ASUS Produces World’s First Notebook Computer to Receive Carbon Footprint Certificate

ASUS Produces World’s First Notebook Computer to Receive Carbon Footprint Certificate

ASUS, the global IT industry leader in green innovation, announced that its N51V notebook computer is the world’s first notebook to receive both Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and carbon footprint (PAS 2050:2008) certificates. The awarding of both certificates demonstrates ASUS’ keen awareness of, and commitment to, enhancing energy savings and reducing carbon footprints—thus lessening the impact of computer manufacturing on the environment. ASUS is the first Taiwanese IT manufacturer to participate in EPEAT and to have its products registered at the Gold level. It is also the first to participate in EU Flower and have products its awarded the EU Flower.

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ASUS Notebook Computer First to Receive Carbon Footprint Certificate
ASUS’ GHG Reduction Policy states that it supports the strategy to mitigate climate change and embrace the “no-regret policy” by reducing ASUS-owned operation carbon emissions and product carbon footprints through innovations. Through its close adherence to ISO 14025 Environmental Labels and Declarations — Type III Environmental Declarations, ASUS’ N51V notebook is now the first notebook computer to receive the EPD certificate. Based on EPD, ASUS follows BSI PAS 2050:2008 to implement Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) which includes five phases—materials, manufacturing, using, transportation, and disposal—and subsequently discloses completely the direct and indirect GHG emission data during each phase. The process and data are then verified by Det Norske Veritas (DNV). Through this rigorous process, the ASUS N51V received PAS 2050:2008 certification.

Jonney Shih, Chairman of ASUS, said: “We aim to provide the most outstanding and the most environmental friendly products to create a better world. We therefore promote Green ASUS aggressively across the company, combining technology, innovation and environmental sustainability to make the Earth cleaner and more LOHAS”. Jerry Shen, Chief Executive Officer of ASUS, added: “ASUS has strong R&D and management teams, and this is our core competitive advantage. We promise to bring consumers lighter, thinner, more energy-efficient and energy-saving products with great aesthetics and mobility.”

With Many Eco Labels, ASUS is the Greenest Computer Company
Since 2008, ASUS has participated in EPEAT (Electronics Products Environmental Assessment Tool), with many of its notebooks registered at the Gold level. The complete set of performance criteria includes 23 required criteria and 28 optional criteria in 8 categories. The products are required to meet all required criteria plus at least 75% of the optional criteria if attempting to be registered at the Gold level—demonstrating that EPEAT is a high-standard international eco label. The ASUS N51V is an EPEAT Gold registered product for its innovative energy-saving technology dubbed Super Hybrid Engine (SHE), which not only improves energy performance by 53.75% as compared to merely following the Energy Star standard (according to V5.0 Category C), but also extends the battery life from 35% to 53%. The reuse, recycle and recovery rate (3R) of the N51V is at least 90%, and the recycled content in the packaging achieves at least 80%.

The EPD and PAS 2050:2008 Awards Ceremony will be held at the Socrates Chamber of GISNTU Convention Center at 1:00 PM on Friday, October the 16th. Mr. Percy Lakdawalla, Global Manager Business Development, Product Certification of Det Norske Veritas (DNV), and Ning Yu, PH.D., President, Environment and Development Foundation, will award the PAS 2050:2008 and EPD certificates to Jonney Shih, Chairman of ASUS, and Jerry Shen, Chief Executive Officer of ASUS, respectively.

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ASUS Notebook Battery Replacement Program

ASUS Notebook Battery Replacement Program
Taipei, Taiwan,Oct 01, 2009 – ASUS has discovered that a notebook battery manufactured by a third-party vendor in 2007 may, under rare conditions and after long-term use, pose a safety risk. In order to ensure the safety of our customers, ASUS is voluntarily providing a free replacement for all affected batteries.

This replacement program is only applicable to batteries manufactured in 2007 by a third-party vendor and distributed with ASUS X51 and Pro52 notebooks. We encourage owners of notebooks that meet these criteria to visit http://rma.asus.de/battery/battery.aspx?country=all for full instructions on how to verify if their batteries are affected, and how to obtain a free replacement*. Users of notebooks that fall outside the above criteria can continue to use their notebooks with complete peace of mind.

At ASUS, the safety of our customers is paramount. We are fully committed to proactively identifying, rectifying, and subsequently preventing the reoccurrence of safety issues. We will continue to make every effort to ensure that the products we ship are of the utmost quality.

