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Samsung and Hynix negotiate to raise DDR contract prices

TerraTec to announce Aureon line

Wacom to bury mice...

Adaptec announces new Ultra320 SCSI controllers

ATI announces the "Certified By ATI" program

LG.Philips announces 42-inch TFT panel

Fujitsu and AMD to produce flash memory together?

Samsung and Hynix negotiate to raise DDR contract prices

According to Maeli Business Paper, Korean Samsung Electronics and Hynix Semiconductor are going to raise contract prices for 256 Mbit DDR SDRAM chips for large customers.

Referring to industry sources, they report that last Tuesday Korean companies negotiated to raise prices by 5-7%, i.e. up to $7-8 per 256 Mbit DDR chip. The negotiations may finish successfully, as the coming season of X-mas volume sales makes OEM partners worry about stable component shipments.

TerraTec to announce Aureon line

TerraTec prepares to release new Aureon soundcard line in November: Aureon 7.1 Space, Aureon 5.1 Sky, and Aureon 5.1 Fun.

TerraTec Aureon 7.1 Space supports 7.1-channel audio at 24 bit / 96 kHz, features —100 dB SNR, supports DirectSound, Sensaura 3D, EAX 1.0/2.0, MacroFX, A3D 1.0, AC3 and DTS. TerraTec Aureon 7.1 Space has 8 eight discrete outputs, supports 2-, 4-, 6- (5.1) or 7.1-channel output, optical digital in and out, line- and mic-in.

5.1-channel TerraTec Aureon 5.1 Sky supports 24 bit / 96 kHz sampling frequency, features —100 dB SNR, has optical digital output, supports DirectSound, Sensaura 3D, EAX1.0/2.0, MacroFX, A3D 1.0, AC3 and DTS. It is supplied with Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP WDM drivers.

5.1-channel TerraTec Aureon 5.1 Fun supports 48 kHz sampling frequency, supports 2-, 4-, 6-channel sound. Aureon 5.1 Fun supports EAX 2.0/1.0, 3Dl2, Direct Sound 3D, Sensaura 3D.

Soundcards will be supplied with various MIDI processing software, Musicmatch Jukebox, DVD player, etc. More details about TerraTec cards are to follow.

Wacom to bury mice...

Wacom announced shipments of its new package, including a graphical tablet, pen, and Volito mouse, and launched MyVolito website.

Tablet brief specifications:

  • Active space: 127.6x92.8 mm
  • Dimensions: 224.1x221.0x22.3 mm
  • Cable length: 1.5 m
  • Energy consumption: 0.2W
  • Power: 5V, 40 mA (over USB)
  • Weight: about 332 g
  • Resolution: 1000 dpi; 39.4 lines/mm
  • Precision: +/- 5 dots at 1000 lpi
  • Pressure sensivity (pen): 512 levels
  • Maximum recognition height: 3 mm
  • Interface: USB, USB A socket
  • Volito pen dimensions (length x diameter): 149.0x12.3 mm
  • Pen weight: about 10 g
  • Pen programmable side switch
  • Volito mouse dimensions: 113.3x61.3x36.0 mm
  • Volito mouse weight: 83 g
  • Two-button programmable mouse
  • System requirements: Windows 98/2000/ME/XP, USB, CD-ROM

Shipments will start in October 2002. The recommended price is 59.90 euro.

Adaptec announces new Ultra320 SCSI controllers

Adaptec announced the release and shipments of 39320D-R (on the photo), 39320-R dual-channel, and 29320-R, 29320LP-R single-channel Ultra320 SCSI controllers. They are designed for data storage systems, video editing, streaming audio/video.

New products base on the new Adaptec chip, providing 320 MB/s data transfer speed, and supporting Adaptec HostRAID, RAID division, mirroring and hot sparing.

Adaptec SCSI Card 39320D-R and 39320-R are designed for medium and large enterprise servers, at that Adaptec SCSI Card 39320D is optimized for external SCSI connections, Adaptec SCSI Card 39320 — for internal. In their turn, Adaptec SCSI Card 29320-R and 29320LP-R are designed for basic level servers and high-performance workstations. ASC-29320LP-R is a low-profile rackmount server controller.

Source: Infosan

ATI announces the "Certified By ATI" program

ATI Technologies officially announced its Certified By ATI program, allowing AIB (Add-In-Board) partners to certify their products, and buyers — to choose the desired manufacturer.

Any ATI partner may participate in the "Certified By ATI" program. Qualification tests include:

  • Hardware and software installation
  • 12-hour testing with 3D app
  • 12-hour testing with DVD player
  • Visual quality check
  • Objective package cost evaluation (the product, accessories, software, manual)

According to the results, ATI Customer Service will post information about every tested and certified product.

Currently the following ATI RADEON 9000 PRO products are certified:

  • FIC AT009
  • TYAN Tachyon G9000 PRO
  • WISTRON ATRV2500-D64 S-Media

Additional information about other products is to be posted on ATI website in the nearest future. The list of ATI partners, participating in certification, is here.

LG.Philips announces 42-inch TFT panel

LG.Philips LCD announced new 42-inch TFT panel for LCD monitors. It features 500 candles/sq.m brightness, 175 viewing angle, 500:1 contrast, 12 ms response time, 51-mm thickness.

Made using S-IPS technology, the panel should be volume-produced in H2 2003.

Source: The DigiTimes

Fujitsu and AMD to produce flash memory together?

Fujitsu confirmed fact of the negotiations with flash memory production partner, AMD, about further cooperation in this segment.

According to The Financial Times, Fujitsu and AMD negotiate to converge production capacities and organize a new joint venture for flash memory production. AMD share is expected to be 60%, Fujitsu will own other 40%. The venture creation will supposedly be announced in January 2003.

According to Gartner Group, in 2001 Intel occupied the first place in the flash memory market with the 25.7% of world production. The second and third places were taken by AMD and Fujitsu, respectively. After the asset convergence production volumes of the new venture wil make 23.4%.

So, the flash memory partnership between AMD and Fujitsu can be improved in the near future. As you know, as far as in 1993 these companies created Fujitsu AMD Semiconductor joint venture, based on Fujitsu production facilities, where Fujitsu owns 50.01%.

Source: Nikkei Net

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