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SiS Launches Its First H.264 HDTV Processor SiS329H

OCZ Announces 1TB Z-Drive PCI-Express SSD

ASUS Unveils G Series Power Supplies

AMD Introduces Its Fastest Phenom II X4 - 955 Black Edition

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SiS Launches Its First H.264 HDTV Processor SiS329H

Silicon Integrated Systems unveiled a new highly integrated HDTV processor, SiS329H, for receiving H.264 broadcasting programs in Europe. The SiS329H HDTV processor integrates a 226MHz Universal Video Decoding Engine (UVDE) capable of parsing the H.264/AVC HP@L3.0/3.2/4.1 complaint streams, as well as the MPEG2 MP@ML/HL streams. To support the audio counter-part of these standards, the SiS329H also integrates a Universal Audio Decoding Engine (UADE) capable of parsing the HE-AAC-Stereo (level 2), MPEG1 L1/L2/L3(MP3), and AC3 complaint streams. These decoded video streams are further processed by the integrated 6th generation Digital Native Video Engine (DNVE) technology.

The 6th generation Digital Native Video Engine (DNVE) is featuring in the following: Content-dependent 3D noise reduction eliminates Gaussian, Mosquito, MPEG Block and Color noises while still retaining ghost-free or free of edge blurring. Motion Adaptive De-interlacing heuristics between temporal and spatial domain eliminates sparkle and mesh effect. Enhanced Diagonal-line Compensation with low-angle interpolation and Full-HD line buffers ensures crispy, razor-sharp diagonal lines. A color optimization engine with flesh-tone and six favorite color adjustments increases the low saturation color and eliminates over-saturating and unwanted skin-one or white-tone shifts. Adaptive Dynamic Contrast Enhancer dramatically enhances the visual contrast without clipping black or white. Besides, throughout the entire processing stages, the data structure is represented in the 10-bit 444 format to carry less noise, more detailed, and sharper color images. The Picture Quality Adjustment tool is also provided to facilitate the system designer to fulfill his preferred picture tone. Furthermore, the integrated OSD engine is extremely powerful, and function-rich, featuring multi-planes, animation effect, arbitrary size, high color with 256-level transparency; and fade-in/fade-out effect, while still maintaining higher memory BW efficiency and seamless composition with the video. An easy-to-operate OSD generator is also provided to automate the generation of the preferred stylish OSD menu within a minute.

The SiS329H HDTV processor integrates the 3D Comb filter based PAL/SECAM decoder with the fast-blanking Mixer, the Multi-standard ATV sound decoder, the Transport Stream DeMux , the UVDE, the UADE, the embedded audio processor with 24 bit Audio codec, the 170MHz Triple ADC, the HDMI 1.3 compliant receiver with CEC capability, the 6th generation DNVE, the Common Interface controller, and the dual Transport Stream buses. Moreover, two USB 2.0 ports are integrated for photo-viewing the JPEG file from thumb-drive or HDD storage devices, with the aide of the built-in H/W accelerated JPEG viewer, or for downloading the video/audio streams from the PC through the external USB wireless or Ethernet dangle, respectively.

The SiS329H HDTV processor is a DVB-T/H.264 compliant HDTV processor supporting the various levels of sophisticated middle-ware including CI stack, Sunrise DVB-T, and Voyager MHEG-5 , which is co-developed from Ocean Blue Software for targeting at Pan-Europe HDTV system application. Engineer samples are available now for designing and validating and are expected to be mass-produced by May, 2009.

Source: Silicon Integrated Systems

OCZ Announces 1TB Z-Drive PCI-Express SSD

OCZ Technology Group unveiled the Z-Drive, a PCI-Express based SSD solution. The Z-Drive utilizes a combined 256MB of local cache and an onboard RAID controller. This drive features up to 510MB/s read and 480MB/s write speeds.


  • Available in 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB capacities
  • 256MB Onboard Cache
  • Onboard RAID Controller
  • PCI-Express interface (x4)
  • 245mm x 124mm x 22mm
  • MTBF 1.5 million hours
  • 2 year warranty
  • OS Compatibility: Windows XP 32/64, Vista 32/64, Windows 7 32/64, Mac OS X 10 and Above

250GB Max Performance:

  • Read: Up to 450 MB/s
  • Write: Up to 300MB/s
  • Sustained Write: Up to 200MB/s

500GB Max Performance:

  • Read: Up to 510 MB/s
  • Write: Up to 480MB/s
  • Sustained Write: Up to 200MB/s

1TB Max Performance:

  • Read: Up to 500 MB/s
  • Write: Up to 470MB/s
  • Sustained Write: Up to 200MB/s

Source: OCZ Technology Group

ASUS Unveils G Series Power Supplies

ASUS has released the new G Series power supplies - 1000W and 850W versions. With the 80 PLUS specifications (up to 86% power efficiency) certification, the G Series is able to provide a high level of stable power output, even during overclocking. It also features an active PFC function, which helps to improve voltage stability and delivers environmentally friendly power with a high power factor (PF) of up to 99%.

The G Series utilize Japan-made capacitors that are claimed to provide enhanced stability, performance and durability, while the enlarged venting holes, 13.5cm ball-bearing fan and cable sleeves ensure better ventilation and internal airflow within the system. Furthermore, the G Series is Intel ATX12V Version 2.31 compliant, and provides 5 dedicated 12V rails. The G Series PSUs have also been tested to have an MTBF of over 500,000 hours.

The G Series supports both Duo Core and Quad Core CPUs, as well as high-end graphics cards. As for future upgrades and multi-GPU graphics cards, it also provides 6+2-pin PCI-Express 2.0 connectors. Also, gamers can enjoy 8 x SATA, 6/4 x peripheral, 2 x FDD, 6/4 x PCI-E and 1 x EPS connectors.


Source: ASUS

AMD Introduces Its Fastest Phenom II X4 - 955 Black Edition

There's a new flagship in AMD's desktop series. The Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition that had got cheaper was replaced by Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition. Also, the company introduced Phenom II X4 945 processor.


  • X4 955 BE - 3.2 GHz, X4 945 - 3.0 GHz
  • L1 - 64KB per core (512KB total), L2 - 512KB per core (2MB total), L3 - 6MB (shared)
  • Integrated memory controller with a 128-bit bus, up to 2.0 GHz, Dual Dynamic Power Management, supports unbuffered memory up to PC2-8500 (DDR2-1066 MHz) and PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333 MHz)
  • HyperTransport 3.0 - 16-bit, full duplex, 4.0 GHz (2 x 2.0 GHz)
  • Total CPU-system throughput up to 37.3 GB/s
  • Socket AM3 938-pin micro-PGA package
  • Max. temperature 62°C
  • 0.875-1.5 V voltage
  • Max. TDP 125W

New processor's die is sized about 258mm² housing about 758M transistors. New CPUs are made at GLOBALFOUNDARIES Fab 1 module 1 in Dresden (former AMD Fab 36) according to the 45nm DSL SOI (silicon-on-insulator) process technology.

Working with DDR3-1333, AMD Phenom II support "one DIMM per channel" configurations. A Black Edition product supports software clock rate adjustment of its memory controller, HyperTransport, DDR3 and core.

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition costs $245, AMD Phenom II X4 945 costs $225.

Source: AMD

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