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VIA Releases Thin Server Board for Eco-Friendly Small Business Storage

Intel, STMicroelectronics and Francisco Partners Close Transaction to Create Numonyx

AMD Delivers ATI FireGL V7700 with DisplayPort

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VIA Releases Thin Server Board for Eco-Friendly Small Business Storage

VIA Technologies announced the VIA NAS 7800 board, specifically designed to meet the needs of thin server and NAS segment system builders.

Powered by a low-heat, energy-efficient 1.5GHz VIA C7 processor, with an optional fanless VIA Eden SKU, the VIA NAS 7800 board also features a proprietary MFX module for comprehensive wake-up scheduling, allowing IT managers to power servers down at nights or weekends for considerable savings on electricity usage.

The VIA NAS 7800 uses an original 19cm x 14.3cm form factor, same size as a standard optical disk drive, with I/O aligned to allow easy integration into standard drive-sized chassis or even in multiple configuration within a 1U server, offering an innovative approach to NAS systems for small and medium sized businesses.

Complete system security is assured through the onboard TPM module for key generation and storage and the VIA PadLock Security Engine integrated directly onto the processor die, which when enabled provides fast, military grade hardware encryption and decryption of data.

The VIA NAS 7800 is powered by a VIA C7 1.5 GHz processor with optional fanless VIA Eden-based skus available to project customers. Scalable storage needs are met with the support for up to eight S-ATA II ports with 1.5Gbits/sec and 3Gbits/sec data transfer rates, and for Native Command Queuing. Network support includes Gigabit Ethernet ports and an optional integrated IEEE-802.11g VIA wireless module.

Featuring the VIA CN700 chipset, the VIA NAS 7800 supports up to 1GB of DDR2 system memory, integrated VIA Unichrome Pro Integrated Graphics, an onboard IDE connector, a type-I Compact Flash slot, two COM ports and up to 6 USB 2.0 ports. The 19cm x 14.3 cm form factor matches that of a standard optical drive bay for easy deployment in standard disk drive chassis.

The VIA NAS 7800 features a TPM chip for software and content security. Security can be further augmented by enabling the VIA PadLock Security Engine, a hardware based security technology that provides the latest military-grade key encryption and protection with the world's fastest x86 security engine. A fully programmable MFX chip provides flexible system scheduling with wake-up, stand-by and event logging functions. A software WatchDog timer is included along with 5V/12V pins for an LCM/Keypad user interface and both GPIO and DI ports with SMI hardware interrupt functions.

The NAS 7800 has an operating temperature of 0–60°C and supports Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/XPe, and Linux.

The complete specifications are here.

The board is currently sampling to system developers.

Source: VIA Technologies

Intel, STMicroelectronics and Francisco Partners Close Transaction to Create Numonyx

Intel Corporation today announced that the company has finalized and closed its transaction with STMicroelectronics and Francisco Partners to create a new independent semiconductor company Numonyx B.V. that will design, develop and manufacture NOR and NAND flash memory products. As part of the transaction, Intel has transferred the assets associated with its NOR flash memory business and certain assets related to the company's phase change memory initiatives to Numonyx in exchange for 45.1 percent ownership in Numonyx. ST Microelectronics acquired a 48.6 percent ownership interest in Numonyx. Francisco Partners acquired a 6.3 percent ownership interest in exchange for a cash investment of $150 million.

Intel estimates that it will record additional non-cash impairment of approximately $300 million related to the assets transferred to Numonyx and other costs associated with this transaction in the first quarter of 2008. Approximately 2,500 Intel employees are joining Numonyx as part of this transaction.

Source: Intel Corporation

AMD Delivers ATI FireGL V7700 with DisplayPort

AMD today introduced its first commercially available 3D workstation graphics card with DisplayPort support -- the ATI FireGL V7700. The card features a 10-bit display engine that can produce more than one billion colors at any given time. Additional noteworthy features include:

  • 512MB of memory: Enabling effortless real-time interaction with large datasets and complex models and scenes.
  • Dual Link DVI Output: The combination of DisplayPort output and a Dual Link enabled DVI output, generates a multi-monitor desktop over 5000 pixels wide from a single accelerator. With native multi-card support, users can see more and do more using four displays driven by two ATI FireGL products in the same workstation.
  • Application Certification: The ATI FireGL workstation graphics accelerators are thoroughly tested and certified with major CAD and DCC applications, helping ensure reliability and stability.
  • AutoDetect: Based on a new generation GPU with 320 unified shader units, the ATI FireGL V7700 maximizes throughput by automatically directing graphics horsepower where it's needed most. Intelligent management of computational resources enables enhanced utilization of the GPU delivering real-time rendering of complex models and scenes while increasing frame rates.


  • DisplayPort output;
  • Scalable ultra parallel processing architecture with 320 unified shaders;
  • Dual Link DVI output for driving ultra high resolution widescreen monitors;
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) rendering with 8-bit, 10-bit, and 16-bit per RGB color component support;
  • Hardware acceleration of DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 2.1 advanced features;
  • PCI Express 2.0 compliant;
  • A complete list of specifications.

The ATI FireGL V7700 3D workstation graphics accelerator card is expected to begin shipping in April 2008 with the MSRP of $1,099 USD.

Source: AMD

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