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Creative Brings X-Fi Technology Into Homes, Premieres New Docking Speaker Systems For iPods

Samsung Launches New Mobile WiMAX Devices in Korea

Micron Introduces First Anti-Shake 3-Megapixel Camera SoC For Mobile Phones

Samsung Develops SpinPoint M5, MP1 Hard Disk Drives

Creative Brings X-Fi Technology Into Homes, Premieres New Docking Speaker Systems For iPods

Creative Technology launched a collection of Creative X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity enabled products for the home at the "X-Fi Your Home" press event. X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity is the new audio standard from Creative that is designed to dramatically enhance any music or audio. It features the X-Fi Crystalizer technology and the X-Fi CMSS-3D that expands stereo MP3s and digital movies into surround sound over multichannel speakers, stereo speakers or even headphones.

The Creative X-Fi Sound System i600 is a high-power 2.1 speaker system designed to seamlessly integrate and dock with iPod players. It features X-Fi Crystalizer and X-Fi CMSS-3D which allows users to enjoy surround sound over both headphones and speakers.

The Creative X-Fi Sound System i600 comes with satellite speakers featuring high-performance drivers for efficient reproduction of mid and high frequencies. The compact subwoofer features a dual flared port tube and a long throw 8" driver that reduces audible distortions, producing a clean, deep bass. An ergonomically-designed multi-function wireless remote control features all the controls within easy reach.

For a private listening experience, users can connect the speakers to another audio device using the line-in and headphones output that are located at the rear of the audio control pod. The Creative X-Fi Sound System i600 also has an audio/video out feature that allows images and videos stored in iPod players to be displayed onto external visual display devices such as TVs, thereby providing users an enriching and lively audio experience when watching movies or listening to music.

The Creative Xdock is a dock for the iPod that lets users play music in the iPod in X-Fi sound quality. Add the Creative X-Fi Wireless Receiver that can be purchased separately, users can enjoy the music anywhere, up to four receivers, in the home wirelessly. Connect any external audio players to the Creative Xdock and users can enjoy the music wirelessly in Xtreme Fidelity. Featuring video output and DTS interactive, iPod users can enjoy their movies on the LCD TV with 5.1 surround sound by connecting to an external DTS receiver.

Based on its predecessor, the Creative Xmod, the Creative Xmod Wireless can be connected to the computer or an external audio player while the Creative X-Fi Wireless Receiver placed strategically in any room in the home let users indulge in hours of non-stop music no matter where they are.

The Creative PlayDock i500 is a high-fidelity portable docking speaker system that is designed to play, dock and charge iPod players while users listen to their music. It achieves its balance and accuracy with two full-range drivers and a high-power subwoofer.

The Creative Wide Stereo Effect feature enhances users' audio experience by expanding the soundstage, giving a greater sense of immersion and spaciousness. A built-in subwoofer offers users improved bass and power. Bass levels can be adjusted from the bass control knob to suit any surroundings or occasion.

The digital amplifier allows Creative PlayDock i500 speakers to channel its power more efficiently, ensuring a longer battery life. Being dual-powered, users can choose from eight C-size batteries, which allow 16 hours of continuous music playback on the go, or use the bundled universal power adapter. An ergonomically-designed built-in handle makes it easy for users to transport the speakers around.

A fully functional wireless IR Remote gives users easy control of the Creative PlayDock i500 and iPod. Using the audio/video out connection, users can port the Creative PlayDock i500 to TVs to view movies and photos stored in the iPod on the big screen.

Designed as a compact docking station for iPod players, the Creative TravelSound i enables the iPod to be charged and play music while being docked. The Creative TravelSound i features USB connectivity for users to transfer their music, photos and data files.

The sound is produced by four premium full-range NeoTitanium microdrivers. The Creative Wide Stereo Effect feature enables this portable music speaker system to produce an expansive sound field. These compact speakers also have built-in port tubes that enhance the audio by providing a lower bass.

Audio and video files stored in iPod players can be viewed on TVs when connected to the Creative TravelSound i. A wireless IR remote is also included to control both the speakers and iPod. The Creative TravelSound i can be powered with either four AA batteries, which allow up to 25 hours of extended music playback, or with the bundled universal power adapter.

Pricing and Availability:

  • The Creative X-Fi Sound System i600 - S$599.00.
  • The Creative Xdock - S$329.00.
  • The Creative Xmod Wireless - S$369.00.
  • The Creative X-Fi Wireless Receiver - S$159.00.
  • The Creative PlayDock i500 - S$299.00.
  • The Creative TravelSound i - S$199.00.

The above products will be available for sale in May 2007.

Source: Creative Technology

Samsung Launches New Mobile WiMAX Devices in Korea

Samsung Electronics today released three new Mobile WiMAX devices (WiBro in Korea) - a WiBro smart phone (SPH-M8100), a top of the range multimedia convergence device (SPH-P9000), a USB Dongle (SPH-H1200), and a PCMCIA card.

Samsung's SPH-M8100 is a PDA WiBro smart phone which offers wireless Internet, voice telephony and video telephony services through WiBro and CDMA 1x EV-DO. The slider phone boasts a 2.8" color touch screen display, a TV-out, an MMC card slot, and 2 cameras; a 2 megapixel camera and a VGA camera for video calls. Samsung's M8100 also features T-DMB, Bluetooth with A2DP functionality, 128ROM/64MB RAM memory and Microsoft's latest view and edit function.

