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By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2004-08-03 Print this article Print

For desktops, Gateway in October will roll out the E-Series 6300, which will feature the new BTX chassis, designed to improve airflow through the machine and reduce the amount of noise and power consumption compared with the ATX chassis currently used by PC makers, Loyd said. The ATX chassis is running out of thermal headroom, requiring more exotic—and noisier—systems to cool the components as they run hotter, Loyd said. The BTX design, which eventually will be adopted by all PC makers, offers larger fans that run at slower speeds. In addition, components inside the chassis are moved around to take better advantage of the airflow, Loyd said.
In addition, the new Gateway desktop will use the 915G chip set from Intel, which will offer DDR2 memory.
In September, Gateway will upgrade its SB Series PCs for small businesses. The new 3200 Series will offer connectivity via an integrated 10/100 Ethernet component and will be based on the companys GEM (Gateway and eMachines) chassis, which will offer one more internal bay than the current SB 310, a different motherboard design—though the same 845G chip set from Intel—and support for a wider range of processors. In addition, Gateway will update its Profile all-in-one PC with the release of Profile 5.5 next month. It also will offer the 915G chip set, as well as Serial ATA hard drives and a 128MB discrete graphics option. The company also is streamlining its server offerings, reducing from seven to six the number of systems it will offer. In the third quarter, Gateway will roll out the replacement for the two-way rack-optimized 955 system, which will come with the new "Nocona" Xeon chips from Intel. The 32-bit Nocona offers Intels EM64T 64-bit extension technology, as well as DDR2 memory support and an 800MHz front-side bus. The following quarter, Gateway will roll out two more two-way systems, the replacement for the rack-optimized 975 and a system that will replace the 960 and 980 tower servers. Both also will feature the Nocona chip, Diefenthaler said. He said Gateway in the first half of next year will upgrade its four-way 995 server, but will not grow its line beyond four processors. On the storage side, Gateway is offering a new chassis for its 860 SAN (storage area network) appliance with SATA capabilities. Later this quarter, the company also will offer a new autoloader, the LTO2HH, which doubles the backup capacity of the current 820 from 1.6TB to 3.2TB. Check out eWEEK.coms Desktop & Notebook Center at for the latest news in desktop and notebook computing.


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