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AMD and 333 MHz FSB: information updated

FCC demands digital television

Bluetooth into every case

New Sony DSC-F717: new 5-megapixel camera with 5 optical zoom

Photosmart 850 — a new 4-megapixel camera from

Intel to present Springdale samples in September. On the shipments of 845GE, 845PE and 845GV

New CanoScan LiDE line from Canon

Intel officially cuts processor prices

4-processor system board for AMD Opteron?

AMD and 333 MHz FSB: information updated

Our colleagues from French INpact-Hardware published updated information about new AMD processors they believe to be completely true, as they´ve received it from their reliable sources. According to this post, the new AMD FSB 333 will be officially announced on October 7.

Boards on the following chipsets will theoretically support new CPUs (naturally, not all boards):

  • VIA KT400 and even KT333 (unofficially, not all boards)
  • NVIDIA nForce2
  • SiS746

According to provisional data, the first 333 MHz FSB processor will be Athlon XP 2700+. In the beginning of the next year we´ll see Barton-based products (512KB L2 cache) supporting such FSB.

According to undisclosed sources, mobo makers have been developing 333 MHz FSB boards since the middle of August. The first chip samples are expected in September, followed by AMD certification program for new boards. Volume shipments of such boards and processors are expected in October.

Source: INpact-Hardware

FCC demands digital television

USA FCC released new requirements for TV sets: by July 1 2004 50% of 36-inch and larger TVs must be equipped with digital encoders; 100% of them — by July 1 2005. At the same time all 13- to 36-inch TVs must be equipped with digital encoders by July 1 2007.

Observers believe this will result in 30 million digital TV per year ($75 billion) demand. Korea Economic Daily thinks this gives a nice chance for Samsung and LG, that actively develop their digital TV products.

Samsung, aimed at the first place in the digital TV market, plans to spend about $300 million for marketing, but, perhaps, due to FCC decision this will become more than enough. By the year-end Samsung also plans to present new 40-inch digital LCD TV.

LG also tries to keep up and plans to spend about $200 million for marketing campaign that will continue until 2006. In the rather near future the company plans to present 50-inch PDP TV and 60-inch projector TV. Additionally, LG invests $90 million into a fab in Mexico to increase the amount of production lines from 3 to 12. Its yield is expected to make 3 million TVs per year, and the close location to USA makes us think all the TVs will be sold there.

Bluetooth into every case

We´ve already mentioned that some companies (Toshiba, in particular) planned to implement Bluetooth into consumer electronics — into a fridge, microwave oven and washing machine — to provide status information to owner and some feedback like a fridge buying missing products or microwave oven warming up food.

Samsonite found another interesting application for Bluetooth: in March at CeBIT it showed this case:

The company promised that Hardlite ICT 625 business case will appear for sale already in September, but it hasn´t sounded somehow yet, though a similar case was noticed in retail. Pity, because Hardlite ICT 625 was promised to keep travel info, have some tricks against potential thieves, a security ID chip (though I guess the degree of belief to these chips won´t be high case-scale), and, most importantly, download all necessary info via Bluetooth.

New Sony DSC-F717: new 5-megapixel camera with 5 optical zoom

Sony today announced the new DSC-F717 digital camera, being the advanced version of popular DSC-F707. DSC-F717 features almost the same case design, 5-megapixel sensor and 5 optical zoom. The novelty differs from previous versions by manual optical zoom, record and play histogram, ISO 800, full Auto exposure mode, USB 2.0.

Some specifications of DSC-F717:

  • ISO sensitivity: Auto, ISO 100, 200, 400, 800
  • Max shutter speed: 1/2000 sec
  • Exposure modes: Full Auto, Program AE, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Full Manual and Scene
  • Scene modes: Twilight, Twilight portrait (slow sync flash), Landscape and Portrait
  • White balance: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Tungsten and Manual
  • MPEG clips: MPEG HQX, 16 FPS unlimited
  • Media: Memory Stick (32MB card included)
  • JPEG: EXIF 2.2 (Exif Print)
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0
  • Weight: 659 g

Photosmart 850 — a new 4-megapixel camera from

It seems the fall will bring many 4-megapixel camera novelties. So, today European Hewlett Packard announced the new Photosmart 850.

