CeBIT Hannover 2007 (Part 9)

Ality and Elixir Booths

Ality's Booth

 Ality had a variety of digital photo frames on display, but they developed a new intuitive model that's to be released around the June timeframe and looks like it will stir up the market.

 Enter the Wireless Pixxa digital photo frame. Unlike most traditional digital photo frames that play a slideshow and background music, this device does a whole lot more. Highlights include Live New, Photo Messenger, Live Calendar, in addition to the usual photo, video and audio playback support. It can offer such a broad range of services because its custom GUI and operating platform relies on the Internet. Just plug this device to your home network and enjoy the Internet collaboration functions it supports. Specs: an 800x600 resolution 4:3 screen, built-in speakers, on-board memory of up to 2GB, supports MS/MMC/SD/CF/XD memory cards, USB host and slave ports, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g support, real-time clock (syncs with the Internet) and a remote control. Expected SRP is about US$350, but it could be worth it.

 Based on a user account service, you can send messages, photos and even chat with friends from your Pixxa or Ality online account with that of your friend's Pixxa account. News and live feeds of your interest are displayed on the screen after the initial configuration while Live Calendar synchronizes your schedules from Google Calendar to the Wireless Pixxa (or vice versa). In a live demonstration of the Photo Messenger, the demo personnel sent an e-mail message with a photo using his Pixxa account to the test unit's account and the picture message came up in a jiffy. The Wireless Pixxa demoed here is a prototype model and its physical frame would be smaller yet in the final unit. Overall, we feel this gadget has potential to even give the HP Touchsmart PC a competition for those who require nifty and simple collaboration device without requiring an entire PC. It even supports multiple user accounts!

Elixir's Booth

 Elixir, the retail branding of Nanya memory was proudly showcasing its latest range as well as DD3 parts, which in their view are ready for retail as soon as the motherboards arrive.

 Here's a 1GB DDR-1066 memory module from Elixir. Operating at 1.5V, its memory timings are 7-7-7. From what we've heard, DDR3 performs similar to DDR2 clock-for-clock. Thus some memory vendors we spoke to mentioned that they would only debut DDR3 memory modules at speeds higher than what current DDR2 parts can handle. Besides, there's plenty of DDR2 in the market already and it won't help if DDR3 is introduced to compete against these.

 Here are a handful of DDR3 memory devices up-close.