*Please note that only the described batteries qualify for this replacement program and not the notebook computers themselves

ASUS Launches World’s First EAH5800 Series Graphics Cards with Voltage Tweak Technology

ASUS Launches World’s First EAH5800 Series Graphics Cards with Voltage Tweak Technology for up to a 38% Performance Upgrade
Taking Graphics Performance and Entertainment Further with DiRT 2™ Bundle for the Ultimate Off-road Racing Action on PC

ASUS, the world’s leading producer of top quality, cutting edge graphics solutions, launched the new ASUS EAH5870/2DIS/1GD5 and EAH5850/2DIS/1GD5. The first in the world to utilize Voltage Tweak technology, these graphics cards enable users to boost GPU voltages via the SmartDoctor application to enjoy up to a 38% improvement in performance. Both graphics cards support Microsoft DirectX 11® and Windows® 7 to provide users with the most intense gaming experience. The latest 40nm process and GDDR5 memory technologies are also utilized to deliver faster processing times and general system performance. Users can even run up to three displays from a single graphics card, thanks to the native DisplayPort and Eyefinity technology. The ASUS EAH5800 Series comes specially bundled with DiRT 2™—by far the most anticipated DirectX 11® game—pushing the boundaries of immersive gaming with true-to-life visual realism and effects.

Performance Boosts with Voltage Tweak and Extreme Overclocking with SmartDoctor
The ASUS EAH5870/2DIS/1GD5 and EAH5850/2DIS/1GD5 are equipped with Voltage Tweak technology, as part of the SmartDoctor application. It enables users to raise GPU voltages from 1.15V to 1.35V and from 1.088V to 1.4V respectively, boosting GPU and memory clock performance from 850 / 725 MHz to 1035 / 1050 MHz and from 4800 / 4000 MHz to 5200 / 5200 MHz respectively. Such extreme performance upgrades raise the EAH5870 and EAH5850’s 3DMark Vantage Extreme Preset score from 8,087 to 9,252 and from 6501 to 8987—an unbelievable 17% and 38% improvement compared to other reference designed boards*. Gamers and overclockers can also benefit from ASUS SmartDoctor, the world’s first overclocking utility that allows the tweaking of GPU voltages on the EAH5800 Series graphics cards. ASUS SmartDoctor enables users to boost both voltages and overall performance with just a few clicks—without the hassle of flashing the BIOS or running the risk of damaging the graphics card.

asus EAH5850-2DIS-GD5

Taking Graphics Further with Windows® 7, DirectX 11® and DiRT™ 2
With the ASUS EAH5800 Series graphics cards’ support for DirectX 11®, it is now possible for users to enjoy new levels of visual realism while playing games and watching videos on the PC. Innovations such as HDR Texture Compression, DirectCompute and Tessellation are engineered to take advantage of all the graphical features within the new Windows® 7 operating system. What’s more, the ASUS EAH5800 Series is available in a special bundle, featuring the best in off-road racing—Colin McRae: DiRT™ 2. Colin McRae: DiRT™ 2 is one of the most anticipated racing games of the year. It takes full advantage of DirectX 11®, adding realism to the racing environment. Hardware tessellation improves the appearance of water and other surfaces, as well as crowd animations. Utilizing the EGO Engine, DiRT™ 2 sets the world of virtual rallying alight, a definite must-have for high adrenaline off-road racing on the PC.

Enhanced Processor and Memory Performance via 40nm Process and GDDR5 Memory Technologies
The ASUS EAH5800 Series graphics cards boast 40nm process technology to provide better system performance while using less power, thanks to highly efficient transistors. With advanced GDDR5 memory technology—enabling up to twice the bandwidth per pin as compared to GDDR3 memory—users can now experience the speed, responsiveness and performance of ultra-high bandwidth for processor-intensive multitasking and gaming.

Extend the View across Three Displays with Eyefinity Technology and Native DisplayPort
The ASUS EAH5800 Series graphics cards feature Eyefinity technology and native DisplayPort, allowing users to expand the field of view across up to three displays**. This allows for more detail than ever before with innovative “wrap around” capabilities that deliver an incredibly intense gaming experience, enhancing the feeling of being in the game.

