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Palm Showcases New Treo 700w Smartphone At CES 2006

MSI Announces 975X Platinum Motherboard And Server Solutions

New Maxtor OneTouch III Family Is Unveiled

Panasonic Develops 103-inch 1080p Plasma Display Panel

Creative Announces GigaWorks ProGamer G550W 5.1 Speaker System

LG Announces 3 Portable Entertainment Products

Lenovo Introduces Newest ThinkPads

LaCie Unveils 6 New Storage Solutions

Palm Showcases New Treo 700w Smartphone At CES 2006

At CES 2006 Palm showcased a brand new member of the Palm Treo smartphone family - the highly anticipated Treo 700w smartphone, which takes advantage of Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess service on its EV-DO network. The Treo 700w smartphone is the first Treo smartphone to run the Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0.


  • EV-DO technology
  • 312MHz Intel XScale processor
  • Unified messaging application, including email, SMS and MMS;
  • Support for Wireless Sync
  • 128MB of memory and 60MB of dedicated user storage
  • New 1.3-megapixel camera to shoot crisp, clear digital images and videos
  • Integrated Bluetooth 1.2
  • Removable battery and non-volatile memory
  • Voice Command for voice dialing
  • Expansion card slot (SD, SDIO, and MultiMediaCard compatible)
  • 240x240 transflective (TFT) screen

The list of accessories for Palm Treo 700w includes:

  • Audio Accessories
    • Treo Wireless Headset: $79.99
    • Treo 2-in-1 Stereo Headset: $29.99
    • Treo Stereo Headphone Adapter: $9.99
    • Treo Replacement Headset: $12.99
  • Wireless Accessories and Expansion Cards
    • Wi-Fi Card: $99.99
    • Universal Wireless Keyboard: $69.99
    • 64MB - 2GB Memory Cards: $24.99 - $249.00
  • Cases
      Treo 700w smartphone silicone case with anti-glare screen protector: $29.99
    • Treo Side Case: $29.99
    • Treo Leather Latch Case: $39.99
    • Treo Form Fit Case: $29.99
  • Car Accessories, Cradles, Cables and Power
    • Desktop HotSync(R) Cable, USB: $29.99
    • Travel HotSync Cable, USB: $24.99
    • Travel Charger: $29.99
    • Vehicle Power Charger: $29.99
    • Treo Standard Battery: $59.99
  • Accessory Kits
    • Treo Smartphone Cradle Kit: $49.99
    • Treo Essentials Kit: $49.99
    • Treo TripKit: $199.00
  • Device Protectors
    • Treo Anti-glare Screen Protector: $14.99
    • Screen Protectors: $19.99
  • More Accessories:
    • "Now You Know Your Treo 700w Smartphone" book: $19.99
    • Combo Pen/Stylus 3-pack: $14.99

The Palm Treo 700w smartphone from Verizon Wireless is available for $399.99 after $100 instant rebate with a two-year service agreement when accompanied by a voice plan of $39.99 or higher and an unlimited PDA/smartphone data plan.

MSI Announces 975X Platinum Motherboard And Server Solutions

Micro-Star International introduced new 1U entry-level server solutions distinctively catered to enterprise customers. P1-104A2M rack mount server integrates DDR2-533 memory, PCI Express technology, and dual Gigabit LAN. It supports Intel Pentium M mobile processor, has 2 x DIMM slots (up to 2GB), 2 x GbE and 1 x 10/100 LAN ports, 2 x PCI Express x8 slots. P1-104A2M is equipped with 2 external hotswap Serial ATA hard disk drives.

MSI also offer 915GM Master-A4R server board with extra IDE and SATA storage interfaces and more PCI-E slots to meet different requirements and applications.

The list of new servers is further expanded by the K2-102S2M (SCSI Ultra 320) and K2-102A2M (SATA). These support 2 x AMD Opteron dual-core processors, feature 8 x DIMM slots (up to 16GB of Reg. ECC DDR400 memory), 2 x PCI Express x8 slots, and dual Gigabit LAN ports.

