And now a tour around the booth of Gigabyte. On the first photo you can see a machine for extreme environments. It's based on Celeron M and is dust- and waterproof.
And here's a motherboard on Intel G965/ICH8-DH chipset for Viiv platform.
And another Viiv board:
The next exhibit might look like a Quad SLI system, but it's not so. Four PCI-E cards work as x8 each. The x16 mode is available for 2 of them only. This motherboard was developed for connecting a large number of monitors (up to 10 to be exact).
And this is an AM2 motherboard on nForce 570 SLI chipset:
GA-M51-GM-S2 (a budget AM2 model):
Now let's proceed to graphics cards:
GV-RA16T256V, a graphics card based on Radeon X1600XT and utilizing Silent Pipe 2. Has 256MB of GDDR3, 12 pixel pipelines, VIVO.
GV-RX131280D-RH is a budget graphics card:
And this is a GeForce 6600 based card for the BTX form-factor:
And now let's take a look at products somewhat extrinsical for the company. We're talking about PSUs, mobile phones and PDA as well as Mini-ITX systems, Viiv platform, and even antennas.
These photos let us see a new PSU managed over USB - ODIN 480W. So don't be surprised if your PC asks for a PSU driver...
On the photo above is another, more powerful PSU, that looks similar to the previous however - ODIN 560W. Though this one is only a dummy, the company is going to start producing them in the near future. This model will be supplied with a USB cable to connect to a motherboard (made by Gigabyte, we believe) to manage the PSU.
Now about phones and PDAs. Gigabyte g-Smart and g-Smart i series:
Dubious solutions, in our opinion. Especially considering the success of ASUS.
Not far away there's a Mini-ITX GB-T1B on VIA C7 CPU.
And this is Viiv series:
A963 series has the following features:
Besides À963, the company offers another Viiv model - Í971:
Now to wireless devices. The following exhibit is rather unusual. It's a 2.4GHz antenna for increasing operating radius - GN-AT2180Y. The vendor claims it provides wireless connectivity within 100-kilometer radius, if there are no obstacles.
And GN-AT2180P is a more compact modification.
In Hannover GeCube showcased a graphics card on 2 x X1600XT GPUs operating without CrossFire (!), i.e. theoretically enabling to use 4 GPUs on a CrossFire-enabled motherboard.
And this device can record data from external sources.
Below you can see how it works: the list of sources for recording (hardware MPEG-4) includes DVD players, TV, or camcorders. The device can make photo slideshows (it has an SD slot) and play DivX/XviD movies or ÌÐ3 files. It has a 20-120 GB 2.5" hard drive.
Besides these devices, GeCube introduced a multimedia entertainment gadget with wireless connectivity:
Finishing this report about GeCube, here are Multimedia 2 GO PMP 100 and Digital Photo Frame:
PMP 100 (upper left on the photo):
Digital Photo Frame (upper right on the photo):
And now a tour around the booth of ASRock CeBIT 2006. First, we'll take a look at motherboards for Intel processors.
On the photo you can see 775Twins-HDTV motherboard on ATI RADEON Xpress 200 (with integrated RADEON X300) + ULi 1573. It supports Intel LGA 775 processors, including dual-core, 1066/800/533 MHz FSB, DDR2-667 and DDR400 (2 sockets for each type, 4GB max.) Also onboard is Serial ATA (1.5Gbps; RAID 0, 1, 10, JBOD), 7.1-channel Realtek ALC850, 1 x PCI Express x16, 1 x PCI Express x1, 2 x PCI, 1 x AMR. The "HDTV" in the motherboard name points at a component video output.
Despite a similar name, 775Twins-PCIE utilizes another chipset - VIA PT890. It supports both AGP and PCI Express, but in this case the vendor chose the latter. The novelty supports 1066/800/533MHz FSB, DDR2 (2 sockets, 4GB max.) and DDR (2 sockets, 2GB max.) The expansion slots are 1 x PCI Express x16 and 3 x PCI. There are also 2 x Serial ATA (RAID 0, 1, JBOD) and 2 x Parallel ATA. The motherboard supports Windows Vista.
