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ASUS Introduces EeePC Notebook

ASUS Showcases New Soundcard at Computex 2007

SanDisk Launches 64 GB Solid State Drives for Notebook PCs

HTC Announces HTC Touch

Churchill - The First Home Server Mini-DTX Mainboard

VIA Defines Mobility 2.0 With New NanoBook UMD Reference Design

Sony Ships New Blu-Ray Player

SMART Modular Launches DDR3 Unbuffered DIMMs

ASUS Introduces EeePC Notebook

ASUS launched the new Eee PC series that focuses on providing users with the most comprehensive Internet application based on three Es: Easy to learn, work, play; Excellent Internet experience; and Excellent mobile computing experience.

For easy hands-on, the Eee PC offers two modes of intuitive user interface design: the easy mode and the full desktop mode in order to accommodate both experienced and inexperienced PC users. The Eee PC is also Windows XP compatible.

The built-in WLAN connectivity allows users to stay connected for dynamic Internet usage on the go.

The 7" Eee PC 701 weighs 0.89 kg, with large flash-based storage capacity and built-in webcam for compact mobility with wireless freedom. The special solid-state disc design based on built-in flash-memory gives the Eee PC a greater shock-proof advantage over traditional notebook PCs allowing extra flexibility and a worry free mobile computing experience.

EeePC 701 specifications:

  • Display: 7"
  • CPU & Chipset: Intel mobile CPU & chipset
  • OS: Linux/ Microsoft Windows XP compatible
  • Communications: 10/100 Mbps Ethernet; 56K modem
  • WLAN: WiFi 802.11b/g
  • Graphics: Intel UMA
  • Memory: 512MB, DDR2-400
  • Storage: 4/8/16GB Flash
  • Webcam: 300K pixel video camera
  • Audio: Hi-Definition Audio CODEC; Built-in stereo speaker; Built-in microphone
  • Battery life: 3hrs (4 cells: 5200mAh, 2S2P)
  • Dimensions & Weight: 22.5 x 16.5 x 2.1~3.5cm, 0.89kg

Source: ASUS

ASUS Showcases New Soundcard at Computex 2007

ASUS announced the first product of its brand new product line: the ASUS Xonar D2 7.1-channel soundcard. This product is based on the AV200 audio chip that integrates sound-enhancing technologies from Dolby and DTS.

The ASUS Xonar D2 features SNR of 118 dB for both audio input and output across all 7.1 channels.

Sound technologies from Dolby and DTS include Dolby Digital Live, Dolby Headphone, Dolby Virtual Speaker, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, DTS Interactive, and DTS NEP.

The Xonar D2 also comes with a special application called "Portable Media Processor". This application works with the onboard ALT (Analog Loopback Transformation) circuit to provide almost lossless analog recording audio quality from digital music files.

Source: ASUS

SanDisk Launches 64 GB Solid State Drives for Notebook PCs

SanDisk Corporation expanded its line of solid state drive (SSD) products with the introduction of a 64GB SSD aimed at both enterprise users and early adopter consumers such as gamers. SanDisk 1.8-inch UATA 5000 and 2.5-inch SATA 5000 SSD products, which already are available in a 32GB capacity, are compatible as drop-in replacements for hard disk drives in most mainstream notebook computers.

The announcement was made at Computex Taipei 2007, where SanDisk is showcasing its line of storage products for use in industrial and system-level embedded applications. SanDisk’s new 64GB SSD will be on display in Hall 1 in Booths C1000, 1002 and C1004 along with other SanDisk OEM embedded flash storage products such as iNAND and mDOC H3.

Compared to conventional hard drives still found in most notebook computers, SanDisk SSDs offer key benefits to computer manufacturers and their customers:

  • Durability and reliability. SanDisk SSDs deliver 2 million hours mean time between failures (MTBF), approximately six times more than notebook hard disks. With no moving parts, SanDisk SSDs are also much less likely to fail when a notebook computer is dropped or exposed to extreme temperatures.
  • High performance. With no moving parts, the flash-based SSD starts working almost immediately to achieve far better access speeds than a conventional hard disk drive. For example, in notebook computers, data moves to and from an SSD more than 100 times faster than data moving to and from a hard disk. SanDisk SSDs offer a sustained read rate of 67MB/s and a random read rate of 7,000 inputs/outputs per second (IOPS) for a 512-byte transfer. As a result, notebooks equipped with a 2.5-inch SanDisk SSD can boot Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise in as little as 30 seconds and access files at an average speed of 0.11 milliseconds. A notebook using a hard disk requires an average 48 seconds to boot and an average 17 milliseconds to access files.
  • Low power consumption. Compared to a typical hard disk drive, which consumes 1.9 watts during active operation, SanDisk SSDs consume 1.0 watt (0.5 watts for 1.8") while active and as little as 0.4 watts (0.2 watts for 1.8") while idle.

SanDisk SSD products are available now to manufacturers. The company plans to offer 64GB engineering samples in the third quarter, with mass production planned to commence prior to the end of the year.

