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Samsung Mass-Produces Its First 1.8-inch, 64GB Solid State Drive for Notebooks

Sharp Introduces HN-VA40S and HN-VA10S PLC Adapters

CableLabs, Intel to Bring OpenCable Platform to Future Intel Consumer Electronics Products

SanDisk Announces 8GB Cruzer Contour USB Flash Drive

Seagate Unveils 1TB Hard Drives

Viewsonic Introduces 3 Desktop LCDs

Samsung Mass-Produces Its First 1.8-inch, 64GB Solid State Drive for Notebooks

Samsung Electronics announced that it has begun mass-producing 64GB 1.8-inch solid state drives (SSD) for mobile computing applications.

The 64GB SSD consists of 64 x 8-gigabit single-level cell flash memory chips. Use of 51nm process technology permits fabrication of much smaller components, with each chip having circuitry 1/2500th the width of a human hair.

Samsung is aggressively expanding market development efforts for its SSDs. Industry wide attention on ultra-light, ultra-slim notebook PCs with flash memory based SSDs reflects early market support for this new storage medium. In addition, Samsung has already introduced 32GB SSDs into ultra-mobile personal computers (UMPCs). SSDs also are being considered for server applications such as in advertising and for Web search engines. Other digital consumer products such as camcorders, PDAs and printers can now be equipped with SSDs ranging from 4GB to 64GB.

Samsung expects that sales of SSD units will increase at a rapid 270 percent pace industry-wide between now and 2010 to become the largest growth segment in the NAND flash industry.

Source: Samsung Electronics

Sharp Introduces HN-VA40S and HN-VA10S PLC Adapters

Sharp Corporation is releasing the HN-VA40S and HN-VA10S, two PLC (power line communication) adapters that allow people to easily build home networks by using household electrical power wiring as a transmission medium.

These Sharp PLC adapters are based on the HomePlug AV1.1 international standard for high-speed transmission over electrical power wiring established by the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, an industry trade group of major companies. By connecting devices to a Sharp PLC adapter and then plugging it into a socket, users can easily set up high-speed, reliable home networks.

Major features:

  • Uncluttered and easy network setup—simply plug it into the power socket
  • Two types to choose from, depending on the number of devices to be connected, including the first PLC adapter with 4 LAN ports (HN-VA40)
  • Uses the HomePlug AV1.1 international standard
  • Reliable, high-speed networks at (actual) speeds of up to 85Mbps
  • High level of security (AES 128-bit encryption)
  • Complete specs

Soure: Sharp Corporation

CableLabs, Intel to Bring OpenCable Platform to Future Intel Consumer Electronics Products

Intel Corporation and CableLabs, the technology consortium of cable operators, announced that the two companies have signed an OpenCable Platform Agreement and will include support for the OpenCable Platform in future Intel consumer electronic (CE) system-on-a-chip (SoC) products. Incorporating support for OpenCable allows digital televisions, set-top boxes, digital media recorders and other networked consumer electronics devices to run standard applications and services delivered by cable operators, consumer electronics companies, program networks, and other software developers.

Future Intel platforms will include OpenCable Platform technologies certified by CableLabs for interactive applications. Interactive digital cable-ready products can access interactive program guides delivered by cable operators, as well as premium services ordered on-screen, such as video-on-demand (VOD). The devices will also include support for the CableCARD removable security module. The CableCARD encapsulates the local cable system-specific conditional access technology, thus enabling nationwide portability of these two-way devices.

In April, Intel said it planned to deliver Intel Architecture (IA) SoC products for a new generation of Internet compatible consumer electronics devices. By incorporating many features and standards into Intel's silicon products, these SoCs will help manufacturers accelerate product delivery and deliver more cost-effective designs that provide strong processing performance and flexibility. Intel's first CE-optimized IA-based SoC is scheduled for 2008, pairing a powerful IA processor with leading-edge A/V processing, graphics and more to help deliver greater performing, Internet-compatible devices.

Source: Intel Corporation

SanDisk Announces 8GB Cruzer Contour USB Flash Drive

SanDisk Corporation announced availability of Cruzer Contour, a sleek USB flash drive that brings together high-end design and blazing speed. Cruzer Contour is designed with a glossy black top, a silver metallic body, and a sliding USB connector.

Available in 4- and 8-gigabyte capacities, Cruzer Contour’s features include:

  • Design. The slider requires nothing more than two flicks of the thumb. Moving the top back and then forward brings out the connector, while moving the top forward and then back pulls in the connector. When Cruzer Contour is connected to a computer, blue LEDs illuminate the word “Cruzer” on the drive’s top.
  • Performance. Cruzer Contour delivers a write speed of 18 MB/sec, double the performance of SanDisk’s previous top-of-the-line retail model. Read speed for Cruzer Contour is two-thirds faster, at 25 MB/sec. Cruzer Contour also supports the ReadyBoost feature in Microsoft Windows Vista.
  • Pre-installed software. Cruzer Contour offers U3 technology for running applications directly from the drive, without those applications having to be installed on the computer. U3-compatible software provided free with the drive includes the PC phone service Skype, SanDisk’s own CruzerSync for synchronizing files between a PC and the drive, the password manager program SignupShield Passwords from Protecteer, and a trial version of anti-virus software. Just for fun, there are two titles from Big Fish Games: Sudoku and Mahjong Towers Eternity.
  • Security. Cruzer Contour provides password protection through U3, backed by AES hardware encryption.

