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New peripherals from Microsoft

AMD processors using 333 MHz FSB

LG-Philips LCD brings an action against Tatung

New Sony Clie PEG-T675C released

New RightMark Audio Analyzer v4.0 released

Two new 4-megapixel cameras from Sony

Microsoft Freestyle transforms into: a consumer XP version

A miniature vertical DPP-EX5 photoprinter from Sony

Minolta recalls some DiMAGE 7i cameras

New peripherals from Microsoft

Today Microsoft presented an unusually vast collection of peripheral devices, including 7 new mice and keyboards: Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse Blue, Optical Mouse Blue, MultiMedia Keyboard, Natural MultiMedia Keyboard, Wireless Optical Desktop, Wireless Optical Desktop Pro and Notebook Optical Mouse.

The suggested prices are below. Thumbnails are linked to larger images.

Optical Mouse Blue: $34.95
Notebook Optical Mouse: $34.95
MultiMedia Keyboard: $34.95
Wireless Optical Mouse Blue: $44.95
Wireless Optical Desktop Pro: $104.95
Natural MultiMedia Keyboard: $54.95
Wireless Optical Desktop: $84.95

AMD processors using 333 MHz FSB

According to OC WorkBench, referring to K-Hardware, there are several AMD processors, that are said to use new 333 MHz FSB:
  • AthlonXP 2300+/1833MHz
  • AthlonXP 2500+/2000MHz
  • AthlonXP 2700+/2166MHz
  • AthlonXP 2900+/2333MHz

Below is the list of processors that might also use 333 MHz FSB:

  • AthlonXP 2000+/1666MHz
  • AthlonXP 2100+/1733MHz
  • AthlonXP 2200+/1800MHz
  • AthlonXP 2400+/2000MHz
  • AthlonXP 2600+/2133MHz
  • AthlonXP 2800+/2266MHz

Source: OC WorkBench

LG-Philips LCD brings an action against Tatung

Yesterday LG-Philips LCD reported that it brought an action against Taiwanese CPT (Chunghwa Picture Tubes) and Tatung for violating six TFT LCD patents. As patents were obtained in USA, the action was brought to the district court of LA, CA. It´s said the action is about the technology of LCD panel controller side location, enlarging the visible part.

LG-Philips LCD reports that it has already tried to solve the conflict peacefully, but wasn´t able to negotiate with Tatung, owner of CPT. The action might become a serious test for the latter, selling most products in USA.

New Sony Clie PEG-T675C released

Sony announced the new PalmOS PDA — PEG-T675C. It has a color LCD display (320x320@65535 colors/dot), is just 12.5 mm thick, weighs 140 g. T675C bases on 66 MHz Dragonball Super VZ 66 and has 16MB DRAM, Memory Stick slot. A familiar Jog Dial is used as a manipulator.

The new PDA from Sony works under PalmOS 4.1 and is shipped with Sony software: PictureGear Pocket, gMovie, AvantGo, Documents To Go 4.0 Standard Edition, etc. Clie PEG-T675C suggested price is 499 euro.

New RightMark Audio Analyzer v4.0 released

New version RightMark Audio Analyzer is released. It features multiple new features, including:

  • Up to 192 kHz modes testing
  • 4 result comparison slots
  • Updated User´s Manual
  • Better stability
  • And many other features

RMAA 4.0 is available for download in the corresponding section.

RightMark Audio Analyzer is an independent non-commercial open source audiomeasuring project, developed by iXBT.com.

The RightMark Audio Analyzer test kit is designed for testing sound card and other sound equipment acoustic characteristics. The testing is conducted by playing back and recording test signals, passed through the examined sound path. Then a user can browse and save test results. For those unfamiliar with technical parameters measured, the software provides a notational mark, including: "bad", "average", "good", "very good", "excellent".

The source code is open for anyone for browsing and compilation (Microsoft Visual C++ and Borland C++ Builder projects posted). The constructive software discussions take place in the post-moderated forum.

For more details visit audio.rightmark.org.

Two new 4-megapixel cameras from Sony

Sony announced two new 4-megapixel cameras: DSC-F77 and DSC-FX77. They??ll be available for sale on November 9 from about 60000 yens ($510) and 50000 yens ($425), respectively.