Samsung's P9000 is a convergence device, capable of providing voice and multimedia data communications via WiBro. The P9000 comes with a full QWERTY keyboard for quick typing and surfing, while the MP3 player, VOD, and camera functions provide easy access to a myriad of multimedia entertainment. In addition, the Samsung P9000 acts as a multi-functional terminal that can be used as a general PC, thanks to its Windows XP-based operating system.

Samsung's WiBro USB Dongle allows users to access both WiBro and HSDPA services via an external peripheral device that connects to a USB port. For security purposes it ensures the use of a specific program can be accessed by authorised users only. Consumers in metropolitan areas can enjoy 13Mbps high-speed wireless Internet services at a more affordable price via WiBro. Users in less connected areas across the country can enjoy Wireless Internet services via HSDPA.

WiBro services offer users web searching, e-mail, multimedia features, video conference,and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) at an affordable price. Purchase reservations can be made for the M8100 and P9000 on the KT WiBro website. WiBro is expected to gain momentum in Korea with this service expansion.

Source: Samsung Electronics

Micron Introduces First Anti-Shake 3-Megapixel Camera SoC For Mobile Phones

Micron Technology unveiled a 1/4-inch, 3-megapixel complete camera system-on-chip sensor for mobile handsets. Unique to the market, Micron has designed an anti-shake feature into the sensor, which reduces image blurring often found in camera phone pictures due to camera shake.

Blurry images are especially common in low-light situations where the shutter is open for longer periods of time to collect enough light to take the picture. A camera phone designed with Micron’s new sensor (product number MT9T111) can reduce image blur by automatically activating the anti-shake feature when sensing camera shake.

Micron offers several 3-megapixel image sensors in differing optical formats, but this new sensor is the first in its class with the anti-shake feature. The new 3-megapixel sensor was developed on Micron’s 1.75-micron pixel and integrates additional camera capabilities on chip including JPEG compression and image processing that would typically require additional chips. For basic operation, the sensor only requires a power supply, lens and clock source.

General customer sampling is planned for August 2007 with mass production expected in the fourth quarter of 2007.


  • Pixel Size: 1.75µm x 1.75µm
  • Array Format (Active): 2048H x 1536V (QXGA)
  • Imaging Area: 3.62mm x 2.73mm: 4.52mm diagonal (4:3 aspect ratio)
  • Targeted Module Size (estimated): 8.5mm x 8.5mm x 5mm
  • CRA (tentative targets): 24.99° (Max at 80% image height)
  • Color Filter Array: RGB Bayer color filters
  • Optical Format: 1/4 inch (4:3)
  • Frame Rates: 15 fps (full resolution) (JPEG), 30 fps (preview mode)
  • Scan Mode: Progressive
  • Shutter: Electronic rolling shutter (ERS)
  • Automatic Exposure, white balance, black
  • Functions: level offset correction, flicker detection and avoidance, color saturation control, defect identification and correction, and aperture correction
  • Windowing: Programmable to any size
  • ADC: 10-bit, on-chip
  • Output Interface MIPI: Single-lane
  • Parallel: 10-bit
  • Maximum Pixel Data Output: 48 megapixels per second
  • Maximum Data Rate: 96 MHz
  • Responsivity: 0.44 V/Lux-sec (preliminary)
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >38dB (preliminary)
  • Dynamic Range: >67.4dB (preliminary)
  • Supply Analog: 2.5V.3.1V
  • Voltage: Digital: 1.70V.1.95V
  • I/O: 1.7V.3.1V
  • PLL: 2.5V.3.1V
  • MIPI: 1.70V.1.95V
  • Power Consumption: <150mW (@ 30 fps)
  • Operating Temp: -30°C to +70°C (at junction)
  • Package: Bare die (in wafer form)

Source: Micron Technology

Samsung Develops SpinPoint M5, MP1 Hard Disk Drives

Samsung Electronics announced its new 160GB hard drive using 2.5" disks. Capacity of the single-disk platform ranges between 60 and 160GB, while a dual-disk model is under development that will provide up to 250GB of storage space. Samsung has already shipped test samples of the SpinPoint M5 Series to OEM vendors and plans to begin mass production in mid-April.

The SpinPoint M5 series utilizes perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology, and the disk drive design has been optimized to allow improved-precision adjustment of the head parking ramp position for high-density recording.

The M5 Series has been developed specifically for portable consumer electronics, where the key to success lies in controlling noise, vibration and power consumption. Samsung's SpinPoint M5 hard drives are 15% quieter and use 5% less energy than other models with the same storage capacity.

The new SpinPoint M5 hard drives feature a 5,400rpm spin rate, 1.5Gbps SATA interface and 8MB cache memory. PATA models will be added to the lineup in May.

The second novelty is the 7200rpm premium 2.5" hard drive, SpinPoint MP1. It provides company's highest storage density of 200GB at 7200rpm on a 2.5inch disk base with SATA interface. The MP1 series is designed for enterprise applications such as workstations, RAID servers, and blade servers.

The SpinPoint MP1 Series utilize perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR), a serial ATA 3.0 Gbps interface, and feature native command queuing (NCQ) for high performance. To protect the disk drive from vibration and shock, a rotary vibration controller (RVC) and an optional digital free-fall sensor (FFS) have been implemented.

The RVC technology, first applied to the SpinPoint MP1 series, prevents the head from leaving the track under severe vibration conditions, thereby reinforcing data reliability.

The SpinPoint MP1 series comes in 80/ 120/ 160/ 200GB capacities with a supporting 8/16MB cache memory. Mass production is scheduled for May, directly following sample availability in early May.

Source: Samsung Electronics

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