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OCZ Technology Announces PC2-6400 EL Platinum XTC Edition

NEC Electronics, Sony, Toshiba Announce Joint Development Of 45nm System LSI Process Technologies

SAMSUNG Develops 1.72" Super-Reflective LCD Screen For Cell Phones

Iomega Boosts Capacity of StorCenter Pro NAS 400r Series

Infineon Successfully Produced First 65nm Samples in Multiple Fabs

ATI Enters Mobile TV Market with a Complete DVB-H Solution

OCZ Technology Announces PC2-6400 EL Platinum XTC Edition

OCZ Technology announced the Platinum XTC memory series. The first inclusion to the new series will be the PC2-6400 EL Platinum Edition XTC, engineered to implement the recently introduced OCZ XTC heatspreader design.

The Platinum XTC DDR2 series features the innovative XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) Heatspreaders. The design used in the XTC heatspreaders optimizes the thermal management of memory modules by promoting greater airflow by means of micro-convection throughout what is usually the dead air space inside conventional heatspreader designs. In this manner, build-up of heat is avoided and thermal dissipation of the memory components is offloaded more efficiently through the honeycomb design. At the same time, mechanical stability is maintained.

At DDR2-800, these modules are rated to run at 4-5-4 timings offering lower latencies than standard DDR2 modules and giving high-end Intel based systems extra performance.

All PC2-6400 Platinum XTC Edition modules are 100% hand-tested for quality assurance and compatibility and feature high quality. Furthermore, each OCZ Platinum series module is backed by the OCZ Lifetime Warranty and technical support.

Source: OCZ Technology

NEC Electronics, Sony, Toshiba Announce Joint Development Of 45nm System LSI Process Technologies

NEC Electronics, Sony, and Toshiba today announced that the companies have agreed to jointly develop system LSI process technologies for the 45-nanometer (nm) generation.

As applications in the digital consumer, mobile, and communications arenas evolve, there are greater requirements for advanced system LSI technologies to achieve higher performance and functionality, such as high-speed data processing, as well as lower power consumption and smaller chip dimensions. The miniaturization of process technology to meet these requirements is becoming increasingly critical and complex.

In February 2004, Sony and Toshiba announced their collaboration on 45-nm system LSI process technology development, and have since proceeded with technology development based at Toshiba's Advanced Microelectronics Center in Yokohama, Japan. The results of their efforts have been reported and recognized at industry symposia. Likewise, NEC Electronics and Toshiba announced their agreement to jointly develop 45-nm process technology in November 2005, and have been in discussions to decide the details of that collaboration.

As a result of today's agreement, NEC Electronics' 45-nm development team will join Sony and Toshiba's ongoing work on 45-nm technology development at the Advanced Microelectronics Center. By combining the three companies' development resources, NEC Electronics, Sony, and Toshiba will raise development efficiency and further accelerate the pace of development, with the aim of establishing 45-nm system LSI process technology quickly.

Source: Sony

SAMSUNG Develops 1.72" Super-Reflective LCD Screen For Cell Phones

Samsung Electronics announced that it has developed a 1.72-inch super-reflective (SR) LCD screen that can be read easily outdoors even when the sun is shining brightly. The reflectance rate for the new transflective SR LCD technology is three times that of the usual qqVGA-resolution (128x160 pixels) mobile displays available today.

Samsung Electronics has applied silver with high reflectance instead of aluminum to achieve the breakthrough. At the same time, the company developed a new reflective lens that greatly improves the rate at which light is concentrated into pixels. In addition, light entering the 1.72" LCD can be fully harnessed due to improved transmittance capabilities of the polarizer and color filter.

Moreover, to prevent any increase in power consumption, Samsung chose to combine the super-reflectance technology with transflective (illuminated the screen from front and back) rather than transmissive (illuminated from behind the screen) panel technology. The transflective mode makes more effective use of natural outside lighting than the transmissive mode, while the transmissive mode instead would have increased power consumption by requiring a brightness of at least 300nit to sufficiently improve outdoor visibility.

The super-reflective 1.72" LCD has a brightness of 100nit, a contrast ratio of 220:1/30:1 (transmission/reflection) and 50 percent color saturation.

Samsung Electronics plans to apply its new SR technology to all its high-resolution transflective displays in phases.

Source: Samsung Electronics

Iomega Boosts Capacity of StorCenter Pro NAS 400r Series

Iomega announced the Iomega StorCenter Pro NAS 400e Expansion Chassis for the Iomega StorCenter Pro NAS 400r Server.

The 400e Expansion Chassis allows users to add up to three 400e Expansion Chassis units to a single 400r series server. Each 400e Expansion Chassis adds 1TB of storage space to the host NAS device-in effect, doubling, tripling, or quadrupling its capacity.

As a result, Iomega's StorCenter Pro NAS 400r Series server is a foundation for a flexible growth plan. Companies can select the appropriate StorCenter Pro NAS 400r Series server for their current needs (native capacity ranges from 640GB to 1.6TB), and as their storage needs grow they can add additional 1TB via a 400e Expansion Chassis unit as needed (1TB at a time). Users can add up to 3.0TB's to the original NAS 400r Series server, all managed under the 400r Series server's Windows Storage Server 2003 operating system license.