Finally, MSI released its 975X Platinum motherboard based on Intel 975X Express Chipset. All the components of 975X Platinum are RoHS-certified, including the production process. The novelty supports CrossFire technology, has 2 x PCI Express x16 slots. Together with the Intel Pentium Processor Extreme Edition, the 975X Platinum also supports the Pentium D series processors and the latest 65nm Intel processors (codenamed "Cedar Mill" and "Presler") which will be launched in 2006.

More features include the 7.1 channel HD Audio codec and the digital output through optical fiber and coaxial cables. The ICH7R Southbridge integrates the RAID controller with Intel Matrix Storage Technology (RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, etc.). MSI's CoreCell technology that implements D.O.T. feature monitors the whole system to fine-tune the voltage and fan speed, and at the same time automatically downloads the latest BIOS and drivers through Live Update 3.

Other features:

  • 1066/800MHz FSB
  • DDR2-667 Memory
  • 2 x PCI Express x16& 2 x PCI Express x1 slots
  • 4 SATA2 ports
  • Support Gigabit LAN
  • Exclusive Communication Slot

Source: Micro-Star International

New Maxtor OneTouch III Family Is Unveiled

Maxtor unveiled a new family of Maxtor OneTouch III external storage and backup solutions that will be available on retail shelves starting this month in capacitites from 100GB to 1TB. New software tools, including the ability to synchronize data between two or more computers and a System Rollback feature that helps return PC systems to a healthier state after a damaging spyware attack, are now integrated into the entire Maxtor OneTouch III family of products.

Maxtor is offering the Maxtor OneTouch III with dual interfaces, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0, for quickly and easily backing up photos, music and data. For the home PC market, the company is offering a USB 2.0-only interface model that provides basic file-level backup capabilities.

The expanded Maxtor OneTouch III family sports new industrial design, an improved consumer friendly user interface and a redesigned retail package from consulting firm frog design inc. Besides, the Maxtor OneTouch III family features improved acoustics, an inner disk drive casing and shock mounts for additional durability and drive protection. All Maxtor OneTouch external storage and backup systems come with an added data security feature called Maxtor DriveLock, which provides a password protection option to safeguard contents if the drive is ever lost or stolen.

Maxtor has also added Sync, the ability to automatically synchronize files between two or more systems on the same operating platform, across its new family of Maxtor OneTouch III storage solutions.

The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the Maxtor OneTouch III family ranges from $159.95 for the 100GB USB 2.0 only version to $479.95 for the 500GB triple interface solution. MSRP for the 1TB Maxtor OneTouch III, Turbo Edition is $899.95.

Source: Maxtor

Panasonic Develops 103-inch 1080p Plasma Display Panel

Panasonic announced it has developed a prototype of a 103-inch plasma display panel (PDP) with 1080p (progressive) HDTV resolution. The prototype is claimed to be the world's largest plasma display and can deliver resolutions like 1920x1080. Panasonic showed this first super-large-size prototype at CES 2006.

Panasonic has developed a new rib (a "rib" divides each gas cell and prevents interference between adjacent cells to produce clear images) and phosphor for these super large panels. The 103-inch 1080p plasma panel, equivalent to four 50-inch panels in size, features consistent and uniform discharge, delivering the same accurate images from the center to every corner of the screen and brightness as the current 50-inch HD model (TH-50PX500). The panel incorporates Panasonic's 1080p HD high-speed pixel drive. The same high-speed pixel drive is used in the TH-65PX500 65-inch 1080p Plasma TV, which has been well received in Japan since its introduction last November, and the 50-inch 1080p Plasma unveiled at CEATEC JAPAN 2005 in October 2005.

Key specifications:

  • Size (aspect ratio): 103 inches (16:9)
  • Number of pixels: 2.07 million (1920x1080)
  • Pixel pitch: 1.182x1.182 mm
  • Effective viewing area: 2,269.4 x 1,276.6, diagonal: 2,603.8 mm
  • Contrast ratio: (in dark surroundings) 3000:1

Source: Panasonic

Creative Announces GigaWorks ProGamer G550W 5.1 Speaker System

Creative announced the GigaWorks ProGamer G550W 5.1 speaker system. The new THX-certified product features 2.4GHz technology for wireless transmission to the connected two rear speakers from up to 30 feet away. The GigaWorks ProGamer G550W will be available in March for an estimated street price of US$399.99.