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ASUS Launches Gaming and Multimedia Notebooks with the Latest Intel Core i7 Processors

ASUS Launches Gaming and Multimedia Notebooks with the Latest Intel® Core™ i7 Processors
Introducing the New ASUS G60J for Gaming Enthusiasts and M60J for Multimedia Aficionados

The new G60J and M60J are the newest notebooks from the ASUS G Series to be powered by the latest Intel® Core™ i7 processor for multi-core, multitasking muscle while on-the-move. Both sporting a 16-inch high definition display, the ASUS G60J features graphics powered by an NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 260M graphics card, as well as immersive audio reproduction for discerning gamers, whereas the ASUS M60J is equipped with an NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 240M graphics card and high capacity storage for endless multimedia entertainment. For all their intended purposes, the ASUS G60J and M60J are designed to provide mobile entertainment at the highest level, anytime, anywhere.

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The New ASUS G Series—Taking Gaming to the Next Level
The 16-inch ASUS G60J is the definitive notebook for today’s adrenaline-filled world of cyber-gaming. It delivers stunning 3D performance via an Intel® Core™ i7 processor* and a NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 260M graphics card with 1GB VRAM, together achieving an incredible 3DMark® 2006 score of well over 11,000. The G60J also features Turbo Boost technology which super-charges CPU performance from 1.73GHz to 3.06GHz on the Intel® Core™ i7-820QM*. These features are complemented by Altec Lansing® speakers and EAX Advanced HD 4.0 which provides an immersive gaming audio experience by adding 64 sound effects to supported games. CMSS-3D further enhances the overall experience by channeling sound above and around the user for the full surround sound experience. Finally, the new ASUS G Series is equipped with an illuminated chiclet keyboard which enables users to game in the dark. For users seeking the G60J’s comprehensive features in a more compact form factor, ASUS also offers the 15.6-inch G51J.

ASUS M60J—A Symphony of Multimedia Performance, Productivity and Comfort
As befitting a notebook designed for hours of limitless entertainment, the ASUS M60J features a flushed 16-inch high definition display supported by a NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 240M graphics card with 1GB DDR3 VRAM for vibrant and crystal clear images. Complementing the spectacular visuals in pitch-perfect unison are Altec Lansing® speakers with Dolby® 2 Home Theater certification. They provide an immersive cinematic audio experience that adds a sense of realism to movies, videos and games. Users can also take more multimedia and data files with them wherever they go, thanks to dual hard disk drives providing up to 1TB of storage space.

The ASUS M60J also features AI TouchMedia, a one-touch multimedia center with an intuitive control panel that combines both hardware and software interfaces to control the playback of videos, photographs, music, and other forms of multimedia. Users can create playlists, modify pictures, and watch movies and videos effortlessly. The ASUS M60J’s palm-rest and lid are decked in exquisite satin-brushed aluminum created by Infusion technology, making it incredibly resilient against the scratches and abrasions resulting from day-to-day computing. Lastly, the ASUS M60J sports the red dot design award-winning Chocolate Keyboard which features concave key-caps, and tighter key-spacing to minimize dust accumulation and improve water resistance.

Specifications
  ASUS G60J / G51J ASUS M60J
Processors Intel® Core™ i7-820QM Processor, 1.73GHz with turbo up to 3.06GHz Intel® Core™ i7-820QM Processor, 1.73GHz with turbo up to 3.06GHz
  Intel® Core™ i7-720QM Processor, 1.6GHz with turbo up to 2.8GHz Intel® Core™ i7-720QM Processor, 1.6GHz with turbo up to 2.8GHz
Chipset Mobile Intel® PM55 Chipset Mobile Intel® PM55 Chipset
Operating System Windows® 7 Ultimate
Windows® 7 Home Premium
Genuine Windows Vista® Ultimate/Business/Premium/Basic
Memory 2 x DDR3 SODIMM 1066MHz, expansion up to 4GB SDRAM 2 x DDR3 SODIMM 1066/1333MHz, expansion up to 4GB SDRAM
Display 16-inch HD (1366×768) LED-backlit display (G60J) 16″ LED HD (1366×768) Color-Shine (Glare-type)
15.6-inch FHD (1920×1200) LED-backlit display (G51J)
Graphics Card NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 260M with 1GB DDR3 VRAM NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 240M with 1GB DDR3 VRAM
Hard Drive 2.5″ SATA 250/320/500 GB (5400 rpm)
2.5″ SATA 320/500GB (7200 rpm)
2.5″ SATA 250/320/500 GB (5400/7200 rpm)
Dual HDD Support Dual HDD Support
Optical Drive DVD Super-Multi / Blu-ray Combo DVD Super-Multi / Blu-ray Combo
Video Camera Built-in 2M pixel camera Built-in 2M pixel camera
Dimensions and Weight 375mm x 265mm x 34.3~40.6mm, 3.3kg with 6-cell battery and single HDD) 375mm x 265mm x 34.3~40.6mm, 3.3kg with 6-cell battery

