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Foxconn Announces 975X7AA-8EKRS2 Motherboard

Imagination Technologies Launches PowerVR MSVDX HD Video Core

LaCie's SAFE With Biometric Control Access

The Emerald Cluster Of AMD

Foxconn Announces 975X7AA-8EKRS2 Motherboard

Foxconn released its first motherboard on Intel 975X chipset. The novelty also features Foxconn's proprietary "FOX-1" central control system. It monitors system status, including system frequencies, voltages and temperatures, and can automatically tweak them.


  • Supports Intel Pentium processor Extreme Edition, Pentium D, and future Presler and Cedar Mill processors
  • Intel 975X + ICH7R chipset
  • 1066/800MHz FSB
  • Dual channel DDR2-533/667/800 and more; max 8GB
  • 2 x ATA133 + 6 x Serial ATA II
  • 2 x PCIe x16 (signaling at x8), 2 x PCIe x1, 2 x PCI
  • Dual Marvell 8055 Gigabit (10/100/1000) Ethernet (PCIe)
  • Realtek ALC882H, 7.1 channel (HDA)
  • 8 x USB 2.0

The Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2 will be distributed worldwide and is expected to be available in December.

Source: Foxconn

Imagination Technologies Launches PowerVR MSVDX HD Video Core

Imagination Technologies today announced the immediate availability of the PowerVR MSVDX HD-video core. PowerVR MSVDX is a multi-standard high definition video decoder core enabling HD-DVD / Blu-ray decode and HD-Broadcast reception.

PowerVR MSVDX supports up to 1080i/1080p and 2048x1024 resolutions and may be configured to support either single streams or up to four multiple streams. The decoder supports the wide range of decode standards including: H.264 (to High Profile), WMV9 (to Main profile), VC1 (to Advanced profile), MPEG-2 (Main profile), MPEG-4 (to Advanced simple profile), DivX (Certified), and JPEG. MSVDX can be configured with any subset of these standards.

According to the press release, PowerVR MSVDX is also suitable for handheld video devices, such as personal media players, where its advanced block and register level clock gating implementation and small silicon area ensure low power consumption. The design has been optimised to further reduce power by enhancing the ratio of the design that can benefit from register level clock gating.

Advanced error recovery is enabled with logic to increase resilience to errors on reception of a corrupted bit-stream. A micro-controller within the stream manager enables high-level error recovery while low-level activity monitors detect and lock up error conditions.

The PowerVR MSVDX design is available as a soft IP macro coded in VHDL with full documentation, Synopsys Design Compiler scripts and VHDL simulation test benches. The core is synthesizable at a minimum of 150 MHz in 0.13 um process.

Source: Imagination Technologies

LaCie's SAFE With Biometric Control Access

LaCie introduced a new version of its biometric access hard drive: SAFE Mobile Hard Drive with new DES or Triple-DES hardware encryption in 40GB, 80GB and 120GB capacity. Drives are 4200rpm (120GB) or 5400rpm (40GB/80GB) with 8MB cache. The new encrypted model allows people to choose between different levels of security depending on their needs. Fingerprint authentication grants access to the drive. Compact SAFE drive casing is small enough to fit in a shirt pocket or bag.

As said above, LaCie SAFE HDD employ hardware encryption in addition to biometric access technology. Data stored on the drive can be encoded in either DES (56-bits key) or Triple-DES (128-bits key) mode. The encryption key depends on a 24-character pass phrase stored onboard. Up to five different users can be registered with customized access privileges such as read/write or read-only.

Non-encrypted versions, called LaCie SAFE Mobile Hard Drives, are also available for people who simply need protection of their professional information at work, to safeguard files while on the road, and for parental control at home. These drives are accessed by fingerprint authentication but do not include hardware encryption.

LaCie SAFE Mobile Hard Drives with Encryption will be available immediately for pre-order via the LaCie Store and through LaCie's specialized dealer network in December 2005 at the suggested retail prices below:

  • 40GB model - $219.99
  • 80GB model - $269.99
  • 120GB model - $399.99

Source: LaCie

The Emerald Cluster Of AMD

AMD unveiled its Emerald cluster installation, its newest and largest system, as well as its first publicly-available cluster based entirely on Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors with Direct Connect Architecture. AMD is offering use of Emerald to industry partners, developers, customers and end users as a cutting-edge, multi-core test and development platform.

This cluster is comprised of 144 Rackable Systems nodes, each containing two Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors model 275, for a total of 576 cores. The Emerald cluster has 1,152 GB RAM, and includes Cyclades TS3000 Console Server; a Force10 Networks E300 Series Switch; Iwill DK8-HTX motherboards; Panasas ActiveScale Storage Cluster; Pathscale InfiniPath HTX InfiniBand Adapters; Rackable Systems servers leveraging DC Power technology; Samsung Electronics 2GB DDR400 memory modules based on single-rank 1Gbit technology; and a Silverstorm 9120 InfiniBand Switch.

Source: AMD

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