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SMART Modular Introduces First Non-Stacked/Non-DDP DDR2 2GB VLP Registered DIMM

Hitachi Ships Three New Hard Drives, Broadens Application Focus

BenQ Suffers Losses, Sells Assets

NVIDIA CEO In Taiwan To Secure TSMC Capacity For DirectX 10-Compliant GeForce 8800

BitTorrent To Be In Routers And Storage Devices



SMART Modular Introduces First Non-Stacked/Non-DDP DDR2 2GB VLP Registered DIMM

SMART Modular Technologies has introduced CoolFlex DDR2 2GB very low profile (VLP) 0.72Ē registered DIMM (RDIMM). This new memory module uses folded PCB technology to double memory capacity and eliminate the need for stacked or multi-die DRAMs.

Specifically designed to be cost-effective, SMARTís CoolFlex DDR2 2GB VLP RDIMM is aimed at mainstream blade-server, ATCA telecom, and network computing applications. The new CoolFlex DDR2 2GB VLP RDIMM is configured as 256Mx72 and uses mainstream standard 128Mx4 BGA DRAMs with a speed grade of 5300 (DDR2-400, 533, 667).

SMARTís complete lineup of registered CoolFlex DDR2 DIMMs and FBDIMMs features an innovative foldable PCB technology. The benefits of this approach include twice as much surface area for high-density modules, a thermal aluminum core for optimized cooling, improved electrical performance with better timing margins, high durability and reliability, and the avoidance of stacked or multi-die DRAMs.

Based on these benefits, SMARTís new CoolFlex DDR2 2GB VLP RDIMM is especially well suited for use in space-constrained 1U and sub-1U blade server and network computing applications. The modules can be mounted vertically to save board space while still maintaining tight DIMM spacing to allow for proper system airflow.

The ordering part numbers for the new CoolFlex 2GB VLP DDR2 RDIMMs are listed in the table below.

SMART P/N Description (suffix "DB") Module Density Module Config. Device Config.
SG572564AG8E0DB1 PC2-3200 3-3-3 2GB 256Mx72 128Mx4
SG572564AG8E0DG1 PC2-4200 4-4-4 2GB 256Mx72 128Mx4
SG572564AG8E0IL1 PC2-5300 5-5-5 2GB 256Mx72 128Mx4

Source: SMART Modular Technologies

Hitachi Ships Three New Hard Drives, Broadens Application Focus

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies today announced worldwide availability of its Deskstar T7K500, Deskstar 7K160 and CinemaStar hard disk drives (HDDs). Delivering on the company's strategy to expand its participation in the 3.5-inch hard drive segment as announced in April of this year, the new lines of 3.5-inch products target expanded application areas across high-capacity consumer and commercial PCs, gaming systems and digital video recorders.

The new Deskstar and CinemaStar hard drives use 160GB+ per platter technology to deliver up to a half terabyte of storage capacity. The hard drives feature 7,200 RPM spin speeds and 3.0Gb/s Serial-ATA (SATA) interfaces.

Recognizing the growing consumer use of video, audio and pictures in their everyday lives, Hitachi has optimized and targeted its hard disk drive products for an expanded application set.

For example, the CinemaStar is optimized for streaming consumer electronics applications with SMART Command Transport and adaptive error recovery for optimized video streaming and picture quality, and silent-seek acoustics for "bedroom quiet" operation.

The Deskstar products are designed for consumer PCs and gaming systems. These drives feature Native Command Queuing (NCQ), enabling fast data transfer rates and up to 16 MB cache on SATA models.

Both the Deskstar and CinemaStar drives feature Parallel-ATA (PATA) 133 interfaces, in addition to 3.0Gb/s SATA, "Thermal Fly Height Control" (TFC) to improve data integrity; and an optional low-power mode to minimize power requirements, enabling cooler system operation.

The Deskstar T7K500, Deskstar 7K160 and CinemaStar drives are shipping today worldwide in the distribution channel and the Deskstar products are also shipping in the retail channel.

