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Archives - News, October 2002

News: Wednesday, 30th October 2002 - David

Motherboards & Processors
Intel Pentium 4 2.4B GHz Processor Review @ PCStats
Soyo KT400 Dragon Ultra Motherboard Review @ Neoseeker
EPoX EP-4SDA5+ motherboard review @ EnvyNews
Intel 2GHz [3.1GHz on Air!] Celeron Processor Review @ Hexus
Iwill P4GS i845G Motherboard @ PCStats
MSI's KT4 Ultra (VIA KT400) Reviewed @ HotHardware.Com
HWZ reviews the Gigabyte GA-7VAXP KT400 motherboard

Graphics
SiS Xabre Anti-Aliasing @ 3DCenter
ATI Radeon 9700 Review and new layout launch at OCAddiction
XFX Graphics Geforce 4 Ti4200 @ TechWareLabs
A technical comparison of NVIDIA's NV30 and ATI's R300 @ Beyond3D

Cases & Power
Sky Hawk Jupiter Case @ Tweaktown
PCA Reviews the Platinum XP case

Mods
Lamps Electronics CCFL Roundup @ GideonTech.com
How to invert your LC-Display @ PCMax
All-New Color Cathodes from SVC @ PCA
Painting a Case Fan @ Modtown

Memory & Storage
Corsair XMS 3500C2 DDR @ TNR
Kingston 6-in-1 Media Reader review @ EnvyNews
Belkin 32MB Flash Drive review @ EnvyNews

Cooling
Evercool ND18-715 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
Koolance EXOS Review at ClubOC
Vantec Copper X CCK-7025 CPU Cooler Review @ MODTHEBOX.COM
Heat Seeker Pro XPT Review @ ClubOC
ThermalRight SK-6+ @ OCC
Asia Vital Components Tundra 2 HSF Review @ PCA
Kuthec KTI2000 P4 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech

Misc.
Gamers.com Does GTA: Vice City
PC Mag: Palm's Power Play -- Tungsten Review
ExtremeTech Reviews Xandros Desktop 1.0: Another Winning Debian Distro
eWeek: Mary Jo Foley on Wither Windows?
eWeek: Xerox Signals for Turnaround
LI Utilities' WinBackup Review @ OCTools
‘Yur Pal Mitch’ column @ EnvyNews


News: Monday, 28th October 2002 - David

This is what happens when you forget to post news on Friday, and you also dont have internet access from home.

*edit* Fixed the date :P

Graphics
Bjorn3d.com reviews the ATI 9700 Pro
Video memory mysteries @ DansData
Connect3D Radeon 9700 @ Hardware Test
Matrox Parhelia Review List @ 8Dimensional
Bjorn3d.com looks at the Radeon 9500,9500 Pro and 9700
Gigabyte MAYA RADEON 9000 PRO @ HWZ
ATi's RADEON 9700 & 9500 Previewed @ HotHardware.Com

Motherboards & Systems
Hexus.net - ABIT AT7 MAX2 Motherboard Review
Shuttle SB51G Small Form Factor PC Review @ Hexus
Vapochilled Pentium 4 At 3.3GHz - Asetek Vapochill Review @ HotHardware.com
VIA KT400 Motherboard Roundup @ Tweaktown

Sound
HWZ reviews the Hercules Gamesurround Fortissimo III 7.1
MonkeyReview posts Midiland PowerStixx Review
Björn's 3D World has posted a review of Frontier Labs NEX IIe MP3 player
DIY Subwoofer Article @ MonsterHW

Memory & Storage
Corsair XMS PC3500 RAM Review @ OCIA is updated
3 Sandisk Card Readers @ PCA
Trek 16MB Smart ThumbDrive @ OCIA
KingMAX PC3200 DDR400 Memory Review @ PCStats
Samsung Spinpoint 120GB HD Review @ GideonTech.com

Cooling
Swiftech MCX-462+ review @ phlux.co.uk
Titan Aluminium Fan @ Bit Tech
Silent Cooler Roundup @ Hard Tecs 4U
Tt Spark 7 HSF Review @ OCC
Thermaltake Volcano 9 @ Viper Lair
Neng Tyi Nexus NC02 HSF @ Tweaktown
Next Generation Fans @ Tweakers AU
Vantec CCK-6012 1U Heatsink Review @ OCIA
AVC 112C81 Copper-Core Heatsink @ FrostyTech
AVC Tundra 2 Copper Skive Heatsink @ FrostyTech

Mods, Cases & Power
OCC Case Gallery now open
BiT-news :: LED Beamers
Blue LC-Display @ PC-max.de
Quietening the SOHO Enviornment - BlowBox @ SpodesAbode
3R System NEON case @ Hardware Test
CoolMax Aluminum Triple LED Fan PSU @ OCC
Lian Li PC65B Review @ ClubOC
How to build your own LC-Display @ PC-max.de
Lian Li PC-6089A Aluminum Case Review @ MODTHEBOX.COM
Vantec Nexus Multi-Function Panel Review @ ClubOC
Silent Cases Roundup @ Hard Tecs 4U
Tt Fan Speed Controller @ ClubOC
Skyhawk PSR-4616-B7 Case @ Modtown

Games
B3D reviews Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2
The Thing @ GameAxis
Icewind Dale II @ GameAxis
Unreal Tournament 2003 Tweak Guide @ Tweaktown

Misc
Bag-o-Gear drawing @ OCC
ExtremeTech Reviews Lycoris Desktop/LX
eWeek: Sun to Join WS-I Ranks
ExtremeTech: Powerline Networking Could Hit 100 Mbit/s In 2004
3DMark2001SE Tweak Guide - Part 2 @ PCStats
New forums at RipNet-UK
Radeon 9700 PRO giveaway @ Tweakmonster
ExtremeTech: End Of The Road For CD Burners?
PC Mag: A Revolutionary Approach to Wireless?


News: Thursday, 24th October 2002 - David

News that deserve postage.

