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RightMark 3DSound 2.2 Is Released

Micase Ships Fanless PSU

Panasonic Officially Opens Its Largest PDP Plant in Japan

Objet Announces Eden350V And Eden350 3D Printers

NEC Develops Secure Remote Access Technology

Mamiya Sets Shipping Date For Its 22-Megapixel D-SLR

Agilent Introduces New Flat-Panel Display Test System

RightMark 3DSound 2.2 Is Released

RightMark 3DSound has been updated to the version 2.2. Updates are primarily related to CPU utilization test:

  • Added onboard X-RAM presence and size detection feature
  • Added detection of EAX 5.0 for DirectSound API
  • Added forced X-RAM disable feature
  • Added X-RAM usage statistics to the log
  • Added X-RAM data to XML report viewable with DataAnalyzer
  • Updated User's Guide

NOTE: Creative X-Fi X-RAM memory is supported only in the Game Mode with OpenAL API.

The new RightMark 3DSound 2.2 is freely available for download along with User's Manual in the Download section.

You comments and ideas are welcome by e-mail and in our forum.

Micase Ships Fanless PSU

Micase announced that its new fanless Micase LR350 PSU with active PFC is ready to ship to customers. This ATX novelty naturally offers 0db noise and also looks good.

The active PFC helps decrease power consumption and protect system from damaging high voltage peaks, short circuit, overload and high temperature.

Source: Micase

Panasonic Officially Opens Its Largest PDP Plant in Japan

Panasonic today held an opening ceremony of the Amagasaki Plant of Matsushita Plasma Display Panel Company Ltd. in Hyogo Prefecture, western Japan. The Amagasaki Plant, the company's third PDP facility in Japan, started production on September 16, 2005, two months earlier than originally planned. By the end of November, the Plant reached its full capacity of 125,000 units a month. Production at the plant remains consistent, achieving over 90 percent of the yield.

The company's total PDP production capacity is 300,000 units a month, combining all four PDP plants including the First Ibaraki Plant (30,000 units), Second Ibaraki Plant (120,000 units) and Shanghai Plant (25,000 units).

Amid the growing world demand for PDPs, large-size flat-panel TVs are expected to gain further popularity with improvements in digital broadcasting services expected during 2006. In 2006, two big sporting events, the Torino Winter Olympic Games in February and the FIFA World Cup in Germany in June, will drive the expansion of the large-screen TV market.

Panasonic expects the global PDP demand to reach 10 million units in 2006 and 25 million units in 2010. To meet the accelerating demand, the company plans to bring forward the second phase of production at the Amagasaki Plant by four months to July 2006.

Source: Panasonic

Objet Announces Eden350V And Eden350 3D Printers

Objet Geometries announced the Eden350V and Eden350 3-Dimensional Printing Systems. The first system to use the new high-performance platform was the Eden 500V, which was successfully launched worldwide in October.

Like the Eden500V, the Eden350V and Eden350 are based on Objets PolyJet photopolymer jetting technology that enables horizontal layers of just 16, exceptionally fine details, and ultra-thin walls down to 0.6mm depending on geometry.

The systems are designed to provide high-quality, 3-dimensional models quickly and conveniently throughout the CAD/CAM process. With a full 350mm x 350mm x 200mm build size, the new systems offer the flexibility to produce a single large model or multiple smaller models in one build. Eden350V and Eden350 have a similar build size (larger by 10mm) to the Eden330, adopted across a number of manufacturing segments.

Eden 500v announced in October

Both the Eden350V and Eden350 print in High Quality mode with X and Y resolutions of up to 600 dpi. The Eden350V features an additional mode High Speed (HS) that prints in the same resolution as High Quality mode, yet builds horizontal layers of 30 at almost double the speed of High Quality.

The Eden350V and Eden350 support the full line of FullCure model and support materials, including the opaque VeroBlue, VeroWhite and VeroBlack, and the flexible rubber-like TangoGray and TangoBlack. They also support FullCure720 Transparent and the universal FullCure Support.

The Eden350V supports four jumbo material cartridges, each holding 3.6kg of material. The system features automatic switching between cartridges, and the PolyLog materials management system that ensures optimal materials usage. The Eden350V can run for up to 72 hours without operator intervention.

Source: Objet Geometries

NEC Develops Secure Remote Access Technology

NEC today announced that it has succeeded in the development of a secure, remote access technology, enabling access to one's office network via a secure virtual link between the internet on a pre-authenticated terminal (PC or mobile phone) and a base station inside the office LAN. The installation doesn't impact the existing network infrastructure since the link can be created without any firewall configuration deployed at DMZ.

The features of this new technology include:

  1. A mechanism for establishing an outbound virtual link, which is created from the base station inside the office LAN and connected to the terminal issuing the access request via an e-mail system over the internet. This mechanism allows establishment of the link without configuring firewalls, intermediate routers or proxies, which are deployed in the office LAN or at DMZ. The base station is deployed at an unreachable IP point, protecting it from hackers.
  2. An Ethernet tunneling mechanism that sends and receives the SSL-encapsulated ethernet frames in the virtual link. This mechanism allows the terminal to access all of the office's LAN applications, including IP and non-IP applications.
  3. An L2 firewall mechanism that blocks all of the incoming and outgoing packets, except those packets being transmitted via the virtual link, on the terminal. This prevents the terminal from being infected by a virus and spreading it to the office LAN, as packets transmitted through the office LAN are usually supported by full virus protection.

NEC's newly developed access technology can be utilized even in divisions and SOHOs without network specialists. NEC's technology can also be applied to remote home access from the Internet.

This technology will be exhibited at C&C user forum & iExpo 2005 being held from December 7-9 at Tokyo Big Site, Japan. It will also be presented and demonstrated at IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference 2006 (IEEE CCNC 2006) being held from January 8 - 10 at Harrah's Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, U.S.A.

Source: NEC

Mamiya Sets Shipping Date For Its 22-Megapixel D-SLR

DALSA announced that its customer, Mamiya, has set a shipping date for its new Mamiya ZD medium format camera. The professional grade camera, which integrates DALSA's 22-megapixel image sensor chip, will be available in Japan on December 21st, 2005, and will be released world-wide in January 2006.

The built-in Dalsa CCD is sized 36mm x 48mm and provides 4008x5344 resolution (21.50 effective megapixels).

Other features include:

  • 14-bit A/D conversion (12-bit per color channel)
  • 645AF lens mount
  • 1.5 fps capture rate, 11 shots per series
  • Compact Flash and Secure Data slots
  • Mamiya RAW, JPEG or both RAW and JPEG formats (approx. 100 images in Mamiya RAW format per 4GB CF card)
  • Three levels of image quality and image size
  • An innovative cartridge type removable Low-Pass filter (optional)
  • 4-pin FireWire (IEEE1394)
  • Digital Photo Studio software
  • 1,200g weight

Sources: DALSA, Mamiya

Agilent Introduces New Flat-Panel Display Test System

Agilent introduced the Agilent 88000 Series ATS-610 Array Test System, designed to test the amorphous silicon TFT arrays typically used in large, flat-panel televisions and computer displays. The ATS-610 supports seventh- and eight-generation glass fabrication lines and offers multisite test and improved defect detection. Using four test heads, multiple gate activation and 11,520 data channels, the ATS-610 is able to achieve the fastest a-Si TFT testing throughput.

The Agilent ATS-610 enables electrical testing of all array pixels covering transistor, capacitor, electrode and bus lines, and prevents any defective pixels in the a-Si TFT array manufacturing process from entering into the next phase of production. The Agilent ATS-610 is a complete test solution, including hardware, software services and application consulting.

Source: Agilent

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