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Gigabyte Announces Quad Motherboard For New Intel Core 2 Duo Processors

Intel Unveils P965 Express Chipset

WD's My Book Goes 'Pro'

Samsung To Swap Intel For AMD In Next UMPC?

A Mouse On A Finger

NVIDIA Unveils GeForce 7950 GX2 Graphics Card

Gigabyte Announces Quad Motherboard For New Intel Core 2 Duo Processors

Gigabyte unveiled the GA-965P-DQ6, the company's first 6-quad edition motherboard. The new flagship motherboard sports solid Conductive Polymer Aluminum capacitors for improved durability, and is based on the latest Intel P965 Express Chipset supporting Intel Core 2 Duo processors.

The motherboard's design includes features such as Quad Cooling, Quad e-SATA2, Quad BIOS, and Quad-Triple Power Phase.

Onboard audio is provided by Intel High Definition Audio (7.1-channel) with both Dolby and DTS enabled functions.

GA-P965-DQ6 specifications:

  • Supports Intel Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo / Intel Pentium D processor
  • Intel P965 Express Chipset / Intel ICH8R
  • Supports DDR2-800/667/533 memory
  • Dual Channel architecture; up to 8GB by 4 DIMM slots
  • ATX form factor, 305 x 244 mm
  • Gigabit LAN (Marvell 8053)
  • 2 x PCI Express X16 slots
  • 1 x PCI Express X1 slot
  • 4 x PCI slots
  • 8 x Serial ATA 3Gb/s connectors
  • 1 x UDMA ATA 100/66/33 connector
  • 3 x IEEE 1394 Ports
  • 10 x USB 2.0/1.1 Ports
  • 8-channel ALC888DD Audio codec

The GIGABYTE GA-P965-DQ6 is expected to be available after 5th of June through normal Gigabyte distribution channels.

Source: Gigabyte

Intel Unveils P965 Express Chipset

During a speech at Computex today, Intel's executive Anand Chandrasekher, Intel senior vice president and general manager, Sales and Marketing Group, introduced products and technologies that will surround the company’s upcoming family of Intel Core 2 Duo processors.

Today’s news comes in advance of Intel’s plans to begin shipping server, desktop and laptop processors based on the company’s new Intel Core microarchitecture in June, July and August, respectively.

Chandrasekher officially introduced the Intel P965 Express Chipset, formerly code-named “Broadwater,” and said future versions, including one with graphics built in, will ship over the next two months.

The chipset incorporates Intel Fast Memory Access, an updated Memory Controller Hub backbone architecture that optimizes the system’s memory bandwidth. It also supports DDR2 memory with data transfer speeds up to 800 MHz.

Chandrasekher also discussed a future integrated graphics chipset, called the G965 Express Chipset. This product will include a new feature called Intel Clear Video Technology, which enhances high-definition video playback including those from personal video recorders and digital camcorders for sharper image viewing quality. All of the 965 Express chipsets enable users to add a second external drive to a PC for extra data protection, Intel High Definition Audio, and Intel Quiet System Technology to reduce system noise and heat.

These chipsets will form the basis of systems supporting the Intel Viiv Technology and Intel vPRO Technology platforms that will be increasingly powered by Intel Core 2 Duo processors. Chandrasekher also disclosed that Intel will introduce the Intel Core 2 Extreme processor at speeds of 2.93 Gigahertz in July, and a faster 3.2 Gigahertz version later in the year.

Chandrasekher also said that Intel will continue to enhance the Intel Viiv technology platform with new features and the forthcoming Intel Core 2 Duo processors. He also announced that Intel recently released an Intel Viiv technology software update that helps the PC better manage and share digital media and Internet-based services with a variety of connected consumer electronic devices throughout the home. The new features will appear in PCs in various countries as manufacturers update their systems in the coming months.

For small to medium businesses, Intel today also introduced the Intel 600SM PCI Phone Adapter that allows businesses to make VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) calls easily and seamlessly from desktop PCs using existing telephones.

