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Melco announces 512Mb ClipDrive USB flash trinket

IWILL presents CR611 card reader

DisplaySearch: TFT LCD price reduction to continue in Q1 2003

FIC releases nForce2-based AU11 motherboard

Archos announces DExDVD-RW

Renesas Technology: new $7-billion semiconductor child of Hitachi and Mitsubishi

CES 2003: Samsung to showcase the record 54" LCD monitor

CES 2003: expect 1.8" iVDR Serial ATA drives

Melco announces 512Mb ClipDrive USB flash trinket

In mid-January Melco is to start selling the new 512Mb ClipDrive USB (RUF-C512M) flash-memory device.

The trinket resembles most similar devices: driverless operation, USB 1.1, write protection. ClipDrive dimensions are 17x72.5x10 mm, weight — 12 g, approximate price Ė about $240.

Source: PC Watch

IWILL presents CR611 card reader

IWILL released a universal miniature IWILL CR611 6-in-1 card reader with USB 1.1 interface, supporting Compact Flash (I/II), Smart Media, Memory Stick, Secure Digital and Multi Media Cards as well as IBM Micro Drive.

The device can operate under Windows 98/98SE/2000/Me/XP. Itís dimensions are 77x58x16 mm, weight — 55 g, energy consumption — <100mA active and <500 microampere in standby.

IWILL CR611 supports the following:

  • Compact Flash: 4-512Mb (Type I/II)
  • Smart Media: 4-128Mb
  • Secure Digital: 16-128Mb
  • Multi Media Card: 16-64Mb
  • Memory Stick: up to 128Mb
  • Microdrive: 340Mb

DisplaySearch: TFT LCD price reduction to continue in Q1 2003

According to the latest report from DisplaySearch, TFT LCD prices continue to reduce worldwide. This is expected to last in Q1 2003 as well, making about 10% or more. Korean LCD makers inform they are ready for the wholesale prices for 15" TFT LCDs to reduce from $186 to $163, more than 60% below the $273 peak level, marked in Q2 2002. 17" monitors are also forecasted to get cheaper in Q1 2003 Ė from $267 to $232 wholesale.

Analysts say the reason is the "battle" of the leading TFT LCD makers, mostly LG.Philips LCD and Samsung Electronics, revising the market after the launch of their new 5G fabs. Besides, still more Taiwanese and Japanese companies invest into 5G production. Analysts believe all this will result in further price and profitability reduction.

According to provisional data, the worldwide TFT LCD market will make about 18.15 million units in Q4 2002. Itís interesting that it made just 16.28 million units in Q3, thatís even lower than 17.61 million units of Q2. However, this looks different in the money equivalent: $4.41 billion in Q3, $3.97 billion in Q4, and about —8% in Q1 2003, down to $3.66 billion. South Korean makers will remain the leaders with 41.6% market share, Taiwanese will own 31.8% and Japanese makers Ė only 26.6%.

Source: Korea Times

FIC releases nForce2-based AU11 motherboard

FIC announced its NVIDIA nForce2-based motherboard — AU11.

This ATX board features nForce2 128SSP + MCP-T bundle, supports AMD Athlon XP with 333MHz FSB, has 3 DIMM sockets (up to 3Gb DDR400, dual-channel 2x64-bit), AGP 8x slot, 6 PCI slots, 5.1-ch. audio (Realtek ALC650), LAN (Realtek RTL 8201L), 2 IEEE 1394 ports and 6 USB 2.0 ports.

Archos announces DExDVD-RW

Archos, making original novelties from time to time, announced the external DVD-recorder — DExDVD-RW.

The device supports: 12x CD-R, 8x CD-DRW, 2x (4.7Gb) DVD-RAM, 2x (4.7Gb) DVD-R, 1x (4.7Gb) DVD-RW recording; 32x CD-ROM, 10x DVD-ROM, 2x DVD-RAM, 8x DVD-R reading. The drive features USB 2.0 interface and is bundled with Roxio Easy CD Creator and new VideoWave Movie Creator.

Being compatible with Mac and PC, the novelty is expected to cost over $350.

Renesas Technology: new $7-billion semiconductor child of Hitachi and Mitsubishi

Hitachi and Mitsubishi Electric signed the contract to merge their assets in the Renesas Technology Corp. The parent-companies will continue to negotiate about merging their electronic component departments as well.

These plans were announced for the first time in March 2002. Renesas Technology, new semiconductor maker, has $7 billion authorized capital. The share of Hitachi makes 55%, Mitsubishi owns 45%. According to iSuppli, after the reorganization Renesas will become the world-third semiconductor maker after Intel and Samsung.

In H1 2003 Hitachi and Mitsubishi are expected to merge their foreign assets in Europe, USA, etc. Renesas Technology Sales will be formed after the marketing departments merge (by about April 1).

CES 2003: Samsung to showcase the record 54" LCD monitor

Accoridng to Korean Maeli Business Paper, Samsung Electronics announced the new largest-inch LCD monitor Ė this time 54" in diagonal.

We do not know much about the new product, but the company representatives stated that the novelty resolution surpasses that of the previous 46" model by 2.25 times. Samsung Electronics will first showcase its 54-inch LCD display at CES 2003 in Las Vegas in January. The volume production is scheduled to H2 2003.

Source: Maeli Business Paper

CES 2003: expect 1.8" iVDR Serial ATA drives

It has been 10 months since iVDR consortium was created but if you do not remember what it is, donít blame yourself, as it has only made a single announcement since the moment of creation. Let me remind you what it is about: in March 2002 eight Japanese companies, including Sanyo Electric, Canon, Fujitsu, Hitachi Manufacturing, Phoenix Technologies, Pioneer, Sharp and Victor Company of Japan (along with FCI and Mitsumi as the "associate members") announced iVDR (Information Versatile Disk for Removable usage) format. Currently the consortium includes 28 companies, including Maxtor and Seagate).

iVDR standard designed for 2.5" HDDs can be used with PCs and other electronic devices. Specifications define the connector, unified interface, file system, etc. According to provisional data, the capacity of iVDR drives will initially make at least 40Gb to be increased to 200-400Gb within 2-3 years (the document even defines terabyte capacities).

The dimensions of iVDR drives are 130x80x12.7 mm. According to the specification, iVDR disks will feature 5-pin connectors with at least 10,000 connect/disconnect cycles. Electrical specifications, instruction sets, etc. meet the ATA standard (ATA Standard + AV Expansion + Secure Expansion), nominal shock resistance is 900G.

iVDR drives will feature their own File system for iVDR. The next stage of development was the transition to 1.8" drives.

So, after keeping silence for 10 months iVDR standard is expected to remind of itself at CES 2003, to take place on January 9-12 in Las Vegas. We should see two 2.5" and one 1.8" iVDR drives. According to the consortium representatives, 1.8" devices using up to 80-mm discs, are designed as an exchangeable storage for audio players and navigation systems. 2.5" drives using up to 130-mm discs are meant for consumer electronics and PC storage. By the way, there will be 1.8" => 2.5" form-factor adapter released as well.

More numbers: 2.5" iVDR discs, to be shown at CES, feature capacities up to 80Gb (to be doubled in 2003). The retail price of the first iVDR-enabled devices will range from $166 to $249, discs themselves will cost <$90. The only problem the consortium hasn´t solved yet is the content security. Supposedly, the final specification will be adopted by March 2003.

Source: Tecchannel.de

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