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SanDisk Announces Sansa View Slim Media Player

AMD Introduces Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors

SanDisk Announces Sansa View Slim Media Player

SanDisk Corporation today announced the new Sansa View video MP3 player. Expected to be available in October, the Sansa View will carry MSRP of $199.99 for a 16GB model and $149.99 for the 8GB one.

A significant step-up from the company's Sansa e200 music player series, the slim Sansa View features music, photos, FM radio and audio books, plus easy video transferring capabilities and hefty memory capabilities of up to 24GB (by using an optional 8GB microSD/microSDHC card).

Most popular formats are supported by the novelty via embedded player functionality (H.264, WMV and MPEG4), or via a one-time software download of the Sansa Media Converter which quickly transcodes numerous video files, including DivX.

A MP3 player at its core, the Sansa View device comes equipped with all the features typically found in the Sansa audio line. The smooth, backlit scroll wheel and 2.4" widescreen display make it easy to navigate to: a music library; video collection; digital photos; digital FM radio with 20 pre-sets; an integrated microphone and voice recording, and Audible audiobooks.

The device supports music download and subscription services, including Rhapsody To Go, Napster, eMusic, and others.

The Sansa View player will come in 8GB and 16GB capacities and is expected to be available from retailers in the U.S. in early fall with other regions to follow shortly thereafter.

Sansa View features:

  • Supports MP3, protected and unprotected WMA, WAV, DRM-free MP3 downloads
  • Gapless playback for smoother music transition
  • Digital FM radio with 20 presets
  • Audible audiobook support
  • Video compatibility with MPEG4, WMV, H.264
  • Additionally, the Sansa Media Converter supports a large number of other video formats, including DivX
  • Smooth video playback at 30 fps
  • Photo JPEG viewing capabilities
  • Slim, thin and lightweight design for easy portability - 8.8mm at the slimmest part
  • 2.4" TFT color screen with 320x240 resolution
  • Lithium-polymer battery for 35 hours of audio and 7 of video
  • Voice recorder with built-in microphone
  • MicroSD/SDHC expansion slot

Source: SanDisk Corporation

AMD Introduces Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors

AMD today introduced the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor, its most advanced x86 processor ever designed and manufactured and the first native x86 quad-core microprocessor.

According to the press release, Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors with AMD's Direct Connect Architecture introduce the following innovations: energy efficiency with a 50-percent increase in integer and floating-point performance, enhanced virtualization performance, and investment protection via a customer-centric approach enabling non-disruptive transitions from dual- to quad-core within the same power and thermal envelopes to help keep infrastructure costs down.

The new Quad-Core Opteron processors are introduced today at the 55- and 75-watt ACP (see below). For system designers, AMD will continue to state its TDP specifications.

The new power-saving technologies include:

  • AMD CoolCore Technology, for reducing energy consumption by turning off unused parts of the processor;
  • Independent Dynamic Core Technology, an enhancement to AMD PowerNow! technology, allowing each core to vary its clock frequency depending on the specific performance requirement of the applications it is supporting;
  • Dual Dynamic Power Management (DDPM), which provides an independent power supply to the cores and to the memory controller, allowing the cores and memory controllers to operate on different voltages, determined by usage. DDPM is available in most Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based platforms being introduced today.

Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based systems from global OEM and system-builder partners begin shipping this month and are expected to increase in number through the remainder of the year. AMD Phenom processor solutions, which will leverage many of the same benefits of this architecture, are expected to be available for the desktop market in December.

More than 50 socket compatible Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-ready system choices are on the market today from tier one OEMs, all of whom are publicly supporting today's introduction. Systems based on Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors are also being announced today by a host of other manufacturers, including Appro, Egenera, Gateway, Rackable Systems, Supermicro and Verari.

AMD also today introduced the Average CPU Power (ACP) metric, which represents processor power usage, including cores, integrated memory controller, and HyperTransport technology links, while running a suite of typical and relevant commercially useful high utilization workloads to be more indicative of the power consumption that end-users can expect. ACP is a useful metric for data center operators when estimating power budgets to size their datacenters. AMD will continue to provide thermal design power (TDP) specifications to platform designers in AMD power and thermal datasheets.

Source: AMD

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