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Photo of the day: OCZ Eliminator 2 in our test lab

Olympus unveils TURBO MO mini LX II – optical USB 2.0 MO drive

CEATEC JAPAN 2003: Sony PSX unveiled

ATI announces fiscal quarter results

D-Link launches sales of DWL-G120 802.11g USB 2.0 adapter

Micron Technology samples 288Mbit RLDRAM II

Micron Technology launches 1.8V Flash Memory for mobile applications

Photo of the day: OCZ Eliminator 2 in our test lab

We´ve obtained some new equipment for our test lab. This time it´s Eliminator 2 cooler for up to 3.2GHz Intel Pentium 4. What caught our eyes first was stronger force required to spin the fan due to the metallic fan rim.

Olympus unveils TURBO MO mini LX II – optical USB 2.0 MO drive

Olympus unveiled the external 3.5" TURBO MO mini LX II USB 2.0 drive that will be available for sale on October 24 for the still undisclosed price.

Comparing to the previous TURBO MO mini LX announced in March, the new drive is faster – 4320rpm vs. 3000rpm. The 8% smaller volume enabled to reduce the weight of mini LX II by 24% to 305g at 108x120x24mm. As for the competitive features vs. Fujitsu DynaMO 640U2 Photo, for example, TURBO MO mini LX II is more compact and faster, but has no PC Card Type II slot. Well, I guess the "mini" is more important for the maker.

As usual for the modern MO drives, the model supports 128, 230, 540 and 640Mb media. Supported OS include Windows 98/Me/2000/XP, Mac OS 8.6-9.2.2, Mac OS X 10.1.

Source: ASCII24

CEATEC JAPAN 2003: Sony PSX unveiled

As promised, Sony unveiled its new PSX family of gaming consoles featuring integrated hard drives and capable of DVD recording. The family includes two models: higher-end DESR-7000 with 250Gb HDD and lower-end DESR-5000 with 160Gb drive.

Actually PSX is a hybrid of PlayStation 2 gaming console, HDD, DVD recorder, TV tuner, digital photo album and media player. New models are based on already familiar Emotion Engine as CPU, Graphic Synthesizer as GPU and improved OS PS2. So now besides complete PS2 support, the new device is capable of HDD storage, ATRAC3/MP3 playback, DVD recording, etc.

The higher-end model supports 6 video modes: standard HQ/HSP/SP and additional LP/EP/SLP (the lower-end model supports only HQ, SP, SLP). The integrated DVD recorder supports DVD-R (Video), DVD-RW (Video/VR), DVD+RW (+VR), with DVD+R support coming in the future.

Interfaces include USB1.1, Memory Stick slot, PlayStation 2 peripheral connectors, composite AV-in/out, digital S/PDIF, etc.

Sized 312x88x323mm, new consoles weigh 5.6kg. Both models will be available for sale in Japan closer to the year-end. At that DESR-7000 is estimated ¥99.8 thousand, DESR-5000 ¥79.8 thousand (about $900 and $720, respectively). In Europe and North America the novelties will appear early in 2004. As you can see on the photos, consoles will be made with various body colors.

Source: PC Watch

ATI announces fiscal quarter results

ATI Technologies announced results for the 4th fiscal quarter of 2003 that ended on August 31. It´s clearly seen the company was doing well: revenues made $380.7 million that considerably exceeds $355.7 million earned in the previous quarter and exceeds the same quarter of the last year by 70.8%.

The net profit made $22.3 million in the reporting period or $0.09/stock. Compare this with $15 million profit of the previous quarter ($0.06/stock) and last year $34.6 million losses (è $0.15/stock).

In the report the company especially underlines that profitability was provided by successful shipments of consumer electronics, PC and mobile hardware.

In the next fiscal quarter the the company estimates $400-430 million growth both due to seasonal activity, and markets, including graphics processors, desktop and mobile chipsets and mobile hardware. The complete report is here.

D-Link launches sales of DWL-G120 802.11g USB 2.0 adapter

D-Link launched sales of IEEE 802.11g USB 2.0 adapter — Xtreme G USB Adapter (DWL-G120).

The novelty is compatible with 802.11g and b standards that co-exist in 2.4GHz range, is backward compatible with USB 1.1 and 1.0, supports 64/128-bit WEP algorithms (802.1x and WPA-PSK) and AES.

In Northern American retail DWL-G120 is expected to cost $80.

Micron Technology samples 288Mbit RLDRAM II

Micron Technology started sampling the first 288Mbit reduced latency DRAM II or RLDRAM II chips that operate at 400MHz DDR and are mainly designed for telecom and storage markets.

Micron 288Mbit RLDRAM II feature 8-bank architecture and provide up to 28.8Gbps peak performance with their 36-bit interface. At that their random cycle time (tRC) is about 20ns. Other RLDRAM II advantages include on-die termination (ODT), multiplexed and non-multiplexed addressing, on-chip delay lock loop (DLL), programmable output impedance and 1.8V voltage.

New 288Mbit RLDRAM II are sampled in standard 144-pin 11x18.5mm FBGA cases.

Micron Technology launches 1.8V Flash Memory for mobile applications

Micron Technology, Inc. announced sample availability of a new 64 megabit (Mb) high-performance Flash memory device, MT28F644W18, developed specifically for mobile applications. This 1.8V core Flash memory device supports an input/output (I/O) voltage of 1.8V

Micron’s new Flash memory architecture provides additional enhanced performance feature sets, such as, a flexible 4Mb multi-partitioned architecture, clock suspend, and fast programming algorithm to meet performance demands for emerging mobile platforms. The multi-partitioned architecture allows for more partitions and supports code segmentation for different applications, yielding improved efficiency. Micron’s Flash Data Management (MFDM) software manages operations and optimizes performance in this multi-bank architecture. The clock suspend feature allows suspension of a burst sequence for the retrieval of data from another device on the same bus while still allowing the burst sequence to resume at a later time with zero initial access latency penalty.

This 64Mb device is organized as 4 Meg x 16 and available in a FBGA package. Micron’s mobile product family also consists of other low power Flash memory devices available in 32, 64 and 128Mb configurations.

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