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Socket Wi-Fi! E300: A Miniature Wi-Fi SDIO Adapter

A-Data launches 4GB 200x MMCplus card

National Semiconductor Introduces Smallest LED Driver for Handhelds

AMD Opteron 100 Series: Now With ECC Support

Fujitsu Introduces LifeBook S2000 Light Notebook On AMD Turion 64

Matrox Announces A Low-Profile PCI Express x1 Graphics Card

Socket Wi-Fi! E300: A Miniature Wi-Fi SDIO Adapter

Updating its WLAN offering, Socket Communications has announced the introduction of its Go Wi-Fi! E300 SDIO card. At a length of 40 mm, and a weight of 4 g, the card is considerably shorter and also somewhat lighter than Socket´s previous Wi-Fi SDIO card, which the Go Wi-Fi! E300 is replacing. Despite its small size, the card incorporates a LED to display connection status, and is, according to Socket Communications, three times as fast as its predecessor.

Compatible with Wi-Fi 802.11b, the card supports WEP and WPA encryption standards including WPA-PSK as well as 802.1x authentication with EAP-TLS or PEAP under the Windows Mobile 2003 platform with which the card is solely compatible. Available immediately worldwide for $89 USD, the card comes bundled with Socket´s Wi-Fi Companion software for Windows Mobile 2003.

Source: InfoSync

A-Data launches 4GB 200x MMCplus card

Following its recent announcement of a 4GB 150x (22.5MB/sec) SD card, A-Data Technology has just unveiled another high-end flash-memory product, a 200x 4GB MMCplus card. Targeting "extreme professional digital-device users," the card is compliant with the MMC 4.0 standard and provides a read speed of up to 200x (30MB/sec).

A-Data’s Turbo MMC Plus 200X product line now includes five models with capacities of 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB and 4GB. The cards support Error Correction Code (ECC) technology and an In System Programming (ISP) function to load the firmware, A-Data said. The operating temperature range for the Turbo MMC Plus 200X Cards runs from —25°C to 85°C, and the cards are designed to work reliably for more than 10,000 insertion/removal cycles, according to the company.

Based on the MMC System Specification Version 4.0 (introduced by the MultiMediaCard Association in February 2004) and coming in the standard MMC form factor (32x24x1.4mm), MMCplus cards are 13-pin flash-memory cards supporting dual-voltage operation (1.8 and 3/3.3V) and multiple bus widths (one, four and eight bits).

Source: DigiTimes

National Semiconductor Introduces Smallest LED Driver for Handhelds

National Semiconductor introduced the smallest backlight LED driver that controls lighting applications in handheld devices, including cellular phones, digital still cameras, gaming devices and MP3 players.

The LP3954 advanced lighting management unit integrates two backlight drivers, a dual RGB LED controller, a Flash LED driver and an ADC on a single chip. The integrated, magnetic boost DC-DC converter efficiently drives high current loads over a wide battery voltage range.

The LP3954 is a lighting management unit that drives two separately controlled white LED backlights for the main and sub-display. In the case of a single large display, these units can be combined together to drive up to six LEDs. The integrated backlight drivers are highly efficient, low-voltage structures with excellent matching that feature an automatic fade-in/fade-out function.

The enhanced, stand-alone, command-based RGB controller allows more flexible control of color or RGB LEDs and is easy to configure. The high-current camera Flash LED driver has a programmable safety timer and features both a torch and a flash mode. The Flash LED timing is triggered by an external signal, a key feature for cell phone cameras. An internal ADC enables either high resolution ambient light/temperature sensing or a built-in, multi-mode audio synchronization feature that drives color LEDs based on an audio input from an MP3, for example. The flexible SPI/I2C compatible interface allows easy control of the LP3954.

The LP3954 is housed in a tiny, 36-bump micro SMD lead-free package that measures 3 mm by 3 mm by 0.6 mm.

Source: National Semiconductor

AMD Opteron 100 Series: Now With ECC Support

It has been a while since the announcement of AMD Opteron 100 processors. But now this series obtained the support of unbuffered ECC memory, so it´s worth a news piece.

By the way, AMD will continue shipping usual AMD Opteron 100 Series processors supporting registered memory as well.

The new processors already recieved support from Sun that announced Ultra 20 Workstation based on the new AMD Opteron 100. This workstation has already made a performance record in OCUS 4 CAD benchmark.

At the same time AMD Opteron 200 and 800 Series will continue working with registered memory and Socket 940.

AMD Opteron 100 Series with unbuffered ECC support are expected for sale in about 30 days. Besides, Opteron 100 processors for DDR2 memory will also obtain ECC support. Speaking of certain models, the new 144 will cost $125, 152 — $799. Dual-core Opteron 100 Series 165 will cost $417 and 175 will cost $530. All of the above is correct for over 1,000-unit quantities.

Fujitsu Introduces LifeBook S2000 Light Notebook On AMD Turion 64

Fujitsu Computer Systems announced that its popular LifeBook S2000 thin and light notebook now features AMD Turion™ 64 mobile technology as well as Enhanced Virus Protection. The LifeBook S2000 notebook broadens the popular LifeBook notebook series beyond mobile professionals to appeal to price-sensitive markets including education. Recommended configurations start at $1,2992.

LifeBook S2000 has configurable weight of approximately four pounds, offers up to ten hours of battery life, features a 100GB hard drive and a 13.3" Crystal View XGA display. In addition, the novelty offers a sleek new black exterior, new dual-layer multi-format DVD writer and a modular bay to accommodate a variety of optical drives or a bay battery. The LifeBook S2000 also offers an optional Atheros Super AG wireless LAN for fast data transfer.

The LifeBook S2000 notebook is available through Fujitsu Computer Systems at and through Fujitsu resellers.

Source: Fujitsu Computer Systems

Matrox Announces A Low-Profile PCI Express x1 Graphics Card

Matrox Graphics, the manufacturer of graphics solutions for professional use, announced Matrox Millennium G550 LP PCIe, the low-profile PCI Express x1 graphics card with dual-display functionality for the financial, insurance, legal and general corporate use multi-display markets. Compatible with any compliant PCI Express slot (x1, x4, x8 and x16), this low-profile graphics card is designed to fit Small Form Factor (SFF) systems as well as full-size desktops.

The Millennium G550 LP PCIe is equipped with 32 MB of DDR memory and supports the maximum resolution of 2048 x 1536. It also offers multi-display features that include Matrox Clone and Matrox Multi-Display Zoom in addition to resolution support for Stretched and Independent desktop mode.

The Millennium G550 LP PCIe is supported by unified and WHQL-certified drivers. With the use of Matrox PowerDesk SE, a window management suite utility incorporated in the drivers, a financial or enterprise professional has the freedom to change display settings or access Matrox features effortlessly.

The Millennium G550 LP PCIe will be available in Q3 2005 at a list price of $169 USD. This product will be available from authorized resellers worldwide or, in North America and Europe, directly from Matrox.

Source: Matrox Graphics

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