It features a 4-megapixel sensor and F:2.8 — F:3.1 lens with 8 optical zoom. Camera´s maximum focal length is 300 mm (35 mm equiv.), maximum resolution is 2272x1712. The camera also has a 2-inch LCD monitor and EVF.

The novelty feeds from four AA batteries, shots are stored on SD / MMC cards. The package including camera and Photosmart 8881 cradle will cost about 777 euro ($761).

Intel to present Springdale samples in September. On the shipments of 845GE, 845PE and 845GV

As you know, Intel plans to start volume shipments of Springdale chipset for new-generation Pentium 4 with Prescott core in H1 2003. However, Taiwanese sources report that Springdale samples will become available for mobo makers already in September.

The official beginning of 845GE, 845PE and 845GV volume shipments (most likely the last chipsets from Intel for this year) is planned, according to The DigiTimes, to October 7. And limited consignments are being already shipped from the middle of August.

New CanoScan LiDE line from Canon

Canon announced three compact scanners belonging to a new CanoScan LiDE family. "LiDE" stands for "LED Indirect Exposure". Devices feature CIS (Contact Image Sensor), USB, also used as a power source. Z-Lid enables to lift the scanner lid up to 32 mm high to scan volume documents (i.e. books).

The top CanoScan LiDE 50 will appear for sale in the beginning of October for about $170. The model supports 1200x2400 dpi optical resolution, 16-bit internal and external color depth (RGB). In the 600 dpi mode scanner provides up to 6.4 ms per line for color documents and 3.1 ms per line for b&w documents. The scanner supports USB 2.0. CanoScan LiDE 50 dimensions are 258x374x38 mm, weight — 1.8 kg.

CanoScan LiDE 30 (1200x2400 dpi, approx. $140) and CanoScan LiDE 20 (600x1200 dpi, approx. $120) will appear for sale in September. Both models support 16-bit internal and 8-bit external color depth (RGB), 600 dpi read makes about 16 ms per line for color and 5.3 ms per line for b&w documents. Models feature USB 1.1. Scanner dimensions are 256x383x 34 mm, weight — 1.5 kg.

All three models are supplied with PhotoStudio, PhotoBase, Photoshop Elements, OCR software, Windows 98/Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 9 / Mac OS X 10 drivers.

Intel officially cuts processor prices

Today Intel updated its page concerning processor wholesale selling prices. According to expectations, the company cut wholesale (for over 1000 units consignments) prices for 22 OEM products, maximum cut made 52%.

  Old price New price Cut
Pentium 4
2.40B GHz $400 $193 52%
2.40 GHz $400 $193 52%
2.26 GHz $241 $193 20%
2.20 GHz $241 $193 20%
2A GHz $193 $163 16%
1.80 GHz $163 $143 12%
1.80 GHz $103 $83 19%
1.70 GHz $83 $69 17%
1.40 GHz $89 $74 17%
1.30 GHz $74 $64 14%
Mobile Pentium 4-M
2 GHz $637 $348 45%
1.90 GHz $401 $241 40%
1.80 GHz $348 $198 43%
1.70 GHz $241 $171 29%
Mobile Celeron
1.50 GHz $170 $96 44%
1.40 GHz $149 $96 36%
1.20 GHz $96 $80 17%
2.20 GHz $262 $224 15%
2A GHz $224 $188 16%
1.80 GHz $192 $156 19%
Pentium III-S
1.40 GHz $294 $198 32%
1.26 GHz $202 $167 17%

4-processor system board for AMD Opteron?

On one of the Yahoo message boards they posted a photo of a 4-processor Opteron system board, perhaps, torn out of some document. Nobody says this image represents a real board, but we have what we have...

To stop all replies about too many DDR slots onboard, publishing a reference board flowchart from the official AMD documents:

Source: Guru3D

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