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Elpida offers expanded line of 0.11-micron DRAM for consumer applications

MSI´s variant of ATI RADEON X800 Pro based card — MSI Radeon RX800 PRO

Carrozzeria HDD car navigation system from Pioneer

Epson: ready with 40" OLED display, planning TVs

Sony offers 3 drives for Professional Disc for Data



Elpida offers expanded line of 0.11-micron DRAM for consumer applications

Elpida Memory, the only Japan supplier of Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM), today announced that it now offers an expanded line of 0.11-micron, high-speed consumer DRAM devices for use in digital consumer applications. The devices are offered in 64 Megabit, 128 Megabit and 256 Megabit densities with 16-bit and 32-bit organizations and are available in TSOP, FBGA and Low-Profile Quad Flat Packages (LQFP) to satisfy growing market demand for memory products in multiple density and package options. The devices target digital consumer electronics applications that are now using DRAM for the first time, or that have a need for higher density DRAM than ever before. These applications include digital cameras, digital TVs, hard disk drive (HDD) recorders and personal video recorders.

The Digital Consumer devices are available in 64 Megabit, 128 Megabit and 256 Megabit densities with x16 or x32-bit input/output configurations. All densities are offered in single data rate (SDR), SDRAM architecture-a higher performance double data rate (DDR) device is also available in a 128 Megabit density with a x32 input/output configuration. The devices are offered in TSOP, FBGA or LQFP packages as well as a "bare die" suitable for implementation in a customer´s own multi-chip package (MCP) or system-in-package (SiP) designs. Elpida´s Digital Consumer DRAM devices operate at up to 166 MHz for SDRAM products and up to 400 MHz for DDR products. SDRAM devices provide either 2.5 V or 3.3 V operation; DDR devices offer 2.5 V operation.

Elpida is currently sampling its comprehensive line of consumer DRAM products including 64 Megabit SDRAM (Part numbers: EDS6416 series (x16); EDS6432 series (x32), 128 Megabit SDRAM (Part numbers: EDS1216 series (x16); EDS1232 series (x32), 256 Megabit SDRAM (Part numbers: EDS2532 series (x32), and 128 Megabit DDR SDRAM (Part numbers: EDD1232 series (x32). Volume production is expected by July 2004. Please consult pricing and availability schedule for specific product information.


MSI´s variant of ATI RADEON X800 Pro based card — MSI Radeon RX800 PRO

Micro-Star International (MSI) announced its own version of ATI RADEON X800 Pro based card, MSI Radeon RX800 PRO. According to the press release the card is ´canonically designed´ and doesn´t differ from reference cards:


  • 475MHz ATI RADEON X800 PRO GPU
  • 256MB GDDR3, 900MHz, 256-bit bus
  • AGP 8x/4x
  • 2 x 10-bit/channel 400MHz RAMDAC
  • Fill rate — 7 gigapixels per second
  • With six programmable vertex shader pipelines, capable of over 750 million vertices per second and an overall capability of over 200 billion floating point operations per second (GigaFLOPS)
  • 15-pin D-Sub, S-Video, DVI-I
  • SMARTSHADER HD, SMOOTHVISION HD, HYPER Z HD, 3Dc
  • Bundled with Tom Clancy´s Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time games

Carrozzeria HDD car navigation system from Pioneer

Pioneer announced a car navigation system, called "Carrozzeria HDD" (Cyber Navi), equipped with a removable 30GB hard disk. The new Cyber Navi system is designed so that its "central unit," consisting of the computer and high-capacity hard disk drive at the heart of the system, can be removed and inserted into a "Living Kit" box at home, and hooked up to a TV set and other equipment. Users can create driving plans or listen to music recorded onto the hard disk, in their homes. Because the Living Kit device supports a broadband connection to the Internet, in the future users will be able to upgrade maps and other information at home. This should be feasible "within the next 12 months," a Pioneer official said. Toshiba Corp makes the hard disk drive.

The new system also has a function for predicting traffic congestion. The hard disk stores a vast amount of past traffic data, analyzed statistically by season, time of day, day of the week, and other parameters. For example, the system can display maps showing the level of forecast traffic congestion for a specific date and time, or suggest the best route based on the past predictive data and current traffic information.

