PC Tech Update Q1 2004

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  1. Scott L

    Scott L Producer

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    Just an update of future PC technologies for the common HTPC user.

    1) PCI Express (PCI-X)
    • Will be the new backbone for future motherboards, freeing up many bottlenecks current PCI has caused.
    • Runs at 2.5GHz, compared to current 133MHz of PCI
    • Max bandwidth of 8gb/sec. Current AGP is 2.1gb and PCI peaks at 266mb.
    2) DDR-II SDRAM
    • Theoretically moves twice as much data per cycle than current DDR
    • Cheaper to make
    • Consumes less power, produces less heat
    • Since runs @ lower voltage there will be some access latency issues
    3) Full Hi-Def Audio with new Intel spec
    • Planned for the "Grantsdale" chipset
    • Full 192KHz/32-bit and even multi-channel support
    4) As far as Intel is concerned, they still look to compete with AMD's 64-bit CPU with it's 32-bit multimedia-heavy Prescott w/1mb cache for 2k4.

    5) Look forward to more 802.1xx confusion as newer standards are coming out and more wireless integration is planned.

    6) No QAM HD Tuner cards planned or even rumored at this point. Same goes for capture cards that could accept anything above 480i. [​IMG]

    http://deviceforge.com/news/NS2556463900.html
    http://news.com.com/2100-1006_3-5147...?tag=nefd_lede
    http://www.hexus.net/content/reviews...pc3Rvcnk 9LTI
    http://www.anandtech.com/showdoc.html?i=1987

    Anything to add please do!
     
  2. Duane R

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    I thought PCI-X was something different than express. IIRC, I believe PCI-X is for server class stuff.
     
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  4. Wayne Bundrick

    Wayne Bundrick Cinematographer

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    I can't wait for PCI Express. We've had PCI for 12 years now and it's rapidly getting old and slow. PCI Express is a serial interconnect moving data at 250 megabytes per second (per "x") full duplex. Motherboards are likely to have multiple x1 slots to replace PCI and a x16 slot to replace AGP. The x16 slot will be able to move 4 gigabytes per second.

    Check out:
    http://www.intel.com/technology/pcie...et/desktop.htm

    As for the lack of QAM HD tuner cards, we may never see them. In order for a company to license the CableCard technology for a QAM tuner, it must have a secure design that won't allow decrypted data out in the open where hackers can get to it. That is almost impossible to do in a PC environment, so no QAM tuner card can get the CableCard license, and therefore can't tune encrypted digital cable channels.
     

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