* Specifications may differ from country to country.
Specifications are subject to change without prior notice. Please visit www.asus.com for more information

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ASUS Launches Lynnfield Platform Rackmount Servers with New Intel Xeon 3400 Processors

ASUS Launches Lynnfield Platform Rackmount Servers with New Intel® Xeon® 3400 Processors
ASUS RS300-E6 Series Provides Outstanding Performance Boost with Exceptional Expansion and Upgrade Features
ASUS announced the launch of its new RS300-E6 Series servers featuring the Intel® 3420 PCH chipset and Intel® Xeon® 3400 Series Processors. With dual or quad core processor configurations, the RS300-E6 Series can scale up performance immediately to support high-volume workloads. Comprising the RS300-E6/PS2 and RS300-E6/PS4 models, the series comes in a 1U form factor housing a single-package processor. Additionally, with its expansion options, the series provides exceptional upgrade capabilities.

Future-proof Design to Support the Latest Intel CPUs
The RS300-E6 Series is equipped with the LGA 1156 socket to support 45nm Quad Core UP CPUs and dual-channel DDR3-1333 memory. For seamless migration to new Intel platforms, the series is also designed to support next-generation 32 nm Dual Core UP CPUs when they arrive. This ensures businesses can protect their investments and adopt the latest core technology. Additionally, the RS300-E6 Series utilizes ASUS’ proprietary CPU heatpipe technology to provide exceptional core cooling for more stable computing operations.

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Improved Versatility with Unique I/O Expandability
The RS300-E6 series includes an impressive 2+1 I/O expansion feature in a slim 1U form factor. It has one PCI-E x8 slot to support low-profile or half-length cards and another PCI-E x16 slot to support full-height or half-length cards. Additionally, a specially-designed slot in the PS4 models supports the optional ASUS PIKE card, which allows a seamless upgrade to SAS storage.

Enhanced Power Efficiency with Green Design and Intelligent Fan Control
In line with current environmental initiatives to reduce global power use, the RS300-E6 Series comes equipped with an 80+ PSU to enhance its efficiency and reduce power loss. Businesses can expect to achieve exceptional savings in utility bills with its use. Additionally, leveraging ASUS’ intelligent fan technology, the cooling fan adjusts its speeds according to usage loads—resulting in low noise and improved efficiency.

More Flexible Storage with ASUS PIKE Upgrade Kit
The optional ASUS PIKE Upgrade Kit, available in the PS4 model, lets users directly upgrade from SATA to higher-end SAS disks with RAID—while retaining the same 1U form factor. Using the kit also allows businesses to upgrade their storage without sacrificing their initial I/O ports. PIKE is compatible with the Intel® 5500 and Intel® 3400 Series platform to enable seamless storage upgrades.

Better Control with Remote Management Capabilities
With the optional ASMB4-iKVM upgrade kit, businesses can perform real-time, remote management of their servers. By connecting on a BIOS-level, the kit enables another computer to control the server’s keyboard and mouse, and view its onscreen display—from a remote location via an Ethernet link.

Easy Configuration with Packaged Installation CD
Each RS300-E6 Series server comes with an installation CD to allow businesses to easily configure and rapidly start operating their machines. The CD contains pre-configured settings and the latest device drivers that are automatically loaded to simplify and enhance installations—allowing MIS staff to save time with each setup.

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ASUS The Chicest and Most Complete Headphone Set for Compelling Dolby Audio on PCs and Macs

ASUS HP-100U: The Chicest and Most Complete Headphone Set for Compelling Dolby Audio on PCs and Macs
Headphone-Audio Device-Mic Combo Delivers a Truly Outstanding Personal Dolby Home Theater Experience

Taipei, Taiwan, September 18, 2009 – ASUS, the leader in computer-based Hi-Fi solutions and acclaimed producer of CES award-winning Xonar audio products, today launched its innovative HP-100U personal Dolby home theater set. Comprising a gorgeous, lab-tuned pair of headphones, a Xonar U1 external audio device and a high quality array microphone, the HP-100U is the total audio solution for discerning listeners who brook no compromise when it comes to PC or Mac audio.