Deskstar T7K500 specs:

  • 500/400/320/250 GB (GB = 1 billion bytes, accessible capacity may be less)
  • 998 Mb/s max. media data rate
  • 8.5 ms average seek time
  • 7,200 RPM, 4.17 ms average latency
  • ATA-133/Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s
  • 8 MB data buffer Ė PATA
  • 16/8 MB data buffer - SATA
  • 26.1 mm in height (max)
  • 118 billion bits per square inch maximum areal density
  • 3/2 platters
  • 6/4 recording heads
  • 350 G (2ms) non-operating shock (2 disk)
  • 300 G (2ms) non-operating shock (3 disk)
  • 6.0 (3 disk)/5.0 (2 disk) watt idle power (Parallel ATA)
  • 7.0 (3 disk)/6.0 (2 disk) watt idle power (Serial ATA)
  • 3.0 (3 disk)/2.8 (2 disk) Bels typical idle acoustics
  • 0-60 degrees C operating temperature
  • Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) spindle motor

Deskstar 7K160

  • 160/80 GB (GB = 1 billion bytes, accessible capacity may be less)
  • 966 Mb/s max. media data rate
  • 8.5 ms average seek time
  • 7,200 RPM, 4.17 ms average latency
  • ATA-133/Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s
  • 8 MB data buffer
  • 26.1 mm in height (max)
  • 120 billion bits per square inch maximum areal density
  • 1 platter
  • 2/1 recording heads
  • 350 G (2ms) non-operating shock
  • 4.9 watt idle power (Parallel ATA)
  • 5.9 watt idle power (Serial ATA)
  • 2.5 Bels typical idle acoustics
  • 0-60 degrees C operating temperature
  • Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) spindle motor

CinemaStar 7K500

  • 500/400/320/250 GB (GB = 1 billion bytes, accessible capacity may be less)
  • 998 Mb/s max. media data rate
  • 14.0 ms average silent seek time (read, typical) (does not include command overhead)
  • 7,200 RPM
  • ATA-133/Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s
  • 8 MB data buffer
  • 26.1 mm in height (max)
  • 118 billion bits per square inch maximum areal density
  • 1 platter
  • 2/1 recording heads
  • 300 G (2ms) non-operating shock
  • 6.0 watt idle power (3-disk Parallel ATA)
  • 5.0 watt idle power (2-disk Parallel ATA)
  • 7.0 watt idle power (3-disk Serial ATA)
  • 6.0 watt idle power (2-disk Serial ATA)
  • 3.0 Bels typical idle acoustics (3-disk)
  • 2.8 Bels typical idle acoustics (2-disk)
  • 0-60 degrees C operating temperature
  • Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) spindle motor

CinemaStar 7K160

  • 160/80 GB (GB = 1 billion bytes, accessible capacity may be less)
  • 966 Mb/s max. media data rate
  • 14.0 ms average silent seek time (read, typical) (does not include command overhead)
  • 7,200 RPM
  • ATA-133/Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s
  • 8 MB data buffer
  • 26.1 mm in height (max)
  • 120 billion bits per square inch maximum areal density
  • 1 platter
  • 2/1 recording heads
  • 350 G (2ms) non-operating shock
  • 4.9 watt idle power (Parallel ATA)
  • 5.9 watt idle power (Serial ATA)
  • 2.5 Bels typical idle acoustics
  • 0-60 degrees C operating temperature
  • Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) spindle motor

Source: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies

BenQ Suffers Losses, Sells Assets

Taiwan's BenQ said it lost $600 million in the first nine months of the year, and intends to sell off some of its non-core assets in order to recover from a costly and futile effort to turnaround the cell phone business it acquired from Siemens. BenQ's sales in the first nine months totaled $4.7 billion, excluding sales connected with the BenQ Mobile German subsidiary. When BenQ took over the troubled handset division of Siemens a year ago, it was losing about $1.5 million a day.

Things were so bad that Siemens paid BenQ to take it off their hands. During the last 12 months, BenQ has ponied up about $760 million to keep the former Siemens unit alive.

Last month, it threw in the towel and forced the unit into bankruptcy. This week, roughly two-thirds of the 3,000 workers in Germany were laid off and are fighting a bitter dispute over compensation from BenQ as well as the former parent Siemens.

BenQ said Tuesday that it would sell off some operations to improve its books, and would assess the impact of the unit's failure on other operations.

