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SanDisk Introduces 4GB Micro SDHC Card

Plextor Announces Bus-Powered DVD Burner

Virtual Windows to Run Unmodified on Linux

ASUS Releases New Motherboard For SOHO Or Power Users

AMD Introduces Imageon Media Processors

SanDisk Introduces 4GB Micro SDHC Card

At 3GSM World Congress 2007 SanDisk Corporation introduced a 4-gigabyte microSD High Capacity (SDHC) card.

SanDisk is now sampling the new 4GB microSDHC card to OEMs such as major phone manufacturers and mobile network operators (MNOs). Engineering samples are now available for evaluation, as mobile phone makers will need to upgrade the firmware in their handsets so that memory slots can support the new card.

SDHC is the new designation for any SD or SD-based card that is larger than 2GB and adheres to the new SD 2.00 specification that is required for cards and hosts to support 4GB to 32GB capacities. The specification was developed by the SD Association, an industry standards board, which also defined three speed classes for speed and performance capabilities. These cards adhere to the SD Speed Class 2 Rating specification which defines a minimum sustained transfer speed for SDHC cards.

Retail release of the card is planned for later in 2007. OEM pricing has not been determined yet.

In line with the announcement of the 4GB microSDHC card, SanDisk is offering various capacities of microSD cards in a Mobile Memory Kit. Each package contains both miniSD and SD adapters, so that consumers can select the appropriate card for their use without being influenced by card size. With SanDisk adapters, microSD and microSDHC cards can be “stepped up” to fit into a variety of other electronics devices that have miniSDHC and SDHC slots.

Apart from handsets, microSDHC cards also can be used in some digital audio players, such as SanDisk’s Sansa c200 and e200 series MP3 players.

Source: SanDisk Corporation

Plextor Announces Bus-Powered DVD Burner

Plextor announced its second-generation ultra-portable DVD±R/RW CD-R/RW multi-drive. Available immediately, the pocket-sized PX-608CU measures 15.9mm high and weighs just 250g (less than nine ounces), which makes it one of the smallest portable DVD writers available in the world. The PX-608CU is ideal for mobile laptop users and others who require a modern, stylish, and compact DVD burner to use anywhere.

Numerous enhancements have been made to the PX-608CU, most notably the addition of USB bus-power for both maximum convenience and true plug-and-play usability. There is generally no need for an external power supply, although the PX-608CU retail package does include an AC adapter for systems that may not meet USB power requirements. The redesigned clamshell chassis is both portable and stylish. The PX-608CU is also RoHS compliant, satisfying the regulatory requirements of European Union markets.

The PX-608CU multi-drive delivers DVD recording speeds of 8X DVD±R on single-layer media, 4X DVD±R on Double-Layer and Dual-Layer (DL) media, and 5X DVD-RAM. The drive also supports 8X DVD+RW, 6X DVD-RW, 8X max DVD-ROM, 24X CD-R/RW/ROM. DVD±VR is supported for direct disc recording, while DVD+RW background format eliminates the need to manually format a DVD+RW disc.

The PX-608CU features a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface for easy connections to Microsoft Windows-based PCs. The PX-608CU drive features a 2MB buffer and Buffer Underrun Proof Technology to prevent buffer underrun errors and allow multi-tasking.

Plextor's drive ships with the Roxio Easy Media Creator 8 software suite for burning video, music, photos, and data to DVDs or CDs.

Plextor’s PX-608CU drive ships to distributors in North and South America in February 2007, with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $169.00 USD. All retail packages include one-year full warranty and unlimited toll-free technical support.

Source: Plextor

Virtual Windows to Run Unmodified on Linux

Novell and Intel Corporation announced the availability of paravirtualized network and block device drivers that will allow Microsoft Windows Server 2000/2003/XP to run unmodified in Xen virtual environments on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 from Novell, operating on Intel-based server platforms featuring Intel Virtualization Technology. Combined with the existing ability to host unmodified Linux on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, these new drivers will let customers migrate to newer and fewer energy-efficient servers, consolidating legacy Windows or Linux solutions onto virtual servers.

In addition to providing cost savings when virtualizing Windows on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, these drivers can improve the availability of Windows- and Linux-based workloads via clustered virtual systems and help IT staff respond faster to business needs by easily creating and provisioning services on virtual systems.

