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850E Max (MS-6545 Ver 2.0): a new i850E board from MSI

SV-3 Instrument Viewer: wanna wear an oscilloscope?

New 7000 and 9000 color printer series from OKI

DRAM production: Koreans lead the way

850E Max (MS-6545 Ver 2.0): a new i850E board from MSI

MSI announced the release of new 850E Max (MS-6545 Ver 2.0) mobo, based on traditional Intel 850E + ICH2 bundle.

The board has ATX design, supports 1.6-2.53 GHz Socket 478 Intel Pentium 4 with 400/533 MHz FSB, has an AGP 4x slot, 4 PCI slots, CNR slot, 4 RIMM sockets (up to 2GB RDRAM). Besides, the board has an integrated USB 2.0 controller (up to 4 ports along with 4 USB 1.1 ports), 10/100Mb/s LAN (Intel 82562ET), 6-channel audio (C-Media CMI8738).

SV-3 Instrument Viewer: wanna wear an oscilloscope?

MicroOptical, developing microdisplay systems, announced glasses with additional SV-3 Instrument Viewer system, designed for semiconductor product testers.

The package includes SV-3 Instrument Viewer, a couple of protective glasses (ANSI Z-87.1), two lithium batteries, charger. SV-3 operation is simple: it duplicates oscilloscope image, enabling worker to concentrate and view both the sample, and test results. At that, SV-3 image size is equal to a fullsize display viewed at 60 cm. SV-3 operation time makes 6-8 hours without recharging. The device is compatible with tools, featuring VGA output. SV-3 provides 640x480@60Hz image and up to 64 colors.

SV-3 Instrument Viewer kit costs $995, however the company plans to reduce it to several hundreds. MicroOptical potential Japanese partners are sure that the price can be reduced to 2-digit values in the near future.

New 7000 and 9000 color printer series from OKI

OKI Europe announced ten models of 7000 and 9000 new-generation series. 9000 printers (3) provide up to 30 color or up to 37 b/w 3 pages per minute at up to 1200x1200 dpi, 7000 (4) provide up to 20 and 24 4 pages per minute, respectively. New printers utilize single pass Digital LED technology.

Main specifications and advantages:

  • 1200x1200 dpi printing without speed losses
  • Almost no limits for media type and thickness. Printers can be used for film, business card, banner (up to 1200 mm), 3+ printing.
  • Automatic tray, media format and thickness recognition. The feature can be assigned highest priority against driver settings to avoid paper jam and other problems
  • Automatic color calibration system, providing constant color rendition independently to printed pages, after toner or photoroll replacement, across all series
  • Booklet printing, multipage preview and other driver advancements
  • Possibility to set up maximum print volumes, enable/disable color printing access for each networked user
  • Possibility to save printer settings and status to an Excel table, that can be accessed only by an admin
  • Convenience Copier System (CCS C7000 / C9000) enables to create a total office document production system. Comprised of printer, scancopier and finisher (C9000 only), CCS eliminates the need for a separate photocopier and enables users to create printed, collated, stapled and hole-punched documents.
  • The cost of mono printing on 7000 and C9000 color printers doesn´t exceed the same value for usual mono printers
  • At buying a set of color toners, black toner is provided free

All ten models of 7000 and 9000 series are expected for sale late in October 2002.

DRAM production: Koreans lead the way

According to online DRAM eXchange, currently Samsung Electronics and Hynix Semiconductor provide up to 49% DRAM shipments to the world market. In August their production volume made 167.7 million nominal 128 Mbit chips, that´s 4% more than July values.

Other makers can´t show similar volumes. So, Micron Technologies production volumes (North American fabs) increased by 14% and made 59 million nominal chips, however other company facilities reduced production by 1%. Totally Japanese August volumes made about 24 million nominal memory chips.

In August European DRAM production remained at the same level — about 42 million nominal chips. Taiwanese reduced DRAM production volumes by 8%, to 50 million nominal chips.

Source: Silicon Strategies

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