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Maxtor Expands Portfolio To Include 500gb Hard Drives For Enterprise, Consumer And Desktop Markets

Spansion Extends Wireless Family With Introduction Of 3-Volt Mirrorbit Product Line

A USB Flash Drive with a Brain

P.A. Semi Unveils Multicore Processor Family

LG Introduces Its Slimmest 3G Music Phone



Maxtor Expands Portfolio To Include 500gb Hard Drives For Enterprise, Consumer And Desktop Markets

Maxtor Corporation announced today that it is shipping its next-generation RoHS-compliant SATA II and ATA/133 MaXLine (enterprise applications), QuickView (consumer electronics Ė DVRs and PVRs) and DiamondMax (desktop) brand hard drives with a capacity point up to 500GB this quarter.

The new 7200 RPM MaXLine Pro 500, QuickView 500 and DiamondMax 11 drives also provide a 16MB buffer and are available with 3.0Gb SATA II features including native command queuing (NCQ), staggered spin-up, hot-plug and asynchronous signal recovery.

The MaXLine Pro 500 is designed specifically for use in multi-drive environments and storage arrays. These drives must pass Maxtor's premium test process and are designed to the enterprise standard of 1 million hour mean time to failure (MTTF) at a medium I/O duty cycle. Maxtor MaXLine Pro 500 drives include the following:

  • Rotational Vibration Compensation - enables the drive to withstand higher rotational vibration (25 rads/sec2) from adjacent drives, minimizing performance degradation caused by excessive vibration in multi-drive environments.
  • Accelerated Error Recovery Ė completes commands within 15 seconds, without reduced data integrity, making it ideal for RAID applications.
  • Expanded Drive Self Test - performs a series of tests to help eliminate false failures and validate good drives.

The Maxtor QuickView 500 is optimized for high-definition multi-stream digital video recorders, set-top boxes and DVD/HDD combo devices. As part of Maxtor's drive testing process, QuickView hard drives complete an advanced reliability test to simulate operating environments Ė including temperature and duty cycle profiling. Maxtor QuickView drives support the latest ATA 7 streaming commands.

In capacities of 400GB and 500GB, DiamondMax 11 drives are designed for today's home and office PCs and applications such as desktop business computing, publishing systems, and multimedia and gaming systems. SATA II features allow users quicker access to data and faster system performance, especially for multi-threaded, dual drive/RAID PC applications. Maxtor DiamondMax 11 drives support Native Command Queuing.

Maxtor MaXLine Pro 500, Maxtor QuickView 500 and Maxtor DiamondMax 11 are shipping this quarter. Maxtor's 500GB hard drive will also be shipping in Ultra16 retail upgrade kits this quarter. Maxtor's Ultra16 Hard Drive Kit includes an installation guide with step-by-step instructions, a SATA or PATA cable and mounting screws. The kit also includes Maxtor's MaxBlast installation software, which partitions and formats the drive for use, and helps copy files from the old hard drive to the new Maxtor drive.

Manufacturer's suggested retail price for Maxtor 500GB Ultra16 kit is $349.95.

Source: Maxtor Corporation

Spansion Extends Wireless Family With Introduction Of 3-Volt Mirrorbit Product Line

Spansion, the Flash memory venture of AMD and Fujitsu Limited, today announced the introduction of the 3-volt MirrorBit technology-based PL-N product line, designed to satisfy the growing code storage demands in wireless handsets.

Spansionís PL-N family operates at 3V and features the same feature set as Spansionís floating-gate family. Devices are available in 128 Mb and 256 Mb densities, with densities as high as 512 Mb, available in multi-chip packages (MCPs). The two families are package, and pin-out compatible to help ensure seamless migration to MirrorBit technology. Spansion also provides certain software driver code and support free of charge. MirrorBit PL-N family members offer page-mode operation with page access times of 25ns and feature Spansionís simultaneous read/write function, which is designed to conduct reads while programming or erasing with no latency. MirrorBit PL-N family products also ship with Spansionís innovative Advanced Sector Protection, a security feature that can be used to help protect wireless handsets from malicious attacks and viruses.

Samples of MirrorBit PL256 Mb NOR Flash memory devices are now available and targeted for production in Q4.

Source: Spansion

A USB Flash Drive with a Brain

Xmultiple has developed the new and patent pending technology called FlashPoint, which provides users with the freedom to transfer files between flash drives, "Sharing-On-The-Go" (SOTG), without the need of notebooks or USB Bridges.

SOTG technology is embedded into Xmultiple's ShareDrive line of USB flash memory pen drives and can easily download and upload data files between a ShareDrive pen drive and any other USB Memory pen drive or any other USB memory peripheral such as computers and MP3 players.

