At CeBIT 2006 SiS introduced a number of its products. Let's start with memory modules - from DDR400 to DDR2-800, as well as SO-DIMM.
SiS is trying to enter the premium memory market segment, but for now aims at positions slightly below Kingston. Well, let's wait and see.
In its traditional field of motherboard chipsets SiS introduced a lot of solutions. Let's take a more detailed look at them.
A prototype on SiS 756 + SiS 966 chipset:
SiS 756 chipset:
A prototype on SiS 761GX + SiS 966 chipset:
SiS 761GX chipset:
A prototype on SiS 770 + SiS 966 chipset:
SiS 770 chipset:
A prototype on SiS 649FX + SiS 966 chipset:
SiS 649FX chipset:
A prototype on SiS 656FX + SiS 966 chipset:
SiS 656FX chipset:
The SiS 966 Southbridge supporting MuTIOL (connects to Northbridge via PCIe x1) features:
The chipsets will be interesting in the budget segment, but, of course, their success will depend on motherboard vendors support.
SiS hasn't forgotten to remind that their Southbridge is used in Microsoft Xbox 360:
Developed specially for the console, it provides:
At CeBIT 2006 GeIL introduced its vision of DDR2 evolutions - the EVO 1 series.
The idea of novelty is that memory modules are powered by an external source. This enables to adjust voltage by software means to improve stability at overclocked rates. As a result enthusiasts get another tool for increasing the general performance of their systems.
And for the mainstream market GeIL offers new DDR2-667 dual channel kits.
At CeBIT 2006 Tagan showcases new PSUs of very high capacity of 900W and 1,100W for very power consuming systems like NVIDIA Quad SLI based ones.
Below you can see photos of Tagan products (the special case should, as we guess, stress the value of product).
According to preliminary information, a 900W PSU will cost $129, while a 1100W one - $159. The products will be distributed in both kits, including a PSU, motherboard and/or graphics card, and separately.
Silicon Integrated Systems today announced that SiS662 chipset will be introduced to the world at the first time at CeBIT 2006. SiS662 Northbridge chipset has been introduced to the market in the first quarter of 2006 as a fully-supported integrated chipset for Intel P4 platform which supports dual-core processor, 64-bit operating systems, DDR2-667 memory, PCI Express interface, and Mirage 1 graphic engine. Combined with SiS307 video bridge chip presents better quality on DVD or HDTV by simply plugging in LCD monitor or CRT monitor.
SiS966L is SiS latest Southbridge chip which is combined with SiS662 Northbridge chip to support PCI Express x1 interface, and it also has 2 Serial ATA ports. Moreover, SiS966L is embedded with 8 USB2.0 ports and supports 8-channel sound, V.90 data transmission and Gigabit Ethernet. SiS966L Southbridge chip also supports Multiple RAID disk array modes in RAID0, RAID1, and JBOD.
Source: Silicon Integrated Systems
Sapphire Technology has just introduced a new Blizzard liquid-cooled model in its Radeon X1900 series. Taking up a single PCI slot in addition to the PCI-Express slot occupied by the graphics card, the new Blizzard cooler is a sealed liquid cooling solution. Maximum efficiency is achieved by the use of a Pure Copper Water Block on the GPU together with a Pure Copper Radiator in the Blizzard cooler. Coolant is circulated with a 12V mini pump. Air is extracted from the case by an integral transparent blue LED fan, passed through the radiator and vented out of the case at the rear mounting bracket. Two speeds of operation are available (18dBA at 2000RPM, 26dBA at 2500RPM). Industrial-grade rubber tube links the GPU block with the rest of the system to minimize liquid evaporation and is fitted with stress relief springs supporting the tubes against damage or distortion at their connecting points. The Blizzard cooler was developed in conjunction with Thermaltake and is exclusive to Sapphire.
The new Blizzard RADEON X1900XTX is the top performer in the RADEON X1900 series from Sapphire. This cooling system will allow enthusiasts to enhance performance well above the standard speeds of 650MHz engine clock and 775MHz (1550MHz effective) memory clock frequency using the Sapphire exclusive TRIXX overclocking tool supplied.
