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NEC´s 9-in-1 drive ND-2510A and its specifications

Toshiba´s memory today and tomorrow

Sony CyberShot F88 — an addition to a famous family

AMD Opteron 850, 250 and 150 — trio for 2/4-way servers

Transcend JetFlash DSC — USB drive with camera or vice versa?

Spansion extends NOR Flash memory offerings with two MirrorBit-based families

NEC´s 9-in-1 drive ND-2510A and its specifications

NEC introduced its first dual 8x DVD recording drive ND-2510A, that supports beside 8x write speed for DVD-R and for DVD +R media as well as 4x write or rewrite with DVD-RW and DVD +RW media to write up to 8.5GB on the new double layer DVD+R9 media. Besides DVD recording, the drive writes CD-R media with 32x speed as well as Ultra-Speed CD-RW discs at 16x. The read speed of 12x for DVD-ROM and 40x for CD-ROM in combination with the access time of 140 ms for DVD and 120ms for CD comprise the most important 9 optical storage functions in 1 drive – the ideal all in one optical device.

As for the main features that differ the device from competitive solutions, they are NEC’s "high resolution writing strategy" and an improved version of NEC’s "Active Optimized Power Control" (Active OPC). The "high resolution writing strategy" uses advanced laser modulation to enhance the accuracy of the written data. Active OPC dynamically monitors writing power and reflection of the media in use, calculating the optimum laser power and adjusting it in real-time. Not only a media type itself is written in the optimum way – but even local anomaly on the used media can be handled in the optimum way by NEC technology. Besides, NEC implemented its own developed buffer under run error prevention technology.

Here are some specifications of the drive:

  • Data transfer rate:
    • read
      • DVD: 12x CAV (max. 16,200 Kbyte/s)
      • CD: 40x CAV (max. 6,000 Kbyte/s)
    • write DVD-R: 8x (max. 11,040 Kbyte/s)
      • DVD-RW: 4x (max. 5,520 Kbyte/s)
      • DVD +R: 8x (max. 11,040 Kbyte/s)
      • DVD +R9: 2.4x (3,300 Kbyte/s)
      • DVD +RW: 4x (max. 5,520 Kbyte/s)
      • CD-R: 32x (max. 4,800 Kbyte/s)
      • CD-RW: 16x (max. 2,400 Kbyte/s)
  • Access time DVD: 140 ms
  • CD: 120 ms
  • Memory: 2 Mbytes
  • Interface: ATAPI Ultra DMA 33 mode 2
  • PIO mode: Mode 4
  • Audio connections: Headphone, volume control, analog- and digital output
  • Media supported: DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, CD-ROM, CD-R and CD-RW with 80mm and 120mm diameter
  • Modes supported: DVD-ROM, DVD Video, CD-DA, CD Extra, CD Text, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, CD-I, CD-I Ready, CD-Bridge, Photo-CD, Video CD
  • Writing methods
  • DVD: Random Access Writing (DVD±RW), Sequential Writing (DVD±R/DVD±RW)
  • CD: DAO (disc at once), SAO (session at once), TAO (track at once) with zero gap, variable or fixed packet, multisession
  • Special features: Vertical operation possible
  • Anti-dust seal

The drive will be shipped since end of May.

Toshiba´s memory today and tomorrow

Toshiba has announced its memory roundup and some future plans: it covers NAND Flash, high-density NOR Flash, low-power SRAMs, Pseudo SRAMs (PSRAMs) and advanced Multi-Chip Packages (MCP) which integrate various memory technologies into a single package; and for the networking and extreme performance digital consumer market, Network Fast-Cycle RAMs (Network FCRAMs) and XDR DRAM.

NAND Flash memory continues to be one of the fastest growing semiconductor products, as continuing increases in density and improving cost per bit fuel strong demand for NAND as a cost-effective memory choice for a wide range of file storage applications, including digital still and video cameras, USB drives, audio players, PDAs, solid-state disk drives, PC cards, and more. Toshiba expects the market for NAND flash to see 30% annual growth from CY2003 to CY2007, from 380-billion yen (approximately US$ 3.5-billion) to 1.2-trillion yen.

Toshiba recently announced that it is migrating NAND Flash production to 90-nanometer (nm) process technology, which enabled the company to introduce the industry´s first 4 gigabit (Gb:see note 2) multi-level cell (MLC) NAND memory, as well as a stacked, dual-die 8Gb device. These chips provide nearly twice the memory capacity of conventional chips of the same size by storing two bits per cell. Toshiba also developed faster MLC NAND solutions by increasing the block size and optimizing the memory control function in the chips. By third quarter, Toshiba will bring a 16Gb MLC NAND Flash device to market by combining four 4Gb die in a single package.