ShareDrives are small, lightweight devices and are powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and are available in 128k, 256k, 512k, 1GB and 2GB sizes.

Source: Xmultiple

P.A. Semi Unveils Multicore Processor Family

Emerging from more than two years of stealth development, P.A. Semi today unveiled the PWRficient processor family, 64-bit multicore, scalable processor line based on the Power Architecture from IBM, that is claimed to deliver high performance at very low power consumption and offer up to a tenfold advantage in performance per watt over the industry.

The PWRficient processors address the high-performance embedded and computing markets. The system-on-chip architecture and design, underpinned by 50 patents filed and pending, delivers performance up to 2.5GHz per core at low power consumption. For example, the first PWRficient processor, a dual-core chip running at 2GHz, dissipates just 5-13 watts typical, depending upon the application.

PWRficient processors are also the first processors in their class to integrate what is typically a three- to five-chip-set platform into a single chip, called a "platform processor."

The first PWRficient chip, the PA6T-1682M, which dissipates between just 5-13 watts, depending upon the application, is a dual-core implementation running at 2GHz with two DDR2 memory controllers, 2MB of L2 cache, and a flexible I/O subsystem that supports eight PCI Express controllers, two 10 Gigabit Ethernet XAUI controllers, and four Gigabit Ethernet SGMII controllers sharing 24 serdes lanes. It will sample in the third calendar quarter of 2006, with single-core and quad-core versions due in early and late 2007, respectively, and an eight-core version planned for 2008.

The PWRficient family of platform processors is derived from a common set of fundamental architectural elements. A coherent, ordered crossbar called CONEXIUMTM interconnects multiple Power cores, L2 caches, memory controllers, and the ENVOITM I/O subsystem. ENVOI combines a set of configurable serdes lanes with a set of protocol controllers for such I/O standards as PCI Express, Gigabit Ethernet, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet.

These controllers share a bridge to CONEXIUM, as well as a set of centralized DMA channels, offload engines, and a coherent I/O cache. The architecture supports a variety of offload engines, including support for TCP/IP, iSCSI, cryptography (IPSec and SSL), and RAID. P.A. Semi also employs a scalable-socket plan, which provides several options for performance upgrades or cost reductions with little or no design effort. P. A. Semi defines a "socket" (package, pinout, and power envelope) by the number of memory controllers (up to four), the number of serdes I/O lanes (up to 32), and the supported system peripherals. Each socket supports several performance levels by varying the number of cores (up to eight on a chip) and the size of the L2 cache (up to 8MB). Within a socket definition, processors are tailored to different applications by adjusting the number and type of the high-speed I/O protocols (for example PCI Express, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet, SATA/SAS, RapidIO, and Fibre Channel). Initial socket definitions include the "E" socket (entry), "M" socket (midrange), and "P" socket (performance). Customers can design to a specific socket, instead of a specific processor, to enable easy migration to compatible processors.

Source: P.A. Semi

LG Introduces Its Slimmest 3G Music Phone

LG Electronics has announced the launch of its slimmest 3G clamshell phone with MP3 features. Scheduled to be launched on middle of November, the new model LG-U880 is only 18.2mm thick and designed to appeal to the fashion-conscious with its stylish design and MP3 player function.

The new model is claimed to be the thinnest clamshell type among 3G phones available in the market. Its memory can store over 20 MP3 songs. The phone also has buttons on the outside of the clamshell for easy MP3 player control. The list of multimedia features sported by the phone includes video telephony and 1.3 mega-pixel camera. The model also supports Transflash external memory and Bluetooth.

LG-U880 will be available in a variety of color choices including glossy black, matt black, silver, and pink through Hutchison's services in markets including UK, Italy, Austria, Australia, Hong Kong, Sweden and Denmark.

Features and specs:

  • 1.3 mega-pixel Camera Tilt camera
  • MP3, AAC, MPEG4(+MIDI,AMR,WAV)
  • Video Telephony
  • Dual Stereo speakers
  • 75 MB user memory and external Transflash(Micro SD)
  • USB, Bluetooth
  • Internal antenna
  • VOD, AOD, WAP, Java, E-mail, MMS
  • Radio Band: 2100/900/1800/1900MHz
  • Dimensions: 98.8mm x 49mm x 18.2mm
  • Display: Main 2.0"LCD, 176X220, 262k TFT
  • 1.17" 96x 96, 65k TFT
  • Talk Time/Standby Time: 244Min. / 297hr
  • Weight: 99g

Source: LG Electronics

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