Archive for November 26th, 2020
Google is now one step closer to world domination (evil laughter). Lead by Google, the Open Handset Alliance consists of 34 mobile phone companies that all pitched in on the development of the OS. Dubbed ?Android?, the new mobile OS is set to take on Symbian OS, and Windows Mobile "Photon", which is scheduled for release in 2008. The press release noted that a software development kit will be released next week to allow software developers to create applications for the platform.
According to Ted Hsu, CEO of ASRock, the company plans on breaking into the mid and high end motherboard market. He added that in 2008, mid-range and high-end will account for around 35-40% of the company's motherboard shipments. The move comes after falling sales in the low-end segment. Hsu noted that the entry-level CPU market shrank to only 20% this year ? and the company?s shipments would only continue to decline if nothing was done. Also noted was that the company?s close relationship with Asus will ?not be directly impacted.?
A rumour started over at NordicHardware has been circulating around the net for a few days now ? and has naturally found its way here. Previously scheduled for release on November 12, the site report that the chip will now find its way into consumer?s hands in late December. Apparently, the chip still has problems with Intel?s 45nm Penryn CPU?s. In the one review we?ve seen, the chip can?t outperform its predecessor, the 680i. Although, the chip is essentially a 680i with an NF200 chip for additional PCIe lanes.
Diamond Multimedia are the latest company to the jump on the leaking-product-pages-before-release bandwagon. The latest victim, or rather victims, is the un-announced HD 3850 and 3870, which use the RV670. The site lists the HD 3850 as being clocked at 668/828MHz, and includes 256MB of GDDR3 memory. While on the other hand, the faster HD 3870 is clocked at 775/1200MHz and accompanies 512MB of GDDR4 memory. The 55nm RV670 core includes 320 stream processors and a 256-bit bus. Among DX10.1, it adds support for PCI Express 2.0 and shader model 4.1. The RV670 boards are scheduled to arrive alongside Phenom and the 790 FX (RD790) this month.
More news over at Expreview points to a few photos of a new passive 8800 GT from Gainward. Underneath the huge heatsink (just look at that thing!) lies a plain old reference board. If you haven?t been keeping up, clocks are 600/900MHz – while the 112 shaders operate at 1500Mhz. No other info regarding a possible release date and weight is currently available ? although this beast will no doubt be unstable in a tower case (let alone fit!). The six photos are accessible here.
DailyTech were the first to draw our attention to the possibility of a G92 powered 8800 GTS. Today though, Expreview has posted a possible release date and price. The site touts a December 3rd release date, which agrees with DailyTech?s story claiming a ?December? release. The price, however, is quite a bargain (providing it?s correct!). For a rough $308 USD, you could get a 320MB 8800 GTS, which only has 96 shaders (not 128!). It?s only a matter of time until Nvidia intentionally announce the product – although it?ll no doubt be leaked on a manufacturer?s site in a week or two…
Nvidia?s current line-up is slowly starting to take shape again. We?ll have an 8800 GT and five versions of the GTS, but the GTX and Ultra should dodge the G92 refresh and remain intact. The benchmarks we?ve already seen place the new 8800 GTS with 112 shaders above the recent 8800 GT (which shares the same 112 shaders) ? although with a G92 powered 8800 GTS looming (with 128 shaders and higher clocks) ? the 112 shader version will soon be superseded. The old 320MB 8800 GTS will soon also reach EOL, while the 640MB version, which is also known as the 112 shader model, will probably hold out a bit longer. Although, as it lacks PCIe 2.0 support, and the other features that the G92 brings to the table it will, as already mentioned, eventually be replaced by the G92 8800 GTS - which will accompany the GT in becoming the next-gen boards in the line-up.