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VIA Schedules Latest Unified AM2+ Chipset KT/KM960 For 2H07

Nvidia Speeds Up 80nm Production Schedule To Beat ATI

ASUS Delivers Access Point Series With 850m Coverage

OCZ Announces PC2-6400 Titanium Series With EPP Technology

NVIDIA Releases Drivers With PureVideo HD Support

Samsung Launches the SGH-X830 'Mini MP3 phone'

Abit Launches IL9 Pro Motherboard

VIA Schedules Latest Unified AM2+ Chipset KT/KM960 For 2H07

According to the source related to the mainboard manufacturing market, VIA has scheduled its next-generation unified chipset for AMD platform in 2H07. As a unified chipset, the new model would help VIA to fight in the value market more effective by a lowered cost. Further, supporting Hyper-Transport 3.0 means the chipset is also ready for AMD AM2+ processors.

In fact, VIA’s competitors NVIDIA and ATI have already announced their unified chipset in the earlier time, where NVIDIA has introduced unified design in MCP61 and ATI’s SC780 would come in 2H07. Unified chipset is a marketing trend for the value market that no one could deny, said a friend from the market. VIA’s move is just following the trend, and there will be 2 chipsets released from VIA for AMD platform. These new models include KT960 and KM960 which has build-in Chrome9 HD IGP?KM960. They are in unified design, which helps in lowering the cost.

Featuring Hyper-Transport 3.0, VIA KT960 and KM960 enable an enhanced speed of Hyper-Transport from 1GHz in previous version to 2.6GHz, in other word, from 2GT/s to 5.2GT/s. This makes KT960 and KM960 ready for AMD next-generation AM2+ processors and multi-core processors in the soon coming future.

VIA KT960 and KM960 both have 1 PCI-Express x16, 2 PCI-Express x1, 1 IDE, and 4 SATA II (3Gb/s, NCQ, AHCI) interfaces, where the SATA part supports Port Multiplier which enables up to 16 SATA devices connected in 1 wire. Moreover, the chipsets provide RAID function with VIA RAID StorX technology. VIA KT960 and KM960 also feature Gigabit Ethernet, HD Audio, and 10 USB 2.0.

Chrome 9 HD IGP engine in VIA KM960, in fact, is not a very strong 3D engine, but the design has already enough for those who would like to play HD-DVD and Blu-Ray video as well as Windows Vista Premium, where Direct X 9 and Shader Model 2.0 are supported.

As mentioned, VIA Chrome 9 HD IGP focus on the playback of HD video. So, a new programmable engine is introduced in Chrome 9 HD, in which the core speed is pushed to 450MHz, and has build-in TMDS/HDMI interface and HDCP protection code supporting.

In addition, as the authorization of VIA’s chipset for Intel platform is going to be expired in 2007. Without any news of renewal, so far VIA has only announced the chipset release schedule for AMD platform while there is no news on any chipset for Intel platform.

Source: HKEPC

Nvidia Speeds Up 80nm Production Schedule To Beat ATI

While ATI prepares to roll out five 80nm grahics processor units (GPUs) in November, Nvidia plans to speed up its 80nm-production schedule of by rolling out revised versions of its G72 and G73 chips to compete with the rival, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

The revised versions of G73 (codenamed G73-B1) and G72, along with the highly anticipated G80, will be targeted to compete with ATI solutions from mid-range to high-end market segments, the paper noted.

ATI and Nvidia 80nm GPU production roadmaps:

Company Product codename Target market Foundry
ATI RV560, RV570 Mid-range to high-end TSMC
RV516 Mainstream TSMC
RV505 Mainstream TSMC and UMC
RV505CE Entry-level UMC
NVIDIA G80 High-end TSMC
G73-B1, G72 (revised) Mid-range Mainly at TSMC

Source: The DigiTimes

ASUS Delivers Access Point Series With 850m Coverage

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. today introduced the WL-320gE and WL-320gP wireless access points, which provide up to 850m of open space coverage range. The ASUS APs can also act as clients, bridges, repeaters and gateways.

With built-in high-power amplifier with 20dBm average transmit power and 5dBi high-gain antennas, the WL-320gE and WL-320gP deliver signal quality and coverage range up to 850 meters in open space. They are especially effective in AP mode with signal quality and coverage range playing critical roles.

The WL-320gE or WL-320gP support most enterprise network requirement, including SNMP, Multiple SSID and VLAN. SNMP standard (v3) support allows system administrators to manage multiple access points from remote locations. Multiple SSID and VLAN support offer a cost-effective solution to separate the physical environment into a virtual networking area with different security level for a wide range of application requirements. The WL-320gP further incorporated power over Ethernet (compliant with 802.3af) to eliminate the hassle of locating power source.


  • Ethernet interface: 1 * RJ45 for 10/100 BaseT with auto cross-over function (MDI/MDI-X)Support IEEE 802.3af Power Over Ethernet (PoE) (WL-320gP only)
  • Antenna: External dipole 5dBi antenna (WL-320gE * 1, WL-320gP * 2) with Reverse-SMA antenna connector; Supports antenna diversity
  • Output Power: 20dBm(FCC regulation) or 15dBm(CE regulation) in b/g mode with 1.5dB tolerance
  • LED: PWR, LAN, AIR (Wi-Fi transmission), LINK (Wi-Fi Association)
  • Size: 165 mm (L)* 110 mm (W)* 30 mm (H) excluding external antenna
  • Operating Frequency: 2.4 - 2.5 GHz
  • Modulation: OFDM, CCK, DQPSK, DBPSK
  • Data Rate: 802.11g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54Mbps; 802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11Mbps
  • Operation Channels: 11 for N. America, 14 Japan, 13 Europe (ETSI); 3 (non-overlapping)
  • Range Indoor 130ft (40m), outdoor (LOS, Light-Of-Sight) 2000ft (600m) at 11Mbps; Indoor 80ft (25m), outdoor (LOS, Light-Of-Sight) 500ft (150m) at 54Mbps

Source: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.