''Each of the subsidiaries impacted by the filing will evaluate their financial condition and determine whether they should also file for insolvency protection. We believe the decision to seek insolvency protection on the part of our mobile-handset subsidiaries should have a limited impact on BenQ's non-handset operations,'' said Eric Ky Yu, BenQ's senior vice president of finance, said in a statement.

Yu said the company has also set aside about $360 million (NT$11.8 billion) as a one-off provision to handle loose ends, such as receivables due from the company's BenQ Mobile German subsidiary. ''Our priority will be to rebuild sales channels and boost customer confidence,'' Yu said.

Now that it is no longer obligated to fund losses at the mobile unit, ''we are looking to lower the company's debt level over the next few quarters by implementing a proactive debt-repayment plan,'' Yu said. ''With the debt-reduction plan that we're implementing, including monetization of non-core long-term investments and assets, I am confident we will quickly improve financial ratios, strengthen balance sheet, lower interest expense, and free up additional cash for further growth.''

Source: EETimes

NVIDIA CEO In Taiwan To Secure TSMC Capacity For DirectX 10-Compliant GeForce 8800

NVIDIA CEO Huang Jen-hsun is in Taiwan to make sure that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will have sufficient capacity for the production of NVIDIA's GeForce 8800 (codenamed G80), reportedly the world's first graphics chip that supports DirectX 10, according to sources with Taiwan's graphics card makers.

With GeForce 8800 expected to be unveiled in November, Huang wanted to make sure that production of the graphics chip will not be affected by competitor ATI's bookings for TSMC's 80nm capacity, the sources claimed. About 90% of NVIDIA's production is outsourced to TSMC, the sources indicated.

Huang is eager to get a head start on the G80 because ATI's DirectX 10-compliant R600 may not hit the market until the first quarter of 2007, the sources said. The G80 stands a good chance of seeing strong demand in the high-end graphics-chip markets during the Christmas shopping season, the sources added.

TSMC confirmed that company CEO Rick Tsai will meet with Huang, but declined to reveal any details of their upcoming meeting, citing client confidentiality.

NVIDIA said Huang comes to Taiwan regularly every year to meet with the company's employees. Huang will also meet with Tsai to exchange opinions concerning mutual cooperation, and will reaffirm that the partnership between the companies will remain unchanged, according to NVIDIA.

Source: DigiTimes

BitTorrent To Be In Routers And Storage Devices

BitTorrent on October 23 announced that it is collaborating with a number of global hardware manufacturers to promote BitTorrent-embedded consumer products. Planex and Taiwan-based Asus and Qnap are among the first consumer electronics (CE) manufacturers to implement the BitTorrent download manager into their digital home devices, according to BitTorrent.

In the US alone, 30 million households will have an entertainment network by 2010, according to Parks Associates. "CE manufacturers are still searching for the Rosetta stone of the connected entertainment market," said Harry Wang, research analyst with Parks. "To move beyond the early-adopter stage, CE manufacturers must ally with content and service providers, software developers and silicon designers to build elegance and usability into the product design and bring popular digital content to consumers' fingertips anywhere in the home."

"BitTorrent technology is clearly going to be the default platform for downloading high-quality digital entertainment, which makes them a key partner for us and a key ingredient in our product roadmap," said Ten-Long Deng, Associate VP, Wireless Device Business Unit of Asus. "BitTorrent is an integral solution to connect the divide between popular content and our devices."

Asus, Planex and Qnap are the first to announce plans to embed BitTorrent's download manager and client into their respective digital home products. Products include the industry's latest and most innovative wireless routers, media servers and network attached storage (NAS) devices. With the growing amount of legitimate content being made available via BitTorrent, hardware that supports the BitTorrent protocol will make it simple for users to consume content even while away from their PC. For instance, a BitTorrent-based router will enable users to connect to the Internet, schedule and download files all without the need for a traditional PC to be used.

Products announced that will include BitTorrent support:

  • ASUS WL-700gE Wireless Storage Router; WL-500gP Router; WL-500gW Router
  • Qnap TS101 NAS Server; TS-201 NAS Server
  • Planex BRC-W14VG-BT Router; BRC-14VG-BT Router; BRC-W14V-BT Router; BLW-HPMM-U Router; BLW-HPMM-G Router

Source: DigiTimes

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