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Samsung announces 90nm 2Gbit NAND flash

Acer announces new Centrino-based TravelMate 8000

VIA releases EPIA MII12000 with a new processor and extended encryption capabilities

ATI unveils TV WONDER USB 2.0 on THEATER 200 chip

Belkin introduces Digital Camera Link for iPod

Samsung announces 90nm 2Gbit NAND flash

Samsung Electronics announced a new higher-speed version of 90nm 2Gbit NAND flash chips that have throughput increased from 16.4MB/s to 24.1MB/s (about 47%) and serial write/read time reduced from 50ns to 30ns.

The company is planning to introduce three variants of 90nm products: single-crystal 2Gbit, dual-crystal 4Gbit and quadro-crystal 8Gbit chips. Besides, the latest 1GB chips can be used in new USB dongles, tablet PCs, PDAs, solid-state disks.

No pricing have been disclosed, but the previous 2Gbit chips currently cost $39.

Source: Brainbox

Acer announces new Centrino-based TravelMate 8000

Acer Eastern Europe announced a new TravelMate 8000 notebook based on Centrino platform.

Acer TravelMate 8000 features up to 1.7GHz Intel Pentium M processor, Intel 855GME chipset with 400MHz FSB, Intel PRO/Wireless 2100BG (IEEE 802.11g), Gigabit Ethernet, 56K V.92 modem, 512MB RAM, 80GB HDD with Acer DASP (Disc Anti Shock Protection).

The 15" LCD of TravelMate 8000 supports resolutions up to 1400x1050. The notebook has 64/128MB ATI MOBILITY RADEON 9700.

TravelMate 8000 also features DVD/CD-RW combo or DVD-Super Multi recorder, 4 x USB 2.0, IrDA, S-Video, PCMCIA (CardBus) type II, IEEE 1394 (Firewire), 4-in-1 card reader for Secure Digital, SmartMedia, MultiMediaCard and Memory Stick media, smart card authetificator. The battery is claimed to provide up to 5-hour operation. Notebooks are shipped with Microsoft Windows XP Home or Professional.

VIA releases EPIA MII12000 with a new processor and extended encryption capabilities

VIA released a new mini-ITX motherboard, VIA EPIA MII12000, supporting 1.2GHz VIA C3 and featuring extended VIA PadLock capabilities. So this is the first such board that has VIA PadLock Advanced Encryption Engine (ACE) supporting AES encryption by 128/196/256-bit at 12.8Gbps at minimal processor load.

As you know, VIA PadLock Hardware Security Suite is imbuid into VIA C5P Nehemiah cores and features VIA PadLock Random Number Generator (RNG).

Besides, VIA EPIA MII12000 has a CardBus slot for 802.11a/802.11b/802.11g cards.

VIA EPIA MII brief specs are:

Chipset VIA CLE266 Northbridge, VIA VT8235 Southbridge
Memory 1 x DDR266 socket (up to 1GB)
Graphics Int. VIA Unichrome 2D/3D with a MPEG2 accelerator
Onboard CardBus / CompactFlash CardBus Type I/Type II, CardBus Ricoh R5C476 II / R5C485 controller
Backpanel I/O 1 x CardBus Type I / Type II, 1 x CompactFlash, 1 x RJ-45 LAN, keyboard and mousr PS2, 1 x COM, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x VGA, 1 x RCA (SPDIF or TV-Out), 1 x S-Video, 1 x IEEE1394, 3 x audio connectors
Board connectors USB header for 2 x USB 2.0, Mic-in, Line-in, CD Audio-in, FIR, CIR, LPT, optional LVDS, additional COM connector
Expansion slots 1 x PCI
IDE 2 x UltraDMA 133/100/66
HDD 1 x connector
LAN VIA Networking Tahoe VT6103 Fast Ethernet 10/100 PHY-ceiver
Audio VIA Vinyl Six-TRAC Audio AC´ 97
IEEE 1394 Optional VIA VT6307S IEEE1394
TV-Out VIA VT1622A TV Out
Form-factor 6-layer Mini-ITX, 17x17cm

ATI unveils TV WONDER USB 2.0 on THEATER 200 chip

ATI Technologies unveiled inexpensive TV WONDER USB 2.0 external tuner. According to the press release, the drive has all PVR features and will be shipped with (TV WONDER USB 2.0 REMOTE CONTROL EDITION ) and without (V WONDER USB 2.0) remote control with MSRP of $149 and $100, respectively.

The device bases on THEATER 200 chip and is bundled with MULTIMEDIA CENTER. The remote control version supports EAZYLOOK interface (requires RADEON 8500+).

Judging by the chip, designed for TV consoles, analog PVRs, home theatres, we suggest the tuner might have some of the following features:

  • Supports S-Video, component interfaces (incl. HDTV)
  • Supports NTSC of North America and Japan, PAL I, B, G, H, M, D, N, SECAM D, K, L, B, G
  • 2 x 12-bit ADC
  • 16-bit audio
  • 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz sampling rates
  • Automatic volume control (so it stays constant, if input signal changes)

Belkin introduces Digital Camera Link for iPod

Belkin, a vendor of various gadgets, introduced Digital Camera Link for iPod that is a bridge connecting iPod and DCF/PTP-compatible digital camera via USB for quickly uploading images from the former to the latter.

The device is controlled from players with firmware 2.1+.

Digital Camera Link features include:

  • Power and data indication
  • USB-A 5-Pin Mini-B interface
  • Requires 2 x AA batteries
  • No dimensions information is available, but judging by the photo it´s sized like an iPod player

The only disadvantage is that the novelty can´t work with iPod Mini. But, the bridge can also be connected to Sony Clie PEG-TH55 with cameras support. The complete supported camera list is here.

The Link will go on sale on May 1 for about $80.

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