Graphics & Displays
ATI Radeon 9700 Pro Review @ Neoseeker
KDS Rad5-C LCD Monitor @ OCIA
Extreme Overclocking has published a review on PNY's Verto GeForce 4 Ti 4600
GeForce4 Ti anisotropic filtering bug @ 3DCenter
Sapphire Radeon 9700 Pro Graphics Card Review @ Hexus
Albatron GeForce 4 Ti4200P Turbo @ Technoyard
Short 3Dlabs Wildcat4 & Wildcat VP560 Preview @ Beyond3D
HWZ reviews the Philips 150MT 15-inch TFT LCD Monitor/TV
Gainward Ultra/650TV-Golden Sample @ Bit Tech
Hexus.net - Leadtek Twinforce 2 Motherboard & Graphics Card Bundle Review

Motherboards
MSI 648 Max Reviewed @ HotHardware.Com
Gigabyte GA-7VAXP KT400 Motherboard @ Tweakers Au
10 Motherboard i845E/G Roundup @ PCStats
Overclockers New Zealand has posted a review on Abit KD7 Raid KT400 Motherboard

Cooling
Thermalright AX-478 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
Zalman CNPS 6000-Cu @ OCIA
Coolink U2P Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
ThermalRight SK7 HSF Review @ OCC
Next-Cool WaterCUBE GT3 Waterblock Review @ Tweaknews.net
Neng Tyi Nexus KN02 HSF @ tweaktown
Silent Heatpipe Graphiccard Cooler Zalman ZM50-HP @ PCMax.de

Storage
Bjorn3D Reviews Bonzai Expandable USB Mini-Drive
USB 2.0 External Enclosure @ Viper Lair
HWZ reviews the FlexDrive Flash Memory USB Drive

Power, Cases & Mods
Antec 480W True Blue PSU Reviewed @OCAddiction.com
OCS Cold Cathode Kit @ Bit Tech
XOXIDE X300 Pre-modded Case @ MonsterHW
SkyHawk Jupiter Aluminum Case Review @ Bjorn3D
CrazyPC Fire Dragon Window Panel & Palm Zire Reviews @ Modfactor.com
Jab-Tech Dual Cathode Kit @ ReviewNation
Kingwin KWI-450 Power Supply Review @ ClubOC
Lian Li PC86 Aluminum Tower Review @ PCMax.de
Project: Pro/LAN @ ProCooling
Shuttle XPC SS51G @ Viper Lair
Cobalt3 PyramidII Fan Silencer Review @ GideonTech.com
Ahanix dboX @ Tweaktown

Misc.
SuSE 8.1 @ ExtremeTech
GigRigz "Cyber Athletic Supporter" @ Pimprig
AMD Athlon XP 2200+ Thorougbred CPU Review @ MKT
Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz Processor Review @ PCStats
Bjorn3D's Hack-o-Lantern Contest
Monopoly for the PalmOS @ Futurelooks
Routers @ DansData
Altec Lansing 251 5.1 Surround Speakers Review @ OnePC.NET
Compad Speed-Pad + Speed-Fix Spray Review @ MODTHEBOX.COM
ExtremeTech: Building A Home Network: Wires Rule
eWeek: Intel Sends 3GHz Pentium 4s to Major PC Makers
Alternative Technologies: Nintendo Gamecube Review @ Bit Tech
ExtremeTech Reviews Mandrake Linux 9.0


News: Monday, 21st October 2002 - David

Here's the news accumulated over the weekend.

Motherboards & Systems
Soltek SL75-DRV5 @ Voided Warranty
Hexus.net - MSI 648 MAX Motherboard Review
MSI K7D Review @ wtfiml33t
Shuttle SS51G BareBone with AGP @ HardwareTestDK
ECS I-Buddie 4 Desknote Review @ Tweaktown

Cooling
Lian Li Mobile HD Rack Review @OCAddiction.com
More additions to DansData's Cooler Roundup

Sound
Logitech NEW! Z640 5.1 Speaker Review @ PCREVIEWSPOT.COM
Suspending a subwoofer in air @ SpodesAbode
Sennheiser HD-497 Headphones @ Viper Lair

Power
PCToys 520w Power Maxx Power Supply @ ClubOC
Thermaltake 420W Silent PurePower PSU @ Tweakers AU

Storage
Plextor 48/24/48A CDRW @ ASELabs
EasyDisk removable USB hard disk review @ Alltechbox.com
MX50 USB Personal Flash Drive Review @ OCC

Display
LG L1501S 15-inch TFT LCD Monitor @HWZ
Samsung SyncMaster 172T Review @ MonkeyReview

Networking
Nexland ISB Soho Router Review @ The Hardwire
Linksys Wireless Network Equipment review @ phlux.co.uk

Mods & Cases
Sound Activated CCFL reviewed @ BOPC
MTB Exclusive: Kool Cases Dynax Server Tower Case Review
Lian-Li PC6085 aluminium case review at RipNet-UK
Cooler Master UTC-A24 Rounded Cables @ Monster HW

Misc
IRQ, Sharing, APIC & INT Lines In-Depth-Guide @ HardTecs4U
Stomp's MySoundStudio @ IceHW
RecordNow Max CD/DVD Authoring Software Review @ AthlonXP.com
ExtremeTech: Don't Bother with AGP 8X?
Baseline: Microsoft to Fund New Pitch for Windows XP -- TVO


News: Friday, 18th October 2002 - David

Hercules 3D Prophet 9700 Pro Review @Beyond3D
Soldering Guide @ PC-max.de
Bitboys´ Glaze3D & Avalanche ( in retrospective) @ 3DCenter
Further fascinating letters @ DansData
Thermaltake Giveaway - 2 Weeks Left @ Tweakers AU
ExtremeTech: AMD Shifting Away from "Clawhammer"
Thermaltake Volcano 9 HSF Cooler Review @ MODTHEBOX.COM
MSI G4MX440-VTD8X Videocard Review @ PCStats
Can UT 2003 and Doom III kill off older game engines? @ Bjorn3D
PC Mag takes on the RealPlayer v. Windows Media Player Fight
Corsair XMS PC 3500 RAM Review @ OCIA
VoidedWarranty.com ZXMods Window Kit Give-Away
AMD Opteron Benchmarks @ 3DCenter
Asus P4S8X SiS 648 Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
NanoTherm Silver XTC Paste Review @ OCC
HWZ reviews the Plextor PlexWriter PX-W4824TA


News: Thursday, 17th October 2002 - David

BiT-news :: CTX PV720A 17" TFT Monitor
Zalman Multi Connector 1 Review @ Modtown.co.uk
Hexus.net Forums - Gainward 650TV/DVI GS 3.3ns DDR 64MB Graphics Card Forums Competition
Understanding Bottlenecks @ Viper Lair
Prolink PixelView GeForce4 MX440-8X Videocard Review @ PCStats
PC Mag reviews AOL v. MSN -- Lesser of Two Evils?
Hardware store watercooling @ Modfathers
HighSpeedPC XP Unlocking Kit @ OCIA
Antec Trueblue 480W Power Supply Review @ MonkeyReview
V8420 GeForce 4 Ti4200 Deluxe - Review @ HotHardware.com
HWZ reviews the PURE Digital ZXR-500 5.1 Speaker System
Red/Blue Quad LED Fans Review With Video Clips! @ MrPCPro.com


PR: Interact-TV™ Launches Digital Home Entertainment Platform and Server using the VIA EPIA Mini-ITX Mainboard : Thursday, 17th October 2002 - David

Telly™ manages and stores TV, video, music and pictures in a small, easy-to-use unit aimed at the Totally Connected living room

Taipei, Taiwan, 14 October 2002 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the launch of the Interact-TV (www.interact-tv.com) Telly™ Home Entertainment Server, a digital home entertainment hub the size of a stereo component, at Forum 2002, the leading conference for the digital home consumer market being held in San Francisco from October 14-16 2002. The system is based on the company’s Linux-based Entertainment Operating System (EOS™) and the tiny, highly-integrated EPIA Mini-ITX mainboard VIA Technologies Inc.