The system uses a small wireless receiver that can be hidden discretely in the rear of the room wherever there is a single power outlet, connected to the two rear speakers.

The GigaWorks ProGamer G550W is based on the popular design and technology of the GigaWorks ProGamer G500. It delivers 310 watts of total RMS power and features a 130-RMS watt wooden subwoofer, with an 8" long-throw driver with twin Flared Dyna-Ports. Each of the five satellite speakers has a 3" full-range driver with a Flared Dyna-Port. Each satellite also features spring clips that give users the flexibility to adjust or substitute wires, plus standard 1/4" -20 connectors for speaker stands or wall-mounting.

An included wireless remote controls total system volume, subwoofer output, and front, rear and center channel levels. The wireless remote can also control play, pause, mute, select tracks, and audio mode on Creative Zen MP3 players.

Besides speakers Creative announced a couple of mice. The Fatal1ty 2020 Mouse, the gaming mouse co-developed for competitive PC gaming with professional gamer Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel. The Creative Fatal1ty 2020 Mouse will be available in early 2006 for an estimated street price of $69.99.

The Fatal1ty 2020 Mouse has been designed with a completely new chassis and a host of features, including the 2400cpi HD-Optix laser engine, 5.8 megapixel sensor report rate, custom G-Weight modular weight system (allows users to replace weight modules in a central chamber for better balance), Rapid-Res One-Click Hardware CPI resolution change button (with a color LED readout), SpeedWire zero-oxygen copper wiring and tangle-proof coating and a gold-plated USB plug, zero-resistance Teflon feet. Also present: an ultra-comfortable mouse chassis, rubberized grip points, red and black finish, and an illuminated "Fatal1ty" symbol.

Creative will also release the Fatal1ty 1010 Mouse for casual gamers, featuring a 1600 CPI HD-Optix Engine in early 2006 for an estimated street price of US$49.99.

Source: Creative

LG Announces 3 Portable Entertainment Products

The first is JM53 Portable Digital Player, a sleek (3.9x1.9x0.5 inches) 8GB multimedia player featuring a 1.77" 260,000-colour OLED and compatible with MP3, WMA (DRM10), OGG, ASF, as well as MPEG-4 video. The device has an original controller system that blends a rocker switch and buttons. The unit has a rated battery life of 30 hours.

The smallest of the bunch, the FM30 Portable Digital Player is a 1GB flash-based player with a 1.77" OLED screen (260,000 colours), and compatibility with MP3, WMA (DRM10), OGG, ASF, and MPEG-4 video. At only 2.4x1.6x0.55 inches this wearable player is essentially a matchbook-sized version of the JM53 and it has a rated battery life of 60 hours.

The third novelty, PM70, is a personal media center with 50GB capacity, 4.3" 16:9 wide color LCD monitor capable of supporting TV recording and various formats.

Prices for the PM70 and JM53 have not been announced, though the FM30 will cost US$199 when it's available in the US in Q2.

Source: LG

Lenovo Introduces Newest ThinkPads

Lenovo introduced two new ThinkPad models that are claimed to extend the battery life to up to 11 hours with an extended battery.

The ThinkPad X60 Series and ThinkPad T60 Series feature wireless wide area network (WWAN) technology as well as integrated high-speed wireless support for Verizon Wireless in the U.S. (selected models). All models feature a hardware switch to manually disable the system's wireless antenna. Notebooks supporting the Verizon Wireless Broadband Access network are planned to be available in the first half of this year.

Based on Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology, notebooks feature Intel Core Duo processors and Intel Mobile 945 Express Chipsets, 667 MHz FSB and 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM.

