Gigabyte Technology today unveiled a of motherboards based on the AMD 890FX, 880G and 870 chipsets. The new models -- GA-890FXA-UD7, GA-880GMA-UD2H and GA-870A-UD3 -- support the AMD Phenom II X6 hexacore processors, native SATA 6Gb/s (via the SB850 Chipset) and ATI CrossFireX/Hybrid CrossFireX multi-GPU technologies. The new additions also boast proprietary Gigabyte technologies such as Auto Unlock that enables hidden CPU cores, On/Off Charge for enhanced iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch charging, USB 3.0 and 3x USB power.
As the flagship model for the series, the GA-890FXA-UD7 is designed to appeal to overclockers, gamers and tech enthusiasts. It features the AMD 890FX + SB850 chipset combination with support for 4-way ATI CrossFireX on the XL-ATX form factor and the highest quality 8+2 CPU VRM power phase design that handles 140W CPU power requirements with ease. In addition, the GA-890FXA-UD7 comes with Hybrid Silent Pipe that allows for highly efficient system cooling without generating fan noise. Other noteworthy features include Gigabyte 333 Onboard Acceleration technologies, onboard debug LEDs, and support for DDR3-1866.
For media center enthusiasts, the Gigabyte GA-880GMA-UD2H motherboard features ATI Radeon HD 4250 integrated graphics that offers exceptional power efficiency and versatile high-definition graphics configurations for the living room. ATI Radeon HD 4250 graphics supports Microsoft DirectX 10.1. The GA-880GMA-UD2H can also accommodate discrete VGA cards with ATI Hybrid CrossFireX for those enthusiasts who want to play demanding games on their media centers.
Gigabyte Auto Unlock technology features a Core Boost micro-processor that enables the CPU's hidden cores (when available), effectively providing a CPU upgrade while running multi-threaded applications or multi-tasking.
Gigabyte On/Off Charge allows iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users to charge their devices from the USB ports of their PC regardless of whether it is on or off. This capability is enabled by the On/Off driver utility combined with a dedicated white and red On/Off Charge USB port connector that connects to two front panel USB ports for user convenience. In addition, Gigabyte 3x USB Power technology allows these users to enjoy faster device recharging by tripling the current that is available from all USB ports.
The Gigabyte AMD 800 series motherboards support USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed USB) via an onboard NEC uPD720200 host controller. Additionally, backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 assures users of continued use of their legacy USB 2.0 devices. The onboard NEC SuperSpeed USB technology also provides new power management features that include increased maximum bus power and device current draw to better accommodate power-hungry devices.
The Gigabyte AMD 800 series motherboards feature a 3x USB power boost, delivering greater compatibility and extra power for USB bus powered devices. Gigabyte's unique USB power design is also able to efficiently regulate output over the full voltage range, which greatly enhances USB device operation and compatibility. In addition, dedicated lower resistance fuses ensure lower voltage drops, and provide more stable and plentiful power delivery.
Gigabyte AMD 800 series motherboards feature 6 ports of high-speed native SATA Revision 3.0 with 6 Gbps link speeds for twice the data transfer rates of SATA Revision 2.0 (3 Gbps). Moreover, they support multiple RAID configurations that include RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 that provide users with a range of choices for high performance or high reliability data storage.
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At Embedded Systems Conference today, AMD announced two new complete platforms for the embedded market, the compact ASB2 platform and the high-performance AM3 platform, that offer myriad combinations of power and performance with up to 74 percent improvement in performance-per-watt over previous generations.
AMD's new flexible embedded platforms consist of chipset and graphics solutions along with high-performance CPUs as low as 8W TDP for the ideal solution based on application requirements. System designers focusing on their next-generation products can see immediate benefits commonly associated with industry-standard x86 processors, including streamlined design and development, a large software ecosystem, and fast time-to-market.
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Following the launch of the ATI FirePro V8800, AMD today introduced new additions to its next-generation ATI FirePro family –- ATI FirePro V7800, ATI FirePro V5800, ATI FirePro V4800, and ATI FirePro V3800 –- made for professionals in the digital content creation (DCC) and Computer Aided Design (CAD) industries. AMD also announced the ATI FirePro 2460 Multi-View, a low-profile, quad-display graphics solution designed for financial institutions. These latest ATI FirePro solutions are expected to be available from HP, CDW, NewEgg, TigerDirect and other online retailers.
The next generation of the ATI FirePro family of professional graphics cards is designed to meet the specific needs of each market segment. The cards have been tested in real-world scenarios to help ensure compatibility and stability for certification with many leading software applications. Each card supports Microsoft DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.0 and OpenCL along with ATI Eyefinity technology –- providing professionals with the ability to expand their display resolution for increased productivity.
The ATI FirePro 2460 Multi-View is a low-profile, quad-display graphics solution designed for financial traders. With an average board power consumption of 13W, ATI FirePro 2460 is designed to meet the performance and productivity requirements of enterprise environments without increasing the power consumption needs of users while offering the capability to support multi-monitor ATI Eyefinity technology.
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