Source: SanDisk Corporation

HTC Announces HTC Touch

HTC announced the global launch of the HTC Touch, a deceptively small and stylish mobile phone that features intuitive touchscreen navigation. The new HTC-designed homescreen provides one-touch access to emails, text messages, calendar appointments and contacts, as well as current weather conditions and forecasts for hundreds of cities around the world.

The HTC Touch is the first device to feature TouchFLO, the new underlying touchscreen technology developed by HTC. Consumers simply sweep their finger up the display to launch an animated, three-dimensional interface comprising three screens: Contacts, Media and Applications. The interface can be spun by swiping a finger right or left across the display, providing efficient access to the features consumers use most. TouchFLO also enhances finger touch scrolling and browsing of Web pages, documents, messages and contact lists.

Utilizing Windows Mobile 6 Professional, the HTC Touch includes Outlook Mobile, Office Mobile, Windows Live and the capabilities to run third-party applications. Users can surf the web with Internet Explorer, send and receive emails, chat on Messenger and send files to their own web space through Windows Live. Other HTC Touch details include:

  • Dimensions: 99.9mm (L) x 58mm (W) x 13.9mm (T)
  • Weight: 112g with battery
  • 1GB microSD storage card included / 64MB RAM, 128MB ROM
  • 2.8" LCD touch screen with backlight, 240 x 320 dots resolution with 65,536 colours
  • Battery Life: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery with a capacity of 1100 mAh
  • Standby time: Up to 200 / Talk time: Up to 5 hours
  • Camera: 2.0 mega-pixel CMOS colour camera
  • Windows Mobile 6 Professional with Direct Push Email and HTML email support
  • Wireless Connectivity: GSM/GPRS/EDGE Tri-band: 900, 1800,1900, Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth® 2.0
  • Choice of two colors at launch - elegant soft black or alluring wasabi green

The HTC Touch is now available in the United Kingdom and will be released later this month in Asia and throughout Europe. The North and Latin American version of the HTC Touch will be available in the second half of 2007.

Source: HTC

Churchill - The First Home Server Mini-DTX Mainboard

SiS today unveiled the first home server reference board in AMD mini-DTX form factor codenamed "Churchill". It's co-developed by SiS, AMD, and Gigabyte and is based on SiS761GX/SiS966 chipsets and AMD socket AM2 processors.

The SiS761GX Northbridge chipset supports AMD Athlon 64/ 64FX / Opteron / Sempron processors. The SiS761GX is integrated with the Mirage 1 graphics engine to optimize the multimedia performance of the system.

The SiS966 Southbridge is combined with the SiS761GX Northbridge to support 4 x PATA ports, 4 x SATAII ports, and RAID 0, 1, 0+1, JBOD, 5. Also, the SiS966 chipset integrates the Gigabit Ethernet MAC Controller with the standard RGMII/MII interface and 2 x PCI express x1 ports.

The Churchill is the first home server system compliant with Microsoft's Windows Home Server logo requirements. It is designed to be light-weight, compact and flexible with everything packed into a 10” x 7” x 10” chassis.

Source: SiS

VIA Defines Mobility 2.0 With New NanoBook UMD Reference Design

VIA Technologies unveils the new VIA NanoBook UMD (Ultra Mobile Device) Reference Design at VTF2007 on 6 June 2007 in Taipei. The VIA NanoBook packs the performance, connectivity and functionality of a notebook PC into a sleek and light ultra portable clamshell form factor that weighs less than 850g and measures 230mm x 171mm x 29.4mm.

The VIA NanoBook is powered by the ultra low voltage 1.2GHz VIA C7-M processor and the VIA VX700 chipset featuring the VIA UniChrome Pro II IGP integrated graphics core. It delivers up to 5 hours of battery life. Powered by a choice of Microsoft Windows XP or Windows Vista Basic operating systems, it comes with a full keyboard, a 7" WVGA screen with touch panel supporting 840x480 resolution, up to 1GB DDR2 SDRAM, a 30/60GB HDD, and a 4-in-1 card reader, as well as 802.11g WiFi and Bluetooth support, plus an Ethernet, a DVI and two USB2.0 ports plus Mic-In/Speaker-Out ports.

To provide users with additional flexibility when they are on the move, the VIA NanoBook also features a USB slot next to the screen that will enable the snap-in integration of a variety of World Time Clock/Calendar, GPS, VOIP, and broadband wireless modules.

The VIA NanoBook UMD Reference Design has been designed and manufactured in collaboration with First International Computer (FIC).

The design has been adopted as the basis for the forthcoming EasyNote XS from Packard Bell, one of the leading PC brands in the European market.

Weighing less than 850g and , the VIA NanoBook UMD Reference Design makes all day mobile productivity and entertainment a reality with up to 5 hours of battery life.

The standard model has a smart silver finish, though greater personalization is possible with a variety of shell colour options. Targeted at aggressive consumer price points, the VIA NanoBook will be available in the second half of 2007.

