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Creative Introduces Creative Professional E-Mu Xboard 25-Key and 49-Key USB/MIDI Controllers

Infineon Offers New Low-Noise RF Transistors Based On SiGe Carbon Technology

Toshiba Qosmio G20 And F20: New Multimedia Notebooks

Albatron Unveils An Intel 945P Based SLI Motherboard


Creative Introduces Creative Professional E-Mu Xboard 25-Key and 49-Key USB/MIDI Controllers

Creative announced its new Creative Professional E-MU Xboard 25 and Xboard 49 Professional USB/MIDI Controllers for PC and MAC operating systems. The E-MU Xboard Professional USB/MIDI Controllers feature full-size velocity sensitive keyboards with aftertouch, 16 programmable real-time controllers, Xboard Control editing software, and the E-MU´s new Proteus X LE Desktop Sound Module with over 1000 sounds.

Xboard 49

Both Xboard models are ultra-portable and run on USB or 3 AA batteries. E-MU Xboard also works with AC power adapter, sold separately.

The E-MU Xboard comes with Xboard Control editing software for Windows and Mac operating systems; and Proteus X LE Desktop Sound Module and Ableton Live Lite 4 for E-MU for Windows.

The E-MU Xboard 25, priced at US$149.99, the E-MU Xboard 49, priced at US$169.99, will be available now in Singapore.

Source: Creative

Infineon Offers New Low-Noise RF Transistors Based On SiGe Carbon Technology

Infineon unveiled its new SiGe:C (Silicon-Germanium Carbon) process technology for cost-effective, high-performance radio frequency semiconductor devices. The SiGe:C technology is the foundation for Infineonís latest generation of Heterojunction Bipolar Transistors (HBTs), which provide noise figures for silicon-based discrete transistors of only 0.75 dB at 6 GHz and high gain of up to 19 dB at 6 GHz.

Infineon´s New HBTs

The new SiGe:C transistors are suitable for use in a wide range of RF and wireless applications using frequencies above 10 GHz, such as Low Noise Amplifiers (LNAs), microwave oscillators, and general-purpose amplifiers for various standards including Wireless LAN (802.11a, b, g), WiMAX, and Ultra Wide Band (UWB). Applications encompass Global Positioning Systems (GPS), cordless phones, satellite TV LNBs (Low Noise Blocks), and satellite-based broadcast services (e. g., XM Radio, Sirius, Digital Audio Broadcasting).

The new Infineon RF transistors have a typical transition frequency of 42 GHz and provide the lowest noise figure levels currently available in the SiGe:C market: 0.5 dB at 1.8 GHz and 0.75 dB at 6 GHz, respectively. With a typical Gms (maximum stable power gain) of 28 dB at 1.8 GHz, typical Gma (maximum available power gain) of 19 dB at 6 GHz and low current operation, these devices are ideal for a wide range of RF and wireless applications, such as WLANs. Infineonís HBT chips feature gold metallization for extra high reliability.

The BFP740 HBT series is in volume production and available in standard SOT343 (BFP740) packages, flatlead TSFP-4 (BFP740F) packages and ultra small 3-pin leadless TSLP-3 (BFR740L3) packages. The TSLP-3 package size is only 1.0x0.6x0.4mm.

Source: Infineon

Toshiba Qosmio G20 And F20: New Multimedia Notebooks

Toshiba expanded its notebooks series with Qosmio G20 and Qosmio F20. Much attention was paid to multimedia features, both novelties are shipped with remote controls for their TV tuners (analog, judging by the source information). TV and radio signals are received by Qosmio AV Center. Each notebook can record TV content onto its HDD and broadcast it over a LAN.

Qosmio G20:

  • Clear SuperView 17", 1400x900 display. 480cd/m² brightness
  • Pentium M 750 1.86GHz (G20/495LS) or Pentium M 740 1.73GHz (G20/490LS)
  • Intel 915PM Express chipset
  • 1GB RAM (G20/495LS) / 512MB RAM (G20/490LS)
  • 2 x 100GB HDD (G20/495LS) / 160GB (G20/490LS)
  • GeForce Go 6200 graphics
  • DVD Super Multi optical drive
  • Interfaces:
    • ExpressCard
    • PCMCIA Type II
    • SD/MMC/Memory Stick (Pro)/xD-Picture Card
    • 4 x USB 2.0
    • IEEE 1394
  • IEEE 802.11b/g adapter
  • Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (G20/495LS)
  • Up to 2.3 hours of operation
  • 406x285x43.1-48.9mm dimensions
  • 4.5kg weight
  • Expected pricing:
    • Qosmio G20/495LS: about $2800
    • Qosmio G20/490LS: about $2350

Qosmio F20:

  • Clear SuperView 15.4", 1280x800 display, 490cd/m²
  • Pentium M 740 1.73GHz (F20/495LS and F20/490LSW), Celeron M 360J 1.4GHz (F20/473LS, F20/473LS, and F20/470LS)
  • Intel 915GM Express chipset (F20/495LS and F20/490LSW), Intel 910GML Express chipset (F20/473LS, F20/473LS, F20/470LS)
  • Integrated graphics
  • 512MB RAM
  • 120GB HDD (F20/495LS) / 100GB HDD (all other)
  • DVD Super Multi optical drive
  • IEEE 802.11b/g (F20/495LS, F20/490LSW, and F20/473LS)
  • Interfaces:
    • 3 x USB 2.0
    • IEEE 1394
    • PCMCIA Type II
    • SD/MMC/MS (PRO)/xD-Picture Card
  • Up to 3.5 hours (F20/495LS, F20/490LSW) or up to 2 hours (F20/473LS, F20/473LS, F20/470LS) of operation
  • 373x274x39.8-43.2mm dimensions
  • 3.3-3.5kg weight
  • Expected pricing:
    • F20/495LS: $2160
    • F20/490LS: $1980
    • F20/475LW: $1800
    • F20/473LS: $1710
    • F20/470LS: $1620

Source: PC Watch

Albatron Unveils An Intel 945P Based SLI Motherboard

Albatron Technology unveiled new PX945P motherboard based on Intel 945P chipset supporting dual-core processors and the SLI mode.

PX945P works with DDR2-667 memory. Its ICH7 southbridge supports 4 x SATA2. The SLI mode is implemented as x4 PCIe + x4 PCIe.

CPU Socket-775 Intel Pentium D, Pentium 4, Celeron D
FSB 533/800/1066 MHz
Memory Dual-channel DDR2-400/533/667
Chipset Intel 945P northbridge, Intel ICH7 southbridge, 1Gbit LAN
Expansion slots 2 x PCIe x16, 1 x PCIe x1, 2 x PCI, 1 x mPower

Shipments are scheduled to October 2005. The price is still not set.

Source: DigiTimes


ASUS introduced an optical combo drive CB-5216A1T with Serial ATA interface. The novelty reads/writes CDs at 52x, rewrites CDs at 32x and reads DVDs at 16x. CB-5216A1T supports ASUS FlextraLink, FlextraSpeed, DDSS II, AI Auto Speed Adjustment technologies. The list of supported formats includes CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, Photo CD, Mixed Mode CD-ROM, CD-I, CD-Extra, CD Text, Video CD, DVCD, and Bootable CD. The drive can be installed either horizontally, or vertically.

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