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ASUS Runs EN7800GT Dual In SLI Configuration

Sony Launches New 5GB Compactvault Drive

LG Electronics Demonstrates First Handset On SavaJe OS

Iomega Now Shipping New StorCenter Network Hard Drive

XGI Announces Volari 8300 For Desktop and Mobile Graphics Solutions

Cymer Ships First 6 kHz Light Source For 45nm Processes

ATI Ships Radeon X1800 XT

ASUS Runs EN7800GT Dual In SLI Configuration

Our Chinese colleagues published a message that ASUS ran a couple of its EN7800GT Dual graphics cards (each with two 7800GT GPUs) in SLI configuration in its RD laboratory in Taibei.

As you can see, they had to remove heatsink covers to fit both cards on the newest A8N32 SLI motherboard that provides two fully-fledged PCIEx16 lanes.

The system recognized the installed hardware as 4 GeForce 7800 GT cards. And the driver seemed to recognize the SLI configuration correctly as well.

Though no 3Dmark05 results were revealed, the performance is bound to be terrific.

Source: PCPOP

Sony Launches New 5GB Compactvault Drive

Sony announced the debut of the Compactvault removable hard disk drive that uses Compact Flash type II slots. The new drive is designed for photo enthusiasts and so-called "prosumers".

The Compactvault drive has a capacity of 5GB and measures just over 1" wide and less than 1" high. The new drive features transfer speeds of up to 12MB/sec.

Shipping will begin later this month with a suggested retail price of $199.99. The Compactvault drive will be available online at SonyStyle.com, SonyStyle stores and authorized retailers nationwide.


LG Electronics Demonstrates First Handset On SavaJe OS

LG Electronics completed development of a handset using SavaJe OS, SavaJe Technologies' Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME) Connected Device Configuration (CDC) based open OS. LG Electronics is demonstrating and promoting the product to operators worldwide, and is ready to mass-produce handsets to operator specifications for delivery in 2006.

The new handset features a slide design with 176x220 color TFT display, 1.3MPixel camera, Bluetooth, and an SD Card memory card for storage of up to 1GB of applications, music, video and pictures. The handset plays MP3, AAC and AAC+ music formats as well as H.263 and MPEG4 videos.

SavaJe OS is an open operating system for handsets, based on Sun Microsystems' Java technology. All handset applications, including the handset UI itself, are naturally written in Java.

This enables LG Electronics to easily offer operator customizations, while using a common software platform. Using deep theming functionality, SavaJe OS can implement operator-specified applications and menus, as well as color schemes, sounds, background images and icons that affect both built-in and downloaded applications.

Open OS security is addressed by the implementation of OMA-compliant Digital Rights Management (DRM), a secure key store, certificate and policy management, and a complete set of Java ME CDC security APIs for cryptography, secure networking, authorization and authentication.

Source: LG Electronics

Iomega Now Shipping New StorCenter Network Hard Drive

Iomega announced it is now shipping its fastest and most complete solution for storing and sharing digital content on a home or small business network: the new Iomega StorCenter Network Hard Drive with built-in UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) A/V network media server. The novelty is shipping in capacities of up to 250GB, with a 1TB model expected early next year.

The Iomega StorCenter Network Hard Drive is a UPnP-compliant device that installs into any Ethernet-based network and operates independently of a host PC. The 160GB and 250GB StorCenter models include the built-in Freescale PowerQUICC II MPC8241 processor and support streaming files directly to PCs and network-attached entertainment devices with the StorCenter's UPnP media server capability (entertainment devices may require a UPnP-compliant digital media adapter, sold separately).

Features include a Gigabit Ethernet network connection for fast network transfer rates and two USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed USB) ports for future expandability. Both 160GB and 250GB models use a 7200-RPM drive; the 250GB model comes with an 8MB cache.

Usability features include password-protected user accounts and assignable user-directory quotas. All models include print server capability with USB-attached printers, and both USB 2.0 ports support USB hubs for further expansion.

The Iomega StorCenter Network Hard Drive ships with Iomega Automatic Backup Pro (IAB Pro) software that offers the choice of continuous real-time backup or easy configuration of scheduled backups if preferred. Users can back up multiple file revisions, maintain security with password protection and AES file encryption.

The Iomega StorCenter 160GB Network Hard Drive is now available for $199.99; the Iomega StorCenter 250GB Network Hard Drive, for $289.99 (all prices are U.S. suggested retail). Both products are available at major U.S. retailers, distributors and online stores, including www.Iomega.com. Iomega plans to introduce a 1TB StorCenter early next year.

Source: Iomega

XGI Announces Volari 8300 For Desktop and Mobile Graphics Solutions

XGI Technology launched a new member of its graphics family, the Volari 8300, with a press event held in Beijing. The new PCI-Express based Volari 8300 graphics chipset is designed with XGI's flagship video processing technology, TrueVideo Engine.

Volari 8300 is designed with 0.13µm processing that supports DirectX 9.0, and shader model 2.0 with 64-bit DRAM memory interface. XGI introduced a new concept with Volari 8300, the eXtreme Cache, an advanced technology that dynamically allocates system memory to support graphics processing. With the additional bandwidth of PCI Express, eXtreme Cache is able to support up to 256MB of memory for graphics processing.

The TrueVideo Engine features the support for HDTV content up to 1280x720p; inverse 3:2 Pull-down to convert movies back to its original form and De-Interlacing, to remove the jaggy lines in motion graphics. Furthermore, the CoolPower II low power consumption design allows Volari 8300 to be built into a fan-less graphics solution.

Source: XGI Technology

Cymer Ships First 6 kHz Light Source For 45nm Processes

Cymer, the supplier of deep ultraviolet (DUV) light sources used in semiconductor manufacturing, announced the first shipment of its XLA 300 - marking the fastest product development cycle in the company's history. The XLA 300 is the world's first 6 kHz, 193nm, argon fluoride (ArF) light source - designed to enable the volume production of 45nm immersion photolithography applications.

Said to deliver the highest repetition rate available on any light source to date, the 6kHz XLA 300 offers 60W of output power, allowing increased power to be delivered at lower pulse energies - minimizing optical material damage to both the illuminator and projection optics. Further, by operating at 6kHz, the XLA 300 delivers an increased number of pulses to support the strict dose and dose stability parameters required by chipmakers to achieve tight critical dimension (CD) control for 45nm node processes. The XLA 300 enables the exposure of ultra-fine critical features and offers flexibility to optimize the capabilities of catadioptric lens designs for high-volume production at the 45nm node.

Source: Cymer

ATI Ships Radeon X1800 XT

ATI Technologies announced that its Radeon X1800 XT GPU is now finally available for gamers. The new Radeon X1800 XT, which began shipping on November 3 features a new ultra-threaded 3D architecture and ATI's Avivo video and display technology platform.

Radeon X1800 and Radeon X1300 cards are currently available from retailers and e-tailers including CDW, CompUSA, Fry's, Monarch Computers, NewEgg, Tiger Direct and Radeon X1600 is expected to ship later in the fall.

Source: ATI Technologies

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