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S3 Graphics Chrome S27 Graphics Cards Now Available

Atmel Announces WiMAX Specific Transceiver

NEC Develops Next-Gen UWB Wireless Transceiver Technology

Fujitsu Ships LifeBook N6410 Notebook Based On Intel Core Duo

Supermicro Releases Low Voltage Dual-Core Xeon Server Solution

Fujitsu Siemens Launches Pocket LOOX C550

S3 Graphics Chrome S27 Graphics Cards Now Available

S3 Graphics today announced its PCI Express Chrome S27 graphics cards are now available for immediate purchase through Newegg.com.

Featured on Newegg.com will be two models of Chrome S27 graphics cards; the first featuring 128MB DDR3 memory for US$98, and a second with 256MB DDR3 memory for US$128. Cards feature core clock of 702Mhz, a robust DirectX 9.0 implementation featuring 4 vertex and 8 pixel processors, Hi-Def visual experience, and good performance-per-watt operation.

The S3 Graphics Chrome S27 cards feature a range of connectivity options including support for DVI and VGA display interfaces along with Macrovision-certified TV-out. This connectivity is further enhanced through native 1080p HDTV support and widescreen display capability with Chromotion 3.0, the next generation programmable video engine with hardware accelerated motion compensation and WMV-HD support. The S3 Graphics Chrome S27 also features an efficient and power smart design, coupled with Fujitsu's advanced 90nm process technology.

Source: S3 Graphics

Atmel Announces WiMAX Specific Transceiver

Atmel announced the first of its MAX-Link series of transceivers designed specifically for WiMAX applications. The AT86RF535A is a single-chip radio operating at 3.5 GHz with multiple bandwidth options. Additional members of the MAX-Link family are being developed to cover other WiMAX frequency bands and will interface with multiple baseband vendors. These devices combine a low-noise amplifier, power amplifier driver, receive/transmit mixer, receive/transmit filters, voltage controlled oscillator, synthesizer, receive gain control, and transmit power control, all completely digitally governed.

WiMAX is a standards-based technology based on IEEE 802.16. One of the primary applications of this technology is to enable the delivery of last-mile wireless broadband access as an alternative to cable and DSL. WiMAX will provide fixed, nomadic, portable and, eventually, mobile wireless broadband connectivity without the need for direct line-of-sight with a base station. In a typical cell radius of three to ten kilometers, WiMAX Forum Certified systems can be expected to deliver capacity of up to 40 Mbps per channel for fixed and portable access applications. This is enough bandwidth to simultaneously support hundreds of businesses with T-1 speed connectivity and thousands of residences with DSL speed connectivity. Mobile network deployments are expected to provide up to 15 Mbps of capacity within a typical cell radius of up to three kilometers. It is expected that WiMAX technology will be incorporated in notebook computers and PDAs by 2007, allowing for urban areas and cities to become "metro zones" for portable, outdoor broadband wireless access.

The AT86RF535A is available now to select customers. Production volumes will be available early in the second quarter of 2006. Pricing is $18.00 in quantities of 10,000. Modules incorporating the AT86RF535A transceiver, baseband, and MAC are being added to the roadmap.

Source: Atmel

NEC Develops Next-Gen UWB Wireless Transceiver Technology

NEC today announced that it has succeeded in developing the world's first reliable signal creation and processing technology in the wireless 3- to 9-gigahertz wide bandwidth range, enabling high-speed wireless transmission of data from computers and digital home appliances.

Features of the ultra wideband (UWB) transceiver technology:

  • Development of ultra-wide range compensation circuit technology, which is capable of stable signal creation and processing across a wide spectrum of frequencies (3-9 GHz)
  • Development of ultra low-power supply voltage amplifier technology
  • Development of new technology to compensate for characteristic variation in transistors that use low power
  • Use of a 90-nanometer (nm) advanced CMOS process for high-frequency operation (note 1*)

To realize the wide spectrum of frequencies, NEC developed an oscillator that can generate signals in the 3-9 GHz range. In addition, an ultra-high-speed gain amplifier and band-pass filter have been added into the oscillator to change the gain in accordance with fast band hopping, achieving a flat characteristic output in the 3-9 GHz band. Low-supply voltage amp requires especially high signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio. This new development introduces a new amp that achieves high performance for both large amplitude and noise rejection simultaneously. To date, variation-compensation circuits have had a voltage-adjustment circuit to compensate for distortion in each individual circuit. This new development instead places one voltage-adjustment circuit on a chip and uses a bus to distribute compensation voltages, drastically reducing the amount of power needed for variation correction.

