PC Briefs: Philips, FortuneTec, RIMMs

PC Briefs: Philips, FortuneTec, RIMMs

LG.Philips opens plant

LG.Philips LCD has officially opened what it claims is the world's largest liquid crystal display (LCD) manufacturing facility. The new plant could help curb an LCD price rise or even bring down prices. The Kumi, South Korea, factory went online earlier this year and produces 15-inch and 18-inch displays. LG.Philips LCD is a joint venture between Philips and LG Electronics. The factory uses large 1000mm x 1200mm glass substrates and currently produces about 30,000 sheets a month. That should double to 60,000 by year's end, when full production capacity is reached, a Philips spokesman said.

Promising FortuneTec

Sydney-based distributor FortuneTec has signed a deal to distribute Promise Technology's ATA Raid Subsystems and ATA Raid Cards. The agreement adds to FortuneTec's current range of SCSI Raid solutions, said Justin Hsu, managing director. "We recognise Promise Technology is a leading company that specialises in ATA Raid research and development," he said. "Since the partnership is taken seriously, FortuneTec will secure Promise Technology's market popularity." FortuneTec also distributes Macase PC cases, rack-mount cases and HEC power supplies as well as a selection of server cases, server power supplies and cooling peripherals.

New RIMMs for Transcend

Transcend has released a new series of Rambus in-line memory modules (RIMMs) for use with Intel i850E systems. The PC800-40ns RIMMs offer 800MHz Direct Rambus and 40-nanosecond core access time to support the Intel D850EMD2 and D850EMV2 system platforms. The modules are available with or without Error Checking and Correction, and are backward compatible with systems using the i850 and i860 chipsets, Transcend said in a statement. The modules are capable of achieving a peak bandwidth of up to 3.2GBps. The modules are available in 128MB, 256MB, and 512MB capacities.

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