Gigabyte Technology on November 7 announced that it will transfer its existing own-brand desktop PC motherboard and graphics cards business, valued at NT$4.08 billion (US$124 million), to Gigabyte United Incorporated, a joint venture it will establish with Asustek Computer in January of 2007.
Gigabyte's shareholders on November 7 approved the deal, which was approved earlier by the company's board of directors. Gigabyte and Asustek signed a strategic-alliance agreement for the joint venture on August 8 of this year, according to Gigabyte chairman Dandy Yeh. Gigabyte United will have an initial capital of NT$8.0 billion, with Gigabyte and Asustek holding a 51% and 49% stake, respectively, Yeh indicated. Yeh will assume the chairmanship of the new joint venture.
Gigabyte Technology will transfer its existing assets, liabilities, orders and clients, intangible assets and legal relations/status, worth an appraised total value of NT$4.08 billion, to Gigabyte United, Yeh pointed out. The transaction accounts for 14.03% of Gigabyte Technology's total asset value and 149.91% of its net fixed asset value, Yeh added.
Gigabyte United will have permanent and exclusive licensed use of the Gigabyte brand and trademark for making and marketing desktop motherboards and graphics cards. Gigabyte Technology will charge for the licensed use of its brand name for five years from the first year Gigabyte United begins to make a profit. Gigabyte United will pay 50% of its operating profit to Gigabyte for three years with the percentage to decrease to 33% for the following two years, according to Gigabyte Technology.
The strategic alliance with Asustek will avoid competition between the two companies and will integrate the resources of each for better competitiveness, Yeh explained. Gigabyte Technology will maintain its existing ODM production of desktop motherboards and graphics cards, Yeh pointed out.
Source: The DigiTimes
Panasonic has unveiled two 3CCD high-definition consumer digital video cameras that record 1080i HD images in the new AVCHD format. Available in Japan from December 1, the HDC-SD1 is the world's first video camera that captures 1080i HD images onto SD/SDHC Memory Cards. The HDC-DX1 that uses 8-cm DVD discs for recording will be on store shelves in Japan on December 15.
The HDC-SD1, measuring 74 x 69 x 142 mm (430 g weight excl. battery), records up to 90 minutes of HD images on a 4 GB SDHC Memory Card in HE mode (approx. 6 Mbps).
The HDC-DX1 model uses 8-cm DVD discs, providing multi-format compatibility supporting DVD-RAM/-R/-RW and DVD-R double-layer (DL) discs. The HDC-DX1, measuring 92 x 91 x 163 mm (680 g weight excl. battery), records up to 60 minutes of HD images on an 8-cm DVD-R DL disc in HE mode.
Both models support the AVCHD format, an HD digital video camera recording format that Panasonic developed with Sony. This new format enables recording and playback of high-resolution digital images and 5.1-channel surround sound.
The HDC-SD1 and HDC-DX1 feature a newly-developed 3CCD imaging system designed particularly for HD shooting. The new system provides a higher color resolution which is more than double the resolution of conventional image sensors. The new cameras therefore produce more vivid and true-to-life images than ever before. Their high-sensitivity features also allow for shooting in poorly-lit situations - for example, as low as six lux.
To achieve high-quality HD recording, Panasonic has also developed a new high-speed HD signal processor, the HD Crystal Engine, that processes images twice as quickly as progressive scan CCDs. Panasonic has also developed a new LSI to implement the MPEG4 AVC/H.264 technology used in the AVCHD format. The two models are equipped with a new compact, wide-angle Leica Dicomar Lens. From image processing and compression to recording, the two compact cameras are packed with Panasonic's "black-box" technologies to set a new standard in HD video recording.
The HDC-SD1 and HDC-DX1 feature 5.1-channel surround sound with five microphones. The microphone system has a zoom function. As the camera zooms in the subject, the microphones simultaneously zoom in and pick up the sound around the subject in the distance.
Being Panasonic products, both models include the proprietary Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) that compensates for unintended hand-shakes when shooting.
Intel Corporation announced today the industryís first volume shipments of 65-nanometer NOR flash Multi-Level Cell products, including the industryís first 65nm 1-gigabit monolithic part for cell phones. These new products are based on Intelís StrataFlash Cellular Memory (M18) architecture and are drop-in compatible with Intelís 90nm-based flash chips.
Targeted for multimedia phones with mega-pixel cameras, video and high-speed data capabilities, the single chip, 1Gb MLC NOR aligns nicely with next-generation phones coming to market.
The new 65nm NOR MLC parts from Intel offer read speeds of up to 133 MHz, improved write speeds of up to 1.0MB/sec for faster response times and storage capabilities for 4 mega-pixel cameras and MPEG-4 video. The write speed improvement on the 65nm version is twice as fast as Intelís previous product. Battery life is also extended through low power consumption, 1.8-volt operation and a deep power-down mode.
Intel also continues to work closely with a variety of cellular companies to ensure quick adoption of this new family of products. The M18 is validated on the top 10 chipsets in the market and offers third-party software support for added OEM flexibility.