OCZ Announces PC2-6400 Titanium Series With EPP Technology

OCZ Technology Group unveiled the PC2-6400 Titanium Series, its first EPP-ready modules rated with a 1T command rate. Optimized for the existing nForce 590 SLI-based motherboards and impending NVIDIA platforms, the PC2-6400 Titanium EPP-Ready series delivers enthusiasts an alternative way of achieving high performance results without the need for substantial bus speeds.

PC2-6400 Titanium memory modules are built with an EPP (Enhanced Performance Profiles) programmed SPD to provide “Plug and Play” overclocking feature that eliminates the need for manual configuration.

PC2-6400 Titanium modules will be available in 1024MB densities and 2GB (2x1024MB) dual channel kits. Each memory module features a titanium mirrored XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) heatspreader.


  • 800MHz DDR2
  • EPP 4-4-4-15 1T (CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS); Non-EPP 5-4-4-15 2T
  • Available in 1024MB Modules and 2GB (2x1024) Dual Channel Kits
  • Unbuffered
  • Titanium XTC Heatspreader
  • OCZ Lifetime Warranty
  • 2.2 Volts
  • 240-pin DIMM
  • 2.3V EVP
  • 2GB (2x1024) D/C Kit PN - OCZ2T8002GK

Source: OCZ Technology Group

NVIDIA Releases Drivers With PureVideo HD Support

NVIDIA release new Forceware drivers featuring its PureVideo HD technology. This technology combines high-definition video decode acceleration and post-processing. The drivers are available now from NVIDIA.com.

PureVideo HD technology is included with all 7-series NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards. However, there are several requirements for building or upgrading a system to enjoy protected high definition content. To enjoy the HD DVD or Blu-ray movie experience on a PC, consumers will need:

  • A PCI Express graphics card with NVIDIA GeForce 7 Series HDCP-capable GPU, secure HDCP CryptoROM, and 256MB graphics memory (see list here)
  • WHQL-certified NVIDIA ForceWare drivers that feature PureVideo HD technology (http://www.nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp)
  • An optical disc drive that supports Blu-ray or HD DVD movie playback
  • Blu-ray or HD DVD movie player software from CyberLink, InterVideo, or Nero
  • An HDCP-compliant display
  • A dual-core CPU with 1GB of RAM

PureVideo HD provides hardware acceleration for decoding H.264, VC-1, WMV and MPEG-2 movies. In addition, the PureVideo discrete video processing core offloads the CPU and 3D engine of complex video tasks, freeing the PC to run multiple applications simultaneously.

PureVideo HD-compliant graphics cards include required content protection circuitry (HDCP) for playing the new Blu-ray and HD DVD movies at the highest quality possible, and are directly integrated with the HD movie software players.

For more information about building or upgrading a system to support Blu-ray or HD playback, go to: http://www.nzone.com/object/nzone_pvhd_build.html.

Source: NVIDIA

Samsung Launches the SGH-X830 'Mini MP3 phone'

Samsung's latest mini music phone comes with an MP3 player design. The swing-open form factor allows for a combination of mobile phone and MP3 player function. When closed, the X830 functions like a MP3 player with a music player interface that horizontally displays the playlist, equalizer settings and song information. Swinging the phone open exposes the keypad and doubles its length for mobile communication.

The X830 measures 84x30x19.9mm and weighs 75 grams. It features a click wheel to control music functions.

The phone has 1GB of built-in memory and USB 2.0 interface. Users can download audio files from CNN or BBC website by podcasting function. The Music Library organizes downloaded music according to album name, song title, artist and genre for effortless search and playback. The phone also has Bluetooth connectivity that allows users to talk or listen to music through a wireless stereo headset.

The 'Mini MP3 phone' comes in six different color choices: black, pure white, oasis blue, candy pink, orange and lemon green.

The 'mini MP3 phone' will be released in the European market by the end of this month.

SGH-X830 specifications:

  • 900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/EDGE/GPRS Class 10
  • 1.3-megapixel camera
  • 128x220 262K TFT display
  • 1GB (Nand flash) built-in memory
  • MP3/AAC/AAC+/AAC+(e)/WMA
  • MPEG4/H.263
  • Bluetooth/ USB v2.0
  • MMS/JAVA/WAP 2.0
  • 84x30x19.9 mm
  • 75 g

Source: Samsung

Abit Launches IL9 Pro Motherboard

abit announced its latest Intel 945P based motherboard for Core 2 Duo processors, the abit IL9 Pro. Support for the latest Core 2 Duo processors with 1066 MHz FSB and a maximum memory capacity of 4 GB of dual-channel DDR2-667 make the IL9 Pro a solid base for demanding computing. The board has fanless design, making it suitable for office as well as home use.

The board supports a number of legacy interfaces like LPT and COM ports as well as 8 x USB 2.0 ports. Other interfaces include 1 x PCIe X1 and 3 x PCI, 2 x PCIe X16, but one supports PCIe X4 only. Alternatively you can also use this slot for other PCIe cards such as LAN, RAID, TV or audio add-on cards. Then there are 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors and 1 x Ultra DMA 100/66/33 IDE connector.

Source: abit

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