Infineon Technologies today announced availability of an advanced hard disk drive read channel core, the first IC implemented in the company's 90-nanometer process technology. It was developed in cooperation with Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.
The new read channel technology generation supports perpendicular recording and leverages on 2nd generation Reverse Concatenation coding. The new read-write channel has been implemented in Infineon's 90nm CMOS technology. Key features of the technology are the ability to integrate multiple threshold voltages and multiple gate oxide devices with minimum physical gate dimensions down to 70nm using power saving concepts like active wells, clock-gating and micro-switches with 6 to 9 layers of Copper metallization in a single chip.
A second implementation, currently in development for battery operated applications, targets an ultra low power dissipation as well as better stand-by power and leakage current performance. This is offered by Infineon's 90nm process technology that is designed to support handheld applications such as cellular phones.
The new HDD controller from the Infineon ASIC and Design Solutions Group can be manufactured worldwide in multiple fabs. Fabs currently offering Infineon's 90nm technology include Infineon's Dresden fab in Germany and UMC in Taiwan.
Source: Infineon Technologies
Planar Systems today unveiled the Dome EX line, which includes the first 4-megapixel color diagnostic display medically certified for the healthcare field.
The Dome E4c (16:9) is designed for use in areas such as radiology, cardiology, nuclear medicine (NM), positron emission tomography / computed tomography (PET/CT), dermatology and the OR.
Planar is also introducing the new Dome EX line with color and grayscale displays in 2- and 3-megapixel resolutions, as well as a new 5-megapixel grayscale display. The new color displays are meant for use in a distributed PACS environment for areas ranging from radiology and cardiology, to dermatology and applications in the OR. The new grayscale displays (E2, E3 and E5) are designed for the diagnostic applications including CT, magnetic resonance (MR), ultrasound, CR, digital radiography (DR), NM, digitized film and mammography.
The Dome EX line of DICOM-calibrated diagnostic imaging displays features Planar's Dome DA4 hardware architecture. The novelties are compatible with Dome CXtra and Dome Dashboard software. The former monitors and controls DICOM calibration using data from the Planar RightLight integrated photometer. Dome Dashboard is a console application which enables PACS administrators and IT managers to centrally manage, control and report on their entire line of Dome medical imaging displays.
The Dome E3 is currently available through online and direct resellers and through Planar's PACS software partners. The Dome E2 will be available in the beginning of December with the remaining products to follow in early 2006.
Source: Planar Systems
AOpen announced the new MP915-B SFF styled as a Mac mini:
The novelty bases on Intel 915GM Express + ICH6, supports Pentium M 740 (1.73GHz) / Celeron M 310-360 (1.2GHz – 1.5GHz), has 1 x DDR2 SO-DIMM socket (up to 1GB), integrated DVD+R DL drive. Also available: MiniPCI, 1 x 2.5" HDD bay, Gigabit Ethernet, DVI-I (with DVI-VGA adapter), S-video. The system is sized 165x165x50.
The MP915-B is expected for saled in December for about $390 with Windows XP.
Source: PC Watch
Hitachi released a new notebook with a biometric sensor. But this one reads not a fingerprint, but an image of finger capillaries (as far as we could understand from a Google-translated page). This is meant to prevent some ways of unauthorised access (but I guess it also forces to invent newer).
Another peculiarity is the absence of an integrated hard drive. FLORA Se210 is positioned as a "protected terminal" to access an enterprise network with.
The notebook bases on Intel 915GM chipset, Celeron (M?) 600MHz CPU, has 12.1" 1024x768 display, 512MB of flash memory and 256MB of shared DDR SDRAM, HDA codec. Interfaces include 2 x USB2.0, PCMCIA Type II, IEEE 802.11a/b/g, Gigabit Ethernet and 56K modem. Sized 275x233x23-30.7mm, it weighs 1.27kg. With/without sensor it is capable of working for 2.1/2.5 hours.
The novelty will be shipping with Windows XP Embedded and is expected to cost $1620 with a sensor and $1400 without. Sales are scheduled to December 1, 2005.
Source: PC Watch
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