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PC Solutions Briefs: IBM, Viking, Sun, Rambus

PC Solutions Briefs: IBM, Viking, Sun, Rambus

IBM storage out of this world on NADA missionA tiny device with huge storage power from IBM has just completed two successful NASA shuttle missions, bringing back high-resolution images of outer space.

The Microdrive, a one-inch hard disk capable of storing up to 1GB of data, is not surprisingly aimed at reliability and performance. Its capacity ranges from 340MB to 1GB, and weighs just 16 grams. The drive is supported by a host of devices, such as digital music players, PDAs and digital cameras. The drive also supports multiple data types - from mp3 to jpg files. The 1GB version currently costs $US989.

The pictures from shuttle missions STS98 and STS102 can be downloaded at www.spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/Viking shoots for the SunViking has shipped a 4Gb memory upgrade kit for the Sun Blade 1000 workstation and Sun Fire 280r server.

Viking 133MHz ECC SDRAM upgrade kits for the Sun UltraSPARC III systems are now available in 4GB capacities, enabling the maximum 8GB of memory in both systems. Viking's 2GB, 1GB and 512MB kits will ship next month.

"Viking memory upgrades for the Sun Blade and Sun Fire systems are designed to maximise system performance and increase each system's ability to tackle graphics and compute intensive operations," said Tony Jezek, Viking product manager.

The kits will be available in Australia through Accutek and Norse Technology.www.accutek.com.au, www.norsetech.com.auRambus suits given bootA US federal judge has thrown out all but three claims made by memory systems designer Rambus in its patent infringement suit against Infineon Technologies.

The jury will only hear three of the total 57 claims in the case. The judge may consider a motion from Infineon to throw out all the claims in the suit.

Representatives of Rambus and Infineon could not be immediately reached for comment.

Rambus has alleged that Infineon and several other chipmakers have infringed on memory patents relating to synchronous dynamic random access memory (SDRAM) and Rambus DRAM (RDRAM). The lawsuits came after the chipmakers refused to pay royalty fees to Rambus.

Rambus has also sued all three companies in Germany, with the Infineon case expected to go to trial in May, and the two others held in late September. Rambus also has a separate suit against Micron in Italy.


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