"After evaluating a variety of hardware vendors for over the past two years, we became very excited about the performance and level of integration on VIA's EPIA Mini-ITX mainboard as a base for our product plans,” said Steve Bell, Director of Marketing at Interact-TV. “VIA’s vision of digital entertainment technologies directly coincides with ours.”

Telly functions as a home entertainment server to store and catalog thousands of CDs and MP3s, digital photos and as much as 60 hours of personal videos and time-shifted TV programming selected from a Personal Program Guide. Telly can also check e-mail, weather, stocks, local theatre listings and other information over the Web and can be controlled by a simple remote or any Web-connected computer.

“Telly is a great example of utilizing the small, silent-running, highly-integrated components to achieve Total Connectivity in the home,” commented Richard Brown, Director of Marketing at VIA Technologies, Inc. “VIA and Interact-TV share a common direction of the home digital media device as the next big thing in personal computing.”

The small footprint of the VIA EPIA Mini-ITX mainboard allows Interact-TV to pack the power of its Entertainment Operating System into a silent, fanless full-function computer that complements the home stereo system and offers such features as advanced 2D/3D graphics, broadband networking and 5.1 surround sound. The use of standard hardware affords Interact-TV partners and end-users the flexibility of expanding Telly with new applications for the connected home and peripherals to keep pace in the fast-moving home entertainment market.

“The integrated features and services based on the x86 platform will appeal to resellers of all kinds,” said Ken Fuhrman, CEO of Interact-TV. “The VIA EPIA Mini-ITX mainboard allows Interact-TV to offer early adopter consumers, OEMs, Broadband providers and VOD players a product and price that will attract and retain customers.”

A recent study by Parks Associates, a Dallas-based market research and consulting company that studies emerging technologies for the home, found that more than 50% of American Internet households are interested in networking digital entertainment content among PCs, TVs, stereos, and DVD players, and more than 40% have already downloaded MP3 files onto their home computers. The study concluded broadband access is likely to sell precisely because it offers greater convenience for consumers. Advanced value products such as Telly will facilitate this trend by providing all the Internet functionality the family needs in a compact format with consumer electronics appeal and ease of use.

About the Ultra Compact VIA EPIA Mini-ITX Mainboard
The VIA EPIA Mini-ITX mainboard provides system integrators and OEMs with a standardized ultra compact yet highly integrated platform that can be utilized across multiple mini PC, Information Station, Information Server, and Broadband Gateway product lines. With a footprint that measures only 170mm x 170mm, the VIA EPIA Mini-ITX mainboard is more than 33% smaller than any other motherboard form factor currently available on the market. It also comes with a rich feature set that includes a VIA C3 processor (EBGA package), integrated AGP graphics and audio, USB, TV-Out connector, Ethernet networking, and S/PDIF 5.1 audio channels that are not available on other small form factor motherboards.

Featuring a powerful native x86 processor core, 192KB full speed L1/L2 cache, and MMX and 3DNow! support, the EPIA Mini-ITX delivers leading edge PC application and Internet performance on an embedded platform and is fully compatible with a complete range of operating systems. Multimedia performance is further enhanced by its integrated APG2X/4X graphics with full 3D/2D/video acceleration, including motion compensation for advanced video applications. Market-leading thermal characteristics make the VIA EPIA Mini-ITX the ideal solution for ergonomic system designs for a variety of innovative low profile, small form factors, and translate into lower energy costs and longer battery life in mobile designs. The EPIA Mini-ITX is also available with the fanless VIA Eden Platform for ultra low power connected designs. More information can be found at: <http://www.viavpsd.com/product/epia_mini_itx_spec.jsp>.

About Forum 2002
Forum 2002 is being hosted by Parks Associates in partnership with CEA's Fall Conference and Industry Forum on October 14-16, 2002, at the Fairmont in San Francisco, California. Forum attracts leaders from an array of industries, including market research, energy services, broadband Internet access, ISPs, entertainment, appliance, and computer manufacturers. Parks Associates is a Dallas-based market research and consulting company that studies emerging technologies for the home.

About Interact-TV, Inc.
Interact-TV develops software products that ease a busy lifestyle by centralizing both the entertainment and information experience. Our products blend digital media, broadband, and home networking, then brings it to the end-user a through a television interface creating a more relaxed and accessible environment. Our vision of the future is aligned with the increasing availability of broadband access to the home, and a pervasive demand for higher-value entertainment. We believe new markets will inevitably emerge tomorrow, driving a varied array of digital services we are positioned to deliver on today. Interact-TV™, Inc. is a Delaware C Corporation, founded in 2000 and is based in Boulder, Colorado. More information can be found at www.interact-tv.com.


News: Monday, 14th October 2002 - David

Over the weekend, the mailbox got flooded. Prepare for a major-ass long news listing ;)

Memory
Geil DDR-433 Platinum Memory Review @ Tweaktown
Corsair XMS3500 CAS2 DDR Memory Review @ PCStats
Corsair 512mb XMS3500 DDR Review @ ClubOC

Motherboards
Soltek SL75FRV review @ AMD3D.com
MSI KT3 Ultra2-R KT333 @ Viper Lair
SOYO-KT400 DRAGON Ultra Motherboard (Platinum Edition) @ TechnoYard
Intel 845GE Chipset Review @ Tweakers AU
HWZ reviews the Leadtek WinFast TwinForce2
ASUS P4T533-C Motherboard @ Tech Dreams

Graphics
Crucial Radeon 9700 Pro 8XAGP Videocard Review @ PCStats
Hexus.net - Crucial Radeon 9700 Pro Graphics Card Review
ATI AIW Radeon 8500 DV Review @ MrPCPro.com
New SiS Xabre video card review database @ 8Dimensional

Modding
PCA Reviews the Xoxide C-6 BlackHawk case and multi color cathode
Californeon Lightstrip review at RipNet-UK
AMS gMONO Case Review @ OCAddiction
ICEHardware shows you how to do some phone modding
Meblin's Mods' IR PC Remote Control Reviewed @ PCREVIEWSPOT.COM
The Modfathers news - Review of Digital Doctor 5
Titan Active Alarm Kit @ CaseTest

