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IBM, Chartered, Infineon and Samsung Announce Readiness For Silicon Circuits on 45nm Low-Power Technology

ATI Delivers New Radeon Xpress 1250 Chipset

Apacer Introduces Rotating USB Hub

IBM, Chartered, Infineon and Samsung Announce Readiness For Silicon Circuits on 45nm Low-Power Technology

IBM, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing, Infineon Technologies and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced first silicon-functional circuits and the availability of design kits based on their collaboration for 45nm low-power process technology. The early characterization of key design elements in silicon, coupled with the availability of early design kits, provide designers with a head start in moving to the latest process from the industry-leading CMOS technology research and development alliance. The early design kits are developed through a collaborative effort by all four companies and are immediately available for select customers.

The first working circuits in 45nm technology, targeted at next-generation communication systems, were proven in silicon using the process technology jointly developed by the alliance partners and were produced at the IBM 300-millimeter fabrication line in East Fishkill, NY, where the joint development team is based. Among the successfully verified blocks are standard library cells and I/O elements provided by Infineon, as well as embedded memory developed by the alliance. Infineon has included special circuitry on the first 300mm wafers to debug the complex process and to gain experience in product architecture interactions.

The development of the design kits incorporates design expertise from all four companies in order to facilitate the earlier transition to the new process by chip customer designers, as well as continue to drive single-design, multi-fab manufacturing capability for maximum design leverage and to bring about ultimate consumer benefit. The 45nm low-power process is expected to be installed and fully qualified at Chartered, IBM and Samsung 300mm fabs by the end of 2007.

Source: Infineon Technologies

ATI Delivers New Radeon Xpress 1250 Chipset

ATI Technologies Inc. delivered the new Radeon Xpress 1250 chipset for the integrated graphics segment. It will be available through notebook OEMs, including NEC who today launches the NEC LaVie L Advanced Type notebook for the Japanese market.

Radeon Xpress 1250 is the first Intel-based chipset to support ATI's Avivo display and video architecture. Radeon Xpress 1250 is Windows Vista-ready and is designed to handle Vista's Aero Glass features.

Radeon Xpress 1250 supports the latest memory and networking standards. In conjunction with ATI's SB600 South Bridge support is provided for up to 10 Hi-Speed USB 2.0 ports, 4 SATA II ports with RAID capability.

Source: ATI Technologies Inc.

Apacer Introduces Rotating USB Hub

Apacer Technology Inc. has just released the PH150 Magic USB hub, an innovative 4-port USB 2.0 solution with two rotatable ports that gives users more freedom to connect devices. Made of durable aluminum alloy, two of its four USB ports rotate 90 or 180 degrees, letting larger, bulkier USB devices connect from different directions.

Backwards compatible with USB 1.1 specification, the PH150 provides up to 480 Mbps transfer rate. Although the PH150 can be used most of the time without need of an external power source, an optional power adapter is available for USB devices that consume more power, such as CD-ROM/CD burners, external hard drives and printers. Over-current detection and protection is provided that limits the amount of current a USB peripheral can draw, which helps prevent system crashes and increases PC system stability. The PH150 is also plug-and-play compatible and supports hot-swapping function.

The PH150 is small enough to take along. Its tough aluminum alloy construction makes it a solid, yet light device that can handle the punishment of everyday use.

Source: Apacer Technology Inc.

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