Cymer launched its XLA 400 at Cymer's 13th Annual Lithography Symposium in Chiba, Japan. This fifth generation MOPA-based light source offers chipmakers the highest repetition rate at 6 kHz and 90 W of output power - making it the industry's highest-powered light source available, to drive the volume production of semiconductor devices at the 65nm node and enable design flexibility for hyper NA (greater than 1.0) immersion lithography tools at the 45nm node and beyond. Further, the XLA 400 offers increased power to support various illumination schemes, permitting tighter dose stability and more stringent critical dimension (CD) control.
By delivering the highest power output available, the XLA 400 will allow chipmakers to push ArF lithography down to the 45nm node, without having to suffer throughput loss and reduced productivity associated with advanced reticle enhancement techniques (RETs) that will be required to support this node.
Deliveries of the XLA 400 will begin in the second quarter of 2006.
Intel announced development of a new, ultra-fast, yet very low power prototype transistor using new materials that could form the basis of its microprocessors and other logic products beginning in the second half of the next decade.
Intel and QinetiQ researchers have jointly demonstrated an enhancement-mode transistor using indium antimonide (chemical symbol: InSb) to conduct electrical current. The prototype transistor is much faster and consumes less power than previously announced transistors. Intel anticipates using this new material to complement silicon, further extending Moore’s Law.
InSb is in a class of materials called III-V compound semiconductors which are in use today for a variety of discrete and small scale integrated devices such as radio-frequency amplifiers, microwave devices and semiconductor lasers.
Researchers from Intel and QinetiQ have previously announced transistors with InSb channels. The prototype transistors, with a gate length of 85nm, are the smallest ever, at less than half the size of those disclosed earlier. This is the first time that enhancement mode transistors have been demonstrated. Enhancement mode transistors are the predominant type of transistor used in microprocessors and other logic. These transistors are able to operate at a reduced voltage, about 0.5 volts – roughly half of that for transistors in today’s chips – which leads to chips with far less power consumption.
LaCie introduced a mobile USB hard drive pre-loaded with a specially tuned version of Mandriva's Linux Limited Edition 2005 operating system: the GlobeTrotter 2.0 in 40GB or 80GB. The novelty allows users to turn any PC into their personal Linux desktop.
To use the drive, plug it into the USB port of a host PC and turn it on. Hardware on the host computer is automatically detected but is not modified in any way. When the job is done, GlobeTrotter 2.0 can be taken to a different workstation with up to 80GB a user’s data including applications and personal settings.
Among the included software is the productivity suite OpenOffice.org, integrated personal information management software such as Kontact and Evolution, as well as development tools.
LaCie GlobeTrotter 2.0 comes with 30 days of web support from Mandriva, and membership to Mandriva Club and Mandriva Online for a month.
The new hard drive is available for pre-order today on LaCie websites and will be widely available later this month for $139 (40GB) and $199 (80GB). Drives ship with all cables and instructions needed for immediate use.
Panasonic announced that its AG-HVX200, the world’s first hand-held high definition solid-state memory camcorder, will begin delivering to resellers on December 29th.
At a press briefing Panasonic announced introductory pricing for the HVX200 including $5,995 suggested list price of the camcorder only, a $6,995 list price for the camcorder and two 4GB P2 cards, and a $9,995 list price for the camcorder and two 8GB P2 cards.
The HVX200 records in high definition in 1080i and 720p in 100Mbps DVCPRO HD quality. The camera records video on a P2 card as IT-friendly MXF files in 1080/60i, 30p and 24p; in 720/60p, 30p and 24p; in 50Mbps DVCPRO50 and in 25Mbps DVCPRO or DV. The HD and SD video recorded on the P2 card can be rapidly downloaded to a nonlinear editing system or server, or edited virtually instantly from the P2 card by connecting to an IEEE1394 or USB2.0 interface. P2 cards mount like a regular hard drive from a NLE system’s point of view.
The multi-format camera has two P2 card slots, and offers a variety of record modes including hot-swap recording to ensure continuous recording; loop recording; pre-record (up to 7 seconds in DVCPRO and 3 seconds in DVCPRO HD); one-shot record (from 1 frame to 1 second) and interval record (from 2 frames to 10 minutes). For added flexibility, the HVX200 is also equipped with a Mini-DV tape drive for shooting 4:3 and 16:9 images on DV tape in 60i, 30p and 24p.
Audio capabilities include 4-channel non-compressed 48KHz/16-bit digital audio in DVCPRO HD and DVCPRO50.
The HVX200 is loaded with system interfaces (including IEEE1394 and USB2.0), and professional interfaces including two XLR audio (with +48 volt phantom power) inputs, a component (D4) output, composite in/out, S-video in/out, audio (RCA) in/out, and headphone output.
The AG-HVX200 weighs about five pounds, and is ruggedly-built with a magnesium alloy diecast chassis for more reliability and durability.
SiS announced today that Foxconn will use new SiS761GX chipsets, which support PCI Express graphics interface, for two of its WinFast motherboards, the 761GXK8MB-EKRS and 761GXK8MC-ERS.
Both WinFast 761GXK8MB-EKRS and 761GXK8MC-ERS will feature the embedded Mirage 1 Graphic Engine and support a wide range of AMD platforms, including the Athlon 64 X2, Athlon 64, Athlon 64 FX, AMD Sempron, and Opteron. Backed by the AMD64 platform's Cool’n’Quiet Technology, the SiS761GX can regulate CPU speeds and frequencies. The SiS761GX also supports the AMD HyperTransport Technology (up to 8GB/sec (2000MT/s)).
The WinFast 761GXK8MB-EKRS is equipped with SiS965 Southbridge chipset, and the 761GXK8MC-ERS is equipped with SiS964 Southbridge chipset. At that, SiS965 brings an extra Ethernet controller and PCI Express x1 interface.
VIA Technologies today announced the VIA CN700 IGP chipset, featuring digital media technologies and advanced low power design, intended for its VIA C7 processor-powered devices, such as mini PCs, fanless embedded commercial systems and quiet home entertainment centers.
The chipset features integrated S3 Graphics UniChrome Pro IGP core supporting HDTV up to 1080p and hardware MPEG-2 decoding as well as the Chromotion CE Video Display Engine.
Supporting the VIA V4 bus up to 533MHz, the VIA CN700 IGP chipset can work with both DDR2 and DDR memory modules with built-in system and graphics power management.
Combined with the VIA VT 8237A South Bridge, the VIA CN700 supports native Serial ATA (4 ports) and multiple configuration V-RAID, VIA Vinyl High Definition Audio, and Gigabit Ethernet with the VIA Velocity controller.
VIA CN700 is expected to be available in volume quantities in Q1 2006.
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