Cooling
Vantec AeroFlow Heatsink Reviewed @ BOPC
ThermalTake GF4 Copper Cooling Kit @ OCIA
Vantec VP4-C7040 Aeroflow CPU Cooler Review @ MODTHEBOX.COM
PCToys 80mm Crystal LED Case Fan Review @ ClubOC
Dr.Thermal TI-V77L Cooler @ BOPC
Hexus.net - Exclusive Coverage Of The World's First Water Cooled Shuttle (SS51) P4 System
Volcano 9 "Coolmod" - An Athlon XP Bites the Dust @ PCREVIEWSPOT.COM
ThermalRight AX-478 P4 HSF Review @ OCC

I/O
ExtremeTech Reviews Logitech Cordless Mouse
Flex Advanced Keyboard Review @ EnvyNews
iRiver ChromeX iMP-150 CD/MP3 Player Review @ OnePC.NET

Storage
Vantec EZ.swap MRK-102FD @ BOPC
Tt Hardcano 2 Review @ ClubOC

Competitions
OCZ Goliath 2 SE CPU Cooler @ Modtown
Modfather news - Lian Li LCD Thermometer giveaway

Editorials
Scoop at eWeek: Microsoft to Make Some of Passport Open-Source?
Scoop at eWeek: Craig Barrett Speaks on Itanium
Baseline: A Post-Mortem (Another) of Florida's High-Tech Voting Machines
PC Buyers Guide - October 2002 @ Tweaktown
Reviews Over @ GameAxis (EverGlide review + a chat session with Craig Davidson)


News: Friday, 11th October 2002 - David

Heres a smashing of reviews to tide you over till the next week :)

HPT RocketRAID 404 Review @ HotHardware.Com
Compex NP16 @ HW Masters
Fry's 900Mhz Celeron Fiasco @ MonsterHW
EliteGuild.com : Logitech Optical Mouse
Belkin Nostromo N30 Gaming mouse @ BOPC
MonkeyReview posts Samsung SM-322 CDRW/DVD Drive Review
Two at ExtremeTech: Microprocessor Forum Preview and Inside iSCSI
Jet cooled @ TMF
PC Mag reviews Apple's XServe
GlobalWin YCC8870 case review at RipNet-UK
Cheap show-off cases @ DansData
WinBackup @ PCeXtremist.NET
Antec Performance Plus 660AMG Case Review @ Tweaktown
HWZ reviews the Acer TravelMate 100 Tablet PC
Thermaltake Hardcano 5 @ PCREVIEWSPOT.COM
Kingwin 450 watt Triple Fan PSU Review @ OCC
Iwill P4ES Motherboard Reviewed @ HotHardware.Com


PR: OCZ Technology Group Releases Enhanced Latency Series PC-3500 Modules : Thursday, 10th October 2002 - David

October 08, 2002 - OCZ Technology Group Releases Enhanced Latency Series PC-3500 Modules

OCZ Technology Group would like to announce the availability of OCZ Enhanced Latency Series PC-3500 Modules. OCZ EL PC-3500 modules are built using state of the art ULN Technology to achieve speeds up to 434 MHz at CAS 2.

OCZ Enhanced Latency DDR components increase the overall memory bandwidth at any given clock speed by lowering the amount of cycles required to initiate an operation.

"Our OCZ Enhanced Latency DDR modules are the best performing memory modules you can buy. Period." said Bhulinder Sethi, VP of Product Development. "Our products have and always will continue to offer the end user the absolute highest performance for their money."

For more information about OCZ EL Series PC-3500 Modules, check out their product information page here.


PR: VIA Makes the Living Room Leap at VTF2002 with the Hi-Fi PC Concept Design: the Ultimate Convergence Device : Thursday, 10th October 2002 - David

Based on the new VIA EPIA M Mini-ITX digital media platform, the futuristic VIA Hi-Fi PC Concept Design demonstrated at VTF2002 eliminates the gap between PC systems and consumer electronics and provides the springboard to launch the PC platform further into the home.

Taipei, Taiwan, 09 October 2002 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, demonstrated the revolutionary Hi-Fi PC Concept Design at the VIA Technology Forum 2002 during the keynote of President and CEO, Mr Wenchi Chen, a device that completely bridges the PC and CE market space and is the most likely yet to push the PC platform far beyond the traditional home location of the den and into the living room and bedroom.

“Vital to extending the PC platform into the home is the development of stylish looks, advanced multimedia capabilities and ease of use typical of consumer electronics, while providing all the functionality of a PC,” said Wenchi Chen, President and CEO of VIA Technologies, Inc. “While there are devices on the market that fulfill some of these requirements, the Hi-Fi PC is the first system to offer the best of both worlds, and completely embodies all the expectations of consumers for a living-room based device.”

The Hi-Fi PC combines instant-on playback of all the latest digital video and audio formats, including CD, DVD and VCD with the flexibility, power and connectivity of a standard PC system. Housed in a compact, sleek aluminium case, the Hi-Fi PC has the modern appearance of a consumer electronics unit but performance and flexibility that far exceeds most current devices. To complete the CE picture, a unique infra-red remote control device enables full control functionality in a multimedia environment from anywhere in the living room, as well as an ultra modern design 3-speaker set producing stunning sound quality.

PlayNow!, a full functioned multimedia player on the Flash memory of the BIOS, is the key to the instant-on application, enabling rapid optical disk play capability at the touch of a button. Boot up the machine and full Microsoft® Windows® XP provides all of your computing and connectivity needs.

“With all the features and applications packed into this attractive small footprint chassis, the Hi-Fi PC is an excellent example of a true home entertainment center,” continued Mr Chen. “The compatibility, reliability and stability of VIA’s advanced platform engineering constitute a fundamental benchmark for the platform solutions that will drive Total Connectivity.”

Central to the Hi-Fi PC is the VIA EPIA M mainboard, a new platform solution to be launched soon that is optimized for the killer digital media applications, such as watching movies and listening to music. The VIA EPIA M mainboard is based on the acclaimed VIA Apollo CLE266 chipset with an integrated MPEG-2 decoder and 2D/3D graphics capability to provide superb DVD playback, and integrates several VIA technologies that provide high quality audio, Fast Ethernet networking and support for the latest communications standards USB 2.0 and IEEE 1394 ‘Firewire’. There is also a TV-out, enabling output to the family television set, whether analog or digital. And all this on an ultra compact mainboard measuring just 17cm x 17cm.

“We believe that our EPIA M digital media platform will be the key to the PC platform making that leap into the living room, as it will enable our customers to build systems that meet the technical, ergonomic and aesthetic requirements of this largely untapped but demanding market,” continued Chen. “Most importantly, this marvellous innovation is ready now. It contains proven technology that offers enormous flexibility, yet is affordable enough to form the basis of a whole range of connected digital media devices.”

The aluminium chassis for the Hi-Fi PC Concept Design measures just 19cm wide x 19cm high x 34cm deep. VIA will be working with industry partners to introduce Hi-Fi PC systems to the market in Q1 next year.

