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#815| source: NASA by maximum3d on Mon Jul 29 2002
Voice Activated Wearable Computer - JPL engineer Ann Devereaux is hard at work developing the Wearable Augmented Reality Prototype (Warp), a personal communication device. The voice-activated wearable computer allows easy, real-time access to voice communication, pictures, video, people and technical reports.
#814| source: Western Digital by maximum3d on Fri Jul 26 2002
Western Digital today introduced its WD Caviar 200 GB 7,200 RPM product. This milestone marks the fourth consecutive first-to-market 7,200 RPM hard drive delivered by Western Digital - which was first to deliver 7,200 RPM hard drives in 80, 100 and 120 GB capacities. WD Caviar 60 GB-per-platter 7,200 RPM hard drives will be offered in capacities ranging from 120 to 200 GB and will be available this July. To ensure quiet operation in noise-sensitive desktop/work station environments, Western Digital offers hard drives equipped with optional fluid dynamic bearing (FDB) motors.
#813| source: The Register by maximum3d on Fri Jul 26 2002
VIA flogs P4 mobo, 533MHz FSB support - VIA today announced a whizzy new Pentium 4 mobo, the first to incorporate its new P4X266E chipset. The VIA P4PB 266E supports the new 533MHz FSB Intel P4 CPUs, six channel audio through the onboard VIA VT1616 audio codec, AGP4X, DDR266, and ATA/133. There's a smart card connector too. But as per, there are no pricing details. You'll have to call your local distie to get the gen on that.
#812| source: c|net by maximum3d on Fri Jul 26 2002
Price cuts on the desktop Athlon XP chip ranged from a 20 percent cut on the Athlon XP 2100+ chip, which went from $224 to $180, to a 5 percent cut on the Athlon XP 2200+, which dropped from $241 to $230. Meanwhile, AMD lowered the price on its Athlon XP 2000+ by 16 percent, from $193 to $163. The Athlon XP 1900+ chip fell 13 percent, from $172 to $150; the Athlon XP 1800+ dropped 11 percent, from $160 to $142; and the price of the Athlon XP 1700+ was shaved 7 percent, from $140 to $130. AMD's Athlon XP 1600+ desktop chip stayed at $130.
#811| source: Xbit Labs by maximum3d on Fri Jul 26 2002
DDR400 with i845E: Myth or Reality? - Albatron Technologies today announced the launch of the Intel 845E based mainboard PX845E Series, the first Intel 845E mainboard to support DDR400 memory for Intel P4 and Celeron Processor.
#810| source: c|net by maximum3d on Fri Jul 26 2002
AMD fielding 64 bits for PCs - As Intel accelerates the launch date of its 3GHz Pentium 4 chip, arch rival AMD continues to build the foundation for "ClawHammer." The 64-bit Athlon processor is expected to come out early next year, giving desktop PCs a performance similar to that of workstations used in research labs at DaimlerChrysler or NASA.
#809| source: VIA by maximum3d on Fri Jul 26 2002
VIA Announces P4PB 266E Mainboard - New VIA P4PB 266E mainboard enables support for the latest high-speed 533MHz FSB Intelr Pentiumr 4 processors, USB 2.0, and high quality six channel audio. Taipei, Taiwan, 25 July 2002 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA P4PB 266E mainboard for the Intelr Pentiumr 4 processor platform, the first motherboard from VIA to feature the highly versatile VIA Apollo P4X266E chipset
#808| source: The Inquirer by maximum3d on Fri Jul 26 2002
Radeon 9000, 9700 "won't run on Windows 98 - A posting on the Rage3D forums appears to confirm that ATI's up and coming 9000 Pro and 9700 won't run on Windows 98, on Windows 95 and on Windows NT.
#807| source: Infineon by maximum3d on Fri Jul 26 2002
Infineon Technologies announced that it is sampling the industry's first hard-disk drive read-channel integrated circuit (IC) implemented in 0.13-micron process technology. Designed to achieve data transfer rates on a disk drive of 1.6 GB/s under worst case conditions, the new read channels will help drive manufacturers keep pace with market demand for faster high-density drives used in enterprise data storage systems.
#806| source: CommsDesign by maximum3d on Fri Jul 26 2002
Motorola to use gaming LAN as 2.4-GHz entry - Motorola Inc.'s Semiconductor Products Sector will use a proprietary frequency-hopping scheme developed for multiuser gaming as its indirect entry into 2.4-GHz wireless markets, corporate vice president Ray Burgess told the Smart Networks Developer Forum Tuesday.

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