And another news from HKEPC. According to information they have, already on May 28 Intel will roll out a couple of new Celeron D processors made using the 65nm process, based on the Cedar Mill core and featuring 512KB L2.
First we are to welcome the Celeron D 352 operating at 3.2GHz and Celeron D 356 (3.33GHz). Both will have 533MHz FSB. In over 1,000-unit quantities novelties will cost $79 and $89, respectively.
There is also information about the fastest CPU of this series that should be expected in Q3'2006. The Celeron D 360 will differ from the 356 only by a higher multiplier (making its clock rate 3.46GHz). Presumably it will cost $103.
The transition of inexpensive processors from the stepping B1 to C1 lowered their energy consumption from 95W to 65W making them more attractive for overclocking.
In the future, Celeron D is to be replaced by single-core Pentium 4 and even dual-core Pentium D processors, some of which are getting close to $100 already now.
According to the information, obtained by HKEPC from motherboard vendors, AMD is going to ship first 65nm processors already in December 2006. Though in retail they might be available only in Q1'2007.
The following 65nm dual-core models are expected first:
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The company will continue to manufacture senior models, according to the 90nm process, at least until the beginning of the next year:
The Brisbane core based 65nm novelties are expected to feature 42% better energy consumption. Already in H1'2007 AMD plans to move its dual-core CPUs to the mass market and to replace the single-core solutions (which are not to be moved to the 65nm process) in this segment by dual-core ones in H2. Note that Intel has nearly achieved this already by these days.
Speaking of budget 65nm processors, codenamed Sparta, they are expected in the market in H2'2007.
Palm today announced the Palm Treo 700p smartphone, which is the first Palm OS CDMA-based Treo smartphone to offer the EvDO (Evolution Data Optimized) network.
Pricing and availability for the Palm Treo 700p smartphone will be announced later by Sprint and Verizon Wireless.
Besids EvDO, the novelty offers the following features: built-in dial-up networking (by using the smartphone as a wireless modem via USB or Bluetooth), 1.3-megapixel camera and camcorder, 128MB of memory (60MB user available; in addition to SD cards).
Other features include:
Hitachi today started shipping its most reliable and technically-advanced 2.5-inch hard drive -- Travelstar 5K160. The 160GB Travelstar 5K160 is a 5400 RPM 2.5-inch hard drive designed for notebook and mobile computing.
The company has dubbed the Travelstar 5K160 the "Super-pendicular Drive" because it combines several innovations: improved corrosion resistance due to implementation of proprietary alloy combination and layer-deposition process; use of new PMR write head able to write smaller data bits more sharply and with greater fidelity; use of the iridium-manganese-chromium (IrMnCr) read-head alloy claimed to double the reliability.
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