Images and a video demonstration of the revolutionary Hi-Fi PC convergence device and the VIA EPIA M digital media platform may be downloaded from the VIA website at: <http://www.via.com.tw/en/VInternet/tc_images.jsp>.

Product information about the upcoming VIA EPIA M mainboard may be found at <http://www.viavpsd.com/product/epia_m_spec.jsp?motherboardId=81> and about the VIA Apollo CLE266 at <http://www.via.com.tw/en/apollo/cle266.jsp>.


News: Thursday, 10th October 2002 - David

Cooling
Zalman CNPS Roundup @ Viper Lair
Cooler Master HSC-V62 HS/F @ BlueSmoke
Computuning H20+ Waterblock Kit Review @ MODTHEBOX.COM
Zalman CNPS6000-CU review at RipNet-UK
Copper OCZ Goliath 2 SE HSF Review @ PCREVIEWSPOT.COM

Motherboards
Explosive Labs review of Asus P4PE
PC-Arena - Epox 8K5A2+ Motherboard
HWZ reviews the Intel D845GEBV2 i845GE Motherboard
Intel I845GE Chipset Review - DDR333 for the Pentium 4 @ TweakTown
BiT-news :: Albatron PX845PEV Pro
Shuttle AS45GTR SiS648 mainboard @ HW Test
Asus A7V8X KT400 Motherboard Review @ OCNZ

Memory & Storage
DDR RAM Guide Updated - A-Data DDR400 DDR @ OCNZ
Lite-On LTR-40125S 40x12x48x CD-ReWriter Review @ MODTHEBOX.COM
PlexWriter 48x Burner Review @ ClubOC
Imation RipGO! Review @ Bjord3D

Graphics & Display
Bjorn3D Reviews NVIDIA's NV18 and NV28 AGP8x Video Cards
Samsung 172T LCD Review @ Modfactor.com
HWZ reviews the Xenon 1810E 18.1-inch TFT LCD Color Monitor/TV

Power, Cases & Modding
PCToys CaseMaxx 610 Review @ ClubOC
AMS gTower All Aluminum Case Review @ OCAddiction
Bitsmodding Dual CCFL Review @ Monkeyreview.com
Chieftec WX-01BL-D Case & SPX-01BL-F Side Panel Review @ Modtown.co.uk
SkyHawk SH-400A8H PSU Review @ Modtown.co.uk
Hexus.net - Coolermaster 111C-SX1 Review
KoolCases.com Santa Fe Mid Tower Review @ ClubOC
Pc-Look 48cm Silver Rounded IDE Cable Review @ Modtown.co.uk
MP3 Box :: The LCD @ The Hardwire
Modding the AMS G-Mono Case @ OCIA
Cooler Master Neon LED Fan @ Viper Lair

Misc.
Sony Ericsson T68 Mobile Phone Review @ Tweakers AU
Geargrip - Pro Computer Carrying Harness Review @ Bjorn3D
ElilteGuild.com : Dell Inspiron 2600
Unlocking the Athlon XP 0.18 micron XP Chip @OCAddiction
Sony Clie PEG-SL10 @ FutureLooks
Tiny R/C @ DansData
Tomb Raider for the PocketPC @ FutureLooks
CD Repair Tools - Dr Fix It vs SkipDr @ SpodesAbode
UT2003 giveaway @ OCC
MS Multimedia Keyboard review @ EnvyNews


PR: Leading Mobile Telephony Innovators Gather at VIA Technology Forum : Monday, 7th October 2002 - David

Driving forward mobile data and voice solutions, VTF will bring together some of the leading telecommunications companies to define the future of wireless technologies

Taipei, Taiwan, 07 October 2002 - VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced that leading wireless developers will converge for the ‘Totally Connected Mobility’ technology track at VTF 2002, that starts tomorrow in Taipei.

The mobile phone market is currently undergoing many challenges, with competing advanced technologies, delays in new network deployment, and consumer reluctance about added costs. The Mobile Telephony session at VTF2002 promises to explore many of these issues, and probe groundbreaking new technologies that will bring real solutions to the mobile market.

“With the ongoing convergence of PC and mobile telecommunications, these evolving technologies are key to the continued advancement of the industry and so form a natural part of VTF,” commented Richard Brown, Director of International Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “The event will also showcase the impressive array of products and services developed by these leading edge solution providers that will usher in a new generation of mobile devices.”

The Mobile Telephony session of the Totally Connected Mobility technology track at VTF2002 will be held on Day 2 of VTF Taipei, Wednesday 9th October, and will feature a wide range of subjects, from the status of wireless markets to cutting edge technologies like mobile GPS, presented by the following companies:

VIA Telecom, Inc.
VIA Telecom, Inc. is a leading innovator and developer of Baseband Processors for 3G CDMA2000 Mobile Devices. VIA Telecom Baseband Processors are used in a wide range of 3G devices spanning voice, data, and GPS-enabled 3G applications. The VIA Telecom 3G design center is located in San Diego, California with branch offices in Taiwan and China. For additional information, please contact Kang Hee Kim at kanghee@via-telecom.com. VIA Telecom, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of VIA Technologies, Inc.

DSP Group
DSP Group is a global leader in licensing DSP cores for telecommunication, wireless communication and consumer electronics industries, with its SmartCores™ and the OpenKey™ application solution family.

Magnolia Broadband
Magnolia Broadband, Inc., is leading the wireless industry efforts of integrating Smart Antenna solutions for mobile handsets. With a combination of world experts in wireless signal processing and RF ASIC design, Magnolia is positioned to work with wireless handset manufacturers and operators to integrate its solution for the global wireless market.

Skyworks
Skyworks Solutions, Inc. was formed through the merger of Alpha Industries, Inc. and Conexant Systems, Inc.’s wireless communications business. The combination of these two complementary, high-growth businesses uniquely positions Skyworks as the world’s leading wireless semiconductor company focused on RF and complete semiconductor system solutions for mobile communications applications.

uNav
u-Nav develops and markets embedded and mobile GPS Chipset and software solutions. U-Nav offers, in a single solution and in the smallest form factor available today, the features and functions of both network assisted A-GPS and conventional GPS. u-Nav’s easy-to-integrate GPS chipset is targeted for battery powered mobile applications, including wireless handsets and personal precision navigation and tracking devices.

About VIA Technology Forum 2002
Through the event theme of ‘Total Connectivity: From Vision to Reality,’ the objective of VTF2002 is to provide leadership and innovative ideas in an uncertain market environment, generating increased focus on emerging new Total Connectivity market opportunities through a closer linking of hardware with communications and applications. VTF2002 has garnered support from leading industry players.