Intel has extended the energy saving feature of its mobile architecture for Intel Centrino mobile technology-based laptops by providing a sneak peek of a new ultra low voltage Intel Core Duo processor, notebook processors that will only consume a median average of less than a watt (.75 watts). Chandrasekher said the processor will be available from OEMs such as Dell and HP and resellers starting this summer.

Source: Intel

WD's My Book Goes 'Pro'

Targeting small office and home office users who require large capacity and high-performance external storage, Western Digital introduced My Book Pro Edition, the newest member of WD's My Book product family. My Book Pro Edition combines FireWire 800/400 and USB 2.0; features backup and system recovery software; and is available in capacities of 250 and 500 GB. Intelligent drive management - SmartPower automatic power on/off, Safe Shutdown and LED activity lights make this drive easy to use.

My Book Pro Edition external hard drives are compatible with Macs or PCs and are equipped with a capacity gauge LED that allows users to discern at a glance their remaining storage space. Suggested retail price is $349 USD for My Book Pro Edition 500 GB and $219 USD for My Book Pro Edition 250 GB. My Book Pro Edition is available now.

Source: Western Digital

Samsung To Swap Intel For AMD In Next UMPC?

Samsung's second-generation ultra-mobile PC will drop the current model's Intel chippery in favour of cheaper AMD silicon, according to a company insider. Samsung hopes a much lower price will kick-start the UMPC market this autumn.

According to a Korea Times report, which cites an unnamed "Samsung official", the use of an AMD CPU, along with subsidies from Korea Telecom (KT), will knock the Q1 UMPC's currency price of around KRW1.2m ($1,337) down to KRW700,000 ($780).

KT's input will apparently come though the incorporation of WiBro, South Korea's local wireless broadband technology, in the second-generation Q1. The implication is that KT will offer the handheld machine at a lower price to consumers who take out a WiBro subscription.

"Samsung is negotiating with KT about receiving subsidies for WiBro users. If the deal is completed, the price of the UMPC can go down under 700,000 won," the Samsung official told the paper.

The forecasted price puts the machine in the same price bracket as a low-end laptop in the Korean market, the paper said.

Source: RegHardware

A Mouse On A Finger

Japanese sources report about this unusual input device -- an optical mouse EEM-GTMS-300BK that, unlike usual mice, is to be worn on a finger.

The device has an 800 dpi sensor and enables even to "write" on the PC screen.

The USB novelty is rather compact and features two buttons with a scroll wheel. As you can see, it can work almost on any surface. Whether this way of input is comfortable only the real usage will show. Though I guess one can get used to anything, especially if he or she travels a lot -- the gadget is designed for mobile users.


  • 62x23x33 mm size
  • 35 g weight
  • 1.2 m cable
  • 2 buttons and scroll wheel
  • USB (A type) interface
  • 800 dpi optical sensor
  • Works under Windows XP/2000/Me/98SE
  • Priced $44.5

Source: Esupply, Akihabaranews

NVIDIA Unveils GeForce 7950 GX2 Graphics Card

NVIDIA announced the new NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GX2, its fastest graphics card, is available immediately from its add-in card partners. The GeForce 7950 GX2 features two GeForce 7950 graphics processing units on one card.

GeForce 7950 GX2 feature set includes:

  • Two high-performance GPUs working simultaneously on a single card
  • 48 pixel pipes, 16 vertex shaders, 76.8 GB per second of memory bandwidth and 24 billion texels per second of fill rate on a single card
  • 1GB of fast GDDR3 video memory on a single card
  • Dual dual-link DVI support — for high-definition, widescreen flat panel displays that support resolutions up to 2560x1600
  • Hardware accelerated H.264 support through NVIDIA PureVideo technology
  • High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) capable
  • Support for Quad NVIDIA SLI technology — allows to combine the power of two GeForce 7950 GX2 graphics cards

GeForce 7950 GX2 graphics cards are immediately available from add-in card manufacturers, e-tailers, and system builders.

Source: NVIDIA

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