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Toshiba To Launch 56nm, 16-Gigabit NAND Flash Memory

Iomega Announces StorCenter Pro NAS 150d For SOHO Users

Intel Upgrades Centrino Duo Networking Features

Matrox Launches Extio F1220 RGU

Toshiba To Launch 56nm, 16-Gigabit NAND Flash Memory

Toshiba Corporation today announced the introduction of 16Gb (2 GB) and 8Gb NAND flash memory, fabricated with cutting-edge 56-nanometer process technology co-developed with SanDisk Corporation of Milpitas, California (USA). The 16Gb is the highest density single-chip NAND flash memory yet achieved.

Advancing from limited production of engineering samples at the end of 2006, Toshiba is now increasing shipments of commercial samples of new 8Gb single-chip, multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memories, the current mainstream density, with availability from today. Toshiba intends to start shipping commercial samples of 16Gb NAND flash memories in the late first quarter of this year.

A write performance of 10-megabytes a second, twice that of Toshiba's present MLC products, reflects the efficiency obtained with advanced process technology and doubling page size, the amount of data that can be written at one time, from 2,112 bytes to 4,314 bytes.

Source: Toshiba Corporation

Iomega Announces StorCenter Pro NAS 150d For SOHO Users

Iomega Corporation today announced the worldwide availability of the affordable new Iomega StorCenter Pro NAS 150d Server, a network storage solution for small businesses and advanced home users alike.

Two models of the new Iomega StorCenter Pro NAS 150d Server are included in today's announcement: a 1TB model based on four hot-swappable SATA II 250GB hard drives, and a 2TB model based on four hot-swappable SATA II 500GB hard drives.

Both StorCenter Pro NAS 150d Server models can be configured for RAID 0 (striping), RAID 1 (mirroring), or RAID 5 (striping plus parity) operation. RAID 0 provides maximum performance and operating capacity; RAID 5 provides maximum data security, protecting all data even in the event of a drive failure.

The device also features Gigabit Ethernet port, USB 2.0 interface, and supports Iomega's Discovery Tool software. Novelties offer print server functionality for up to four printers. For backup from client PCs, Iomega also includes a five-client license for EMC Retrospect Express.

The new Iomega StorCenter Pro NAS 150d Server is the first 1TB product at this price point to offer true hot swappable drives, meaning one of the four hard drives can be removed from the 150d while in operation and a replacement drive inserted, and the 150d will rebuild the new drive into the existing RAID 1 or 5 array without any interruption or downtime.

Iomega StorCenter Pro NAS 150d Servers support clients running Microsoft Windows Vista/2000/XP Home/XP Professional/XP Professional x64, Mac OS X 10.2.7 or higher, and Linux distributions, including Redhat 9, Madrake 10, Debian 3.0, Gentoo, and FedoraCore 3. Supported network file protocols include Microsoft, Linux/UNIX, Apple, Internet and FTP.

The StorCenter Pro NAS 150d 1TB Server is available worldwide for $799; the StorCenter Pro NAS 150d 2TB Server, for $1,499. (All prices are suggested US retail.)

Source: Iomega Corporation

Intel Upgrades Centrino Duo Networking Features

Intel Corporation today introduced the Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N network connection, an upgrade to the wireless component found inside Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology and other Intel-based laptops that helps consumers better connect to wireless networks.

Based on the draft 802.11n Wi-Fi specification, the Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N technology offering users up to five times the performance and twice the wireless range while providing up to an extra hour of notebook battery life when compared to existing Draft-N products, the press release states.

In addition, Intel said it has initiated the "Connect with Centrino" program. Through this program, Intel has worked with leading access point (AP) vendors including Asus, Belkin, Buffalo, D-Link and Netgear to better ensure compatibility and performance. Intel's wireless-N product is certified to work with multiple APs and as these AP's successfully pass Intel's certification criteria, they will display a "Connect with Centrino" identifier on their product packaging.

The new wireless-N technology improves the home network experience especially when multiple people access their wireless network simultaneously and enjoy bandwidth consuming applications such as audio and video entertainment. Intel's Next-Gen Wireless-N product reduces "dead spots" in the home; optimizes high-definition (HD) entertainment experiences such as streaming HD movies; improves battery life and provides the benefit of working with existing 802.11 a/b/g access points.

Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N technology as well as the "Connect with Centrino" identifier will be delivered in conjunction with new notebook computers powered by Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology from OEMs such as Acer, Asus, Gateway and Toshiba that are being distributed with Microsoft Windows Vista beginning in late January and other OEMs to follow.

Source: Intel Corporation

Matrox Launches Extio F1220 RGU

Matrox Graphics announced the Extio F1220, the latest addition to the Extio series of Remote Graphics Units (RGUs). The Extio F1220 enables the extension of one or two displays, audio, 2 x IEEE 1394 FireWire ports, and up to 6 x USB devices, including keyboard and mouse, by up to 820 feet (250 meters). By separating the computer from the monitors and user-interface, the Extio series of products helps address issues such as security, heat, noise, system maintenance and support, and system access in digital signage environments.

The Extio F1220 supports for one or two digital or analog monitors at resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 per monitor, 128MB of graphics memory, fanless operation (no moving parts), and a Matrox-designed graphics chip. The Extio F1220 RGU is connected to a Matrox PCI or PCI-Express Extio adapter card in a computer, workstation or server slot via a standard multi-mode fiber-optic cable with Dual-LC connectors. Driver features for Extio series products include support for Pivot, PowerRes for rich widescreen display support, stretched and independent resolution support, and other powerful display management features.

Key application areas include financial, insurance, and commodities trading; public information displays; digital signage; dispatch, security, and process control; sound recording studios; audio and video post-production; TV and radio broadcasting; and other high-reliability applications in enterprise, industrial, and government systems.

Source: Matrox Graphics

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