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OCZ Technology releases OCZ EL DDR PC-3500 Dual Channel

The December contract prices for 15" and 17" TFT LCDs go down

HDMI specification 1.0 released

CMC Magnetics releases own PDAs

LaCie Big Disk: need a half-terabyte portable?

OCZ Technology releases OCZ EL DDR PC-3500 Dual Channel

OCZ Technology posted the specs of its 256Mb and 512Mb OCZ EL DDR PC-3500 Dual Channel memory modules of the OCZ Enhanced Latency Series.

To achieve the high memory clock, except for the testing and selection of the best 4.5ns chips, the company used the ULN Technology (Ultra Low Noise shielded PCB).

184-pin Unbuffered OCZ EL DDR PC-3500 Dual Channel modules are optionally supplied with copper heat-sinks and operate at 217MHz (434MHz DDR). They feature CL=2 and require 2.5V. The company claims the modules are capable of operating at 2.8V (with heat-sink).

The December contract prices for 15" and 17" TFT LCDs go down

Despite all efforts to keep the December contract prices for LCD monitors at least on the level of November, the market presses on own scenarios. According to the Japanese Nihon Keizai Shimbun, the current contract prices for 15" and 17" LCD panels reduced to $160-170 and $260-270, i.e. by about $15.

According to the messages from Taiwan, the retail price of 15" LCD panels is very close to the cost price and sometimes is even lower. Due to this analysts expect the reduction to slow in early 2003.

Source: The DigiTimes

HDMI specification 1.0 released

In less than a half-year the HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) workgroup, having announced the HDMI v 0.9 in June, released the 1.0 final.

Currently the list of HDMI co-founders includes Hitachi, Matsushita Electric, Philips, Silicon Image, Sony, Thomson Multimedia, and Toshiba. As you might know, the HDMI standard combines the support of hi-res video and multichannel audio in the single digital interface with up to 5Gbps throughput. The HDMI bases on the digital DVI specifications, being backward compatible with it. The new specs define the usage of a miniatire and simple conenctor suitable for mobile devices like digital video cameras.

Basing on the CEA (EIA/CEA-861x) standards compatibility, HDMI ensures the lossless video signal transfers. Besides, HDMI supports most AV.link-compatible protocols popular in Europe.

The new standard also supports the High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) developed by Intel and Silicon Image to protect the Digital Visual Interface (DVI).

The current HDMI 1.0 specification in detail describes all capabilities HDMI provide, including the 15-mm 19-pin HDMI interface for portables. The spec contains all information necessary for the development and making of HDMI-compatible products.

HDMI is already supported by such brands, as Fox and Universal, DIRECTV and EchoStar, and the number of electronics makers. The details of the specification are provided on the dedicated website www.hdmi.org.

CMC Magnetics releases own PDAs

Taiwanese CMC Magnetics, known as the optical storage maker, released a family of entry-level PDAs, operating under the Penbex 1.3 OS from Penbex Data Systems, a kind of a Chinese Palm OS clone. Penbex and the concepts on it were announced at CeBIT 2001 as another PDA hardware platform. This time "for the most reasonable price in the history of PDAs". Wow! :)

In about a year CMC Magnetics purchased the license for the OS and released a whole family of Palm-like devices.

It includes four PDAs: EZ-860, EZ-861, EZ-870, EZ-880 with the similar features: 33MHz Motorola DragonBall, 8Mb RAM, 160x160 sensor LCD display, CompactFlash I and IrDA. The models differ by the amount of flash memory and lithium-polymer battery capacity. Besides, EZ-880 has color display.

Taiwanese novelties are rather thin (EZ-880 and 870 — 15 mm, EZ-860 14.5 mm) and feature the JogDial side control. The price of EZ products is still unavailable.

A bit later the same company announced a business-class Windows CE Pocket PC — PPC-550 (on the photo).

Its a standard inexpensive Pocket PC on the 206MHz Strong ARM SA1100, with 64Mb RAM and 32Mb ROM, color sensor display supporting 65 colors, IrDA, USB, CompactFlash II and SecureDigital (SD) slots, built-in mic and speaker, Li-Ion battery. The dimensions are 32x80x16 mm. The price is unknown as well.

The company plans to continue and release a modified version — PP-510.

Source: HPC.ru

LaCie Big Disk: need a half-terabyte portable?

Another record from the portable storage field: LaCie announced the family of portable plug & play Big Disk FireWire drives 500Gb and 400Gb in capacity sized as a usual 5.25" device. In case you need several LaCie Big Disk theres an option to use a special 19" LaCie Desk Rack.

Like their D2 predecessors both drives feature the stylish aluminium bodies and are supplied with the vertical mount support. For energy saving purposes LaCie Big Disk devices turn off simultaneously with PCs. Being joined, Big Disks are easily configured as RAID1 or RAID0.

500Gb model is the most interesting, featuring 8Mb-cache 7200RPM storages. The 400Gb model bases on 2Mb-cache and 5400RPM components. Both drives can use the IEEE1394 (FireWire/iLink) interface under Mac OS 8.6 / 9.x / OS 10.x / Mac OS X Jaguar or Windows 98SE/2000/Me/XP. 400GB1 LaCie Big Disk (FireWire/7200RPM/8Mb) are already being shipped for the suggested $899. The shipments of $999 500GB1 LaCie Big Disk (FireWire/5400RPM/2Mb) are expected in December.

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