This new product family is based on an ongoing cellular memory architecture collaboration between Intel and STMicroelectronics. This collaboration assures cell phone makers of a common architecture with standard memory interfaces and configurations, as well as offers multi-source supply of fast-performing, high-density, low-power chips.
Source: Intel Corporation
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced the introduction of a 1-gigabyte subscriber identity module card solution, S-SIM, that will be demonstrated at Cartes 2006.
The subscriber identity module (SIM) card is a smart card IC-based card used to identify users in GSM mobile environments. As multimedia features increase on hand-phones, high data capacity and high-speed transmission has been added to the encrypted SIM solution.
Instead of carrying a separate memory card, Samsung's 1GB S-SIM incorporates a system-in-package (SiP) technology to carry NAND flash memory without growing the area size of the conventional SIM card. The small form factor supports the compact size of multimedia phones.
Samsung's new S-SIM is based on SIM interface to ensure compatibility with conventional systems and supports high-speed MultiMediaCard and USB interface for faster transmission of larger data volumes.
Source: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
High Tech Computer (HTC) has unveiled what it calls its most versatile PDA phone to date: the Cingular 8525. The handset is the first PDA phone to be released in North America with high speed downlink packet access (HSDPA), which allows users to use voice and data functions simultaneously.
The Cingular 8525 is the first HSDPA PDA phone with tri-band 3G usability and can roam in the US, Europe, and Asia (including Japan), according to HTC.
The Cingular 8525 is the first tri-band HSDPA 3G Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0- based PDA phone, which, with its compact size and connectivity, is truly the complete mobile office solution, HTC said. Users can utilize the device's wireless broadband access, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, to access corporate or personal e-mail.
While the Cingular 8525 is great for business, it also features the latest in Windows Mobile software and technology to let users shoot videos and still pictures, allowing people to send memories when they happen and stay connected to those who count, as well as listen to music, talk with friends via all major Instant Message platforms, or watch streamed mobile videos.
The Cingular 8525 PDA phone will be available in the U.S. from Cingular Wireless beginning November 16 for as low as US$399.99 with a two-year contract and qualifying voice and data plans.
Source: The DigiTimes
Sony Electronics is now shipping its fifth generation of Advanced Intelligent Tape drives, automation solutions and data media to OEMs as well as commercial and OEM distribution channel partners.
With a compact 3.5-inch drive form-factor, AIT-5 technology is the industryís first tape-based technology to offer up to 400GB of native capacity (up to 1.04TB with 2.6:1 compression based on the ALDC algorithm) in a single 8mm media cartridge.
AIT-5 drives are read and write backward compatible with standard read/write as well as WORM AIT-4, AIT-3Ex and AIT-3 media, so users can smoothly migrate to the higher capacity of AIT-5 storage solutions without losing access to, or compatibility with, data recorded on these prior generations of media. The 3.5-inch, half-height AIT-5 drive has a 96MB buffer to manage data throughput and minimize buffer overruns, and a sustained native transfer rate of up to 24MB/second that is optimized for the majority of Windows-based servers installed and shipping today.
For an added level of data protection, AIT-5 drives are multi-functional and support Write Once, Read Many capability when using AIT WORM media. Both standard read/write and WORM media cartridges are also now shipping to all channels.
Sony tested and certified compatibility of AIT-5 based products to ensure wide support and full interoperability with industry-leading backup and archival applications.
Source Sony Electronics
SMART Modular Technologies has launched its SMART XceedPC/Geode line of embedded personal computers (PCs) based on the AMD Geode LX processor. The XceedPC/Geode line is specifically designed for use in cost-sensitive embedded PC applications such as kiosks, digital signage, and point of service (POS) systems where fanless operation, extensive I/O and communication capabilities, and an ultra-small form factor are critical.
SMART's XceedPC/Geode is a fully-functional PC that runs either Linux or Microsoft XP (Pro or Embedded) and is compatible with existing PC applications and x86 development tools. The XceedPC product line provides manufacturers with a reliable, yet cost-effective platform specifically designed for the rigors of field deployments. Dissipating an average of only 10 watts, the XceedPC/Geode is fanless, thereby increasing reliability and eliminating noise and maintenance issues. In addition, the XceedPC/Geode is 1/5 the size of an industry-standard, small-form-factor PC, and it features all front panel I/O, allowing easy integration into a variety of customer systems.
The XceedPC/Geode standard configuration includes four USB 2.0 ports, four RS232 ports, a 10/100 Ethernet port, audio, and either DVI or VGA video outputs. Configuration options allow a customer to specify the required storage (hard disk drives, solid state drives, and CompactFlash), expand the I/O, add WAN communication capabilities (analog and cellular modems), or add wireless 802.11 networking. The XceedPC/Geode is a RoHS compliant, long-life product, and SMART is committed to maintaining production of this platform for a minimum of five years.
SMART will showcase and demonstrate its Embedded Computing and TFT-LCD products at booth #325 at the Global Gaming Expo to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, during November 14-16.
Source: SMART Modular Technologies
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