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Symbol Introduces Computer For The Harshest Environments

Altera's Stratix II FPGAs Protect Intellectual Property

GECUBE Launches X1600 (KO) XTreme For Performance Gamers

ASUS J208 Works As A Remote Control

DALSA Delivers First 100+ Million Pixel CCD Sensor

Symbol Introduces Computer For The Harshest Environments

Symbol Technologies introduced the VC5090 vehicle/fixed-mount mobile computer which combines rugged construction, high performance processing and wireless networking to enable real-time data access and collection on forklifts used in the harshest environments.

With industrial and military grade specifications for vibration, shock, temperature and sealing, the new VC5090 vehicle/fixed-mount mobile computer can endure repetitive pounding from forklift operations and provide maximum durability in subzero temperatures. The VC5090 mobile computer also offers a high-resolution touchscreen that enables data input with gloved hands and is easy to read even in the most poorly lit environments.

Offering seamless connectivity to virtually any wireless LAN via 802.11a/b/g, wireless scanning and printing through Bluetooth, support for voice-picking and Voice-over-IP (VoIP) via a push-to-talk handset, the VC5090 mobile computer enables real-time access to people and business-critical information. In addition, the VC5090 is RFID-ready and can easily be integrated into future Symbol forklift and vehicle-mounted RFID reader solutions.

Source: Symbol Technologies

Altera's Stratix II FPGAs Protect Intellectual Property

Altera announced the availability of a comprehensive Stratix II FPGA design security solution to protect intellectual property (IP). The easy-to-implement Stratix II design security solution uses advanced encryption standard (AES) along with a 128-bit non-volatile key, and is suited for applications requiring design flexibility and protection.

The Stratix II design security solution offers benefits for a number of applications and market environments:

  • The Stratix II solution allows different security keys to be programmed into different Stratix II devices, enabling product version control and customization.
  • The ability to encrypt configuration files in Stratix II FPGAs ensures royalty income for IP vendors, since they can track exact IP usage.
  • The tampering protection of the Stratix II design security solution prevents undesired modification of gaming machines.
  • The Stratix II design security solution allows military customers to protect core technology and information, and prevent tampering.
  • ASSP vendors can test market and adapt the functionality in their ASSPs via Stratix II FPGAs while protecting their IP.

Designers can easily implement the design security solution, which includes application notes and various on-board and off-board key programming methods, to suit different manufacturing flows. They can select from an EthernetBlaster cable, JTAG Technologies' in-system programming tools, System General's socket programming equipments, in-circuit testers and key programming services offered by major Altera distributors.

Source: Altera

GECUBE Launches X1600 (KO) XTreme For Performance Gamers

GECUBE today announced the Radeon X1600 (KO) XTreme graphics card with 128MB GDDR, Dual DVI with dual link support, and AVIVO support. The X1600 (KO) XTreme core clocks at 570MHz and is cooled by a low-noise FAN cooler. The card also supports CrossFire mode.

The X1600 (KO) XTreme edition enables double dual-link DVI support for resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 as well as support for an analog VGA display at resolutions up to 2048 x 1536. An included S-video and composite video output cable combines to provide full screen video playback to an NTSC or PAL video monitors. It also provides a DVI to VGA dongle for VGA monitor.

The GECUBE RADEON X1600 (KO) Xtreme edition, PCI Express X16 card is available at a suggested e-retailer price of $79.99.

Source: GECUBE

ASUS J208 Works As A Remote Control

ASUS today introduced the J208 ultra-slim handset, which incorporated HID (human Interface Device) functions to turn the handset into a remote controller for media players and slide presentations.

At 17mm and with a hidden antenna, the J208 enables easy carry for those who are constantly on the go. The J208 is also designed based on the golden ratio to provide a comfortable holding and usage experience.

The J208 incorporated HID Bluetooth remote control functions. Through the 5-way controller button, the phone can wirelessly control the cursor, access media player features and flip presentation slides. Users can now roam around the meeting room and interact with all attendees while making multimedia presentations. Teamed with GPRS support, the J208 provides mobile online access to stay connected with the rest of the world.

The 2M-pixel built-in camera offers up to five consecutive shot function and MPEG4 and 3GP format video recordings. The handset also features 1.9" display with 176 x 220 resolution.

With MP3 player features built in, 64MB internal memory and microSD card reader, the J208 is also a mobile music player. The handset supports A2DP Bluetooth stereo earphones. The Flight Mode also lets users listen to their favorite tunes on flights by allowing MP3 functions without activating the mobile communication features of the phone.

Source: ASUS

DALSA Delivers First 100+ Million Pixel CCD Sensor

DALSA Semiconductor, a division of DALSA Corporation, announced today that it has successfully fabricated and delivered the world’s highest resolution image sensor chip to its customer, Semiconductor Technology Associates (STA) of San Juan Capistrano, California. The CCD device, which measures approximately four inches by four inches, has a total resolution of over 111 million pixels (10,560 pixels x 10,560 pixels at 9µm). It is the world’s first imager to break the 100 million pixel barrier.

STA developed the record-breaking chip for the Astrometry Department of the U.S. Naval Observatory (USNO), funded by the Navy’s Small Business Innovation Research Program. The device will assist USNO in the determination of the positions and motions of stars, solar system objects and the establishment of celestial reference frames. DALSA Semiconductor manufactured the device for STA at its wafer fabrication facility in Bromont, Quebec.

Source: DALSA

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