To help meet the rapidly growing demand for NAND, Toshiba started construction in April 2004 on a new $2.5 billion, 300 millimeter (mm) fab that is expected to come on line in the second half of fiscal 2005 with an initial output capacity of 10,000 wafers per month, growing to 37,500 wafers per month. Toshiba will fund construction of the building, and FlashVision Japan, a joint venture between Toshiba and its NAND Flash strategic partner, SanDisk, will fund its advanced manufacturing equipment, with each partner providing an equal share of the funds.

The roadmap for further lithography advances calls for mass production at 70nm to start in the first half of fiscal year 2005 at the existing 200mm fab, and in the first half of fiscal year 2006 at the new 300mm fab. Mass production of 55nm NAND Flash is scheduled to start in calendar year 2007 at the new fab.

Mobile Electronics

For mobile electronics applications, Toshiba is one of the leading suppliers of MCPs, which combine various memory technologies in a single small-footprint component to meet the increasingly complex memory requirements of mobile devices. A key trend in MCP configurations is the inclusion of NAND Flash in addition to, or in place of, NOR Flash because of its significantly faster program and erase speeds which are necessary for fast data storage, especially in camera phones. Popular NAND based MCPs, which Toshiba also offers, include PSRAM+NOR+NAND and NAND+LPSDRAM.

To further reduce power consumption and improve memory subsystem performance in advanced 2.5G and 3G cell phones, Toshiba announced recently that it plans to offer a full 1.8V MCP device that incorporates burst mode NOR Flash, burst mode PSRAM, low-power SRAM, NAND and/or low power SDRAM. Typical configurations demanded include PSRAM+NOR, PSRAM+NOR+NAND, PSRAM+NOR+NAND+SDRAM or NAND+SDRAM.

Earlier this year, Toshiba announced development of an MCP with 1.4mm thickness that can stack 9 layers (for example, 6 memory chips with 3 spacers). Toshiba has utilized advanced process and mounting technology to shrink each memory chip to 70 micron (µm) thickness, the thinnest in the world for MCP applications, and then bond the chips together in one package by wires. The MCP consists of a combination of memory chips, such as SRAM, PSRAM, SDRAM, NOR Flash memory and NAND Flash memory. By using this technology, with a fewer number of chips stacked, it has also become possible to achieve an MCP with 1.0mm thickness. The chip combination available in these MCPs is flexible to accommodate the performance requirements of the customer and to create the most effective package.

Pseudo SRAM

Toshiba currently offers PSRAM in densities from 32Mb(see Note 3) up to 128Mb, the industry´s highest density of this low-power memory that has gained acceptance in cell phone applications, where the need for higher density working RAM is rapidly growing as more features and functions are implemented. PSRAM memory chips combine a DRAM cell for high density and low bit cost with an asynchronous SRAM external interface to facilitate efficient system design.

Toshiba´s burst PSRAM is based upon a common specification between Toshiba, NEC Electronics and Fujitsu for PSRAM devices that feature burst mode function enabling fast access operation. Each of the three companies independently manufactures and markets PSRAM products based on the common specification, called Common Specifications for Mobile RAM (COSMORAM). Toshiba recently announced a 1.8V 128Mb Burst Mode PSRAM for faster, low-voltage operation in next-generation cell phones.

Looking ahead, Toshiba will support up to 256Mb at 110nm in 2005.

NOR Flash

As part of the announcement today of a full 1.8V MCP solution, Toshiba is expanding its NOR Flash lineup with a 128Mb Page/Burst NOR Flash manufactured on a 130nm design rule. This device complements a selection of NOR Flash in 16Mb to 128Mb densities. The roadmap calls for higher density 256Mb and 512Mb products with the migration to 90nm process technology in 2005.

Low Power SRAM

Toshiba´s current low power SRAM line-up is manufactured on a 150nm design rule, with densities of 4Mb, 8Mb and 16Mb in various speeds and input voltages from 1.8V to 5V. The product roadmap calls for progression to 130nm in 2004.

Networking/Digital Consumer Network FCRAM

For the communications market, Toshiba offers a family of Network FCRAM that combines DRAM densities with random cycle performance approaching that of high-speed SRAM to provide a cost-effective, high-performance solution for high-speed networking, routers, switches, and Internet servers. Network FCRAM features a short bus turnaround time, fast random access and cycle time, and a simple and consistent protocol, with a simplified command set. A variety of products are now available from Toshiba, including 256Mb x8/x16 Network FCRAM1; 288Mb x18/x36 Network FCRAM2, and 512Mb x8/x16 Network FCRAM1.

Network FCRAM has been supported since end of 1999 and has enjoyed tremendous growth in design activity over the past year as a low cost, high performance replacement to high speed SRAM and DDR SDRAM for look-up table and buffer memory. Current devices are manufactured on a 130nm design rule and support random cycle times down to 20ns and data transfer rates up to 666Mbps. Next-generation devices will utilize a 110nm process and will offer higher data transfer rates and higher densities reaching 1.152Gb in 2006 at 90nm.