Features of the X1900 series architecture include 48 pixel shader processors and 8 vertex shader processors together with a 512-bit ring-bus based internal memory controller. The novelty naturally supports 64-bit floating point High Dynamic Range rendering (HDR), blending capability and a new higher quality anisotropic filtering combined with up to 12x Anti-Aliasing when used in Crossfire mode. Two DVI outputs are provided and Dual-link DVI is supported with resolutions up to 2650 x 1600. The architecture also supports Avivo and is HDTV-ready.
This one is from CeBIT 2006
Retail versions of these new Sapphire graphics accelerators are shipping with Sapphire Select. Each card is bundled with a DVD containing a selection of applications and games from several software houses. The end customer can play each of the games for a one hour trial before choosing which titles he or she wants to keep and using the activation codes for those titles.
Source: Sapphire Technology
Tul today introduced the PowerColor X1800 GTO that operates as a single card or can be expanded to a CrossFire platform without the need for a master card or extra cables.
PowerColor X1800 GTO comes with 12 pixel shader processors and 8 vertex shader processors. It clocks in at 500MHz, with 1GHz memory clock, 256MB of GDDR3 and 256-bit memory interface. Interfaces include Dual-DVI/VIVO/HDTV, TV, S-Video.
The PowerColor X1800 GTO will be available in stores on March 23, 2006.
MSI made another announcement and introduced its new 1U entry server solutions. MSI PM-102A2 rack mount server supports Intel Pentium M / Celeron M mobile processors. Two DIMM slots are available for up to 4GB of Dual Channel DDR2-667 memory. Also, two GbE LAN ports are available. Both PCI-E x8 and x4 slots are provided. PM-102A2 rack mount server is equipped with two external hotswap Serial ATA hard disk drives.
MSI also offers 945GT Speedster-A4R server board with extra one IDE and four SATA storage interfaces and more PCI-E expansion slots to meet different requirements and applications.
MSI unveiled its latest NX7600GT and NX7900GTX/GT series of graphics cards based on 7600GT and NX7900GTX/GT GPUs, respectively.
Both series incorporate 256-bit memory interface and fast GDDR3 memory. Also, the series support CineFX 4.0 engine, Intellisample 4.0 technology, Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 and OpenGL 2.0. These newest cards also have support for 64-bit floating point texture filtering for high dynamic-range (HDR) lighting effects. In addition, the series include NVIDIA PureVideo technology which accelerates MPEG-2/DVD as well as the new Microsoft Windows Media HD Video (WMV HD) standard, driver support for HDTV resolutions (up to 2560 x 1600), and 3:2 pull-down correction for watching DVD movies.
Both series are also equipped with the Dynamic Overclocking Technology Express enabling overclocking, cooling and de-noise performance.
Panasonic announced that it is developing a 4GB SDHC (SD High-Capacity) Memory Card based on the new SD Specifications Version 2.00. The new specifications were established to meet the growing demand for HD (High Definition) video and high-resolution image recording used in many SD enabled devices. The 4GB SDHC Memory Card is scheduled for global release in the summer of 2006.
With the new specifications, it became possible to develop SDHC Memory Card with capacities up to 32GB. In addition, the new Specifications Version 2.00 specified to guarantee the minimum sustained data transfer speeds by establishing card performance classes (Class 2: 2 MB/s; Class 4: 4 MB/s; Class 6: 6 MB/s) for recording the streaming MPEG data. The previous versions of the specification did not provide such common standards for sustained data transfer speeds to be shared by all manufacturers. The new approach allows users to select card performance based on the needs of particular applications such as HD video and other MPEG applications with high data storage capacities. The new specifications continue to offer reliable copyright protection function, one of the SD Memory Card's most distinguishing features making it an ideal solution for digital content distribution.
At CeBIT 2006 ASUS introduced, among other things, several motherboards on new chipsets.
P5B Deluxe on Intel Broadwater: Intel Conroe CPU ready and DDR2-800 enabled, the P5B Deluxe is designed with ASUS 8-Phase Power and silent features. The P5B Deluxe features Intel P965 chipset and ADI Ad1988B SoundMax high-definition audio.
M2N32-SLI Deluxe for AMD AM2 socket: stability even with extreme overclocking.
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