Outstanding Home Theater Sound
The HP-100U comes with the lauded Xonar U1, a uniquely-styled external audio device that harnesses the power of four major Dolby technologies to deliver high fidelity, interference-free PC audio. Furthermore, it supports DirectSound, EAX 2.0 and Open AL acceleration for the best audio experience in Windows Vista® / Windows XP™ and also on Mac platforms. It is even equipped with a Hi-Fi headphone amplifier for improved clarity when driving headphones.

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Outstanding PC and Mac Compatibility
The HP-100U is tailored to meet the needs of the rapidly growing population of users who consume audio visual entertainment on notebooks. This is particularly significant for Mac users, who have previously been starved of Dolby solutions due to compatibility issues. The HP-100U addresses these needs emphatically, delivering immersive Dolby Home Theater audio across both Windows and Mac OS X-based notebooks.

Outstanding Looks and Comfort
The HP-100U is available in four colors, paying fitting tribute to consumers’ individual needs and personalities, and matching its astounding audio performance with an equally astounding aesthetic. The leatherette earcups cover the user’s ears snugly and an elastic headband provides stress-free comfort over prolonged periods of audio enjoyment. The unique earcups also provide good isolation from environmental noise. The headphone’s soundstage is specially tuned for Dolby Headphone, resulting in a much more believable and engaging surround sound experience as compared to normal headphones. Complete immersion is maintained via the HP-100U’s interference-free Hi-Fi acoustics.

Outstanding Clarity with Advanced Array Microphone
Adding to an already impressive package, the HP-100U also comes with an advanced array microphone with noise-cancelling capabilities—perfect for crystal clear voice delivery over VoIP applications such as Skype, MSN Messenger and QQ, as well as during multiplayer gaming.

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ASUS Launches Skype Certified Standalone Videophone with Large Brilliant Touchscreen

ASUS Launches Skype Certified™ Standalone Videophone with Large, Brilliant Touchscreen

Co-developed with Skype, the ASUS Videophone Touch AiGuru SV1T is the Most Intuitive Way to Make Free Unlimited Video Calls without a Computer

ASUS launched a Skype Certified™ touchscreen videophone dedicated to unlimited video calling over the Internet—the ASUS Videophone Touch AiGuru SV1T. Part of the videophone product family, it is the first to feature a large 7″ touchscreen, greatly speeding up character input and making any video calling experience more intuitive and fun. The touchscreen works in tandem with the standalone device’s built-in webcam, speaker, microphone and Wi-Fi capabilities to let users make unlimited video calls for free to other Skype users without the need for a computer. This latest version expands and improves upon the first generation ASUS videophone announced last year.

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The ASUS Videophone Touch AiGuru SV1T’s simple-to-use, icon-based touchscreen interface takes the complexity out of Internet calling—making it easy for anyone to make and receive Skype-to-Skype video and voice calls. Users can even participate in conference calls, making the ASUS Videophone Touch AiGuru SV1T an inexpensive, all-in-one voice and video conferencing solution for small businesses. Furthermore, the ASUS Videophone Touch AiGuru SV1T allows users to make calls to fixed and mobile lines at really cheap rates; users can also receive calls from any land or mobile phone line if they have an online Skype number.

“Skype goes beyond traditional voice calling and brings people closer through rich, real-time video communication,” said Manrique Brenes, Skype’s director of business development and product management for consumer electronics. “The device’s touchscreen makes video calling an even easier and more accessible way for people to communicate. It offers the benefits of Skype video calling and exceptional audio quality—allowing friends, families, and small businesses to share their worlds face-to-face without being tied to a computer.”

Free Calls Whenever, Wherever
With the ASUS Videophone Touch AiGuru SV1T, free unlimited video and voice calls can be made to anyone on Skype. This lets users make Skype-to-Skype calls whenever the need arises, without having to worry about costs. ASUS Videophone Touch AiGuru SV1T users can also receive calls from Skype users who don’t have a videophone.

