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Plextor Enters NAS Market With PX-EH Family

SiS Announces Full Line Of Chipsets For AMD Socket AM2 Processors

Solid Alliance: MP3 Players That Smell Good

VIA Announces VIA P4M890 PCI Express Desktop IGP Chipset

Elpida Memory Develops New Circuit Technologies For The Fastest 512 Megabit DDR3 SDRAM

Mercedes, Lexus And Infiniti Debut 2006 Models With DTS-Capable Surround Sound Systems

Toshiba Develops Reduces Power Consumption Of Embedded DRAM For 65nm System LSI

Plextor Enters NAS Market With PX-EH Family

Plextor announced the PX-EH family of Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices. Available in two capacities — 250 GB and 400GB — the external hard disk drives are designed to allow multiple users to share data with fast performance assured by a high-speed processor and UltraDMA 133 HDD technology.

In addition to providing accessible shared storage across the network, the devices include a print server that can share a USB-connected printer. Other built-in functions include an automated backup scheduler, administrative security, and the ability to configure the device as a dedicated FTP server. Throughput for FTP transfers is 94.5 Mbps.

The Plextor PX-EH Network Attached Storage devices are compatible with both Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh operating systems. Users enjoy silent operation thanks to the heat-releasing aluminum case and convection cooling design, which eliminates the need for a fan. Set up is easy for customers with a DHCP server – just connect to the network and power up the unit.

The Plextor PX-EH Network Attached Storage device family is shipping to distributors in North and South America on March 1st. The PX-EH25, with 250GB capacity, has MSRP of $299.00 USD. The PX-EH40L, with 400GB capacity, has MSRP of $449.00 USD. All retail packages include two-year full warranty and unlimited toll-free technical support.

Source: Plextor

SiS Announces Full Line Of Chipsets For AMD Socket AM2 Processors

Silicon Integrated Systems announced today a full line of chipsets to support the latest AMD socket AM2 processors.

These latest chipsets for AMD Socket AM2 include two desktop: SiS756 and SiS761GX; and four mobile: SiS756, SiSM760, SiSM761GX and SiSM760GX. The AMD socket AM2 is slated to fully replace AMD’s current socket 939 and socket 754, and will be available on the second quarter of 2006. AMD Socket AM2 processors provides full support for advanced DDR2 memory and dual-channel technology.

The new SiS desktop chipsets, SiS756 and SiS761GX, support Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core CPUs as well as the Athlon 64 FX, Athlon 64, Sempron and Opteron processors. SiS756 is currently the highest-end desktop chipset of SiS with AMD64 and PCI Express x16 support, while the integrated SiS761GX chipset includes the advanced Mirage1 graphics core with software support for DirectX 9.

The mobile chipsets - SiS756, SiSM760, SiSM761GX and SiSM760GX - support AMD socket S1/AM2 mobile processors. These chipsets also support the AMD Turion 64, Mobile Athlon 64 and Mobile Sempron CPUs.

The new generation AMD Socket AM2 CPUs include an embedded DDR2 memory controller that supports up to 333 MHz DDR2-667 memory and dual channel technology. AMD Socket AM2 processors include the Athlon 64 X2, Athlon 64 FX, Athlon 64 and Sempron series CPUs.

Platform Desktop Notebook
Chipset Model SiS756 SiS761GX SiS756 SiSM760 SiSM761GX SiSM760GX
AMD Socket AM2 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PCI Express x16 Yes Yes Yes - Yes -
Integrated Graphics Core - Mirage1 - Mirage2 Mirage1 Mirage2
HyperStreaming Technology Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
MuTIOL 1G Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Source: Silicon Integrated Systems

Solid Alliance: MP3 Players That Smell Good

According to Akibalive, Solid Alliance (Japan) started selling MP3 players with cases emitting various "good" smells. The iCool MP3 Player (256MB) comes in six different smells: chocolate, rose, strawberry, lemon, cherry and blueberry.

