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I watched CBS News (on QTV) yesterday and their Feature story grabbed my attention. I know that digital copiers (also known as AIO ‘all-in-one’ copiers) contain hard drives to “temporarily” store the images that you’re copying, but I didn’t know that it keep it. I included the link from CBS Evening News, well I guess, all I can say is “go see it for yourself…”

Digital Photocopiers Loaded With Secrets

Advanced Micro Devices will launch its Phenom II microprocessor at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this coming January, executives at AMD’s annual analyst meeting said Thursday.
Specifically, AMD will launch the Phenom II X4 processor, part of its “Dragon” enthusiast platform, said Bob Grim, the senior manager of product marketing for AMD’s desktop group. The Phenom II X4 is also known as the “Deneb” core, which is the desktop version of the “Shanghai” processor for servers that AMD launched on Thursday.

The Dragon platform will be AMD’s platform for the enthusiast segment during 2009, replacing the “Spider” platform that launched at the end of 2007 in conjunction with the first Phenom processor.

Grim and other executives provided a few details about the Dragon and the Phenom II X4. The processor will contain 8 Mbytes of cache and connect to either DDR-2 or DDR-3 memory, AMD executives said.

The availability of cheap components is important. AMD executives said Thursday that they are refocusing AMD on the value and mainstream segments and on SMB customers, and away from the enterprise. Grim also positioned the upcoming rival Core i7 “Nehalem” processor from Intel as one that was out of touch with the marketplace.

“Expensive motherboards, expensive memory…all expectations says that the processor will be expensive as well,” Grim said. That’s partially true, and partially false: Intel has released its pricing strategy for the Core i7 in advance of the launch.

The Dragon platform, meanwhile, will combine the Phenom II with “a terascale graphics engine for breakthrough performance,” according to AMD. Graphics options will range from integrated components to “superior quad graphics”, the company said. The platform will also ship with the AMD Overdrive CPU control utility as well as its Fusion optimization tool.

A few days ago, we published an an examination the CPU landscape in 2009. In it, author Loyd Case compared the public roadmaps from both AMD and Intel, and attempted to distinguish between the two based on price and performance.

Both Intel and AMD periodically adjust their roadmaps. At the Intel Developer Forum, for example, Intel executives presented their own roadmaps, concentrating on their upcoming Nehalem processor.

AMD doesn’t hold its own developer forums, but at its analyst day Thursday the company presented a comprehensive view of its 2009 product plans. We’ve wrapped them up here, in the accompanying slideshow, as a future reference.

At this point, we don’t know the pricing of these chips, nor their relative performance. We won’t know this information until they ship, when ExtremeTech will have a crack at reviewing them.

For now, the best hint at the performance of the upcoming AMD Phenom II X4 “Deneb” desktop processor – which will launch at CES in January – is the performance estimates of AMD’s “Shanghai” microprocessor for servers. Yes, they’re AMD’s own numbers, but representatives from Dell, HP, IBM, and Sun all took the stage Thursday at AMD’s headquarters (virtually or in person) and praised the chip’s performance. That’s telling. On the other hand, Intel has invited journalists to its Nehalem launch by claiming that the Core i7 will be the fastest microprocessor on the planet.

In this slideshow, we cover AMD’s CPU roadmap, the platforms that will use those CPUs, and many more details on AMD’s mobile platforms. We’ve even tossed in roadmaps for FoundryCo, the manufacturing business AMD will spin off as part of its “asset smart” strategy.

Intel’s next-generation “Nehalem” architecture will be named the Intel Core i7, and will enter production during the fourth quarter, Intel said Sunday.

The brand will be the “first of several new identifiers to come as different products launch over the next year,” Intel said.

Intel did not give a formal explanation of what the “i7” brand stood for, or how future cores would be described in that context. The company did say that model numbers would be used, as they currently are, to provide more information about the chip. The Intel Core i7 processor brand logo will be available for high-performance desktop PCs with a separate black logo for Intel’s highest-end “Extreme Edition,” Intel said.

The production timeline is not news; Intel provided a fairly lengthy explanation of the Nehalem architecture in March, and said then that the first chips would ship during the fourth quarter.

Nehalem will contain two to eight cores, a 4-instruction-wide ISA, and two-way simultaneous multithreading. The notable additions include the QuickPath interconnect, with up to 25 Gbytes/s per link, and an integrated memory controller, as AMD’s own parts include. In addition, there will be a new 8-Mbyte shared level 3 cache.

Intel will discuss the Nehalem, as well as its return to graphics, Larrabee, and other chips beginning on August 19, at the Intel Developer Forum at San Francisco.

Advanced Micro Devices has launched the 790GX chipset, with graphics that are improved enough that the company claims it offers two times the graphics performance of a comparable chipset from Intel.

