Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. has developed "eneloop solar charger," a NiMH rechargeable battery charger equipped with a solar cell. It employs three Li-ion rechargeable batteries that can store electricity generated by the solar cell so as to charge NiMH rechargeable batteries. It can charge Sanyo Electric's NiMH rechargeable battery "eneloop" that features low self-discharge. If the Li-ion rechargeable batteries are charged for six days in fine autumn weather, four AA eneloop batteries can be fully charged. According to Sanyo, the time required to charge the NiMH rechargeable battery when the Li-ion rechargeable batteries built in the recharger are fully charged is approximately 150/300 minutes for one to two/three to four AA batteries respectively and 75/150 minutes for one to two/three to four AAA batteries. The recharger uses Sanyo's "HIT solar cell panel."
The NiMH rechargeable battery charger
The product is provided with a USB terminal. Therefore it can not only charge batteries but also supply power via USB cable. The company says that the recharger can operate a USB fed fan for example. The product measures 160 x 180 x 70 mm and weighs about 550 g. It is slated for launch on November 21, 2006 at an expected price of about ¥20,000.
The pocket warmer with a Li-ion rechargeable battery
Sanyo has also developed "eneloop kairo," a pocket warmer equipped with a Li-ion rechargeable battery. When it is connected to a dedicated AC adapter and charged from an AC power source, it can repeatedly be used about 500 times. It takes about five hours to charge the warmer. The product measures 84 x 62 x 19 mm and weighs about 85 g. It is slated for launch on December 1, 2006 at an expected price of about ¥4,000.
OCZ Technology Group announced the addition of an 850W power supply to the GameXStream family. Building on the OCZ NVIDIA SLI-Ready GameXStream series, the new 850W configuration offers a more powerful solution for today’s PC systems in the same compact form factor that is a necessity to many gamers and system builders.
The OCZ GameXStream 850W features active PFC (Power Factor Correction) to effectively regulate input voltage. The 850W GameXStream remains quiet ensuring gamers hear their games and not their PC. Kept cool with a large 120mm fan, the GameXStream still remains virtually silent and cool even at peak loads.
The 850W GameXStream features a standard-sized power supply form factor resulting in a compact footprint to accommodate virtually all computer towers. The GameXStream PSU connector cables, including dual PCI-Express and a 4/8-pin CPU connector, are wrapped in a flexible mesh promoting a tidy environment inside the case.
Source: OCZ Technology Group
China does not censor the Internet — not even a smidgen, said a Chinese official attending the Internet Governance Forum in Athens, Greece. "In China we don't have software blocking internet sites. Sometimes we have trouble accessing them but that is a different problem. We do not have restrictions at all," said the unnamed official.
He also defended China's track record on freedom of expression. "Some people say journalists in China have been arrested. We have hundreds of journalists in China and few have been arrested. This has nothing to do with freedom of expression. We have criminals in our society. There are criminals in all society."
The remarks were reported by the BBC, at least outside of China they were. Typically, websites with "sensitive" material — ranging from Taiwan independence or Tiananmen Square to Tibetan advocacy, pornography or gambling — are blocked or severely filtered in China.
Companies such as Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Yahoo and Google have all come under international criticism for their alllegedly complicit roles in the sophisticated effort, which is known as the Great Firewall of China. Studies have shown that at least 15,000 to 20,000 websites are blocked in some way in China.
The official also said the government's purchases of Cisco routers are justified — some of those routers have widely been rumored to be the bricks and mortar in the Great Firewall. Many companies under fire for their business practices in China have said their presence there helps more than harms the flow of information.
The Chinese official said more attention should be paid to more Chinese gaining access to the Internet, rather than the debate over censorship.
While Lite-On IT is expected to start shipping 18x DVD burners to Hewlett-Packard (HP) this month, the growing tension in competition between Lite-On IT, Hitachi-LG Data Storage (HLDS) and Toshiba-Samsung Storage Technology (TSST) facilitated OEM prices to further drop, according to sources at Taiwan-based optical disk drive (ODD) makers.
The sources detailed that this month, Lite-On IT starts shipping internal (940i) and external (model 940e) models of 18x DVD burners to HP. Both burners support the latest 1.2 version of HP's LightScribe technology.
Lite-On IT declined to comment, citing customers confidentiality.
According to the sources, HP ordered 16x DVD burners at HLDS. Landing orders for 18x burners from HP would definitely strengthen Lite-On IT's positions in the competition, the sources said.
TSST, on its part, strives to extend market share, leveraging aggressive pricing. While OEM prices for 16x DVD dropped below US$30, TSST slashed its quotes to as low as US$25.
Although HLDS seems falling behind rivals in the 18x DVD burner OEM race, the ODD makers noted that upcoming 20x DVD burners and expected arrival of Foxconn Electronics (the registered trade name of Hon Hai Precision Industry) must add uncertainty to the competition.