Cruzer Contour became available in the United States in mid-June, and will become available in Asia in early July and in Europe in August.

The 4GB model has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $99.99 in the U.S., and the 8GB model has a U.S. MSRP of $189.99.

Source: SanDisk Corporation

Seagate Unveils 1TB Hard Drives

Seagate announced 1 terabyte hard drives for a wide range of enterprise and desktop PC applications as rampant growth of digital content continues worldwide.

As the second-generation desktop and enterprise perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) hard drives, the Barracuda 7200.11 and Barracuda ES.2 deliver 1TB of capacity, 7,200-rpm spin speeds, average seek times of 8.5ms, caches up to 32MB and Seagate's five-year limited warranty. Seagate's newest hard drives pack 1TB of data on four discs to provide cool operating temperatures and low power consumption, which help extend drive life.

The flagship of enterprise storage - Barracuda ES.2 - is a newly designed product optimized for demanding business-critical and nearline enterprise storage environments including: networked and tiered storage solutions, reference/compliance storage, disc-to-disc backup and restore, archiving solutions, rich media content storage and collaboration.

The Barracuda ES.2 hard drive's new features include the new RVFF (Rotational Vibration Feed Forward) system, designed to sustain performance in densely-packed multi-drive systems. The Barracuda ES.2 also boosts reliability with improved unrecoverable error rate that is 10 times better than desktop class drives and a 1.2 million hour Mean Time Between Failure at full 24 x 7 data availability.

With the introduction of the Barracuda ES.2, Seagate provides customers with a SAS interface option in addition to SATA. SAS offers greater levels of reliability, data integrity and performance for business-critical and nearline enterprise environments. The choice of SATA or SAS also enables greater system-design and integration flexibility for solution builders and OEMs.

Another technology integrated into the Barracuda ES.2 is the PowerTrim that dynamically manages drive power consumption at all levels of activity. It's claimed to provide 20% reduction in overall drive power consumption and 55% reduction in watts-per-gigabyte.

The second novelty - Barracuda 7200.11 - supports the highest 105MB/s sustained transfer rate and consumes 8 watts when idle. It also delivers acoustics as low as 2.7 Bels, which is nearly undetectable by the human ear.

The Barracuda ES.2 and 7200.11 will begin shipping in volume during the third quarter. The 1TB Barracuda 7200.11 will be offered at an MSRP of $399.99.

Source: Seagate

Viewsonic Introduces 3 Desktop LCDs

ViewSonic introduced three additions to its VA Series of LCD monitors at the National Education Computing Conference (NECC) 2007, including the 19-inch VA916, a traditional 4:3 display, and the 17-inch VA1716w and 19-inch VA1916w – both widescreen displays.

All three displays are Windows Vista Basic Certified, and incorporate a textured cabinet with thin-bezel design and a clean cable management system. Each display also includes additional features:

  • ViewSonic VA1716w: With 250 nits of brightness (typ), 1440x900 native resolution, 500:1 contrast ratio (typ) and an affordable price point of $209 (estimated street price), the ViewSonic VA1716w display is an economical widescreen LCD. This display is available in July and is ideal for the corporate guru, government economist or productive student.
  • ViewSonic VA1916w: Shipping in August at $229 (ESP), the ViewSonic VA1916w display offers a 1440x900 native resolution and 2000:1 dynamic contrast ratio (typ). This, combined with the widescreen aspect ratio, is ideal for desktop entertainment and business applications – from panoramic 3-D game play and watching IPTV to viewing multiple spreadsheets and comparing homework.
  • ViewSonic VA916: The 19-inch ViewSonic VA916 features a 4:3 aspect ratio, 2000:1 dynamic contrast ratio (typ) and 1280x1024 native resolution. The VA916 will be available in August for $239 (ESP).

Both 19-inch displays, the ViewSonic VA916 and VA1916w, offer a high Dynamic Contrast ratio, a technology that dims the backlights to achieve darker black levels and better overall contrast and is good for entertainment applications. These displays also come equipped with ClearMotiv 5ms response times and 300 nits of brightness (typ) for smooth, broadcast-quality, full-motion video and are good for gamers, small or home office users and business professionals.

The ViewSonic VA Series displays will be sold through authorized ViewSonic retailers, resellers, distributors and mail order outlets, and are backed by a three-year limited warranty on parts and labor.

Source: ViewSonic

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