Processor 1.2GHz VIA C7-M ULV Processor
Chipset VIA VX700 System Media Processor (integrated North & South Bridge)
Memory DDR2 SO-DIMM up to 1GB
HDD 30GB (optional 60GB)
LCD Panel 7" WVGA with Touch Panel
Graphics VIA UniChrome Pro II IGP Integrated 3D/2D Graphics with shared memory up to 64MB
Audio VIA Vinyl VT1708A HD Audio codec, 2 speakers
Networking Realtek RTL8100CL 10/100 Mbps
Wireless LAN Azure Wave 802.11b/g (USB interface)
Bluetooth Billionton (USB interface)
I/O 4-in-1 Card Reader
1 x DVI-I port
2 x Hi-Speed USB2.0 ports
1 x RJ45 Ethernet port
1 x Mic-in audio jack
1 x Array Microphone jack
1 x Headphone (line out) jack
Status Indicator Power On, Battery, RF (with power button), HDD, Caps Lock
Battery 4-cell for up to 4.5 hours of battery life (BatteryMark 2004)
Dimensions 230mm (W) x 171mm (D) x 29.4mm (H)
Weight Under 850g
Operating System Supports Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista and all popular Linux
Support distributions
Optional Accessories MobilityPLUS Modules: Bluetooth VoIP Phone, GPS, DVB, 3G/CDMA Phone, World Clock, DVI to CRT Transfer Cable, Car Adapter, Leather Cover

Source: VIA Technologies

Sony Ships New Blu-Ray Player

Sony began shipping its new Blu-ray Disc player to major consumer electronics retailers and specialty dealers nationwide for a list price of $499.

The BDP-S300 supports the advanced Dolby Digital Plus audio codec as well as BRAVIA Theatre Sync and CD playback.

The new model can output 1920 x 1080/24p high-definition video through an HDMI connection. The player supports various video formats, including MPEG2, MPEG4-AVC and VC1. For those who own an HDTV set without HDMI, an analog component output for 1080i (interlaced) is available as well.

The new BD player is compatible with most standard DVDs and has the added feature of 1080p upscaling through HDMI to 1080p capable HDTVs, improving the picture performance of existing DVD libraries.

The model also supports AVC-HD discs encoded with x.v.Color (xvYCC) technology, a new international standard for wide color space. The standard expands the current data range of video approximately 1.8 times allowing the player to output more natural and vivid colors similar to what the human eye can actually see.

The new BD unit incorporates BRAVIA TheatreSync utilizing HDMI connectivity, which integrates the operation of the player with a compatible BRAVIA flat-panel LCD television or audio/video receiver. With the touch of a button, you can automatically turn on and switch inputs to match connected devices.

Additionally, the player offers multi-channel linear PCM digital audio output via HDMI, and can decode Dolby Digital Plus, providing optimum surround sound to an appropriately equipped receiver. The unit has optical and coaxial digital audio out, along with 5.1 channel decoding capability for backward compatibility with existing receivers.

It also supports BD-ROM, AVC-HD Media, DVD video and DVD playback from DVD/DVD+R/+RW encoded discs, CD playback, as well as MP3 audio files and JPEG images stored on DVD recordable media.

The BDP-S300 joins Sony’s family of full HD 1080 line of products, spanning from the original BDP-S1 BD player, now with a list price of $799, to BRAVIA flat-panel LCD, and 3LCD and SXRD rear-projection television line, as well as the PlayStation 3 game console, PC drives and recordable BD media.

The company additionally announced a new free firmware update for the BDP-S1 that allows it to decode Dolby Digital Plus & Dolby True HD audio codecs. The update will be available for download at www.sony.com/blurayupdate.

The new BDP-S300 player will be available shortly at Sony Style stores, online at the new sonystyle.com and at other retailers nationwide.

Source: Sony

SMART Modular Launches DDR3 Unbuffered DIMMs

SMART Modular Technologies has launched its DDR3 unbuffered DIMM product family ranging from 512MB to 2GB.

Providing improved system speeds (up to 667Mhz/1333MHz data rate), lower power consumption (1.5V vs. 1.8V for DDR2) and larger memory densities from DDR2, DDR3 technology allows original equipment manufacturers and original design manufacturers to design systems with higher performance and larger overall memory capacities. SMART is launching its lineup of DDR3 unbuffered DIMMs to provide early support for system builders and integrators.

A listing of SMART’s DDR3 modules and part numbers is provided below.

240 PIN (x64) - DDR SDRAM Unbuffered Non-ECC DIMM:

  • SG25664D31333 - 2GB, 1.18", 256Mx64, 128Mx8, FBGA
  • SG12864D31333 - 1GB, 1.18", 128Mx64, 128Mx8, FBGA
  • SG564648FH8N0NG - 512MB, 1.18", 64Mx64, 64Mx8, FBGA

Source: SMART Modular Technologies

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