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First Products On ATI's 80nm GPU: Release Dates, Pricing, Photos

Seagate Breaks World Magnetic Recording Density Record With 421 Gbits Per Square Inch

First Products On ATI's 80nm GPU: Release Dates, Pricing, Photos

The sources state that first products based on ATI's 80nm GPUs will go on sale on Octobe 17 this year. Already now most vendors have final design of Radeon X1950 Pro and Radeon X1650 XT cards ready.

The RV570 GPU (produced by TSMC), the heart of Radeon X1950 Pro, will feature 12 pipelines with 36 pixel processors and 580MHz/1.4GHz clock rates. Cards will have 256-bit GDDR3 memory. Retail prices for Radeon X1950 Pro are expected to range from $199 to $249, competing with NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GS.

The RV560 GPU that will be used in Radeon X1650 XT is a kind of "two thirds" of RV570: 12 pipelies, 24 pixel processors at 600MHz/1.4GHz. The memory bus though will be only 128-bit. Ready solutions are expected to cost $169 to $199.

Since NVIDIA doesn't have a direct competitor to Radeon X1650 XT at the moment, the closest would be a bit cheaper GeForce 7600 GT. Source: HKEPC, The Register

Seagate Breaks World Magnetic Recording Density Record With 421 Gbits Per Square Inch

Seagate Technology announced the results of a magnetic recording demonstration, setting a world record of 421 Gbits per square inch. The demonstration used perpendicular recording heads and media created with currently available production equipment that validates Seagate's ability to scale the technology for the foreseeable future without major technology changes or capital additions. Dr. Mark Kryder of Seagate unveiled the findings during his keynote presentation at the IDEMA DISKCON show in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the hard drive.

The demonstration is evidence of the continued momentum in disc drive innovation, and reaffirms the disc drive as the undisputed king of storage when capacity and cost-effectiveness are both required. At the demonstrated density level, Seagate expects the capacity ranges to result in solutions ranging in 40GB to 275GB for 1-and 1.8-inch consumer electronics drives, 500GB for 2.5-inch notebook drives, and nearly 2.5TB for 3.5-inch desktop and enterprise class drives.

The areal density of 421 Gbpsi was demonstrated using 10 E-3 off-track bit error rate criteria with 5% squeeze and meeting a 10% off-track capability at a data rate of 735 megabits per second. The track density was 275,000 tracks per inch, and the linear density was 1.53 million bits per inch for a bit aspect ratio of 5.6. The demonstration was conducted using a product channel, perpendicular head, and thermally stable media created with current production equipment.

Source: Seagate Technology

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