ASUS Videophone Touch AiGuru SV1T users looking to make calls to fixed and mobile lines can subscribe to one of Skype’s popular unlimited calling* subscriptions or purchase Skype credits at www.skype.com.

Great Video and Voice Communications Experience
The ASUS Videophone Touch AiGuru SV1T is designed specifically for video calls and is equipped with a large, high-resolution 7″ touchscreen and an integrated webcam for greater video call quality. Its built-in microphone and speaker also ensure exceptional sound quality; users who wish to maintain their privacy during calls can opt to use a standard mini-jack headset and microphone.

Easy to Set Up and Easy to Use
The ASUS Videophone Touch AiGuru SV1T offers the quickest, easiest and most fun way to make free video calls—at no point is a computer or additional software required. Users can be up and running in three simple steps:
1. Connect to a broadband connection, either wirelessly or via an Ethernet cable
2. Sign-in with an existing Skype name or create a new one
3. Start video calling

The ASUS Videophone Touch AiGuru SV1T is as easy to use as it is to set up. Its intuitive icon-driven touchscreen interface enables the speedy keying-in of characters, allowing for fast contact searches and the inputting of new contact information.

With its Wi-Fi capability, small footprint and rechargeable battery power supply, the portable ASUS Videophone Touch AiGuru SV1T does not need to be tied to a wall socket nor a computer during use. It can be moved from room to room without the hassle of interrupting or dropping a call.

*Unlimited calling: All calls are subject to Skype’s fair usage policy which is set at 10,000 minutes per month (with a maximum of 6 hours per day). Calls to premium, non-geographic and other special numbers are excluded.
Note: Specifications are subject to change without prior notice. Please visit www.asus.com for more details.

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ASUS Launches Intel Foxhollow Platform Servers and Server Boards with Xeon 3400 Processors

ASUS Launches Intel® Foxhollow Platform Servers and Server Boards with Xeon® 3400 Processors

Tower and Rack Servers and P7F Server Boards Feature DDR3 Support and Innovative Green Design for Better Performance and Efficiency
Taipei, Taiwan, September 9, 2009 – ASUS today announced the launch of new E6 UP server systems and P7F server boards featuring the Intel® 3420 PCH architecture and new quad/dual core Intel® Xeon® 3400 Series Processors. With leading technologies including DDR3 memory, ASUS’ unique PIKE upgrade kit, and a flexible design, the P7F Series gives users an affordable and reliable platform to run heavy server operations while maintaining compatibility with older systems.

Products Based on Intel® 3420 PCH Chipset
Server Models Server Boards
RS300-E6/PS4
RS300-E6/PS2
RS100-E6/PI2
TS300-E6/PS4
TS100-E6/PI4
P7F-E
P7F-M WS
P7F-M
P7F-C/SAS
P7F-C/4L
P7F-X

Enhanced Efficiency with Green Design and Super Quiet Operations
The new E6 UP server systems are constructed with 80 PLUS® power supplies to enhance power efficiency; as such, users can expect to lower their system power consumption and utility bills. In fact, enterprises and Internet Data Centers with numerous servers operating non-stop on a 24×7 basis will experience significant reductions in their Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) from the solution’s improved efficiency.

For a quieter working environment, some of the servers including the TS100-E6 are designed to operate at ultra-quiet acoustic levels of 26dBA. Such low noise levels are perfect for workstation scenarios, where surrounding users can continue working even when the system is running at high output levels because of its quiet operations.

Extra Memory and Graphics Power with VGA and DDR3 RDIMM Support
With its PCI-E x16 expansion slot, the server board can support VGA cards in the UP server system. Also, the server board’s DDR3 RDIMM memory support facilitates more reliable and powerful graphics rendering and running of memory-demanding applications—while giving users more memory options.

Enhanced Flexibility with Dual Server and Workstation Capabilities
ASUS Flex-E Technology* provides more flexibility to users with its automatic switching from a single PCI-E x16 link to two PCI-E x8 links. This allows the system to expand support to either a graphics card or more I/O devices. Depending on their requirements, users can thus operate a workstation or server. Additionally, to complement robust video playback capabilities, an optional MIO audio card is available for superior sound quality, low signal-to-noise output, and 7.1 surround channel delivery—delivering exhilarating entertainment and a professional user experience.