Novell is sponsoring a virtualization pilot program for customers, providing enterprise-level support for running fully virtualized Windows 2000/2003/XP workloads on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. The paravirtualized device drivers are now available to members of the pilot program. General availability is scheduled for later this year.

Source: Intel Corporation

ASUS Releases New Motherboard For SOHO Or Power Users

The ASUS P5NT WS is built on the NVIDIAC55 + MCP55PXE chipset structure which supports a LGA775 Socket for running Intel Dual-core/Quad-core CPUs and two NVIDIA SLI graphic cards with Dual x16 speeds on the same platform.

The ASUS P5NT WS motherboard is fitted with solid aluminum capacitors and a conductive polymer for improved system stability. These high quality materials also help ensure that the motherboard will have a longer product life time.

The PCI-X Structure of the P5NT WS motherboard is a newer, higher speed version of the conventional PCI standard. It is also fully hardware and software backward compatible to previous generations of PCI. These new standards keep pace with upcoming advances in high-bandwidth business-critical applications such as Fibre Channel, RAID, networking, InfiniBand Architecture, SCSI, and iSCSI.

The innovative heat-pipe thermal design of the P5NT WS motherboard directs the heat generated by the chipsets to the heatsink near the back I/O ports – where it can be dissipated by existing airflow from the CPU fan or optional fans. Furthermore, it provides options for users to install a side-flow fan or a passive cooler.

The P5NT WS also encompasses an 8-phase power Design that reduces input ripple current and output ripple voltages – keeping the CPU and power modules from the risk of high power stress. It also provides reliability under heavy-loading and overclocking by stabilizing output current and voltages. All this lets components attain longer lifespans and allows them to operate at 15°C (36°F) lower than conventional solutions – resulting in lower fan speeds for quieter operation.

AI Clock Skew - this feature automatically skews the memory clock signal timing to improve memory overclocking capabilities by 10 to 15%. The clock signal can be adjusted to reserve enough Setup time / Hold time in order to maintain the system's stability.

AI Gear allows users to choose from profiles to adjust the CPU frequency and voltage. This allows a balance for both system performance and quietness. Having two modes: High Performance for running heavy loading applications and Max Power Saving for minimizing system noise and power consumption; AI Gear provides real-time adjustments under the OS to suit varying needs.

With AI Nap, users can instantly snooze the PC without terminating any tasks. The system will continue operating at minimum power and noise till reawakened. Files will continue to download and applications will be run in the quietest state while the system is in AI Nap mode. The system will swiftly wake up in a matter of seconds with a simple click of the keyboard of mouse.

Specification summary:

  • LGA775 Socket
  • NVIDIA Dual SLI x 16 Chipset (C55+MCP55PXE)
  • 1333/800/533 MHz Front Side Bus
  • DDR2-800/667/533
  • 3 x PCIe x 16 (supports NVIDIA SLI technology)
  • 1 x PCI-X
  • 2 x PCIe X1
  • 1 x PCI 2.2
  • 2 x Gb LAN
  • RealTek ALC888 8-CH HD Audio

Source: ASUS

AMD Introduces Imageon Media Processors

AMD introduced the AMD Imageon 2298, 2294 and 2192 media processors, offering faster, high-resolution image processing, DVD-quality video and high-definition audio for mobile multimedia devices.

Specific features of the latest AMD Imageon media processors include:

  • Faster, high-resolution image processing supports up to 12 Mpixel camera functions
  • DVD-Quality video playback and recording with stabilization for a high-quality, camcorder-like experience
  • High-definition audio
  • TV output allows viewing of videos and photos on any TV or projector
  • Mobile TV capability for watching digital TV programs on the go
  • Video telephony with echo cancellation and image stabilization
  • Video transcoding converts to various video formats and adjusts frame rate for over-the-air video messaging
  • Error resiliency compensates for transmission errors to help provide seamless over-the-air video quality.

Thanks to the flexible device design of Imageon media processors, manufacturers can quickly upgrade, because the media processor is separated from baseband (RF) functions. This architecture not only enables faster time to market, it also helps reduce power consumption as well as design costs and eliminate unnecessary requalification of the baseband with each feature upgrade, thereby saving time and money for manufacturers.

AMD Imageon 2298, 2294 and 2192 media processors are now available to handheld manufacturers. Mobile devices based on these new processors are expected to start shipping from OEMs worldwide by early next year.

Source: AMD

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