Compatible with both Windows and Mac, it's expected to sell for around $60. It can playback MP3/WMA/WAV files and has an SD card slot for memory expansion. It's USB 2.0 compatible and can display in English and Chinese.

Source: Akibalive

VIA Announces VIA P4M890 PCI Express Desktop IGP Chipset

VIA Technologies today announced the VIA P4M890 IGP chipset featuring improved interconnect and video display technologies and designed for mainstream computing solutions.

Designed for the latest range of Intel Pentium 4 and Celeron processors supporting the 1066MHz FSB, the VIA P4M890 utilizes the VIA StepUp memory controller that supports for DDR2 memory up to 533MHz as well as support for DDR memory modules (up to 4GB). The VIA P4M890 supports up to two PCI Express ports for optional connection to PCI graphics cards, as well as an additional lane of PCI Express connectivity for PCI Express peripheral devices such as Gigabit Ethernet controllers and TV tuners.

Based on the VIA UniChrome Pro graphics core, the VIA P4M890 delivers the Hi-Def experience through its integrated 2D/3D Chromotion CE video display engine along with support for HDTV up to 1080p with a compatible DVI or TV encoder as well as outputs to CRT, LCD and standard definition TV.

The VIA P4M890 utilizes the 533MB/s VIA V-Link interface for connection to the latest VIA South Bridge solutions such as the VIA VT8237A with its integrated VIA Vinyl Multichannel Audio Suite supporting resolutions as high as 32-bit/192kHz, while the VIA Advanced Connectivity Suite offers connectivity options, including support for up to eight high-speed USB 2.0 ports and 10/100 Mb/s Fast Ethernet.

Key features:

  • Full support for the latest Intel® Pentium® 4 Processors
  • Supports 800/533MHz Front Side Bus Settings
  • Supports up to 4GB DDR2 or DDR Memory
  • V-Link 533 MB/sec high bandwidth North/South Bridge interconnect
  • Full Featured Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) compliant with 8X/4X transfer modes
  • Integrated VIA UniChrome Pro
  • Optimized Unified Memory Architecture (UMA)
  • 200MHz Graphics Engine Clock with separated 128-bit data paths
  • 128-bit 2D and 3D Graphics Engine
  • Chromotion CE Video Display Engine (MPEG-2 Decoder, Video Deblocking, Adaptive De-Interlace, Full HDTV support up to 1080p)
  • Two 8-bit Video Capture Ports
  • Three 12-bit Digital Video Ports for connection to TV out, Video Capture In, and external TMDS transmitter
  • Full Software support including Microsoft DirectX 7.0, 8.0, 9.0 and Open GL support
  • Support for VIA Vinyl HD Audio
  • Serial ATA support for up to 4 devices
  • Integrated V-RAID with RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, and JBOD (SATA) support
  • Parallel ATA133/100/66 support for up to 4 devices
  • Support for up to 8 USB 2.0/USB 1.1 ports
  • Support for VIA Velocity Gigabit Ethernet companion controller & Integrated 10/100 Fast Ethernet
  • Advanced System Power Management Support

The VIA P4M890 chipset is available now.

Source: VIA Technologies

Elpida Memory Develops New Circuit Technologies For The Fastest 512 Megabit DDR3 SDRAM

Elpida Memory announced the development of new high-speed, low-power circuit technologies for DDR3 SDRAM in a paper presented at the International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). The new technologies consist of a transfer circuit that realizes high-speed access time (data readout time), and a data readout timing generator that enables stable high-speed data transfer rate in the DRAM's output block. Using the new technologies, Elpida produced a 512 Megabit DDR3 SDRAM with a column access time of 8.75 ns and data transfer rate of 1.6 Gbps. This is an ultra-fast next-generation DRAM for the high-end server and computing markets.

Elpida found that the data readout speed could be increased by blanket-reading data from the DRAM's memory array and transferring that data to the output circuit using time division, thus cutting down on the number of data signal lines required and reducing the parasitic capacitance. The company also devised a technology that would enable high-speed data transfer by developing counters that could control generation of the data readout timing on a clock with double the cycle time of DDR2 while still providing enough operating margin.