Easy Upgrade with PIKE Support*
With the optional PIKE upgrade Kit, users can move from SATA to SAS storage with exceptional ease. The kit delivers flexible storage options to users who want to continue using a slim 1U chassis while upgrading to SAS storage directly and supporting RAID functions—without giving up their expansion capabilities.

More Assurance with Compatible Design
The P7F Series server boards share the same chassis, mounting holes placement and ATX 2.x 24+4 power supply with ASUS’ previous generation of P5 Series server boards. This allows users to achieve better performance from their previous server by simply updating the CPU, memory, and motherboard. In addition, the vertical SATA connector helps users simplify their rack cabling by not blocking the VGA card. This configuration also helps improve air ventilation and prevents overheating.

P7F-E Specifications

P7F-E Specifications

Model P7F-E
Processor Next Generation 45nm Quad Core UP Xeon CPU
Next Generation 32nm Dual Core UP Xeon CPU
Memory 6 x DDR3 DIMM Slots
Storage Interface 6-port SATA2:
Optional ASUS PIKE:
PIKE 1064E/1068E (RAID 0, 1, 1E)
PIKE 1078 (HW RAID 5, 6, 50, 60)
PIKE 6480 (RAID 0, 1, 10, 5)
RAID Support 6 SATA2 300MB/s ports:
Intel Matrix Storage (for Windows only)
(Supports software RAID 0, 1, 10 & 5)
LSI® MegaRAID (for Linux/Windows)
(Supports software RAID 0, 1, 10)
NIC Intel® 82574L GbE LAN x 2 + Management LAN x 1
Onboard Graphics ASPEED AST2050 8MB
Slot 7 MIO Slot for audio card**
Slot 6 PCI-E x16 Slot (Gen2 x16 Link)
(Auto switch to x8 Link if slot 3 is occupied )
Slot 5 PCI Slot
Slot 4 PCI-E x1 Slot (x1 Link)
Slot 3 PCI-E x16 Slot (Gen2 x8 Link)
Slot 2 PCI Slot
Slot 1 PCI Slot
Form Factor 12″ x 9.6″, ATX
** PCI-E x1 is not supported.
P7F-X Specifications

P7F-X Specifications

Model P7F-X
Processor Next Generation 45nm Quad Core UP Xeon CPU
Next Generation 32nm Dual Core UP Xeon CPU
Memory 4 x DDR3 DIMM Slots
Storage Interface 6-port SATA2
RAID Support 6 SATA2 300MB/s ports:
Intel Matrix Storage (for Windows only)
(Support software RAID 0, 1, 10 & 5)
NIC Marvell® 8056 GbE LAN x 2
Onboard Graphics XGI® Z9s DDR2 32MB
Slot 7 MIO Slot for audio card**
Slot 6 PCI-E x16 (x16 link)
Slot 5 PCI-E x1 (x1 link)
Slot 4 PCI-E x8 (x4 link)
Slot 3 PCI
Slot 2 PCI
Slot 1 PCI
Form Factor 12″ x 9.6″, ATX
** PCI-E x1 is not supported.
TS3000-E6/PS4 Specifications

TS3000-E6-PS4 Specifications

Processor Support Quad-Core/Dual-Core Intel® XEON® 3400 Processor
Core Logic Intel® 3420PCH
Memory RDIMM: 6* DDR3 1333 Reg. DIMM
UDIMM: 4* DDR3 1333 Unb./ECC DIMM
Storage 4 x 3.5″ hot-swappable SAS/SATA HDD
1 x 5.25″ optical device (optional)
RAID Support SATA:
Intel® 3420
Intel Matrix Storage: RAID 0,1,5,10 (Windows)
LSI® MegaRAID: RAID 0,1,10 (Linux/Windows) SAS (Optional ASUS PIKE):
PIKE 1064E Support F/W RAID 0,1,1E
PIKE 1078 Support H/W RAID 0,1,10,5,6
PIKE 6480 Support F/W RAID 0,1,5,10
NIC 2 x Intel 82574L + 1 x Mgmt LAN
Onboard Graphics AST2050 /8MB
Expansion Slots Total: 7+1
1 x PCI-E G2 x16 slot (x8 link)—- (Flex-E )
1 x PCI-E G2 x16 slot (x8 link)
1 x PCI-E G1 x1 slot ( x1 link)
1 x MIO slot for MIO Audio card
3 x PCI 32/33 5V
PIKE:
1 x PIKE slot with PCIe G1 x4 link
Power Supply 390W 80plus Single Power Supply
Dimensions 445mm x 217.5mm x 545mm
Rack-mount Optional Ball Bearing Rail Kit (5U)
Regulatory compliance FCC (Class B), CE, C-TICK, CB. CCC, BSMI

