Matsushita announced 128Mb miniSD card (RP-SS128BJ1K) that will go on sale November 15. The 32 and 64 Mb cards were introduced in July.
Sized 20x21.5x1.4mm, such card weighs 1g. It provides 2Mb/s throughput like SD cards. The bundle includes adapter for SD slots. In May cards of the this standard were also announced by SanDisk.
Today such cards are used in Casio A5403CA, NTT DoCoMo 505i.
TDK unveiled its new ATAPI/E-IDE DVD recorder, Indi DVD 840G, priced $280 in USA.
The drive can read: DVD-ROM, DVD+RW (video and data), DVD+R (video and data), DVD-RW (video and data), DVD-R (video and data), CD-DA, CD TEXT, CD-ROM, CD-ROM+CD-DA, CD-ROM XA, CD-I, Photo CD, CD EXTRA, CD-G; and write DVD+R (video and data), DVD+RW (video and data), DVD-RW (video and data), DVD-R (video and data), CD-DA, CD-ROM (Mode 1), CD-ROM XA, Photo CD, VideoCD, CD-I, CD-Extra, CD Text.
Citizen Watch, known by its miniature electronics, introduced the miniature PDA concept considerably smaller than existing PDAs – just 60x90x9.3mm at 70g. Actually slightly larger than a usual credit card.
The model bases on 48MHz ARM720, has 240x320 LCD with 16-color grayscale, IrDa and USB ports, SDIO slot supporting Bluetooth or Wi-Fi adapters. The PDA works under µITRON4 OS, and the built-in Li-Ion batteries are enough for 30 hours of operation.
Currently the PDA exists like a nameless concept only, however Citizen says it will be priced $200, when the volume shipments start.
Source: PC Watch
Three large Taiwanese DRAM makers Winbond Electronics, Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) and ProMOS Technologies – became profitable again in Q3. Winbond´s memory sales grew by 50% comparing to the previous quarter. By the moment, the company has been producing 5500 Pseudo SRAM wafers planning to increase this number up to 10,000 units by the year-end.
According to PSC, the load of its 12" Fab 12A (0.13µm process) made 80% in Q3, while the production would make over 15,000 wafers monthly. The 4th Taiwanese DRAM maker, Nanya Technology, is to report about profits early in November. According to the values for the first 9 months, this company might become the only one to report about net losses.
* Nanya’s 3Q figures are estimates from the company.
Source: The DigiTimes
The two basic versions of the Pocket LOOX 610 feature extensive communication functions. While both have fully integrated Bluetooth and infrared interfaces, the Pocket LOOX 610 BT/WLAN also comes with integrated wireless LAN. The Pocket LOOX 610 BT also supports wireless LAN connections with an optional CompactFlash (CF) card. Users can also take advantage of the CF card on all models to access their corporate data via GPRS.
Pocket LOOX 610 BT has 64Mb RAM and 64Mb ROM, while Pocket LOOX 610 BT/WLAN has 128Mb RAM and 64Mb ROM.
The 1500mAh battery provides up to 12 hours of operation. You can also purchase the 3000mAh XL battery that provides 20 hours of operation. Sized 147.5x78x18.2mm, Pocket LOOX 610 BT weighs 197g, Pocket LOOX 610 BT/WLAN – 205 g.
The Pocket LOOX 610 will go on sale in November.
Corsair´s XMS series (TwinX1024RE-3200LL). Modules feature 2-3-2-6 timings and are designed for AMD Athlon 64 FX systems.
Besides the yesterday announcement, Nokia has more novelties to offer: 6810 and 6820 SMS handsets (optimized for SMS writers :), 610 car handset, Wireless Boom Headset and Nokia Wireless Audio Adapter. These are similar to last year´s models, but feature digital cameras (6820) and FM radio (6810).
Nokia 6810 and 6820, advancements of Nokia 6800, have the same design and 4096 color displays. Similar to Nokia 6800, they feature clamshell keyboards for more SMS comfort. As said above, they differ by FM tuner in 6810 and digital camera in 6820. However 6820 is expected for sale in Q1 2004, while 6810 should arrive in Q2 only.
Nokia 610, that is not a fully-fledged handset in its strict meaning, but provides some useful car features: 610 doesn´t need own SIM card, but receives all the necessary information via Bluetooth. 610 has own display, provides hands-free features, and has simplified Navi menu. It supports up to two user profiles and works in the 900/1800 MHz GSM bands.
The Wireless Boom Headset doesn´t need any descriptions I guess as well as the Nokia Wireless Audio Adapter AD-5 that is nothing more than a Bluetooth adapter providing Bluetooth support for those Nokia handsets that don´t have this feature implemented.
Samsung announced the new Slim CD-RW/DVD drive with improved speeds of 8x/8x/24x/8x.
The drive supports CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, and DVD-ROM formats, but what´s more important, it´s just 9.5mm thick instead of the previous 12.7mm.
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