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Sony Introduces A New DVD Burner For Mac Users

IBM Unveils New Cost-Effective Workgroup Printers

Toshiba Licenses ARM1176JZF-S Microprocessor

PowerShot SD430 Digital Elph Wireless / Digital Ixus Wireless At Canon BeBit

Atmel Introduces Smallest Integrated 4-Channel Power Management Unit in QFN 3x3 mm

Sony Introduces A New DVD Burner For Mac Users

In the near future Sony will be offering Macintosh owners its new Mac-compatible DVD burner - DRX-810UL/T - which will be shipping with Roxio's Toast 6 Lite for Mac compatibility.

The drive also supports 4X DVD-R DL, 16X DVD±R, 8X DVD+RW, 6X DVD-RW, 48X CD-R and 32X CD-RW recording speeds. It also features a vertical design, and offers connectivity with both i.LINK (FireWire/IEEE 1394) and USB 2.0 interfaces. In addition to the Toast application, the drive comes bundled with a software suite from Nero for Microsoft Windows.

The DRX-810UL/T model will be available next month for less than $150.

Source: Sony

IBM Unveils New Cost-Effective Workgroup Printers

IBM Printing Systems Division today announced two new workgroup printers: Infoprint 1512 and Infoprint Color 1534.

Infoprint 1512 has a small footprint and meant for small businesses and small groups of employees. It provides print speed of up to 30 pages per minute letter size and up to 28 pages per minute A4. It also has an easy-to-use, intuitive operator interface.

The network model Infoprint 1512 has a resident Web page, which can be accessed from a browser. The Web page features an on demand status window, and it can report printer and supplies status. It can also e-mail status alerts and printing statistics. This management tool also provides a "mirror" of the messages that wait at the printer on the operator panel.

Infoprint Color 1534 is a color laser printer with advanced toner formulas, wireless connectivity, and a standard ImageQuick function that allows forms and critical documents to be stored on a Web site or server and then printed when needed—on demand.

The Infoprint 1534 also offers improved security features that can integrate with existing networks to help increase document confidentiality and device security. Confidential access to sensitive documents can be implemented through new secure print features that can "hold" the document on the device until the end user enters a personal identification number (PIN). Higher levels of security can also be obtained through optional authentication and encryption features.

In USA the prices for Infoprint 1512 start from $432, for Infoprint 1534 - from $737.

Source: IBM Printing Systems Division

Toshiba Licenses ARM1176JZF-S Microprocessor

Toshiba Corporation and ARM today announced that Toshiba has licensed the ARM1176JZF-STM processor. Toshiba will use the processor to develop SoCs for advanced digital consumer electronics products and mobile phones, with the first SoCs introduced around the end of 2006.

The ARM1176JZF-S processor, which is capable of performance in excess of 550 MHz in current 90nm process technologies, features a vector floating-point unit that accelerates 3D graphics, and is the first to incorporate ARM TrustZone security technology, which prevents unauthorized access to personal information and other sensitive data stored in the built-in memory.

The ARM1176JZF-S processor also utilizes ARM Intelligent Energy Manager (IEM) technology, which reduces power consumption by dynamically adjusting clock frequency and supplied voltage according to the processing requirements of the software running on it.

Source: Toshiba Corporation

PowerShot SD430 Digital Elph Wireless / Digital Ixus Wireless At Canon BeBit

Canon BeBit page was updated with information about the new PowerShot SD430 Digital Elph Wireless / Digital Ixus Wireless. The novelty, as its name states, lets you transfer images to a personal computer or printer wirelessly (via IEEE802.11b) within the range of 30m. The PC-controlled shooting mode is also available (wireless connection only; software included in the camera kit.)

Note however that the wireless feature can only be used with the Windows XP (excluding the 64-bit version) with Service Pack 2 or later installed. It cannot be used with other Windows or Macintosh OS.

Other camera features include 2.0" LCD monitor, 3x optical zoom lens, 5.0 megapixel CCD, DIGIC II imaging processor, and the Intelligent Orientation Sensor (detects the orientation of an image shot with the camera held vertically and automatically rotates it to the correct orientation when viewing it in the LCD monitor).

Source: Canon BeBit

Atmel Introduces Smallest Integrated 4-Channel Power Management Unit in QFN 3x3 mm

Atmel announced the release of its AT73C239 Power Management standard product, claimed to be the smallest 4x Power Supply Power Management Unit (PMU) available on the market with a QFN 3x3 mm package. The AT73C239 integrates three channels of high-accuracy power supply compatible with RF and Analog sections and one very Low Drop Out (LDO) Low Power regulator for backup battery/capacitor recharging.

The AT73C239 small form factor is suitable for wireless chipset reference designs (Bluetooth, WLAN, GPS, Zigbee) and can provide voltage supply to multimedia sections of mobile phones, smartphones, PDAs, Portable Multimedia Players, etc.

Atmel offers the AT73C239 in a 3x3 mm, 16-pin QFN package. It is available now mounted on a reference design board or as engineering samples. Production quantities are also available, with a reference price below $0.50 in large quantities.

Source: Atmel

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