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First Photographs Of AMD Socket F (Socket 1207)

Matrox Announces DualHead2Go Upgrage

Toshiba And NEC Electronics To Collaborate On 45nm System LSI Process Technologies

Samsung Presents New Slim Phone Line-up

Fujitsu Delivers LifeBook P7120 Notebook

Agilent Technologies Introduces New AF LED Flash For Digital Cameras

Velocity Micro Introduces A Dolby Master Studio PC

First Photographs Of AMD Socket F (Socket 1207)

Dutch Tweakers.net published the first photographs of AMD's Socket F (Socket 1207) included in company's roadmap in May this year. The new socket is designed for multi-way Opteron servers, supports DDR2, and might also offer an integrated PCI Express controller.

Jugding by the fact that socket is separated into two areas, each Opteron core has its own contact group to be treated as a separate processor.

You can also see that pins are now located in the Socket F, resembling Intel's Socket 775, instead of CPU. Speaking of pins, though named Socket 1207, it has 1206 actual contacts (like Socket 479 and its 478 pins).

The aforementioned DDR2 support includes 533, 667 and 800 clock rates to compete with Intel's FB DIMM (planned in Dempsey platform).

Source: Tweakers.net

Matrox Announces DualHead2Go Upgrage

Matrox Graphics unveiled the new Matrox DualHead2Go, the external upgrade capable of adding multiple monitor support to compatible laptop and desktop PCs.

DualHead2Go is a palm-sized box that connects to the existing single monitor output (i.e. external VGA output) of a computer and appears to the system as a single ultra-widescreen monitor with native support for resolutions up to 2560x1024. Using Matrox patent-pending technology, DualHead2Go splits the 2560x1024 Windows desktop into a right and left half, each of which is then sent to two separate analog monitors.

DualHead2Go harnesses the capabilities of the system’s existing GPU or integrated graphics for acceleration of all 2D, 3D and video rendering. There is no image distortion and no scaling to the original raw pixels generated from the existing graphics accelerator. By using DualHead2Go in conjunction with the built-in display of a laptop, users can benefit with up to three displays of independent information at a time.

DualHead2Go is bundled with Matrox PowerDesk SE; a suite of window management software offering users a wide range of operational modes, utilities and display configurations.

DualHead2Go is compatible with a wide range of laptop models. Desktop PC support for DualHead2Go is limited to certain PCs based on integrated graphics. A complete list of compatible systems is posted on the Matrox website and will be regularly updated to reflect new system support. Additionally, a free DualHead2Go online compatibility utility is available allowing users to pre-validate that their system is compatible with DualHead2Go prior to purchase. Visit www.matrox.com/graphics/dualhead2go for complete details.

Available in mid-November 2005, DualHead2Go – Dual Analog Edition, has a suggested retail price of $169USD. This product will be available from authorized resellers worldwide or, in North America and Europe, directly from Matrox at http://shopmatrox.com.

Source: Matrox Graphics

Toshiba And NEC Electronics To Collaborate On 45nm System LSI Process Technologies

Toshiba and NEC Electronics today announced that they have agreed to collaborate on the development of CMOS logic process technology for the 45-nanometer generation.

Under the terms of the agreement, engineers from Toshiba and NEC Electronics will collaborate at Toshiba's Advanced Microelectronics Center in Yokohama on development of fundamental CMOS process technology, which both companies will be able to implement at their manufacturing facilities. The companies will also separately discuss how to handle the development of value-added and differentiated process technologies.

In the leading edge system LSI business, process technologies are shrinking to achieve high-speed, low-power system LSI for application in digital consumer products and mobile communication equipment, and products with 90nm technologies are entering volume production. To achieve further improvements in performance and power consumption, 65nm and even 45nm process technologies are now being developed. Achievement of 45nm system LSI will demand more development resources than ever, and system LSI companies worldwide are promoting collaboration to achieve more efficient development.

In this environment, Toshiba and NEC Electronics will integrate process technologies they have heretofore developed individually, and share newly-developed technologies.

Source: Toshiba

Samsung Presents New Slim Phone Line-up

Samsung introduced 5 new mobile phones for the European market. The novelties offer the latest multimedia features, such as music playback capability, megapixel camera and Bluetooth connectivity. The lineups include two 3G phones (SGH-Z510, SGH-Z540), two slide-up GSM/GPRS phones (SGH-D800, SGH-D820), and a credit-card size mobile phone (SGH-P300).

SGH-Z510 and Z540 are company's slimmest 3G phones at a depth of 14.9mm. Equipped with a 1.3 megapixel camera and 4x digital zoom, the two phones offers a full spectrum of 3G features, including video telephony, real-time video streaming and video messaging.

The SGH-Z510 also has 2.2-inch QVGA screen and can play MP3 files in 3D sound. The SGH-Z540 is a modernistic and exquisitely designed phone for fashion-conscious consumers and working professionals who need 3G features as well as 150MB of memory, Bluetooth and USB.

