27 cards or GPUs to operate together on any motherboard with suitable PCIe slots.

AcceleRAM allows Chrome S25 to operate with 32-bit or 64-bit wide memory interfaces with local frame buffers consisting of just one or more memory chips.

The complete range of Chrome 20 series is ROHS compliant, using lead-free wafer bumping, substrate construction, final packaging and assembly.

Source: S3 Graphics

Albatron's PX915P-2V Jumps On 64-bit Celeron Technology

Albatron announced its PX915P-2V mainboard which uses Intel Celeron D series (LGA 775 socket) CPUs which support the EM64T technology. With the advent of Intel 64-bit technology, the world of 64-bit is now complete along with AMD 64-bit CPUs and Microsoft's recent 64-bit operating systems. As for now, 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 that prevents malicious attacks of memory space causing buffer-overflows.

This board uses the Intel i915P/ICH6 chipsets and contains two PCI-E slots providing dual graphics functionality. The PX915P-2V also includes a Realtec 10/100 Mbps integrated LAN chipset and supports 6ch 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 used to tweak the system and optimise performance. ABS is Albatron 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

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