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Intel has added five processors to its 64-bit portfolio. The Intel Xeon processor MP platform is available with up to 8 MB of L3 cache. The platform, codenamed ‘Truland’, includes 64-bit Intel Xeon Processors MP and the Intel E8500 chipset. 

Intel has also combined Intel Extended Memory 64 Technology1, PCI Express, DDR2-400 Memory and Demand Based Switching with Enhanced Intel
SpeedStep Technology. 

Price: (in 1,000 unit performance processors quantities) 

– 64-bit Intel Xeon processor MP 3.33 GHz with 8 MB L3 cache $3692 
– 64-bit Intel Xeon processor MP 3.00 GHz with 8 MB L3 cache $1980 
– 64-bit Intel Xeon processor MP 2.83 GHz with 4 MB L3 cache $1177 
– 64-bit Intel Xeon processor MP 3.66 GHz with 1 MB L2 cache $963 
– 64-bit Intel Xeon processor MP 3.16 GHz with 1 MB L2 cache $722

Contact: Intel Technology, Bangalore. Tel: 507 5000. RQS# E01 or SMS 130501 to 9811800601

Mini hard drive
Iomega external hard drive in a 40 GB model, weighing 99 grams, receives 100 percent of its power from a standard USB data port. The 4200-rpm drive has a rugged aluminum enclosure and features a USB 2.0 interface. 

Each drive comes with a leather travel case, USB cable and software CD, including MusicMatch Jukebox music management software (PC and Mac) and Adobe Photoshop Album SE (PC) for digital photos. 

Price: Rs 11,250.Contact: Ingram Micro India, Chennai. Tel:
22333071. E-mail: sandhya.k@ingrammicro.co.in
RQS# E02 or SMS 130502 to 9811800601

Motherboards and server boards 
ASUSTeK has introduced the P5, A8 and K8 series of motherboards and server boards based on Intel’s LGA 775, AMD’s socket 939,754 platforms and server platforms too, respectively. ASUS server solutions are compatible with both the current 32-bit and the 64-bit systems. They are based on the new 64-bit Xeon platform, support 2 MB L2 cache, which significantly speeds up instruction execution and data retrieval and updates. The 64-bit drivers are included in the motherboard support CD and downloads are available from the company website at
www.asus.com. Currently, some of the 64-bit drivers are beta versions.
Price: K8 series: Rs 4,000 onward; A8 series: Rs 5,300 onward; P5 series: Rs 3,790 onward 

Contact: AsusTeK Computer, Mumbai. Tel: 56490048.E-mail: info_India@asus.com.tw
RQS# E03 or SMS 130503 to 9811800601

Design software
Adobe Creative Suite (CS) 2 Premium Edition integrates full-versions of design software Adobe Photoshop CS 2, Adobe InDesign CS 2, Adobe Illustrator CS 2 and Adobe GoLive CS 2 with the Version Cue CS 2. Adobe Acrobat 7.0 (Prof) is also included. A new component, Adobe Bridge, acts as a hub for productivity, imagery and creativity, providing multi-view file browsing and smooth cross-product integration across Adobe CS 2 software. It also provides access to Adobe Stock Photos, a new stock photography service, for high quality, royalty-free images for layout and design. Version Cue CS 2, a file-version manager and collaboration tool, helps you visually preview, track and access historical and alternate versions of files in Adobe CS 2 projects. Price: CS 2 Premium Edition in India: Rs 65,300 (estimated street price); CS 2 Standard Edition: Rs 48,900 (estimated street price). Upgrade pricing is available for customers of Adobe
Creative Suite and Adobe Photoshop. 

Contact: Adobe Systems, NOIDA. Tel: 2444711. RQS# E04 or SMS 130504 to 9811800601

RHEL 4 launched 
RHEL 4 features the kernel v 2.6.9 and Gnome 2.8. RHEL 4 is also switching the focus back to securityas it has got upgraded SELinux in this release. This edition of the distro also vies for EAL4+ certification.

Wireless-G broadband router 
Linksys Compact Wireless-G Broadband router (WRT54GC) is three devices rolled in to one. These are:

A wireless access point that enables users to connect via Wireless-G (802.11g) or Wireless-B (802.11b)
A built-in 4-port full-duplex 10/100 switch to connect wired Ethernet devices to the network
A router which allows users to securely share a network with high-speed cable or DSL Internet connection. 
The new Compact Wireless-G Broadband router (WRT54 GC) with a built-in antenna. 
It features WiFi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2 Personal), wireless MAC address filtering, SPI firewall and supports VPN pass through SMA connector, for adding an external antenna for users who want to increase their range. 

Price: $79.99.Contact: Tech Pacific India, Mumbai. Tel: 5596 0101.
RQS# E05 or SMS 130505 to 9811800601

New versions of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 
Autodesk has announced the 20th release of AutoCAD and the latest release of AutoCAD LT software, with features advance core drafting functions for more intuitive and faster design and drafting capability. AutoCAD 2006 is the latest in a series of releases that focused on solving significant customer challenges associated with a certain set of user issues. The new software focuses on minimizing the tedious tasks associated with everyday drafting and includes features such as dynamic input, dynamic blocks, data extraction wizard, annotation enhancements and one-click migration of customized files from earlier releases of the software to AutoCAD 2006.

AutoCAD LT, a 2D drafting and detailing software, is optimal for design professionals in all industries who require full DWF file format compatibility and core functionality without extended customization and visualization features.

Price: AutoCAD 2006: Rs 1,87,500 (for a standalone license). Contact:
Tech Pacific India, Mumbai. Tel: 55960101. RQS# E06 or SMS 130506 to 9811800601

Open enterprise server 
Novell has announced the availability of Novell Open Enterprise Server, a suite of services that combines NetWare and SuSE Linux Enterprise Server. It extends the capabilities of Linux by delivering workgroup networking services for end users, identity-driven security, greater scalability, management tools and a centralized directory and pattern-based deployment for easier setup and installation, for a lower total cost of ownership. 

Novell is including tools to make it easy for NetWare, Windows or Linux users to upgrade to the advanced services of Novell Open Enterprise Server. The server includes a suite of core networking services, uniform, integrated management tools via Novell iManager, Novell Storage Services, Novell Cluster Services and two OSs with complete code set for NetWare and SuSE Linux Enterprise Server.

Price: $995 (Novell Open Enterprise Server & prior 5-user
e-license), Contact: Novell Software, Bangalore. Tel: 2573 1856. RQS# E07 or SMS 130507 to 9811800601

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