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California Micro Devices Announces First VGA and DVI-I Port Companion

Canon Updates EOS-1D Mark II N, 5D Firmware

ASUS Unveils Eco-Friendly U5A Notebook

California Micro Devices Announces First VGA and DVI-I Port Companion

California Micro Devices announced the CM2006, a highly integrated Application Specific Integrated Passive (ASIP) device that provides the first complete interface solution for VGA and DVI-I ports for digital consumer electronics and PC peripheral applications such as digital TVs and LCD monitors. By replacing 22 analog and passive components with a single, compact device, the CM2006 offers designers a simple, reliable, space saving and cost effective alternative to discrete implementations. The device provides space savings up to 55 percent and solution cost savings of 33 percent while improving ESD performance.

The CM2006 provides 8kV of electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection as well as backdrive protection for all 7 data lines. In addition, the CM2006 integrates Schmitt-triggered buffers for the SYNC signals and level shifting NFETs for the DDC lines.

The CM2006 is placed between the video graphics controller of an LCD monitor or digital TV, and the analog video output (VGA or DVI-I connector). The CM2006 integrates several critical functions that are typically implemented using many discrete analog and passive devices:

  • Robust ESD protection on all 7 VGA signals per IEC61000-4-2 Level 4 (8kV contact, 15kV air discharge).
  • Very low capacitive load from ESD protection diodes on VIDEO lines, 3pF maximum.
  • Backdrive protection on all lines.
  • Schmitt triggered, non-inverting input buffers for HSYNC and VSYNC lines.
  • Integrated bidirectional level shifting N-channel FETs for DDC Clock and Data.
  • VESA VSIS Version 1 Revision 2 compatible interface.

The CM2006 is currently sampling, and pricing starts at $0.60 each in 1,000 units. The product is available in a compact 16 lead, RoHS compliant, lead free QSOP package. Production is scheduled for January 2006.

Canon Updates EOS-1D Mark II N, 5D Firmware

EOS-1D Mark II N Firmware Update Version 1.0.2

  • Fixes a file-numbering error that occurred during Bulb shooting.
  • Improves the brightness of the LCD monitor.
  • Fixes mistakes in the Russian-language MENU displays.

This firmware update applies to cameras with firmware version up to 1.0.0 installed.

EOS 5D Firmware Update Version 1.0.3:

  • Fixes the phenomenon of large image files (1.7GB) being created.
  • Improves the brightness of the LCD monitor.
  • Fixes an operational abnormality in the AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing) shooting.
  • Fixes the mistakes in the Swedish-language MENU displays.

This firmware update applies to cameras with firmware versions 1.0.1 installed.

Source: Canon BeBit

ASUS Unveils Eco-Friendly U5A Notebook

ASUS today introduced the 12.1" ultra portable U5A notebook, all parts of which comply with RoHS regulations Directive 2002/95/EC. This directive requires the substitution of various heavy metals (lead, mercury, cadmium, and hexavalent chromium) and brominated flame-retardants in electrical and electronic equipment.


  • Intel Pentium M Processor 700 Sequence (1.60-2.13GHz, 533 MHz, 2MB L2 Cache)
  • Mobile Intel 915GM Express Chipset
  • Intel PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home/Professional
  • DDRII 533MHz, 512MB on board, up to 1536MB
  • 12.1" XGA
  • 40/60/80 GB HDD
  • 3 x USB, 1 x Card-Reader. 1 x 1394, 1 x PCMCIA
  • 27.4 x 23.17 x 2.75~3.35cm, 1.4kg (3 cell battery pack)

Source: ASUS

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