The StorCenter Pro NAS 400e Expansion Chassis connects via an Ultra 320 SCSI port to the Iomega StorCenter Pro NAS 400r Series server. Users can daisy-chain up to three 400e Expansion Chassis units (1TB per 400e Expansion Chassis) to a single NAS 400r unit; the resulting configuration is a maximum total of 12 additional hot-swappable SATA hard drives that can be connected to a single Iomega NAS 400r unit. All of the hard drives can be configured as RAID 0 (striping), 1 (mirroring), or 5 (parity); using the Expansion Chassis, RAID 5 volumes can now include more than four drives for improved price-performance, and logical RAID volumes can span across multiple 400e expansion chassis's.

The NAS 400r series is available in 640GB, 1TB, and 1.6TB configurations. Each features a high-speed Serial ATA storage subsystem; support for RAID levels 0, 1 and 5; dual Gigabit Ethernet ports; a high-speed Ultra 320 SCSI port; and dual USB 2.0 ports. Other performance-oriented features include the use of Intel Pentium 4 HT (Hyper-Threading) processors in the 1TB and 1.6TB systems, enabling software to run faster and more efficiently.

Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003 is standard with all NAS 400r models. File share management capabilities of the Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS) and Encrypting File System (EFS) provide easy assignment and protection of shares. All models also support the Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), which lets IT managers set up point-in-time snapshot copies of their files that users can recover without an IT administrator or costly recoveries of tape.

All NAS 400r servers also ship with Iomega Automatic Backup Pro software, a complete client backup solution with unlimited licenses for client PCs. Also included with each NAS 400r server is a full version of Computer Associates eTrust Antivirus software, which provides continuous virus protection.

The NAS 400r 1.6TB model also includes Microsoft Windows Print Server for server-based printing with improved printer reliability, manageability, and security, as well as Microsoft Exchange support, which frees up the Exchange Server to focus on processing email and communication transactions. The NAS device takes over the task of delivering files to the appropriate user from the Exchange databases, improving throughput and manageability.

The StorCenter Pro NAS 400e Expansion Chassis is expected to begin shipping in late February for $3,399. Iomega StorCenter Pro NAS 400r servers are shipping now for availability through value-added resellers and distributors, as well as online at www.iomega.com. The NAS 400r series 640GB server is available for $4,499; the NAS 400r series 1TB server, for $5,999; and the NAS 400r series 1.6TB server, for $7,499. (All prices are U.S. suggested retail.)

Source: Iomega

Infineon Successfully Produced First 65nm Samples in Multiple Fabs

Infineon Technologies has produced first sample chips in its advanced 65nm low-power and high-performance CMOS platform technology. Infineon leveraged the results of the industry-leading 65nm/45nm alliance composed of IBM, Chartered, Infineon, and Samsung (ICIS). The wafer production was done in the frame of the manufacturing partnership with Chartered. As an early mover to the 65nm low-power version within the ICIS alliance Infineon demonstrates 65nm readiness to all advanced logic programs and offers turn key solutions to all customers facing power-sensitive applications. Infineon's silicon-proven implementations of 65nm MCU-/DSP-cores, libraries, and RF as also analog/mixed-signal macros outperform the crucial performance-to-power ratio known in previous technology generations.

For example an ARM9 based subsystem, a major component of mobile phones, a wide spectrum of digital cell libraries as well as a broad variety of SRAM, ROM, RF and analog/mixed-signal functions were verified successfully. The functionality of the ARM9 CPU Core, a DSP as well as all other macro and library elements were proven with silicon from the ICIS alliance in East-Fishkill as well as from the target manufacturing partner Chartered. A first mobile communication product using the 65nm technology has been taped out recently resulting into samples within the first quarter of 2006, the volume production is intended to start in the fourth quarter of 2006.

Infineon defines its cost-competitive Smart Technology Access by offering a turn key solution to its customers, including application-optimized technology flavors, a design system infrastructure open to include customer or 3rd party IP, silicon-proven RF, analog/mixed-signal, SRAM and ROM macros, application tuned libraries, design and silicon prototype services up to volume production capability with its manufacturing partner Chartered.

Source: Infineon Technologies

ATI Enters Mobile TV Market with a Complete DVB-H Solution

ATI Technologies is introducing a single chip, DVB-H compliant, Mobile TV Receiver solution for mobile phones and other handheld devices. The WTV100-M is a single chip front-end that integrates a dual-band RF tuner (UHF for Europe and L-Band for US) with a highly integrated DVB-T/DVB-H OFDM demodulator and all necessary discretes in a SiP (System-in-Package). The WTV100-M component interfaces to ATI's Imageon media processors, as the audio and video decoders.

The WTV100 demodulator supports most worldwide operation modes, can handle simultaneous processing of multiple services, multiple DRM solutions and integrates in hardware a decoder for Multi-Protocol-Encapsulator Forward-Error-Correction (MPE-FEC) and its memory. It also offers flexible and versatile interfaces and allows ATI to work with the industry's best-in-class silicon RF tuners to provide an extremely compact, proven and reliable front-end component (WTV100-M).

ATI's Imageon TV is a complete and monolithic system-on-chip (SoC) solution that is host, OS and DRM agnostic. It off-loads the host CPU for better operation and seamless integration in any environment. Imageon TV solutions come complete with a DVB-CBMS Phase 1 compliant software stack, which includes the User Interface (UI), Electronic Service Guide (ESG), middleware, APIs to most applicable DRM solutions, and a full SDK.

ATI's WTV solutions have been tested and validated in both UHF and L-band field trials held with partner broadcasters in Europe and the US throughout 2005.

Source: ATI Technologies

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