In late 2003, Toshiba was the first manufacturer to sample 512Mb XDR DRAMs with a data transfer speed of 3.2GHz. These DRAMs are based on Rambus´ XDR memory interface technology and offer Octal Data Rates. Toshiba´s initial product samples were developed on a 130nm process technology and shrink 110nm product is already under development for volume ramping in 2005. The company plans to migrate to a 90nm process in 2006, when the market for these emerging devices is expected to expand further

Sony CyberShot F88 — an addition to a famous family

Sony, a well-known manufacturer of consumer digital cameras, has blended the fun of a rotating lens with the speed and clarity of a five-megapixel Cyber-shot digital still camera in the new DSC-F88 model. The F88 camera’s compact, all-metal body is fitted with an internal Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar 3X optical zoom lens that allows it to rotate 300 degrees, so you can see your pose in the camera’s 1.8-inch LCD screen before snapping the picture, providing you with a flexible shooting style.

Imaging Device 1/2.4" 5.1 Megapixel Super HAD CCD
Recording Media Memory Stick Media, Memory Stick PRO Media
Lens Construction 10 Elements in 13 Groups, 4 Aspheric
Zoom 3X Optical
Smart Zoom Feature 0 — 4.0X (at VGA Resolution), 12X total
Digital Zoom Precision, 0 — 2.0X range, 6X total
Filter Diameter N/A
Focal Length 6.7 — 20.1mm
35mm Equivalent 38 — 114mm
Aperture Range f3.5 — f8 (W); f4.2 — f9 (T)
Auto Focus 5 Area Multi-point AF, Center AF, 5-Step Manual

Minimum Focus Distance 19.7" (50 cm)
Macro Focus Distance 3.1" (8 cm), Magnifying Glass mode 0.4" (1 cm)
Shutter Speed
  • 1/8 — 1/1000 sec. (auto)
  • 1 — 1/1000 sec. (Program Auto)
  • 30 — 1/500 sec. (manual)
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0 EV, 1/3 EV Steps
Color LCD 1.8"134K Pixel LCD Screen
Flash Modes Auto / Forced On / Forced Off / Slow Synchro
Red-Eye Reduction On / Off
Flash Effective Range 0.5 —7.2 ft. (0.15 — 2.2m)
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent
Burst Mode 9 Shot (JPEG fine), 16 Shot (JPEG std.), 1.6 fps
Picture Effects Sepia, Black & White
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400
Scene Modes Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Landscape, Soft Snap, Candle, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, High Speed Shutter, Magnifying Glass
Self-Timer Yes, 10 Seconds
Audio / Video Output Yes, by supplied multi-connector cable
Still Image Modes Normal (JPEG Fine/Standard), Burst, Multi-Burst
MPEG Movie Modes
  • MPEG VX with Audio (640 X 480, 16.6fps) ,
  • Video Mail (160 x 112, 8.3fps) with Audio
Microphone / Speaker Yes / Yes
USB Output Yes, by supplied multi-connector cable, supports USB 2.0 Hi-speed
Memory Stick PRO Media Compatibility Tested to support up to 1GB media capacity; does not support Access Control security function
Compatible Battery Designed for use with NP-FR1 InfoLithium Rechargeable
Supplied Software Picture Package for Sony v1.0 (Windows), Pixela ImageMixer VCD2 (Macintosh), SPVD-012.1 USB Driver, Cyber-shot Life tutorial (Windows)
Supplied Accessories NP-FR1 Rechargeable InfoLithium Battery, AC-LS5 Battery Charger, A/V to Multi-Connector and USB to Multi-Connector Cables, Wrist Strap, MSA-32A 32MB Memory Stick Media, Software CD-ROM
Dimensions 3 15/16 x 2 15/16 x 1" (98 x 75 x 25.6 mm)
Weight 6 oz. (163g) Body, 7.4 oz. (202g) Body w/Battery, Media, Wrist Strap

AMD Opteron 850, 250 and 150 — trio for 2/4-way servers

AMD today announced new additions to its AMD Opteron processor family — Models 850, 250 and 150 — for two-way and four-way servers and workstations. According to Marty Seyer, vice president and general manager of the Microprocessor Business Unit, AMD, the product line will be further enhanced by rapid transition to 90 nanometer manufacturing. The company has already begun initial production of 90nm AMD64 processors, and is planning to begin shipping 90nm processors for revenue in the third quarter.