The ThinkPad T60 measures an inch thin with a travel weight of 4.8 lbs and includes a more durable system design, coupling the ThinkPad Roll Cage – an inner armor chassis – with its airbag-like Active Protection System and ThinkPad shock-mounted hard drive.

Also, some models will feature integrated fingerprint readers as well as Client Security Solution 6.0 software and an embedded security chip.

The ThinkPad T60 Series and X60 Series can already be purchased, with availability beginning in February. Prices for the ThinkPad T60 Series start at $2049. Prices for the ThinkPad X60 Series start at $1899.

Source: Lenovo

LaCie Unveils 6 New Storage Solutions

LaCie unveiled six new storage products, some of which are designed by "world-renowned designers" including Neil Poulton and Karim Rashid. New products will make their debut at Macworld Expo in San Francisco's Moscone Center from January 9-13.

New LaCie solutions for 2006 are:

Little Big Disk - 320GB portable hard drive with burst transfer rate of up to 80MB/s (over FireWire 800). This one is equipped with LaCie's Triple Interface (FireWire 800/400 and USB 2.0). The disk is powered by and bootable over FireWire making it good for a fully portable editing workstation and companion to Apple PowerBooks. Little Big Disk also comes in a LaCie signature design by Neil Poulton, creator of the original d2 Hard Drive Series.

  • LaCie Little Big Disk 160GB 5400rpm 16MB $399
  • LaCie Little Big Disk 200GB 7200rpm 16MB $649
  • LaCie Little Big Disk 240GB 5400rpm 16MB $649
  • LaCie Little Big Disk 320GB 5400rpm 16MB $799

LaCie Rugged - a tough hard drive with Triple Interface and improved shock protection. The drive is encased into an aluminum shell and rubber bumper. This has also been designed by Neil Poulton. Also available in Single Interface of USB 2.0.

Triple Interface:

  • LaCie Rugged Hard Drive 80GB 5400rpm $199
  • LaCie Rugged Hard Drive 100GB 7200rpm $399
  • LaCie Rugged Hard Drive 120GB 5400rpm $359

Single Interface

  • LaCie Rugged Hard Drive 80GB 5400rpm $169
  • LaCie Rugged Hard Drive 120GB 5400rpm $329

LaCie Skwarim - (pronounced square-im) a stylish handheld designed by Karim Rashid. Skwarim comes in a blue 60GB or pink 30GB version and has a 3.3" square shape with a textured feel. Has an integrated Hi-Speed USB 2.0 cable.

  • LaCie Skwarim 30GB (Pink) $149
  • LaCie Skwarim 60GB (Blue) $199

LaCie Two Big - a SATA II RAID solution with two hot-swappable drives in capacities of 500GB or 1TB. It delivers maximum speed of up to 115MB/s in RAID 0. Bundled with the LaCie SATA II 3Gb/s PCI-X Card 4E that has four ports for adding multiple LaCie Two Big RAID units. Works with PC and Mac.

  • LaCie Two Big 500GB $469
  • LaCie Two Big 1TB $949

LaCie mini Hub and Hard Drive - an all-in-one storage solution designed to expand use of the Apple Mac mini. Has storage space up to 500GB, 2 x FireWire 400 and 4 x Hi-Speed USB 2.0 ports.

  • LaCie mini Hard Drive & Hub 250GB $199
  • LaCie mini Hard Drive & Hub 300GB $229
  • LaCie mini Hard Drive & Hub 400GB $369
  • LaCie mini Hard Drive & Hub 500GB $429

LaCie Slim DVD±RW Drive with LightScribe and Toast 7 Titanium, Design by FA Porsche - a portable FireWire bus-powered DVD burner with Toast 7 Titanium CD/DVD burning software. It also has the ability to etch silkscreen-quality labels onto special discs using LightScribe technology. It can write to all CD/DVD media formats and comes in ultra slim casing created by Porsche Design GmbH.

  • LaCie Slim DVD±RW Design by FA Porsche $219

New products are immediately available for pre-order. All hard drives ship with LaCie Backup Software for Mac/PC, and all necessary cables for immediate use.

Source: LaCie

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