ASUS Unveils First TUF Series Motherboard

Newly-developed SABERTOOTH 55i Motherboard Offers Exceptional Utility, Uncompromising Stability, and Unmatched Durability
 ASUS, the leader in innovative motherboard solutions, today unveiled the first motherboard in its newly-developed “TUF” (The Ultimate Force) Series, the SABERTOOTH 55i. The TUF Series is specially developed to meet the heavy computing demands of power users and perform well even under extreme conditions. Such computer enthusiasts often demand high-quality motherboard components and the most stable computing platforms. To achieve uncompromising stability, TUF Series motherboards have undergone a more stringent testing program than what most motherboard producers currently undertake. Solidly constructed and equipped with resilient components that have passed demanding military-style testing, the TUF Series triumphs over the harshest operating conditions to deliver robust performance. The debut SABERTOOTH 55i model, designed around a “Marine Cool” concept, incorporates the Intel® P55 chipset and “tough” features to give users a supremely solid and stable computing platform.

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Ultimate Heatsink Cooling with Unique CeraM!X Microfin Coating
The ASUS SABERTOOTH 55i motherboard, equipped with the new CeraM!X heatsink, delivers exceptional cooling to active components and uncompromising system stability even under intense operating conditions. With its advanced ceramics-based composition—commonly used in the aerospace industry for heat insulation—the heatsink dissipates heat rapidly to achieve ultimate cooling. Ceramics replace traditional anti-oxidant compounds to create a microfin surface texture for enhanced cooling. This rough surface offers an expanded area for heat induction into the surrounding air. As a result, more heat is rapidly conducted away from the active system—allowing users to enjoy previously unattainable levels of stability.

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Direct Memory Cooling with Affordable CoolMem! Fan Frame
As optimal memory operation relies on good cooling, the SABERTOOTH 55i motherboard includes the CoolMem! Fan Frame that encloses most standard 40mm or 50mm computer fans and fits them directly over the memory module. Users thus gain an affordable cooling solution that significantly stabilizes memory operation.

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Resilient Performance from Military-certified Capacitors and MOSFETs
To ensure users experience uncompromising performance, the SABERTOOTH 55i incorporates only high-grade, rigorously-tested components. These perform robustly even under the most demanding conditions. For example, all its capacitors have undergone thermal shock tests to ensure continuous, stable operations during rapid temperature changes in the 60°C range. In fact, all its capacitors and VRM MOSFETs have been certified for military-level use through stringent testing.

Optimized Power Use with E.S.P.
The SABERTOOTH 55i motherboard delivers E.S.P. (Efficient Switching Power) to all major components for superb system efficiency. Besides delivering efficient power to the CPU and memory, the power design also applies the same level of efficient power to the PCIex16 expansion slots and IC. This improves overall power efficiency and reduces the amount of heat generated—resulting in cooler and more reliable operations. Additionally, the E.S.P. converts power at 90% efficiency compared to a conventional linear design that is only about 60% efficient. Built for robust performance, the SABERTOOTH 55i—and ASUS TUF Series motherboards as a whole—incorporates the latest breakthroughs in heatsink composition and high-grade, military-tested components to enable users to build their DIY systems around one of the most solid and stable motherboards ever created.

Source: ASUS

Asustek to push 16:9 ratio notebooks in the US and Europe

Asustek Computer will officially cut into the 16:9 ratio notebook market in the second half of 2008. In order to preserve profits, the company will initially only push 15.6-inch models in Europe and the US. The first wave of launches will start in July in the US, according to industry sources.

Currently, 16:9 15.6-inch panel suppliers include Taiwan-based AUO, Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO), and Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) and Korea-based LG. Korea-based Samsung will also start to supply 15.6-inch panels in the second half of this year, noted the sources.

In addition to 15.6-inch, first-tier notebook vendors including Asustek, Acer, Sony and Lenovo are also planning to launch 16:9 14-inch notebooks in the second half, while Acer is planning to launch a 17.3-inch notebook in the first quarter of 2009 in Europe and the US, added the sources.

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