VTF2002 will open in Taipei, Taiwan on 8th October 2002 with a compelling two-day program of keynote presentations given by senior executives of VIA, industry experts and high level representatives of industry partners, and a series of three Technology Tracks in which VIA and our partners will deliver in-depth market, technology and product information seminars following the themes of the Totally Connected Home, Enterprise and Mobility. VTF Taipei will be followed one week later by a one-day event in Beijing on 16th October. Running alongside the seminars at both venues, VIA will host the VIA Technology Platform Innovation Showcase, an on-site exhibition for industry partners to demonstrate their latest technologies, products and services.


PR: VIA to Define Future of PC Platform at VIA Technology Forum 2002 : Monday, 7th October 2002 - David

VIA and Industry Partners to illustrate VTF2002 theme of 'Total Connectivity: From Vision to Reality' over three days in Taipei and Beijing

Taipei, Taiwan, 07 October 2002 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today previewed the upcoming VIA Technology Forum 2002 that starts tomorrow in Taipei, highlighting how Total Connectivity is already defining new market metrics for the PC industry.

“It is now clear that VIA’s vision of Total Connectivity outlined at VTF last year is fast becoming a reality, highlighted by more affordable personal computing, greater connectivity between devices, and the tremendous growth in digital multimedia and its multiple forms of delivery,” said Wenchi Chen, President and CEO of VIA Technologies, Inc. “The stratification and streamlining of the market vindicates our long-held view of connecting being the key to the future of computing.”

“Extending the PC further into our lives means developing new and innovative technologies for these emerging market segments,” Chen continued. “This brave new digital world requires brave new product and technology ideas, and I am delighted that so many Partners are joining us here at VTF2002 to define how to make them happen.”

In a press conference held today in Taipei, VIA was joined by high level representatives of the nine Diamond Sponsors of VTF2002: Advantech, AMD, Hynix, Infineon, Maxtor, Micron, Microsoft, Phoenix and Wyse, in underlining the value of the VIA Technology Forum as an open industry vehicle for exploring upcoming technologies and defining emerging markets and key applications.

Leading industry analysts Jon Peddie, Bert McComas and Kathleen Maher each gave an overview of the three principal Technology Tracks of Totally Connected Home, Enterprise and Mobility that will run simultaneously at VTF2002.

VTF2002 boasts more sponsors operating in more industry fields than ever before, reflecting the increased credibility and presence of VTF on the world technology stage and the convergence of the technologies in today’s IT markets.

“We at VIA are very pleased at the number and diversity of partners supporting VTF2002,” said Richard Brown, Director of Marketing at VIA Technologies, Inc. “This is testament to the focus and relevance of the VIA Technology Forum and its perception as an open industry forum, even in these unsettled times in our industry.”

About VIA Technology Forum 2002
Through the event theme of ‘Total Connectivity: From Vision to Reality,’ the objective of VTF2002 is to provide leadership and innovative ideas in an uncertain market environment, generating increased focus on emerging new Total Connectivity market opportunities through a closer linking of hardware with communications and applications. VTF2002 has garnered support from leading industry players.

VTF2002 will open in Taipei, Taiwan on 8th October 2002 with a compelling two-day program of keynote presentations given by senior executives of VIA, industry experts and high level representatives of industry partners, and a series of three Technology Tracks in which VIA and our partners will deliver in-depth market, technology and product information seminars following the themes of the Totally Connected Home, Enterprise and Mobility. VTF Taipei will be followed one week later by a one-day event in Beijing on 16th October. Running alongside the seminars at both venues, VIA will host the VIA Technology Platform Innovation Showcase, an on-site exhibition for industry partners to demonstrate their latest technologies, products and services.


News: Monday, 7th October 2002 - David

Cooling
Xoxide Modifications 80mm Fan ShootOut Review @ MODTHEBOX.COM
Vantec CopperX CCK-7025 @ Viper Lair
Thermalright SK-7 Review @ ClubOC
BiT-news :: Swiftech MXC462-U CPU Cooler
Volcano 9 CoolMod Review @ ClubOC

Display & Graphics
AG Neovo F-15 LCD Monitor Review Posted @ PlanetSavage
ATI Remote Wonder Review @ Tweaknews.net
ABIT Siluro GeForce4 Ti4600 Review @ Tweakers AU
ATI Radeon 9700 Pro review @ AMD3D.com
Integrated 3D Graphics Motherboard Shootout @ TechWareLabs
Hercules 3D Prophet 8500 128MB Video Card Review @ PCReviewSpot

Storage
Memorex 40MAXX CD-RW @ Tech Dreams
Imation FlashGo! Universal Flash Memory Reader/Writer Review @ Bjorn3D
Raid Guide @ TecCentral
TREK Thumbdrive SMART 16mb Storage Device @ TechDreams
TwinMOS 256MB DDR400 Memory Review @ Tweaktown

Cases & Modding
Sky Hawk ALP-4350 Case Review @ ReviewNation.com
Case Modding "101" at OCAddiction
Tt CoolMod Review @ OCC
Tiny PC, Carrying on the Eden theme @ SpodesAbode
Case-Mod with 160mm Fan @ TobiTech
AMS G-Mono Case @ OCIA
Radio Shack Digital Temp. Mod Guide @ GideonTech.com
Radeon 9700 Voltage Modification Guide @ Extreme Overclocking
ICEHardware shows you how to install a window... again
Thermaltake Xaser II 5000 Case @ TobiTech
Procase/Morex Cubid 2677R mini-iTX case Review @ The Hardwire
CrazyPC Rectangle Red Window Kit Review @ MKT
Kingwin KT-436WM-2 Case Review @ ClubOC
Lian-Li PC-6089A Aluminum Mid-Tower Case Review @ OnePC.NET
MTB HTPC Project Cooler Master ATC-600 Case Mod @ MODTHEBOX.COM

Motherboards
HWZ reviews the ASUS A7V8X KT400 motherboard
HWZ reviews the FIC VC19 i845E motherboard
HWZ reviews the EPoX 4G4A+ 845G motherboard
Epox 8K5A2+ Socket A Motherboard Review @ Neoseeker
AMD Overclocking Guide - October 2002 @ Tweaktown
Gigabyte GA-7VAXP MotherboardReview @ AusPCWorld
Asus P4PE & Intel D845GEBV2 Reviewed @ HotHardware.Com

Misc
DTS 440 Universal Socket-A CPU Shim @ ClubOC
Creative Labs Nomad Jukebox 3 Review @ OcPrices.com
HWZ reviews the EverGlide Giganta & Attack Pad
MonkeyReview Posts Act-Labs USB Gun Review
Samsung Yepp-30SH MP3 Player review @ EnvyNews
Top Ten Apps/Utilities @ MonsterHW
Waterproof Digital Camera review @ 2FastCPU
Everglide "Works" Gaming Mat review @ phlux.co.uk
WinTasks 4 Professional Review @ PCeXtremist.NET
Weird LED lights @ DansData
New edition of Yur Pal Mitch: Cheat
Win a Koolance Watercooled system with The Modfathers


PR : InterVideo's WinDVD 4 to deliver all new 24-bit/96kHz support at VTF : Monday, 7th October 2002 - David

InterVideo’s WinDVD 4 to deliver all new 24-bit/96kHz support at VTF

In step with the 24-bit revolution, InterVideo’s WinDVD player and VIA’s Envy line of 24-bit Audio controllers is set to usher in a new era of audio on the PC at this leading technology showcase.