Source: The DigiTimes
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced that it has developed the industry's first process to enable production of a 16-chip multi-chip package of memory. The new MCP technology supports the industry-wide demand for small form factors and high-densities that will accommodate multimedia-intensive user applications. Samsung's new 16-chip MCP technology, when applied to 8Gb NAND flash chips, can enable up to a 16 gigabyte MCP solution.
Advanced multi-chip package technology requires a combination of key processes such as wafer thinning technology, redistribution layer technology, chip sawing technology and wire bonding technology.
To increase the number of chips stacked vertically, the need for further wafer thinning was a critical design obstacle. For the new 16-chip process, Samsung introduced wafer-thinning technology that eliminates 24 over 25 (24/25) of the thickness of each fabricated-wafer to reduce the overall thickness to only 30-micrometers. This is 65% the thickness of the 10-chip MCP wafer (45µm) Samsung developed in 2005 and similar to the size a human cell, which measures 20 to 30 µm.
Samsung also developed a new laser-cutting technology to cut the wafer into individual chips. This new cutting process prevents the memory chips from breaking into pieces when they are cut using conventional blade sawing technology, which was originally designed only for sawing wafers up to 80µm-thick.
To vertically stack identically-sized dies (chips), a redistribution layer technology also is applied in Samsung's new multi-stack MCP process, to enable wafer fabricators to adhere the wire contacts from just one side, unlike the conventional method of extending wire connection from both sides of each chip. Along with a single wire contact per die, the dies are placed in a zig-zag stack to minimize the use of space and the length of the wire connectors. Moreover, the thickness of the adhesive has been reduced to 20µm bringing the height of a 16-die stacked height to 1.4mm. (A 10-chip MCP uses 60µm adhesive layer and has a total height of 1.6mm.)
Source: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Sources in Taiwan again confirmed that Nvidia's upcoming GPU (graphics processing unit) GeForce 8800 (formerly codenamed G80) is designed to fully support Microsoft's DirectX 10 Shader Model 4.0 technology. Nvidia is scheduled to officially launch the new GPU on November 8, the sources said.
The sources also revealed that two expected versions of the GeForce 8800, the GeForce 8800 GTX and the GeForce 8800 GTS, will vary in features such as the number of stream processors (128 and 96, respectively), core clock (575MHz and 500MHz) and shader-engine clock (1350MHz and 1200MHz). Both versions will be SLI ready, with 16x full-screen antialiasing and 128-bit floating-point high dynamic-range (HDR) lighting technology.
Using Nvidia's reference designs, makers will roll out graphics cards equipped with a recommended 768MB or 640MB of on-board memory for the GeForce 8800 GTX and the GeForce 8800 GTS, respectively, the sources stated. With a different memory clock (900MHz versus 800MHz) and memory interface (384-bit versus 320-bit), the cards will vary in memory bandwidth (86.4GB/s versus 64GB/s) and texture fill rate (36.8 billion versus 24 billion texels per second), according to the sources.
Taiwan-based graphics-card makers are now completing their last-minute preparations to launch their own products in line with Nvidia's launch in the middle of next week, the sources said.
Source: The DigiTimes
Despite recent media reports saying that initial shipments of Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3) game console may be reduced due to insufficient capacity, the product will be launched in Hong Kong and Taiwan on November 17, said Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) Asia managing director Tetsuhiko Yasuda at today's press conference. Another highly anticipated game console, Nintendo's Wii, which is expected to enter the face-to-face competition with the PS3, has so far no launch schedule that would include Taiwan.
When shipping to Taiwan, Sony will initially equip the upcoming PS3 (CHCEA07) with a 60GB hard disk drive (HDD), and its suggested retail price will be NT$17,980. The 20GB version (CHCEB07) will follow in December, priced at NT$14,980. Sony will also start shipping a "pink" version of its PlayStation Portable (PSP) to Taiwan by the end of this year. So far, the company has no price adjustment plan for PS2.
Yasuda expects the 60GB version to target the mainstream market segment despite the 20GB version will come out with a lower price. Industry sources noted the 20GB version will only be able to store about 5-6 games, and it will not support wireless LANs (WLANs). Gamers are also expected to prefer the 60GB version.
PS3's PlayStation Network has no Chinese edition available yet. The service will initially let gamers surf the Internet, access forums and download games. In the future, SCE plans adding music and movie downloads.
Yasuda did not make number projections for initial PS3 shipments to Hong Kong and Taiwan, but he stressed that SCE aims to attract a million buyers. A recent TG Daily report cited the Japanese-language Nihon Keizai Shimbun as saying that Sony reduced its initial PS3 shipment forecast for Japan by 20% to 80,000 units amid insufficient capacity.
Hakuyu, Nintendo's sales agent in Taiwan, indicated that Nintendo will release the Wii game console in the Japan market on December 2. So far, Hakuyu is not notified by Nintendo about Wii's launch in Taiwan.
Source: The DigiTimes
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