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RightMark CPU Clock Utility 2.1 Released

VIA Delivers Its First Single-Chipset Solution For UMPCs

RightMark CPU Clock Utility 2.1 Released

RightMark CPU Clock Utility (RMClock) is a small GUI application designed for real-time CPU frequency, throttling and load level monitoring and on-the-fly adjustment of the CPU performance level on supported CPU models via processor's power management model-specific registers (MSRs). In automatic management mode it continuously monitors the CPU usage level and dynamically adjusts the CPU frequency, throttle and/or voltage level as needed, realizing the "Performance on Demand" concept.

Changes to this version include (in reverse chronological order):

  • Added battery life time and battery charging time estimation.
  • Extended range of performance/power saving preference levels.
  • Added option to display CPU load meter or CPU load graph icon.
  • Fixed handling of Windows power management settings.
  • Fixed hiding of Windows power icon when the power source changes.
  • Fixed Intel Centrino platform chipset-based throttling settings.
  • New design of battery level icon.
  • Fixed battery level icon indication when battery life time info is unavailable.
  • Added option to hide battery icon when on AC power and fully charged.
  • Replaced CPU load meter icon with a CPU load graph icon.
  • Changed CPU throttle output format in log file.
  • Fixed Intel Centrino platform settings availability.
  • Fixed tray icons operation with nonstandard Windows shells.
  • Added option for the way of multi-core CPU load determination.
  • Added option for the CPU performance states transitions method (single-step or multi-step).
  • Fixed saving of some Centrino platform settings.
  • Added preliminary support for Intel Core 2 CPU family.
  • Added frequency icon units (MHz/GHz) selection.
  • Added battery info page and battery status icon.
  • Extended control/refresh intervals range (registry tweak).
  • Fixed AltVID Change Enable issues on AMD K8 revision E platforms.
  • Added AltVID stabilization time auto-adjust feature for AMD K8 rev. E platforms.
  • Unlocked complete range of AltVID settings for AMD K8 rev. E platforms.
  • Added option to show/hide main window button in Windows taskbar.
  • Added new default P-states tables for most AMD K8 CPUs.
  • Fixed saving of CPU info files and/or monitoring logs in a proper directory.
  • Added new Intel logos for nearly all Intel CPUs.
  • Modified P-states selection behavior (removed multiple states selection warning) for "Power Saving" and "Maximum Performance" profiles.
  • Added option to enable/disable profiles selection with left-clicking main tray icon.
  • Fixed occasional lockups at "multiple refresh" condition possible to occur when the system is under high load.
  • Fixed Windows Power Management special cases handling (when Suspend or Hibernate states are not allowed).
  • Fixed occasional lockups at program startup on AMD dual-core platforms.
  • Added proper VIDs table for AMD Turion CPUs.
  • Added unlocking FIDs, VIDs and TM2 target programming (as registry tweaks).
  • Added Intel Centrino (ICH4/ICH6/ICH7) CPU thermal and normal throttling settings.
  • Replaced animated icons for "Performance on Demand" profile with better looking ones.
  • Implemented Master P-States table feature (shared by all profiles).
  • Added VIA C7 PowerSaver technology support.
  • Fixed bugs in Transmeta CPU support.
  • Added CPUID check so that the profile settings won't load if the CPU mismatch is detected.

The release has also been bugfixed already:

  • Solved problems with changing display mode when the utility is running.
  • Application settings saving on Windows session ending.

The new version is available for downloading here.

VIA Delivers Its First Single-Chipset Solution For UMPCs

VIA Technologies announced the VIA VX700 chipset to build on the success of the VIA Ultra Mobile platform in UMPC devices, enabling reduction of mobile form factors by up to 40%.

Designed specifically for today's ultra thin'n'light notebooks and ultra mobile devices, the VIA VX700 integrates all the features of a modern chipset's North and South bridges, including graphics, HD audio, and DDR2 and SATA II support, into a single, compact and power-efficient package measuring just 35mmx35mm.

The VIA VX700 is based on a power-efficient architecture that enables integration into a compact package with a maximum power envelope of 3.5 watts. A number of power management technologies are incorporated to monitor activity and dynamically control power according to system load requirements.

The VIA VX700 utilizes the VIA UniChrome Pro Integrated Graphics Processor (IGP) with an internal data flow equivalent to the AGP 8X graphics cards, a 200MHz 2D/3D graphics engine and features dedicated 128-bit data paths for pixel data flow and texture/command access. The VIA UniChrome Pro IGP graphics core also features the Chromotion video engine supporting MPEG-2 decoding and Adaptive De-Interlacing and Video Deblocking.

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Features of VIA VX700:

  • Processor Support: VIA C7-M and VIA C7-M ULV processors
  • Front Side Bus: 533/400MHz
  • Memory Support: DDR2-533/400/333 or DDR400/333
  • Max Memory: 4 GB
  • Graphics Core: VIA UniChrome Pro
  • Hardware Video Acceleration: MPEG-2, MPEG-4, WMV9 HD
  • HDTV Support: Yes
  • LVDS/DVI Transmitter: Yes
  • Dual Monitor Support: Yes
  • Video De-blocking: Yes
  • Hardware Display Rotation: Yes
  • High Definition Audio: Yes
  • USB 2.0: 6 ports
  • PCI Devices/Slots: 4 Slots
  • Serial ATA: 2 x SATA 150 devices or 2 x SATA II devices
  • IDE: 1 x EIDE channel, up to 2 devices

The VIA VX700 is expected to be available in volume quantities later in Q3 2006.

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