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New Albatron Ti4200P Turbo and Ti4200 Turbo graphic cards

Aopen releases external CD-RW/DVD-ROM combos

P4S133-VM/LAN: an inexpensive SiS650-based solution from ASUS

PowerLeap PL-P4/N: upgrading Socket-423 systems with Pentium-4 Northwood

DDR makers raise contract prices

Sanyo ICR-B80RM digital voice recorder / 3-player

Two new LCD monitors from Acer

Canon Optura 200MC — a DV camera supporting direct photo printing

Photo of the day: GeForce4 Ti4600 from Soltek

New DVD standard specifications from Toshiba and NEC

Sapphire Atlantis Pro 128M DDR DVI TVO based on Radeon 9700

TDK presents the new design of 48 CD-R discs

Sigma MPEG-4 CODEC open-sourced

Universal DVD recorder from Sony

New Albatron Ti4200P Turbo and Ti4200 Turbo graphic cards

Taiwanese Albatron Technology announced the release of two new graphics cards: 64MB Ti4200 Turbo and 128MB Ti 4200P Turbo.

New accelerators are designed on 8-layer PCB, similar to used in Ti4600, have 3.3 ns 550 MHz BGA DDR RAM. Core clock rate of both cards is 250 MHz.

Ti4200P Turbo and Ti4200 Turbo have analog, digital DVI (SiI 164CT64 chip) and TV (Philipon SA7108 chip) NTSC/PAL outputs, are supplied with S-Cable — AV-Cable adapter, DVI — Dsub, drivers and Serious Sam, Motocross Mania games.

Aopen releases external CD-RW/DVD-ROM combos

AOpen reported the release of new external slim CD-RW/DVD-ROM combos to be shipped within the month. They are designed for owners of notebooks with high-speed peripheral interfaces.

24 drives that will be sold under the Aopen trademark, will initially feature IEEE 1394 and then 1394 and USB 2.0. These models will appear on the markets within the nearest half-year. AOpen also reported plans to actively attract OEM makers to this business sector.

In addition Aopen stated some optical disc market forecasts. According to the company, if in August CD-ROM orders grew by about 20%, DVD-ROM orders grew as well, but CD-RW demand reduced and will doubtfully noticeably grow in September. By the year-end AOpen forecasts demand growth due to the traditional seasonal activity. In the third quarter the company expects 20% sales volume growth comparing to the last year and additional growth by the New Year.

P4S133-VM/LAN: an inexpensive SiS650-based solution from ASUS

Today ASUSTeK Computer presented ASUS P4S133-VM/LAN, based on SiS650 + SiS961 logics bundle.

ASUS P4S133-VM/LAN will occupy a niche between the cheapest SDRAM solution without an AGP slot (P4SDR-VM) and DDR solution with an AGP slot and an Ethernet controller (P4S333-VM/LAN). The board features SiS integrated graphics and integrated sound.

P4S133-VM/LAN is intended for Socket 478 Intel Pentium4 Celeron processors and junior Intel Pentium4 CPUs. Costing a few bucks more than P4SDR-VM, the new solution is more technologically advanced. First, it has an AGP slot enabling for graphics upgrades, second, it features versions with and without Ethernet controller. At that, the price of a ready board is considerably lower than when using P4S333-VM/LAN — due to the different prices of memory and more expensive DDR functionality components.

ASUS P4S133-VM/LAN specifications:

  • Socket-478 Intel Pentium 4 (Northwood / Willamette) support
  • SIS 650/691 chipset
  • 400 MHz Front-Side-Bus (FSB)
  • SIS integrated graphics
  • 2 x SDRAM DIMM, up to 2 GB of PC133 SDRAM
  • 2 x ATA100, up to 4 IDE devices
  • 1 x AGP 4 and 3 x PCI
  • RJ45 10/100Mbit Ethernet
  • microATX design
  • The suggested retail price — $72 without Ethernet and $78 with it

Now the line of ASUS integrated solutions on SiS 650/650GL looks like: P4SDR-VM, P4S133VM/LAN (with and without Ethernet) and P4S333-VM/LAN (with and without Ethernet).

PowerLeap PL-P4/N: upgrading Socket-423 systems with Pentium-4 Northwood

Powerleap, already known by its CPU adapters, announced the release of its new product — PowerLeap PL-P4/N — that enables to use Socket-423 Pentium 4 boards with new Socket-478 Pentium 4, including those with Northwood core and 512 L2 cache.

The new adapter can be used with Pentium 4 processors, based on Northwood or Willamette, as well as with new P4 Celeron. The package contains a tube of Arctic Alumina thermal grease. At the company website PowerLeap PL-P4/N costs $49.95.

DDR makers raise contract prices

According to the Korean Maeli Business Paper, local memory makers — Samsung Electronics and Hynix Semiconductor — decided to start a smooth raise of DDR prices for their large customers.