Taipei, Taiwan, 03 October 2002 - VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, and InterVideo, a leading provider of digital video and audio multimedia software products, today jointly announced that InterVideo will support 24-bit content with 96kHz sampling rates in the latest version of WinDVD player, due for release at VIA Technology Forum 2002.

WinDVD software is used by millions to enable theater-quality DVD playback on the PC. Delivering the latest video and audio formats, InterVideo will be demonstrating its latest enhancement at VTF, supporting 24/96 content that will bring a new plateau of audio quality for a software DVD player. In order to demo this support, the WinDVD software will rely on VIA’s Envy line of controllers to provide 24-bit playback support.

“With this latest 24/96 compliant WinDVD player, InterVideo is again demonstrating that we are continually pushing the envelope of the Home Theatre experience,” said Steve Ro, CEO and co-founder of InterVideo. ”Now users can experience a whole new level of audio performance as close as possible to the original recording for a truly fantastic experience.”

“With the VIA Envy line of controllers, PC solution providers have a powerful tool to deliver 24-bit content for super hi-fi performance,” commented Steve Chen, Executive Assistant to the President, and Head of the VIA Audio Division. “As VIA enters its third year of making high end 24-bit audio controllers, the potential and excitement of 24/96 only grows.”

About VIA Audio
VIA has developed a broad spectrum of silicon solutions for enhancing the PC audio experience, including the highly respected, studio performance VIA Envy24 and Envy24HT used by some of the world's leading audio card makers for a variety of high end professional applications. VIA also offers a range of AC’97 audio codecs, such as the high performance VIA VT1616 6-channel codec that enables theatre quality sound in both audio-on-motherboard and soundcard applications.

About VIA Technology Forum 2002
Through the event theme of ‘Total Connectivity: From Vision to Reality,’ the objective of VTF2002 is to provide leadership and innovative ideas in a very uncertain market environment, generating increased focus on emerging new Total Connectivity market opportunities through a closer linking of hardware with communications and applications. VTF2002 has garnered support from leading industry players, including Advantech, AMD, Hynix, Infineon, Maxtor, Micron, Microsoft, Phoenix and Wyse.

VTF2002 will open in Taipei, Taiwan on 8th October 2002 with a compelling two-day program of keynote presentations and technology tracks given by senior executives of VIA, industry experts and high level representatives of industry partners, delivering in-depth market, technology and product information seminars following the themes of the Totally Connected Home, Enterprise and Mobility. VTF Taipei will be followed one week later by a one-day event in Beijing on 16th October. Running alongside the seminars at both venues is the VIA Technology Platform Innovation Showcase, an on-site exhibition for industry partners to demonstrate their latest technologies, products and services.


News : Thursday, 3nd October 2002 - David

Lots of AXP2800 and Nforce2 reviews out on the net. From the newsbox, see below for a sampling of the numerous reviews out there.

CPUs & Mainboards
AMD Launches Two new Processors, and Bjorn3D Reviews One
AMD Athlon XP 2700+ With the nForce 2 @ HotHardware.Com
HWZ reviews the AOpen AX4B-533 Tube motherboard
Athlon XP 2700+ Review @ AMDMB
AMD AthlonXP 2700+ 333 MHz FSB Processor Review @ PCStats
Asus A7N8X nForce2 Motherboard Review @ AMDMB
EPoX 4SDA5+ SiS648 mainboard @ Hardware Test

Display & Graphics
Samsung SyncMaster 171MP LCD Monitor @ Futurelooks
Matrox Parhelia @ Viper Lair
HWZ reviews the Sparkle Platinum GeForce4 Ti 4600

Cooling
MCX-4000 Heatsink Review @ EnvyNews
ESGN Nanotherm Silver Thermal Paste Review @ OCC
PC Abusers Reviews The Vantec CCK-6040H™ Socket A / 37 0 CPU Cooler
MIST Silent Twin Cooler @ Spodesabode
Vantec Multifunction Bay Freezer Review @ MODTHEBOX.COM
PCA Reviews the Volcano 9

Cases @ Modding
Lian-Li PC6085B Case Review @ Modtown.co.uk
Vantec Copper Round IDE Cables @ Viper Lair
Cooler Master ATC-710 SX1 Server Case Review @ MODTHEBOX.COM
Xoxide X300 Affordable Aluminum Case @ PCReviewSpot

Storage
PicoDisk Crypto Review @ Bjorn3D
Lite-On 48/24/48 Review @ Techware Labs

Articles
New edition of "Yur Pal Mitch" @ EnvyNews
Two Scoops at eWeek: Jeff Raikes details Office 11 changes and XML to Drive Office Update
MSI Hardware Roundup @ BlueSmoke
Scoop at eWeek: ePeriodicals: Microsoft's Killer App for Tablet PC?
More letters @ DansData

Misc
Belkin 8-Port Network Switch Review @ BlargOC
iRiver SlimX MP3 CD player review @ phlux.co.uk
Stomp BackUp MyPC Backup Software @ Futurelooks
2FC Review: Macally iceMouseJr
Thermaltake Giveaway at Tweakers AU
Tweak Guide for Windows 9x @ Num-Lock.Net


PR: CRUCIAL TECHNOLOGY INTRODUCES CRUCIAL(R) RADEON(TM) 9700 PRO : Wednesday, 2nd October 2002 - David

Online memory leader expands video card line with high-end graphics solution

Meridian, Idaho, October 1, 2002 - Crucial Technology, a division of Micron and one of the world's largest direct memory upgrade providers, introduced today the Crucial(R) Radeon(TM) 9700 Pro video card, powered by ATi(R) technology and featuring 128MB 2.86 nanosecond (350MHz) double data rate (DDR) synchronous DRAM (SDRAM). The card complements Crucial's existing video card line, delivering extreme speed and cinematic-quality graphics for games and sophisticated CAD and graphic design.

"We're very pleased with the response we've received since expanding our product line to include video cards," said Crucial's General Manager Mike Bokan. "Our customers know they can count on us for quality products that improve system performance. The new Crucial Radeon 9700 Pro takes graphics to the highest level, allowing us to meet the needs of our most performance driven customers."

"The Crucial Radeon 9700 Pro is one of the fastest cards available," said Crucial's Technical Support Manager Mike Sanor. "Tests in the Crucial performance lab show that our card delivers a higher speed, richer colors, and more liquid movement than most of its predecessors - it truly feels like you're manipulating a movie on the big screen."

