This week SanDisk ships its first 1GB Secure Digital (SD) cards made using the stack packaging developed together with Japanese Sharp. The package enabled SanDisk to double card capacity at the same physical dimensions and manufacture technology.
According to company estimations, this packaging technology can be used in other Flash media, CompactFlash and Memory Stick, in particular. The price of 1GB SD SanDisk should make about $500. 1GB should be enough for 1000 digital photos / 30 hours of music / 5 hours of MPEG-4 video (these might naturally change depending on compression, etc.)
Just for your info, here are Secure Digital card specs:
So, the most of you impatient owners of SD-supporting devices might obtain these novelties in the nearest future. But those Palm owners awaiting for Wi-Fi SD cards will be disappointed as, according to various sources, including Brighthand, the company delayed the release dates again, and the driver for Palm OS 5 is to be issued in Q2 only.
Initially these solutions were introduced more than a year ago, and the Pocket PC variant was released last Summer. In December SanDisk reasoned the delay by discrepancies between it and PalmSource related to intellectual property rights. If you remember, PalmSource was at that time parting from the parental Palm Inc.
Besides, SanDisk warned customers that as Wi-Fi support wasn´t a part of the original develoment requirements, most Palm OS-based PDAs won´t work with Wi-Fi SD media not being able to provide enough power for such "hybrids". Still there´s hope: SyChip, the developer of Wi-Fi SD for SanDisk, announced a new model with lower energy consumption. Maybe now these cards will have higher capacity?
Continuing our riddle series, here´s another one from our Hardware Museum. You can see a PCB fragment. You must recognize the graphics card, chipset, memory amount, clock speeds, and its manufacturer. Good luck! :)
P.S. Please mail your answers to Andrew Vorobyev.
OCZ Technology announced the release of its new DDR500 SDRAM (PC4400) kit for dual-channel systems like i865 and i875. It´s underlined that the maximal clock speeds are to be reached with exactly these core logic (due to modules´ OCZ HyperSpeed technology). At 550MHz modules have 3-4-4-8 timings. It´s also mentioned that PCB circuitry and microcodes might prevent modules from working with lower timings independently on clock speeds.
OCZ PC-4400 Performance solutions support the Extended Voltage Protection (EVP) technology enabling to raise the voltage up to 2.9Â±5%.
The company offers two kits on these solutions: 512MB (PN-OCZ550512PFDC-K) and 1GB (PN-OCZ5501024PFDC-K). The entire Performance series (at the moment of publication) is summarized below:
Kanguru Solutions launched shipments of a universal portable Kanguru FC-RW solution combining a universal card reader and a CD-RW drive. The main idea is to provide fast and comfortable data transfer from Flash media to CD blanks.
The model works with Compact Flash, IBM Micro Drive, Smart Media, Secure Digital, Sony Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, and Multimedia Card. The built-in optical drive provides 36õ write, 12x rewrite, and 48x read for 8/12 cm blanks. USB 2.0 enables to use the device as an external universal interface of a notebook of a desktop. At the same time, you can use the model as an audio player Kanguru FC-RW has a haeadphones connector).
Kingston Technology updated its HyperX overclockers memory module series with a 1GB DDR400 SDRAM (PC3200) solution, in addition to a 2GB memory kit.
According to the press release, The modules were assembled with a heat spreader and tested at their highest-rated speeds on the Asus P4C800, Abit IC7 and the Abit NF7 motherboards.
Kingston´s new HyperX specs:
The MSRP of the KHX3200/1G model is $442, while the MSRP of the KHX3200K2/2G 2GB kit is $882.
To summarize the existing HyperX information, we´ve compiled this table below:
Yesterday ATI Technologies extended its ALL-IN-WONDER graphics card family with the new ALL-IN-WONDER 9600XT, ALL-IN-WONDER 9600, and ALL-IN-WONDER 9200 on the respective RADEON GPUs.
The most powerful ALL-IN-WONDER 9600XT has 128MB DDR, 525/650MHz clock speed. The card has a built-in 125-channe; TV/FM tuner, supports dual-monitor output and FM-ON-DEMAND, and is supplied with a new REMOTE WONDER II remote control.
The less expensive ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 differs by more humble clock speeds, is supplied with older REMOTE WONDER remote control, and also supports dual-monitor output.
The mainstream ALL-IN-WONDER 9200 is also supplied with REMOTE WONDER remote control.
According to the press release, all three cards are already for sale at the moment. MSRPs of AIW 9600XT, AIW 9600, and AIW 9200 are $299, $199, and $149, respectively.
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