By the fourth quarter of this year, Advanced Micro Devices and ATI Technologies will jointly launch a new notebook platform, currently codenamed Yokohama, that utilizes AMD's Turion 64 X2 processors and ATI's future chipsets, which are currently known as the RS690M, RS690DC and RS790M, according to sources at Taiwan-based notebook makers familiar with ATI's latest roadmap.
Targeted to compete with Intel's Napa Refresh platform, the Yokohama platform may also include WLAN chipsets from Broadcom, Atheros Communications or Airgo Networks, the sources added.
Using ATI's chipset solutions, AMD will likely build its own Centrino-like platform for high-performance laptops, the sources noted.
According to market research firm JPR, ATI held 63.1% of the world's market of discrete notebook GPUs in the second quarter of this year. ATI's share of the overall market of graphics solutions, including integrated chipsets, was 31% in the second quarter, behind Intel's 54.9% but above Nvidia's 10.9%.
DTS, Inc. and Coding Technologies will stage the European launch of their 5.1 multi-channel audio transcoding system for HD broadcasting at IBC (RAI Amsterdam, 8-12 September 2006), with both companies demonstrating the advances of the system, in terms of bandwidth efficiency and perceived audio quality.
The DTS / Coding Technologies transcoding scheme integrates the efficiencies of Coding Technologies’ MPEG-4 HE-AAC (aka aacPlus) development – an integral part of the MPEG open standard – with the transparent decoding of DTS’ Coherent Acoustics algorithm, running at 1.5 Mbps. Specifically for 5.1 surround sound, 160 kbps aacPlus is said to provide the same audio quality as 384 kbps transmissions of competing formats currently employed within ATSC and DVB architectures.
This gain in efficiency frees up significant amounts of transmission bandwidth, allowing broadcasters to enhance their transmissions with secondary audio channels (such as multi-lingual versions) or to significantly reduce transmission costs. When employed throughout the programme multiplexes, these efficiency savings have a dramatic impact – enabling the transmission of entire new video channels over the network bandwidth.
Throughout IBC, DTS and Coding Technologies will be demonstrating the quality of the transcoded aacPlus / DTS surround sound signal in conjunction with the DVB, featuring HD video material from BT’s This Binary Universe, the latest release on the DTS Entertainment music label.
Source: DTS, Inc.
OCZ Technology Group announced the unveiling of the PC2-9000 Ti Alpha VX2 DFI Special Edition, an exclusively engineered series of memory optimized for the new DFI LANParty UT NF590 SLI-M2R.
As a member of the cutting edge OCZ Voltage eXtreme lineup, the PC2-9000 VX2 DFI Special series is custom-built for high-voltage operation and record-breaking speeds of 1120MHz on the DFI M2R motherboard.
The PC2-9000 VX2 is the latest member of the OCZ Titanium Alpha series. All Titanium Alpha modules feature exclusive, multicolored XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) heatspreaders implementing an innovative Titanium deposition coating process that is resistant to scratches. Each Titanium Alpha module has its own unique color scheme and displays interchanging shades depending on the lighting and angle of the heatspreader.
The PC2-9000 Ti Alpha VX2 DFI Special will be available in 1024MB Modules and 2GB (2x1024MB) dual channel kits. Furthermore, each OCZ PC2-9000 VX2 module is 100% hand-tested for quality assurance and compatibility and is backed by the OCZ Lifetime Warranty.
Source: OCZ Technology Group
Toshiba Corporation announced the forthcoming introduction of TransMemory USB Flash Memories that will bring U3 platform technology into the company's USB lineup and introduce a special-edition high-capacity USB memory. The four models in the TransMemory U3 series will be launched on the global market at the end of November, while the TransMemory 16GB Limited Edition will be available from the end of December, exclusively through Shop 1048, Toshiba's online shop.
The TransMemory 16GB Limited Edition meets demand for large-capacity data storage with its 16GB capacity. It also supports a password-based security protection system for USB memories that can be downloaded for free from Pocket Media, Toshiba's memory card information site. Toshiba will continue to introduce large capacity models into the TransMemory lineup and make them available in the world market.
The new TransMemory series will be exhibited at the IFA 2006, the world's largest consumer electronics trade fair, which will be held at Berlin, Germany, from September 1 to 6, 2006.
Source: Toshiba Corporation
Plextor Corp. announced the October 2006 release of the PX-B900A Blu-ray Disc drive, the first Plextor burner to support the next generation of optical data storage technology. The new multi-function drive comes bundled with a rewritable 25GB BD-RE media disc and a complete software package, including Ulead VideoStudio 10 and Intervideo WinDVD BD.
The PX-B900A drive delivers recording speeds of 2X BD-R/RE (9 MBytes/sec transfer rate) on single layer and double-layer media. For DVD, the driver delivers 8X DVDR on single-layer media, 4X DVD±R on Double-Layer and Dual-Layer (DL) media, and 5X DVD-RAM. The drive also supports 8X DVD+RW, 6X DVD-RW, 6X max DVD-ROM, 24X CD-R, 16X CD-RW, and 32X CD-ROM. The PX-B900A drive features an 8MB data buffer.
Plextor’s PX-B900A Blu-Ray drive will ship to distributors in North and South America in October 2006, with a MSRP of $999.99 USD. All retail packages include one-year full warranty and unlimited toll-free technical support.
Source: Plextor Corp.
Intel Corporation unveiled eight new Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7100 series processors (previously codenamed "Tulsa") designed for multi-processor servers. The processor family also includes lower-power, 95 watt options that reduce associated energy costs. These processors are compatible with the existing Intel E8501 chipset that was introduced last year and designed for dual-core processors.
Built on Intel’s 65nm manufacturing process, the Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7100 series processors boast more than 1.3 billion transistors and 16MB of shared cache in architecture that features Intel Cache Safe Technology for optimal reliability. Systems scaling to 32 processors will be available.
The Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processor 7100 series feature numerous innovations that enhance datacenter effectiveness including Intel Virtualization Technology (originally introduced last year) that can help lower the total cost of ownership by assisting with consolidation of different software applications.
The 95 watt dual core option offers up to 40 percent less power consumption than the previous generation processor, providing increased power efficiency and lower energy costs.
Source: Intel Corporation
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