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Lexar Rolls Out Flash Drive With Capacity Meter

Panasonic Introduces Next-Gen Blu-Ray Player

Micron's DDR3 Memory Validated For Intel Platforms

Lexar Rolls Out Flash Drive With Capacity Meter

Lexar announced the introduction of JumpDrive Secure II Plus USB flash drive. It offers the same security software as original JumpDrive Secure II, including 256-bit AES encryption, but now includes an innovative, built-in capacity meter. Consumers will be able to purchase the 512MB version for around $20.

Like all Lexar JumpDrive USB flash drives, JumpDrive Secure Plus II provides full compatibility with Microsoft Windows Vista.

The onboard capacity meter of JumpDrive Secure II Plus solves a common problem faced by many USB flash drive users, namely, how to gauge the available storage space on their drive. The ultra-thin, shatter-proof display accurately shows available storage space at a glance, without even plugging it into a computer.

Lexar JumpDrive Secure II Plus is available in stores now in 512 MB, 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB capacities. An 8GB version will soon be available.

Source: Micron

Panasonic Introduces Next-Gen Blu-Ray Player

Panasonic today announced the availability of the DMP-BD10A, it's next-generation Blu-ray disc player, at the SRP of $599.95. The DMP-BD10A features an audio upgrade package that brings high-end surround audio to the viewing experience via the inclusion of 7.1 channel surround, Dolby True HD and dts-HD High Resolution Audio decoding technology. The DMP-BD10A also incorporates Panasonic's proprietary EZ-Sync system for integrated one-touch operation of Panasonic home-theater components. Included with each DMP-BD10A are the titles "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest", "Transporter", "Fantastic 4", "Crash".

In addition to playing pre-recorded Blu-ray movie discs, the DMP-BD10A plays conventional standard-definition DVDs (with automatic 1080p up-conversion via HDMI) and conventional CDs. Other key features of the DMP-BD10A include proprietary P4HD technology for performing IP conversion at the pixel level for ultra-fine details, a 297MHz 14-bit Video D/A Converter with 4X oversampling, video noise shaping that improves signal-to-noise ratios by shifting noise to an unused band, and theoretical support for nearly 4400 billion colors. The DMP-BD10A also incorporates Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital and dts decoding, and BD-J (Java application) interactive capability.

Source: Panasonic

Micron's DDR3 Memory Validated For Intel Platforms

Micron Technology announced that its 1 Gigabit DDR3 memory components have been successfully validated with Intel desktop platforms.

Micron's 1Gb DDR3 products provide the lowest cost-per-bit solution available on Micron's 78nm 6F2 process, have a smaller die size premium over DDR2 compared with 512 Megabit products, offer lower power on modules that can utilize either 512Mb or 1Gb and meet the minimum system density requirements of 1 Gigabyte.

DDR3 products also support data rates of 800 megatransfers per second (MT/s) to 1,066 MT/s with clock frequencies of 400 MHz to 533 MHz respectively, doubling the speed from DDR2. The DDR3 supply voltage has been reduced from 1.8V to 1.5V, reducing power consumption by up to 30 percent.

Evaluation samples of Micron's 1Gb DDR3 components are available to select customers with production expected to begin early next year. Micron's 1Gb DDR3 components will be available in various output configurations (x4, x8 and x16), and will be fully compliant to the most recent JEDEC DDR3 specifications. These components will support module densities from 512 Megabytes through 4 Gigabytes and a variety of module types including UDIMMs, SODIMMs, and RDIMMs. A 2Gb DDR3 device is also expected to be available from Micron early next year.

Source: Micron Technology

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