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New Perfection 2400 Photo, 1660 Photo and 1260/1260 Photo scanners from Epson

Intel to produce 0.13μm flash memory in Irish Republic

New 15" LCD from Hitachi

Summit, Apogee ╔ Zenith: system cosmetics from Chaintech

New Perfection 2400 Photo, 1660 Photo and 1260/1260 Photo scanners from Epson

Epson America presented four new scanners: Perfection 2400 Photo, Perfection 1660 Photo, and Perfection 1260/1260 Photo.

They deliver optical resolutions of 2400 x 4800 dpi, 1600 x 3200 dpi, and 1200 x 2400 dpi, respectively. All models feature 48-bit color depth.

Epson Perfection 2400 Photo is to replace the Perfection 1650 Photo model, delivering 60% faster scanning. To achieve the high quality the scanner supports Micro Step Drive for very precise stepper motor. The standard scanner package includes 35 mm slide adapter and a software kit: Adobe Photoshop Elements, EPSON Smart Panel, NewSoft OCR. The model has USB 2.0 interface; the recommended price is $229.

Epson Perfection 1660 Photo is to replace Perfection 1650. The scanner is supplied with 35 mm slide adapter and ArcSoft PhotoImpression, EPSON Smart Panel, NewSoft OCR software. The interface is USB 2.0; the recommended price — $179.

Epson Perfection 1260 will replace Perfection 1250. Epson Perfection 1260 Photo is supplied with 35 mm slide adapter; both novelties are also supplied with ArcSoft PhotoImpression, EPSON Smart Panel, NewSoft OCR software. The recommended prices are $99 and $129, respectively. Scanners are expected for sale in August 2002.

Intel to produce 0.13μm flash memory in Irish Republic

Intel is going to correct the plans concerning Irish Republic fabs. Instead of the previously planned construction of a new 0.13Ům flash memory fab, the company is going to re-equip the existing facilities.

The fab usage is planned as follows: Fab 10 and Fab 14, located in Leixlip near Dublin, continue to produce various 0.18Ům and 0.25Ům logic devices — chipsets, SRAM, integrated processors, but the 0.13Ům equipment is to be installed along. According to company specialists, most production tools are used for 0.18Ům and 0.25Ům devices. The launch of 0.13Ům process technology requires special lithographic and other equipment, however flash memory manufacture process still requires aluminium metallisation, so it´ll be made with previous tools.

Now Intel representatives say nothing of the launch date of 0.13Ům process technology on Fab 10/14, just "fairly soon".

Speaking of the almost constructed Fab 24, its usage plans remain the same: the fab is to be launched in the very beginning of 2004 to make 300 mm silicon wafers with usage of 90 nm process technology.

Intel also plans to have 80% of its flash memory on 0.13Ům by the end of 2003. It´s currently made at D2, Santa Clara. Fab 22 in Arizona, being equipped for 0.13Ům flash memory, is currently making processors. Fab 11 in New Mexico and Fab 15 in Oregon will make 0.13Ům flash memories closer to the end of 2002.

New 15" LCD from Hitachi

Hitachi America announced a new low-weight (3 kg) 15" CML152 LCD monitor.

The novelty feature 350:1 contrast, 250 candles/sq.m maximum screen brightness, 1024x768 @ 75 or 60 Hz resolution at 0.297 dot size. Viewing angle is 130 degrees horizontally and 100 degrees vertically. Frequency range is as follows: 24-61 kHz (line scan), 56-75 Hz (frame scan), response time — 15 ms on, 20 ms off.

The monitor also features an analog input. The product is to be delivered in two modifications: CML152 (ivory case) and CML152B (black/midnight gray case). The recommended price is $449 and $459, respectively. The deliveries are to start already in July.

Summit, Apogee ╔ Zenith: system cosmetics from Chaintech

In the near future Chaintech is going to present a new line of innovative "all inclusive" motherboards.

The novelties are codenamed Summit, Apogee, and Zenith. All of them feature black PCB, yellow (AMD variant) or green (Intel variant) slots, sockets, ports. At that cosmetics touches even PCI ports, LAN, USB 2.0 sockets, etc.

The above names represent the motherboard level. So, the Apogee design defines it as Middle-End — the buyer also gets round (yellow/green) IDE cables, special CBOX panel for 3.5" bay featuring four USB ports, Headphones- and Mic-Out, pseudo 4.1-channel Body Theater headphones.

Zenith models represent Top-End, featuring an additional Firewire port.

Summit series includes inexpensive motherboards not supplied with Body Theater headphones and CBOX panel, round firm IDE cables replaced by usual.

The market will see VIA KT333 and i845E/G models first.

Source: Clubic

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