Pretec announces 16 GB USB stick

The next generation of USB sticks is knocking on our doors: Pretec is the first company to announce a device that packs 16 GB of storage space into the form factor of a common USB Flash stick. The new I-Disk II can save the contents of more than three regular DVDs or 23 CDs. There is enough storage space for about 10,000 digital images or 4000 MP3 music files. Pretec claims that the memory stick runs at a speed of 166x, offering a data transfer rate of about 25 MB/s.

TDK shows off 200 GB Blu-ray disc

TDK has announced a prototype Blu-ray disc that can store a massive 200 GB of data. The single-sided, six layer disc can store up to 18 hours of high definition video.

Samsung to raise prices for 17" LCD panels

Samsung Electronics may begin quoting its 17" monitor panels at $125 for September, according to sources.

Samsung Corning to roll out FFL backlight units for 40" range TVs

Having developed flat fluorescent lamp (FFL) backlight units (BLUs) for 32" LCD TVs, Samsung Corning plans to start volume producing FFL BLUs for 40" and 46" TVs soon, the company said.

Pretec releases monster size 8 GB SDHC card

Pretec today announced an 8GB SDHC card, which the company claims is the highest capacity SD card announced so far. Pretec expects mass production of the device by the end of the year.

New NV44-based GPU gives another chance to GeForce 6200 with Turbocache

Graphics cards featuring Nvidia's new GeForce 7100 GS graphics processor unit (GPU), which was recently added to the company's entry-level product lineup, will hit the market in the middle of September, according to sources at Taiwan-based graphics card makers.

STMicroelectronics announces new 32 Mb flash memory for automotive use

STMicroelectronics on August 30 announced a new and enhanced version of its 32 Mb flash memory chip that is intended specifically for the automotive market.

Books for all: Google offers full book downloads

Google has begun offering full-text downloads of many older books. Google's Book search now has a "full view" option which lets people search for full-text books. Web surfers can flip through these one page at a time or they can download the books in PDF format.

"Seamless" triple-monitor announced

Stock traders and flight simulator addicts will probably drool over Seamless Display's new triple-monitor display. The Radius320 display uses special lenses to virtually erase the pesky seam lines between the monitors and gives an almost uninterrupted picture.

AMD's Yokohama Centrino to surface in Q4?

Chicago (IL) - AMD may be closer to a Centrino competitor than many may have expected. According to a media report, AMD and ATI may be introducing a notebook platform, code-named "Yokohama," in the fourth quarter of this year to compete with Intel's recently launched Napa64 platform, which includes the Core 2 Duo processor.

Fujitsu introduces 2.5" perpendicular hard drive

Fujitsu on August 30 announced its new MHW2 BH series of hard disk drives (HDDs) for mobile PCs, its first 2.5" HDD offerings to incorporate advanced perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology for enhanced storage capacity. The 160 GB MHW2160BH, which the company claims has the industry's highest storage capacity for a 5400 rpm HDD), and the 80 GB MHW2080BH, will go on sale worldwide from October 2006, according to Fujitsu. More here at DigiTimes.

Memorex starts selling double-sided mini DVD-R discs

Memorex has started selling double-sided miniature recordable DVD-R discs. The discs can store 1.4 GB per side for a total of 2.4 GB per disc. Each disc is coated with Memorex's "DuraLayer" film that protects the data against dust and scratches.

Microsoft to issue fix for DRM breaker

Microsoft is preparing a fix for a program that strips the digital-rights-management protections attached to its Windows Media file format, representatives said Monday night. Armed with the program, users could theoretically download an unlimited amount of music via MTV's Urge music service, as well as other sites that offer music for download. Read the complete story here. (PC Magazine via ABC News)

Microsoft releases download of Vista RC1

Microsoft is offering Vista beta testers a pre-RC1 ISO download. Users can download the file and create a bootable DVD using a common DVD burning software.

Micron prepares 16 GB DDR2 for late 2006 release

Servers memory capacity will get a boost later this year with availability of 16 GB modules. Micron is currently sampling the devices, which are built in a 36x4Gb "twin-die" stack configuration.

AOL's new Music Now service gears up for the Zune era

Dulles (VA) - The rebuilding of AOL continues at a breakneck pace today, as the company deploys more services to generate revenue to replace the diminishing amount it was receiving from its ISP business - which it is essentially jettisoning. Today, AOL is launching its Music Now service, which incorporates the streaming infrastructure it acquired last November from Circuit City, plus the core of music licenses it acquired from Spinner.com back in 1999.

OCZ counters Corsair with 1120 MHz memory

Performance memory makers are upping the speed of their flasghip memory devices, a few megahertz at a time. Following Corsair, which yesterday announced a $650, 1111 MHz PC-8889 2 GB memory kit, OCZ today announced a 1120 Mhz PC-9000 device.

Nvidia to counter ATI in mid-range segment with Geforce 7900 GS

Sub-$200 Nvidia Geforce 7900 GS-based graphics cards are expected to appear in the channel market from August 30, targeted to compete with the ATI Radeon X1650XT series, according to sources at Taiwan-based graphics card makers.

Toshiba to launch new USB flash-memory series

Toshiba today announced the forthcoming introduction of TransMemory USB flash memories, which will bring U3 platform technology into the company's USB lineup and introduce a special-edition high-capacity USB memory.

Samsung to build 1 Gbit DDR2 SDRAM at 80nm

With its DDR2 in all densities already being fabricated at the 80-nanometer node, Samsung Electronics today announced the mass production of 1 Gbit DDR2 DRAM.