The Crucial Radeon 9700 Pro video card features 128MB 2.86 nanosecond (350MHz) DDR SDRAM, 256-bit memory interface, 325MHz core clock speed, dual-display capability, DVI-I output, six-foot S-video and RCA cables, a DVI to CRT converter, an S-video to RCA converter, DirectX(R) 9 support, and AGP 8X support. The video card is available on Crucial's Web site at www.crucial.com and is currently priced at US$369.89. All Crucial video cards come with a limited lifetime warranty, free second-day shipping within the contiguous US (for a limited time), and Crucial's renowned customer service and technical support.

Crucial Technology is a division of Micron Semiconductor Products, Inc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Micron Technology, Inc. Crucial sells high-quality RAM upgrades, flash memory cards, and video cards on its Web site at http://www.crucial.com. Crucial offers over 94,000 upgrades for more than 15,000 desktops, notebooks, servers, routers, printers, and electronic devices.

Micron Technology, Inc., is one of the world's leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions used in today's leading-edge computing, consumer, networking, and communications products. Micron Technology, Inc., and its subsidiaries manufacture and market DRAMs, very fast SRAMs, Flash memory, TCAMs, CMOS image sensors, other semiconductor components and memory modules. Micron's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the MU symbol. To learn more about Micron Technology, Inc., visit its web site at www.micron.com.


PR: VIA and Ericsson Announce Bluetooth Licensing Agreement : Tuesday, 1st October 2002 - David

Bluetooth technology to further enhance VIA’s range of connectivity solutions

Taipei, Taiwan, 1 October 2002 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Ericsson to license their Bluetooth IP. This will give VIA access to the most commercially proven Bluetooth Radio and Baseband Cores for use across a wide variety of PC based and mobile applications.

“VIA plays a leading role in the development of products for PCs and mobile devices,” said Maria Khorsand, President of Ericsson Technology Licensing, “and we look forward to working with one of the most established companies in the industry. Ericsson and VIA share a lot of the same goals, and our cooperation should serve to strengthen both companies’ positions in their respective markets.”

Located in Lund, Sweden, Ericsson Technology Licensing AB specializes in Bluetooth design solutions and was the first company to put Bluetooth consumer products into mass production. This agreement gives VIA access to Ericsson’s proven Bluetooth radio and baseband cores, as well as their Bluetooth host and embedded Stack (software).

“We are delighted to team up with Ericsson to explore the potential of Bluetooth,” commented Jerry Sun, Special Assistant to the President and Head of the Networking Business Unit at VIA Technologies, Inc. “This licensing agreement on Bluetooth wireless technology extends our range of connectivity options for the PC and mobile arenas, in line with our Total Connectivity vision.”

About Ericsson Technology Licensing AB
Ericsson Technology Licensing provides Bluetooth design solutions tailored for the mass market to many of the world’s largest manufacturers. Ericsson has been researching Bluetooth wireless technology since 1994. Ericsson helped found the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) and was the first company to put Bluetooth consumer products into mass production. Ericsson is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.

www.ericsson.com/bluetooth


PR: VIA Technology Forum 2002 Boasts Support of 46 Industry Leading Sponsors : Tuesday, 1st October 2002 - David

Microsoft, AMD, Ericsson and Micron join a host of key industry partners to bring Total Connectivity to life at VTF2002 in Taipei and Beijing in October

Taipei, Taiwan, 20 September 2002 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced that this year’s VTF event will be bigger than ever before, with increased attendance and more sponsors, with at least 45 companies confirming their support of VTF2002 being held in Taipei and Beijing next month.

Moreover, the diversity of supporting companies represented at VTF2002 is greater than ever, demonstrating how technology convergence can bring together such diverse domains under one roof. From the traditional PC industry sectors such as DRAM memory to newer fields such as mobile telecommunications, the breadth of technology being explored at VTF2002 clearly underlines the emerging reality of Total Connectivity.

Several companies return as Diamond Sponsors of VTF2002, including such industry powerhouses as AMD, Maxtor and DRAM manufacturers Micron and Infineon. Indeed, the memory makers remain solid supporters of VTF, with Hynix and Elpida joined by Mosel Vitelic, Crucial Technology and Kentron Technologies this year; as does the semiconductor industry, in the form of ASE, Cypress, Silicon Applied Corp., FAE, SPIL and Tektronix. Storage technologies too have an expanded presence this year, with Maxtor joined by Marvell and Silicon Image.

Stalwart support for Taiwan’s key technology forum is also provided by the distinguished motherboard manufacturing community, with several among Abit, Albatron, Chaintech, Epox, FIC, Gigabyte, Jetway, MicroStar, Soltek, Soyo and Tyan consolidating their presence from previous years.

Newer fields of engagement include the embedded market, represented by industry leaders such as Advantech, Wyse, Axiom and Nexcom; along with the emerging wireless telecommunications segment, from which Ericsson, Skyworks (formerly Conexant), Magnolia Broadband, uNav, ParthusCeva and FarEasTone join VIA Telecom in presenting the way forward in mobile communications.

Highlighting the key role played by software in the new digital media world are industry leaders Microsoft, Phoenix, InterVideo, Cyberlink and Gismosoft, with dedicated applications across the Totally Connected spectrum of home, enterprise and mobility.

Insightful market overviews and analysis will be provided by leading industry analysts Jon Peddie, Bert McComas and Kathleen Maher as well as key analysts from UBS Warburg, Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse First Boston.

“The quality and breadth of the technology talks to be delivered at VTF this year looks set to further enhance its reputation as one of the industry’s leading open forums,” said Richard Brown, Director of Marketing at VIA Technologies, Inc. “We are delighted at the number and diversity of leading companies supporting VTF2002, especially in these uncertain times in our industry.”

About VIA Technology Forum 2002
Through the event theme of ‘Total Connectivity: From Vision to Reality,’ the objective of VTF2002 is to provide leadership and innovative ideas in a very uncertain market environment, generating increased focus on emerging new Total Connectivity market opportunities through a closer linking of hardware with communications and applications. VTF2002 has garnered support from leading industry players, including Advantech, AMD, Hynix, Infineon, Maxtor, Micron, Microsoft, Phoenix and Wyse.

VTF2002 will open in Taipei, Taiwan on 8th October 2002 with a compelling two-day program of keynote presentations given by senior executives of VIA, industry experts and high level representatives of industry partners, and a series of three Technology Tracks in which VIA and our partners will deliver in-depth market, technology and product information seminars following the themes of the Totally Connected Home, Enterprise and Mobility. VTF Taipei will be followed one week later by a one-day event in Beijing on 16th October. Running alongside the seminars at both venues, VIA will host the VIA Technology Platform Innovation Showcase, an on-site exhibition for industry partners to demonstrate their latest technologies, products and services.



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