IDF Spring 2005: Report from San Francisco

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Seagate's new external SATA drives, with PCI slot connections that allow up to 2 meter cable lengths. Demo'd here: Two Seagate eSATA 160GB, 7200-rpm, 8MB cache external HDD with a NetCell eSATA PCI RAID card that transfers data at 1.5 Gigabit/second (Gb/s). Just a wee bit faster than USB or Firewire, eh?

More BTX systems, cases and boards than before...

...including new BTX steel chassis SFF Shuttle on left. (Working on our sample in the lab right now!)

VIA demo'd their PT894 PCIe chipset for P4-775 with a reference board, with S3 Graphics GammaChrome PCI vidcard.

Toshiba's new OCB mode LCD with <5.0 ms response time.

This demo of Toshiba's OCB technology was most impressive. It featured a large map which the screen roved over in a fairly fast pattern. The conventional LCD display was essentially unreadable while the OCB LCD remained sharp and legible despite the movement. This photo was taken without flash at slow shutter speed; you can see the difference in sharpness between the screens. Gamers will love this, as will video viewers. LCD TVs is where the technology will first appear.

SLI not only for AMD: nVidia showed the new nForce4 SLI chipset for Intel (socket 775).
Boards from Epox, MSI, Asus, Gigabyte and Biostar were on demo.

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