Newly developed technologies include time-division transfer of blanket-read data in the memory array and data readout timing generator operating on double input clock cycle. (Please visit company's website for details.)

Based on these new technologies, Elpida produced 512 Megabit DDR3 SDRAM devices using 90 nm process technology. Repeated evaluation results showed that even at low 1.5 V operation, consistent, high yield production of DDR3 SDRAM chips with the world's highest performance at low voltage - a column access time of 8.75 ns and a data transfer rate of 1.6 Gbps - is achievable using these new technologies. Elpida is ready to start the production of DDR3 SDRAM using these new technologies, and mass production will begin based on market demand.

Source: Elpida Memory

Mercedes, Lexus And Infiniti Debut 2006 Models With DTS-Capable Surround Sound Systems

DTS announces that five new US car models will offer audio systems that feature DTS 5.1-channel surround sound capability. The 2006 Mercedes S-Class sedan will include a DVD-Audio system with DTS multi-channel sound as a standard feature, while the 2006 Lexus GS, Lexus IS, Lexus LS and Infiniti M will each offer an optional DTS-capable surround audio system.

The 2006 Mercedes S-Class sedan will come standard-equipped with a Harman / Kardon DVD-Audio system, including DTS capability. The Mercedes S-Class will also include a demo disc featuring multi-channel music from DTS Entertainment. Additionally, the 2006 Lexus GS, Lexus IS and Lexus LS will each optionally offer a Mark Levinson DVD-Video / DVD-Audio system, which can play discrete DTS multi-channel music discs as well as DTS-encoded DVD-V content. The 2006 Infiniti M will also feature an optional Bose Studio Surround DVD-Video / DVD-Audio system, which can play discrete DTS multi-channel music discs and DTS-encoded DVD-V content.

The 2004 Acura TL was the first car in the U.S. to include an OEM car audio system that incorporates DTS capability as a standard feature. Last year, the Acura RL, Land Rover’s Range Rover and the Cadillac STS also began offering audio systems with DTS capability. Today, most major after-market car audio manufacturers produce systems featuring DTS decoders, including Alpine, Clarion, Eclipse, JVC, Kenwood, Panasonic, Pioneer, Sanyo and Sony.

In addition to playing multi-channel content, each of these systems can play more than 100 DTS-encoded surround music titles available through DTS Entertainment, including Sting’s Nothing Like The Sun, Sheryl Crow’s Globe Sessions and Queen’s The Game. DTS Entertainment titles are also available at many e-tailers and retailers that sell DVDs.

Source: DTS

Toshiba Develops Reduces Power Consumption Of Embedded DRAM For 65nm System LSI

Toshiba today announced a new approach to reducing the power consumption of embedded DRAM for 65-nanometer System LSI. The new technology cuts the standby power consumption of embedded DRAM to approximately one-eighth.

DRAM cells are volatile memories that must be refreshed with a periodic electric charge to retain stored data. Any solution that reduces the refresh rate will promote reduced power consumption.

Toshiba adopted a two-fold approach to improving embedded DRAM power efficiency, introducing redundancy circuits that rescue data in defective cells, and error checking and correcting (ECC) circuits, into the DRAM design. This combination raised error tolerance from 1.5ppm to 150ppm, an increase of 100 times that allowed data to be retained in DRAM cells even with a refresh rate cut to one-eighth of the usual rate.

Toshiba fine-tuned this approach by optimizing the chip control algorithm to manage reduced refresh operations only during standby mode. This assured that the embedded DRAM retains the overall operating performance of equivalent embedded DRAM without the new approaches.

Accelerated operating speed, high level data reliability and lower power consumption are the essential requirements for high performance embedded DRAM for system LSI. Toshiba's latest advance secures all three goals, and the company will continue to refine the technologies for high performance system LSI.

Source: Toshiba

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