The 790GX builds on the well-regarded AMD 780G chipset , according to Adam Kozak, the product manager for AMD’s chipsets, and the company describes it as a “crossover” product between the mainstream and high-end markets, taking attributes from both. It uses the same graphics core (a Radeon HD 3300) but clocked at 700MHz.

Motherboards with the new chipset are expected from Asus, ASRock, BioStar, DFI, Elitegroup, LTD, Foxconn, Gigabyte., LTD, J&W Technology, Jetway, LTD, and MSI Computer Ltd, AMD said.

Graphics-wise, AMD is positioning the new chipset against the P45 from Intel and the nForce 750a from Nvidia. AMD’s 790GX contains both HybridPower and CrossFireX capabilities, allowing the chipset to stand alone with its graphics capabilities, or else use one or more discrete graphics cards for additional graphics horsepower: running Codemasters’ Grid, for example, allows for 1024 x 768 graphics in low detail while using the onboard GPU, and then 1152 x864 at 30 fps while pairing it with a Radeon HD 3470. Two Radeon 4870s together generate 75 fps in 1920 x 1200 resolution, according to AMD.

The chipset includes AMD’s “OverDrive” capability, allowing a user to overclock the memory, as well as advanced clock calibration, a new feature that aggressively overclocks the associated Phenom processor.

Using the 3DMark Vantage benchmark, AMD claims a benchmark score of about 3000, versus about a 1400 score with the Intel G45 chipset.

The 790GX also processes video at resolutions of 1080p and above.

The chipset supports two x8 PCI Express lanes and a single X6 PCI Express lane. Six 3.0-Gbits/s connections are included, and 12 USB 2.0 ports via the SB750 south-bridge chip.

I’ve always been a fan of Mini ITX, but up to now I don’t still own one… hehehe… just to give you updates I found these articles…

Mini-ITX 2.0: The Mini PC Platform of the Future

After inventing the form factor in 2001, VIA has redefined the platform in 2008 to create a new standard for optimized performance and freedom of choice in small form factor desktop PCs.

Today’s Mini-ITX mainboards have come a long way in seven years, with faster processor speeds yet more power efficient platforms than ever, richer digital media feature integration, and greater connectivity and storage options. VIA boards now feature PCI Express, DDR2, SATA II, multi-channel HD audio and much more, and VIA is continually investing resources in developing ways to integrate ever greater functionality into small footprint platforms.

To extend its leadership at the cutting edge of small form factor innovation, VIA announced Mini-ITX 2.0, setting a minimum standard of the latest PC technology specifications for Mini-ITX mainboards designed for small form factor desktop PCs. This is aimed at providing OEMs, system integrators and end-users alike greater freedom of choice in configuring mini PCs and home media centers to deliver the graphics, high definition video, and computing experience required in today’s media rich environment.

Mini-ITX is the ideal platform for next generation mini PCs due to its advanced performance, high levels of feature integration, and easy expandability, coupled with the broad infrastructure of cases and accessories that has been built up around the form factor.

Processor: Central to Mini-ITX 2.0 is a high performance yet power efficient x86 processor, such as the VIA Nano processor, to provide all the horsepower necessary for running the latest applications and operating systems in a space-constrained environment.

Graphics & Video: Increasingly immersive graphics and high definition visual computing are demanding ever more powerful graphics and video, including DirectX® 10 graphics and Blu-ray Disc™ playback. Mini-ITX 2.0 defines a 16-lane PCI Express slot as a prerequisite, enabling the integration of a high performance graphics add-in card into the system in order to play the latest, most sophisticated PC games and highest density video formats.

Audio: With PCs increasingly used as home media centers, it is vital for mini PCs to deliver rich 6-channel surround sound that meets the HD audio specification, for a more authentic entertainment experience.


Mini-ITX 2.0 Standard

The Mini-ITX 2.0 open industry standard defines minimum platform technology requirements for media-rich optimized mini PCs:

Processor: High-performance, power efficient x86 processor, such as the VIA Nano processor

Memory: Support for minimum 2GB DDR2 SDRAM
Graphics: DirectX 9.0 integrated (IGP); DirectX 10 through an add-in card

Display: 1 VGA port for LCD display; 1 HDMI port on add-in card

HD Audio: 3 Audio jacks for up to 6-channel surround sound
Broadband Connectivity: 1 Gigabit LAN port

Storage: 2 Serial ATA II slots + 1 IDE (PATA) slot
Peripheral Connectivity: Minimum 4 USB2.0 ports

Expansion: 1 PCI Express 16-lane slot

Size: 17cm x 17cm

O/S Support: Microsoft® Windows Vista®; Microsoft Windows Vista Premium (through an add-in graphics card); Microsoft Windows® XP, and major Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Suse Linux and gOS

Please download the presentation from the VIA press conference held during Computex Taipei 2008, in which the Mini-ITX 2.0 concept was introduced after an explanation of VIA’s path to the VIA Nano processor.

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