The AVIC-ZH900MD model with a 7-inch wide touch panel and DVD/MD/CD will cost about $3,406. The AVIC-ZH900, which is identical to the AVIC-ZH900MD but without the MD player, will cost about $3,222. Both models are due for release in late June. Monthly production is expected to be 12,000 units of the AVIC-ZH900MD, and 4,000 units of the AVIC-ZH900.


Epson: ready with 40" OLED display, planning TVs

Seiko Epson has showcased a 40-inch diagonal OLED display prototype and announced that it will offer polymer-based OLED products beginning in 2007, perhaps including a 40-inch OLED TV. The 40-inch panel was made by attaching four diagonal 20-inch low-temperature LCD panels and then printing polymer organic electronic luminescence materials using ink-jet printing technology. The prototype display is a 40-inch diagonal with 1280 x 768 pixels delivering over 260,000 colors. Epson used ink-jet technology that can print and form OLED pixels in an area of 1200 x 820 mm with 2,880 dpi resolution.

According to Shoichi Iino, division manager of OLED Technological Development Division at Epson, as company´s low temperature polysilicon line handles only the 400 x 500 mm substrate, they used four panels pasted together to form a 40-inch display. "The biggest challenges for OLED display for TV applications are lifetime and enlarging the size," said Iino. Epson set the initial target for OLED panel performance at over 10,000 hours, the same level as the initial stage of plasma display panel TVs.


Sony offers 3 drives for Professional Disc for Data

Sony announced three burners for Professional Disc for Data storage, BW-F101/A, BW-RS101 and BW-RU101. The first drive is internal as the others are external — with SCSI-3 LDV 160 and USB 2.0 interfaces respectively. First of all let´s remind of ProData storage; its capacity is up to 23GB on single sided optical disk cartridge. Its maximum transfer rate while reading — 11MB/sec, while writing — 9MB/sec.

As for the BW-F101/A, its specifications are as follows:

  • Drive Type:  Internal Professional Disc for Data Drive
  • Interface:  SCSI-3 Low Voltage Differential, Single Ended (LDV/SE) 160
  • Capacity: 23.3GB
  • Logical Sector Size: 2,048 bytes
  • Data Transfer Rate
    • Burst: 160MB/sec. (Synchronous)
    • Sustained Read: 11MB/sec. (CLV), 4.5 ~ 11MB/sec. (CAV)
    • Sustained Write:  9MB/sec. (CLV), 3.8 ~ 9MB/sec. (CAV)
  • Seek Time
    • Full Seek: 200ms
    • 1/3 Stroke Seek: 110ms
  • Buffer Memory: 16MB
  • MTBF: 50,000POH (90% reliability), 100,000POH (60% reliability)
  • Power Supply:  +5V/+12V
  • Power Consumption: 14W (average)
  • Weight: 2.6lb
  • Dimensions: 5.74. (W) x 1.62. (H) x 7.99. (D)
  • Mounting Orientation:  Vertical or Horizontal
  • Operating Temperature: 5 ~ 45 Degrees
  • Operating Humidity: 10% ~ 90 Relative Humidity

As the only differenece between BW-RS101 and BW-RU101 is interface, we´ll give the second (BW-RU101) drive´s specs:

  • Drive Type:  External Professional Disc for Data Drive
  • Interface:  Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (USB 1.1 Compliant at slower transfer speeds)
  • Capacity: 23.3GB
  • Logical Sector Size: 2,048 bytes
  • Data Transfer Rate
    • Burst: 480MBit/sec. (USB 2.0 maximum)
    • Sustained Read: 11MB/sec. (CLV), 4.5 ~ 11MB/sec. (CAV)
    • Sustained Write:  9MB/sec. (CLV), 3.8 ~ 9MB/sec. (CAV)
  • Seek Time
    • Full Seek: 200ms
    • 1/3 Stroke Seek: 110ms
  • Buffer Memory: 16MB
  • MTBF: 50,000POH (90% reliability), 100,000POH (60% reliability)
  • Power Supply:  AC 100 ~ 240V Auto-Sensing, Auto-Switching
  • Power Consumption: 18W (average)
  • Weight: 9.9lb
  • Dimensions: 7.83. (W) x 2.28. (H) x 12.0. (D)
  • Mounting Orientation:  Vertical or Horizontal
  • Operating Temperature: 5 ~ 40 Degrees
  • Operating Humidity: 10% ~ 90 Relative Humidity

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