Now "smooth" stands for 5-10%. According to DRAM Exchange, the current contract prices are:

And these are spot prices at DRAM Exchange at today bids:

Source: Maeli Business Paper

Sanyo ICR-B80RM digital voice recorder / 3-player

Sanyo announced sales of its new ICR-B80RM digital voice recorder / 3-player that will begin on September 21 for over 27000 yens ($225).

Slim (34x24x117 mm) and light (74 g) ICR-B80RM nevertheless features a USB port for downloading 3 files from PC. It´s capable of storing up to 256 files of 64MB total size.

Frequency features: record frequency range: 200 Hz — 9 kHz, playback frequency range: 20 Hz — 20 kHz, 16-192 Kbps bitrates, signal/noise — 82 dB. Batteries are enough for 3-hour speaker playback, 10.5-hour earphones playback and up to 6 hours of recording.

ICR-B80RM supports Windows 98/98 SE/ME/2000 Professional/XP.

Two new LCD monitors from Acer

According to Japanese mass-media, in the beginning of September Acer plans to start sales (at least in Japan) of two new LCD monitors: 15-inch AL511 and 17-inch AL722.

Both of them feature standard analog inputs. AL722´s max. resolution is 1280x1024, max. brightness is 250 candles/sq.m, contrast — 400:1, response time — 40 ms, viewing angle — 150° horizontal and 140° vertical. The monitor has built-in stereo speakers. The size of Acer AL722 is 424x178x436 mm, weight — 6.5 kg, the suggested price is about $580.

15-inch AL511 supports resolutions up to 1024x768, features up to 250 candles/sq.m brightness, 350:1 contrast, 40 ms response time, 120° horizontal and 100° vertical viewing angle. Acer AL511 size is 353x204x368 mm, weight is 3.2 kg, the expected price is about $370.

Canon Optura 200MC — a DV camera supporting direct photo printing

Canon announced the release of its new DV camera — Optura 200MC. Besides Digital Video and Motion-JPEG (MJPEG) recording, it supports some of still imaging functions: 1.33-megapixel shots with direct printing to select Canon photo printers, including CP10 (45 cm) and CP100 (1015 cm) as well as S820D, S830D and S530D.

The cam features 10 optical lens, 200 digital zoom and Optical Image Stabilization. Optura 200MC has two different photo and video processing chips to consider different characteristics of PC monitors and TV screens. Exif Print (Exif 2.2) is used at direct printing.

Photo of the day: GeForce4 Ti4600 from Soltek

I guess Soltek fans would like to look at the top graphics card from this maker: GeForce4 Ti4600.

I can state the impressive package box. As for the technological features, I can state questionable expediency of installing such a cooler and memory chips on the right side only.

New DVD standard specifications from Toshiba and NEC

According to the Japanese Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Toshiba and NEC, in contrast to Blu-ray Disc, consisting of nine South Korean, Japanese and European companies under Sony´s leadership, are working on their own version of the next-generation DVD format. Naturally, standards also touch blue range lasers.

Provisional data indicate that the new format will enable to store four times more data per disc against the current DVDs. Despite lower capacity of Toshiba-NEC discs comparing to the rivals, one of their advancement is lower production expenses. The economy of Toshiba-NEC standard is that new discs are similar enough to the current DVDs, so they can be produced on already existing DVD lines with some changes implemented.

Toshiba and NEC plan to present new specifications to committees in the end of August.

Sapphire Atlantis Pro 128M DDR DVI TVO based on Radeon 9700

The official release from Sapphire proved our information about the release of new Atlantis Pro 128M DDR DVI TVO cards on ATI Radeon 9700.

Atlantis Pro 128M DDR DVI TVO have Radeon 9700 clocked at 320 MHz, 128MB of DDR memory operates at 310 MHz (620 MHz DDR). The card has analog, digital DVI and TV out. NTSC and PAL versions are traditionally expected.

TDK presents the new design of 48 CD-R discs

TDK redesigned its 48 mainstream d-view discs. Look for the photos below:

Sigma MPEG-4 CODEC open-sourced

Sigma Designs, known by its REALmagic Video Streaming Technology and MPEG encoding developments, open-sourced its Sigma MPEG-4 CODEC, operating as a Windows plugin and enabling to encode digital video into files, fully compatible with ISO MPEG-4.

You can freely download Sigma MPEG-4 CODEC source code from the company website.

Universal DVD recorder from Sony

According to IDG News Service, for the second week of September Sony prepares the announcement of a new, unique DVD recorder. It will support two opposing standards: DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW. Besides the fact that purchasing such a drive solves DVD incompatibility problems, it´s also interesting that Sony grew soft to DVD-R/RW: as you know, about a year ago its representatives declared cancellation of DVD-R/RW support.

It seems that Sony plans to release a really interesting, currently unique product. No details have been disclosed about the novelty yet. Though, as it often happens, any rival of Sony might repeat this original and profitable action, or rather almost any, as Toshiba and Philips rejected the support of two DVD formats.

P.S. The third DVD format — DVD-RAM — with discs enclosed into plastic cartridges sounds still seldom...

Source: PC World

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