Source: NEC

Fujitsu Ships LifeBook N6410 Notebook Based On Intel Core Duo

Fujitsu Computer Systems announced the availability of the LifeBook N6410 notebook, a Media Center PC that combines Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 with the Intel Core Duo mobile technology.

Equipped with the new power-efficient dual-core Intel Core Duo processor, the LifeBook N6410 notebook, flagship of the Fujitsu consumer portfolio, features a 17" wide glossy Color-Enhanced Crystal View WXGA+ TFT LCD display. Graphics are delivered by the ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 graphics controller with 256MB HyperMemory.

The model features up to 2 GB of dual-channel DDR2 667MHz memory. Storage features include Serial ATA support and dual hard drives with a maximum storage capacity of 320 GB. The LifeBook N6410 notebook's built-in stereo sound system includes an integrated subwoofer.

The novelty is equipped with built-in media ports, including a dedicated Memory Stick/SD/xD Picture card slot, and dedicated ExpressCard slot. With the addition of a media panel, located above the keyboard, playing digital media is just a button push away. An optional built-in TV tuner and remote control are also offered for the Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 operating system.

The LifeBook N6410 notebook also features the Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG network connection.

The LifeBook N6410 notebook, with pricing starting at $1,649 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

Supermicro Releases Low Voltage Dual-Core Xeon Server Solution

Supermicro announces the availability of its new low-voltage Intel Xeon processor based Server solutions. The X6DLP-4G2/ X6DLP-EG2 serverboards are multi-core enterprise platforms that support the new dual-core Intel Xeon processors LV, utilizing only a 31W processor power envelope enabling the system to run efficiently on minimal cooling and while generating low heat and low fan noise.

The new dual-core Intel Xeon processor LV, codenamed "Sossaman," is designed on Intel's 65-nanometer technology manufacturing process. The brand new 32-bit dual-core Intel Xeon LV processor with 2MB of L2 cache running at 2 GHz is based on the existing Pentium M architecture and offered power-saving features with Demand Based Switching, and Enhanced Speedstep Technology (EIST).

Power-designed for the new dual-core Intel Xeon Processor LV with 2M L2 cache and power-saving features, the SUPER X6DLP-4G2 and SUPER X6DLP-EG2 serverboards deliver improved multi-tasking performance without high power consumption. Based on the E7520 (Lindenhurst) chipset, both boards leverage up to 16GB of ECC Reg. DDRII memory and support both PCI-X or and PCI-Express cards via universal expansion slots, while the onboard PCI-Express gigabit LAN offers maximum I/O throughput and networking connectivity.

Supermicro also makes available a lineup of compatible chassis products, namely SC811LF-260, SC813MS-300C, and SC512LF-260. These chassis feature exceptionally designed low-speed, energy-saving low noise fans.

Source: Supermicro

Fujitsu Siemens Launches Pocket LOOX C550

Fujitsu Siemens Computers is launching its new Pocket LOOX C550, a compact handheld aimed at upmarket business customers and consumers. Weighing only 160 g, the Pocket LOOX C550 is one of the lightest handhelds on the market. The successor to the Pocket LOOX 700 Series will become available as of mid-March for prices starting at 378 Euro (e.g. in Germany, excl. VAT).

Connectivity options include wireless LAN, IrDA and Bluetooth interfaces. The device works under the Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Premium Edition. The Pocket LOOX Software Suite from Fujitsu Siemens Computers also offers SpeedMenu and CONNECTMOBILITY applications.

Technical highlights:

  • OS: Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Premium Edition
  • Processor: Intel PXA270 520 MHz CPU based on Intel XScale microarchitecture
  • Memory: 128 MB ROM, 64MB RAM
  • Display: 3.5-inch, 480 x 640 pixel, 65,536 colors, transflective TFT touchscreen, LED backlight
  • Battery: 1200 mAh Lithium Ion, exchangeable
  • Standby time: up to 500 hours
  • Weight: approx. 0,160 g
  • Dimensions: 116 x 71 x 14 mm
  • Interfaces: IrDa, USB 1.1 slave, USB 1.1 host, serial (RS232), Bluetooth V1.2 and Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11b/g) integrated; WiFi certified
  • Audio: built-in microphone, speaker, headphone (3.5 mm)
  • Expandability: SD/MM Card slot with I/O functionality

Source: Fujitsu Siemens Computers

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