Both cams feature an interesting 300°-rotating lens (so, you can take a picture of yourself, if needed). The senior and more expensive model — DSC-FX77 C differs from DSC-F77 by a built-in Bluetooth module, providing about 350 Kbps data tranfers in 10-meter radius. Other specifications are: fixed focus lens, 37-mm focal length (35-mm equiv.), F:2.8 aperture, up to 10 cm macro. Sensor: 1/1.8-inch CCD, 4 million effective pixels, 3.5x digital zoom.

Cameras support 2272?1704, 2272?1520, 1600?1200, 1280?960, 640?480 resolutions. Additionally they support 320?240 and 160?120 MPEG-1 movies recording. Used storage — Memory Stick, 16MB card included.

Dimensions are: FX77 C 92.62771 mm, F77 C 98.1x27x71 mm, weight: 157 and 152 g. Batteries are said to provide 100 min operation.

Note the interesting design of DC-In and AV/USB in the bottom part of the body. Batteries are charged via USB.

Microsoft Freestyle transforms into: a consumer XP version

On Thursday Microsoft is expected to officially announce the version of Windows XP for consumer electronics, combining features of a TV, digital VCR, audiocenter, and a media player with a desktop PC. The system, previously codenamed Freestyle, will be officially called Windows XP Media Center Edition.

As you know, only three OEM makers supported this idea first. Hewlett-Packard and Samsung Electronics will start to sell their MS Freestyle-based PCs in fall in USA and Korea, respectively. NEC will start selling its systems in Japan next year. By the way, the new OS won´t be shipped to users as a standalone product.

Note the design of such a PC from Hewlett-Packard: HP Media Center PC features a stylish minitower, IEEE 1394 and USB 2.0 are on the front panel. It also features S-Video, 6-in-1 card reader. Inside: 2GHz and higher Pentium 4, NVIDIA GeForce4 graphics, Klipsch acoustics, DVD-RW, various software. Such system will cost $1500 — $2000.

On Thursday Microsoft is also expected to officially announce a beta of its next-generation Windows Media. Windows Media 9, previously codenamed MS Corona, will include a new video codec (supporting 720x1280, 24 fps, four times better compression comparing to MPEG-2), a new Windows Media Professional audio codec (5.1-channel 24-bit / 96 kHz sound over IP). Other details are to follow tomorrow.

A miniature vertical DPP-EX5 photoprinter from Sony

Sony likes to release products with usual features encased into unusual design. For this many prefer to buy its stylish devices, sometimes overpaying for the possession of remarkable thing. Now the company released a new portable DPP-EX5 photoprinter, expected for sale in October. It seems to be a usual device supporting 403x403 dpi resolution, 24-bit color/dot (8 bit/color, YMC), Exif Print (Exif 2.2), but featuring an attractive vertical case.

But back to the specifications. The printer supports automatic 60-200% image scaling with a 10% step, brightness, contrast, saturation and sharpness control. File formats supported: DCF (Exif 2.1/2.2), JPEG, TIFF(RGB), 4:4:4 / 4:2:2 / 4:2:0 compressed JPEG, BMP (24-bit/ Windows), JFIF. It prints on postcard (1612x2418), L (1412x2015), business card (1516x1137) paper formats. The speed is 90 sec for a postcard print.

The device features USB 1.1, a traditional MemoryStick slot, NTSC-out. The dimensions are 78x288x200 mm, weight — about 2.3 kg. DPP-EX5 expected price is about $230, a pack of L-sized paper (SVM-30MS, 30 sheets) costs about $10.

Minolta recalls some DiMAGE 7i cameras

Today Minolta announced that it recalls a part of DiMAGE 7i shipments. It concerns devices with 95217273-95219999 and 96201000-96226022 serial numbers, sold in July 2002 or later.

According to the company, the problem is minor — a possible Main Switch defect. They underline this doesn´t touch DiMAGE 7 cameras at all.

All owners of DiMAGE 7i with aforementioned serials are offered to send their cameras to the company. Minolta will replace defect switches and return cameras. Naturally, the company will pay for the expenses. The address to send cameras to:

Minolta Corporation,
DiMAGE Service Response Team,
101 Williams Drive,
Ramsey, NJ 07446

Note: Xonio published another serial number range: 95217200-95219999 and 96201001-96226100, and also the European address:

Minolta Europe GmbH
European Repair Center
z. Hd. Frau Schmidt
Senator-Helmken-Straße 1
28197 Bremen

It mentions that return time is not specified, but will be about 2-3 days.

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