Intel platform is also introduced by the 775Dual-880Pro motherboard on VIA PT880 Pro. Unlike the previous, this one features both AGP and PCI Express. The motherboard works with 1066/800/533 MHz FSB and DDR2/DDR memory.
775Xfire-eSATA2 bases on Intel 945PL + ICH7R. And even its name points at ATI CrossFire support. The second graphics card is installed into an AGI Express port compatible with PCI Express x16, but providing x4 performance. The board supports 800/533 MHz FSB, up to 4 x DDR2-533 modules in the dual-channel mode. Onboard are 4 x Serial ATAII (3Gbps) ports with RAID 0/1/10/5 and a 5.1-channel audio codec. This one supports Windows Vista as well.
775i915P-SATA2 works with Intel Pentium 4/Celeron D processors, being based on Intel 915P. It has 4 sockets for DDR2 memory and 2 sockets for DDR modules. The board supports ATI CrossFire, but has a single PCI Express x16 slot (the second card goes to the AGI Express slot). The board can handle up to 4 x Serial ATA devices and the only Serial ATAII interface bases on JMicron JMB 360. 775i915P-SATA2 has 7.1-channel audio.
MSI showcased at CeBIT 2006 its new mobile solutions, in particular, notebooks on AMD Turion processors.
They demonstrated the MS-7228 K8NGM-V affordable notebook motherboard:
There are also several "products of the future" like these sun-powered notebooks:
And these are notebooks on the recently announced dual-core AMD Turion X2. This S271 model features DDR2 memory, 12.1" WXGA display, Gigabit LAN, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g).
On the next photo you can see that at the moment Windows XP recognizes such CPU as an engineering sample.
MSI is also going to produce Turion X2 barebones on the yet undisclosed chipset (bound to be made by NVIDIA.) Such barebones as MEGA mpc51PV will features integrated graphics, 7.1-channel sound, optional Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g), multi-format card reader.
A-DATA showcased a number of rather interesting products at CeBIT 2006.
For enthusiasts and overclockers they offered Vitesta 900+ and 1000+ DDR2 series named after the guaranteed clock rates. Vitesta kits consist of two 512MB/1GB modules each tested for dual-channel operation.
Vitesta 900+ timings are 5-5-5-12, Vitesta 1000+ timings are 5-5-5-15. The operating voltage is 1.8V and 2.2V, respectively.
Besides, A-DATA introduced mass-produced FB-DIMM (Fully-Buffered DIMM) modules that can form RAM arrays of up to 32GB, have improved throughput and fast point to point connection between memory controller and chips. Also, these modules are thinner (6.7mm vs. the usual 9.8mm).
The company showcased DDR2-533 (PC2-4200) and DDR2-667 (PC2-5300) modules of 512MB, 1GB and 2GB capacities based on chips from Samsung, Elpida and Hynix as well as AMB chips (Advanced Memory Buffer - the key of FB-DIMM) from Intel, IDT (Integrated Device Technology) and NEC.
Also, the company demonstrated readiness for the World Cup 2006: with usual features (128/256/512/1024/2048 MB, USB 2.0) A-DATA Football Disk has original design aimed at football fans. These solutions are sized 59.2x21.66x14.34mm and weigh 16g.
An addition to our report about VIA at CeBIT 2006, the company also showcased an ultra low voltage modification of VIA C7-M processor - VIA C7-M ULV. This x86-compatible novelty might be named a "Geode killer" - at 1 GHz to 1.5 GHz clock rates its rated peak TDP is just 3.5W. And the minimal TDP in standby doesn't exceed 0.1W.
The processor is encased into a nanoBGA2 body sized 21x21mm.
We guess VIA C7-M ULV is positioned for an UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) segment, which now has only one tablet PC from OQO based on an earlier VIA's CPU.
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