The SGH-D800 is a 14.9mm slim slide-up phone that features 1.3 megapixel camera, document viewer, Bluetooth, PictBridge, and TV-out. This model is encased in a black and silver metal.

At a depth of 15.2 mm, the SGH-D820 is slim slide-up phone also with a number of multimedia features, including 2.12-inch QVGA LCD screen and 1.3 megapixel camera. With Quad Band capability, the SGH-D820 is functional across all GSM frequency bands. It also supports microSD external memory.

Samsung's SGH-P300 is said to be packed with the most advanced features in an elegant ultra slim package with mere 8.9mm thinness (to me it looks a calculator though). This model is sized like a credit card, yet comes with a 1.3 megapixel camera with flash, music player, and video recording capabilities.

All phones will be launched in Europe in the fourth quarter of this year.

Source: Samsung

Fujitsu Delivers LifeBook P7120 Notebook

Fujitsu Computer Systems announced its new light ultra-portable LifeBook P7120 notebook designed for professionals on the go. Weighing just over three pounds (without optical drive), the LifeBook P7120 notebook is said to be the smallest and lightest full-featured notebook with a media bay for an optical drive or extra battery. Battery life is also extended with the Fujitsu ECO button, a proprietary power-saving mode that with a single press allows users to reduce power consumption for components, including disabling the optical disk drive or reducing the display brightness.

Powered by an Intel Pentium M Processor Ultra Low Voltage 753 (1.20 GHz) and Intel 915GMS chipset, the LifeBook P7120 notebook also features a 10.6" Crystal View XGA TFT, the Trusted Platform Module (TPM), an integrated Intel PRO/Wireless 2915a/b/g Network Connection or Atheros Super AG Wireless LAN, modem, 10/100 Ethernet and Bluetooth wireless option. The LifeBook P7120 notebook offers 3 x USB2.0 ports, an IEEE1394 port, S-Video port and HD audio in and out jacks. Also provided are Secure Digital (SD), Memory Stick PRO and xD card slots and a port replicator.

Hard disk drive shock absorbers reduce vibration to ensure higher data availability and prevent losses. And with an eye toward the future, the LifeBook P7120 notebook is VoIP-ready, with built-in dual array microphones and noise-canceling software.

Finally, the LifeBook P7120 is RoHS (Restriction on Hazardous Substances) compliant which translates to a health-friendly environment.

The LifeBook P7120 notebook, with pricing starting at $1,6993 for a base configuration, is 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

Agilent Technologies Introduces New AF LED Flash For Digital Cameras

Agilent introduced a high-brightness LED specifically designed to provide the illumination required to operate the automatic focus function of a digital still camera under low-light conditions, and at a range up to 3 meters. The Agilent ASMT-FJ10, sized 4.80x4.80mm, provides typical light output of 18 candela (at 20 mA).

The Agilent ASMT-FJ10 is a lead-free SMT (surface mount technology) dome lamp using an optimized untinted, nondiffused lens to provide a high luminous intensity with a narrow 8-degree radiation pattern (half-value angle). When installed in a camera without additional collimating optics these LEDs meet the Class 1 eye-safety requirements of IEC/EN 60825-1 (2001) under all conditions of operation and single fault failure.

The ASMT-FJ10 die uses aluminum indium gallium phosphate (AlInGaP) material technology to provide very high luminous efficiency over a wide range of drive currents, up to a maximum of 50 mA. The molded package is compatible with lead-free IR (infrared) soldering processes.

The Agilent ASMT-FJ10 is supplied on 16 mm tape on 15-inch (380 mm) diameter reels to facilitate pick-and-place manufacturing processes. Samples and production quantities are available now through Agilent's direct sales channel and worldwide distribution partners. Pricing is available upon request.

Source: Agilent

Velocity Micro Introduces A Dolby Master Studio PC

Velocity Micro, the custom PC manufacturer, introduced its new PC to wear the Dolby Master Studio label. The Intel-based ProMagix MSX PC with Dolby Master Studio is available today at www.velocitymicro.com and is said to benefit audiophiles, gamers, digital media enthusiasts, and users with home recording studios by enabling a home theater audio experience from their PCs.

According to the press release, in the ProMagix MSX with Dolby Master Studio users will find the highest quality audio and surround sound as well as seamless integration with home theater sound systems, complete compatibility with playback applications, and more realistic audio for PC gaming. Dolby Master Studio provides up to 7.1 channels of surround sound and the power to author DVDs with multichannel surround sound.

The ProMagix MSX is exclusively Intel-based and will be built on technology such as the Intel Pentium 4 Processor with Intel High Definition Audio as a part of the Intel architecture.

The Velocity Micro ProMagix MSX with Dolby Master Studio is available today at company's website.

Velocity Micro

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