As it is mentioned in the press release, AMD Opteron processor-based Sun Fire V20z server continues to set new standards for two-processor server performance. The Sun Fire V20z server, equipped with the new AMD Opteron processor Model 250, currently holds the record as the fastest two CPU secure web server (Sun Fire V20z server, powered by two 2.4GHz AMD Opteron processors, has achieved SPECweb99_SSL result of 2,500 conforming connections). This is in addition to achieving a 37 percent improvement in the price/performance ratio over the nearest competing 32-bit system based on the SPECjAppServer2002 benchmark (Two Sun Fire V20z servers, each equipped with two AMD Opteron processors Model 248 2.2 GHz processors, delivered a result of 690.13 TOPS@DualNode, 101.10 US$/TOPS@DualNode for the SPECjAppServer2002 benchmark). The SPECjAppServer2002 is a client/server benchmark for measuring the performance of Java Enterprise Application Servers in a complete, end-to-end Web application. The two-tier SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark simulates full business workloads with complete order, delivery, and invoice processing and represents the critical tasks performed in real-world e-business environments.

The AMD Opteron processor Model 250 is priced at $851 in 1,000-unit quantities; the AMD Opteron processor Model 850 will be priced at $1,514 in 1,000-unit quantities; and the AMD Opteron processor Model 150 will be priced at $637 in 1,000-unit quantities. Today valid prices are as follows:

AMD Opteron Processor
100 Models Price 200 Models Price 800 Models Price
Model 150 $637 Model 250 $851 Model 850 $1514
Model 148 $417 Model 248 $690 Model 848 $1165
Model 146 $278 Model 246 $455 Model 846 $873
Model 144 $218 Model 244 $316 Model 844 $698
Model 142 $178 Model 242 $209 Model 842 $698
Model 140 $163 Model 240 $198 Model 840 $698
Model 146 HE $417 Model 246 HE $690 Model 846 HE $1165
Model 140 EE $417 Model 240 EE $690 Model 840 EE $1165

Transcend JetFlash DSC — USB drive with camera or vice versa?

Transcend Information announced its hybrid solution — JetFlash Digital Still Camera (JetFlash DSC), that combines USB-storage and a low-resolution camera. According to the press release there are only two models available for a while — TS128MJF-DSC and TS256MJF-DSC — 128 MB and 256 MB solutions respectively. But, assuming JetFlash A/2A naming method and capacities we can suppose further line extention.

As for the size, the device is rather compact — 80x29x16 mm (while "pure" JetFlash A/2A with capacity up to 512 MB is a bit smaller — 75x25x11mm and the size of 1, 2, and 4 GB JetFlash is 88x33x15 mm). JetFlash Digital Still Camera weights 26 grams, that is commensurable with JetFlash drives with their 15 and 24 grams. Being the first company´s solution the device is equipped with low-speed USB 1.1 (transfer rate while reading — 550 Kbyte/sec (max.), writing — 400 Kbyte/sec (max.)).

Here are the others specs that could be interesting:

  • Sensor Resolution: 640 X 480 pixels (VGA)
  • Optical Image Size:1/4"
  • Optical Lens: Fixed focus length
  • Lens Specification: F2.8 ; View angle — 53°
  • Focus Range: 45cm ~ infinity
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Shot to Shot Time: up to 2 seconds
  • Power On Time: up to 3 seconds
  • Battery Charge Time: up to 2 hours
  • Temperature Range: Operation: 0°C–45°C, Storage: —10°C–60°C

Spansion extends NOR Flash memory offerings with two MirrorBit-based families

Spansion, à well-known producer of NOR Flash memory, today announced it has started volume production of two additional Flash memory families based on 110-nanometer floating-gate technology. The new products are being introduced to satisfy AMD and Fujitsu customers´ demand for immediate price-performance improvement in existing wireless designs.

The new S29WS-J and S29NS-J Flash memory families are full-featured, high-performance 1.8-volt solutions that allow rapid migration of today’s designs from 130nm floating-gate technology. To support the broadest possible range of customer products, the new families offer 128- and 64-megabit densities, high-frequency burst mode interfaces and simultaneous read-write operation in single-die and multi-chip package (MCP) configurations.

Spansion is the only manufacturer to offer a portfolio of 1.8-and 3-volt wireless NOR Flash memory beyond the 130nm node. Spansion 110nm floating-gate technology, which now accounts for more than 50 percent of Spansion’s Fab 25 (Austin, Texas) production, increases device manufacturing capacity and improves cost structure by shrinking existing 130nm floating-gate memory.

The S29WS-J family features the Advanced Sector Protection security feature set and supports industry-standard wireless baseband chipsets with separate address and data I/O signals. The S29NS-J family features a reduced pin count to simplify circuit board routing and a multiplexed I/O bus that combines address and data signals for use with compatible baseband chipsets.Both product families are currently sampling to customers and ramping into volume production. The 128- and 64-megabit products are priced at $12 and $7 each, respectively, in quantities of 10,000.

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