VIA Technologies today announced the VIA CX700 digital media IGP chipset for the VIA C7 and Eden processor platforms, its most advanced x86 embedded chipset that integrates all the features of a modern chipset's North and South bridges, including graphics, HD audio, and DDR2 and SATAII support, into a single, compact and power-efficient package.
Technologies packed into the VIA CX700:
In the CX700, VIA has integrated all the key functionality of both the North and South bridges of a regular VIA chipset into a single chip package exactly the same size as a North bridge, i.e. 37.5mm x 37.5mm, representing a saving of over 34% in board real estate.
Complementing the VIA C7 and fanless VIA Eden processors it supports, the VIA CX700 is based on a power-efficient architecture that enables integration into a compact package with a maximum power envelope of 3.5 watts.
Texas Instruments announced the industry's first solution that integrates mobile WLAN (mWLAN), Bluetooth and FM stereo audio, all in a space-saving platform for mobile phones.
TI brings seamless cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity to consumers with VoWLAN functionality, optimized on TI's OMAP-Vox and WiLink solutions, enabling UMA on the handset across multiple operating systems such as Symbian, Microsoft Windows Mobile, Linux and low level operating systems. UMA provides consumers on-the-go voice access over WLAN or the cellular network using their mobile phones, and will transition to IMS as the fixed mobile convergence market matures.
The WiLink 5.0 platform integrates TI's recently announced BlueLink 6.0 solution, which combines the Bluetooth with high-fidelity FM stereo and mono audio on a single chip. The combination of mWLAN, Bluetooth and FM functionality allows users to perform a variety of simultaneous tasks, such as listening to the radio music on a Bluetooth headset while checking email via Wi-Fi.
Manufactured in TI's innovative DRP technology at the 90 nanometer node, the WiLink 5.0 device cuts both solution size and power consumption by up to 20 percent over competitive solutions, in critical modes of operation.
With three co-located radios, efficient management of RF is required for simultaneous operation of WLAN, Bluetooth and FM applications. The WiLink 5.0 platform takes advantage of TI's expertise from the company's four previous generations of mobile WLAN solutions, which are being shipped in more than 25 mobile handset devices and cellular convergence products today. The platform uses the second generation of TI's Bluetooth/WLAN hardware and software coexistence package, enabling re-use of existing systems, quick time to market and antenna sharing, reducing the bill of materials (BOM) for manufacturers.
TI is currently sampling WiLink 5.0 solutions to select customers. TI will provide multiple package options, including on-board and module solutions. Wide sample availability of WiLink 5.0 solutions are expected to be available in late 2006. Handsets using the WiLink 5.0 platform are expected to be on the market in early 2007.
Source: Texas Instruments
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies today announced two new 3.5-inch hard drives : Deskstar T7K500 and Deskstar 7K160. Novelties feature 7,200 RPM spin speeds and 3Gb/s SATA interfaces. The new drives use 160GB+ per platter technology to deliver up to one-half terabyte (500GB) of storage capacity in a one-, two- and three-disk design.
Besides optional 3Gb/s SATA interfaces, both Deskstar drives feature Native Command Queuing (NCQ). NCQ is a method of controlling commands sent from the host processor to the drive to enable faster application activities for the end user.
The new Deskstar drives feature a fast interface transfer rate and available 16 MB data buffers on the Deskstar T7K500 SATA version for quicker system boot-up, screen refreshes and more efficient data processing. Hitachi's "Smooth Stream" technology also improves performance for audio/video storage applications.
Also, the Deskstar T7K500 and Deskstar 7K160 support "Thermal Fly Height Control" (TFC) to improve data integrity. TFC technology uses an internal thermal sensor that monitors temperature and makes adjustments to improve error rates in extreme temperature conditions. The drives also include an optional low power mode to minimize power requirements and enable cooler system operation.
The Deskstar drives protect customer data with up to 350 G (2ms) of non-operating shock for increased drive reliability and data protection. Both Deskstar models include Hitachi's load/unload technology, which provides a safety ramp for the read-write heads that help protect user data in non-power mode. Fluid dynamic bearing motors are also used to ensure "whisper-quiet" operation.
Hitachi's two new Deskstar drives meet the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliance directive issued last year by the European Union (EU). The Deskstar drives are backed by Hitachi's renowned compatibility testing labs and worldwide distribution support. The drives, which carry three-year warranties, are expected to ship worldwide in early 3Q 2006.
Deskstar T7K500 Specifications:
Deskstar 7K160 Specifications:
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