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Sony presents first specifications of a new universal DVD recorder

Sony: stick some memory into every mouse!

Two new magneto-optical drives from Logitec

PC640: the first Pocket PC from Novatek

Nokia 3650: European multimedia feast

Nikkei reports mobile market restoration

Wavecom releases quadruple-range GSM/GPRS module

Intel: third quarter sales volume to be lower than expected

The smallest Pentium 4 PC according to Warp2Search

Apple plans to replace 15-inch iMacs to 17-inch and produce 19-inch

Pocketec´s Pockey-DataStor: miniature portable hard disks

New HDD Maxtor Fireball and DiamondMax series — 40GB for $80



Sony presents first specifications of a new universal DVD recorder

AV Land posted the first specifications of Sony´s new universal DVD recorder.

According to the post, Sony DRU-500A will support two main DVD recording formats: DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/+RW.

Approximate specifications:

  • 4╚ DVD-R recording
  • 2╚ DVD-RW recording
  • 2.4╚ DVD+R recording
  • 2.4╚ DVD+RW recording
  • DVD-ROM read speed and CD-RW speeds haven´t been disclosed yet
  • IDE interface
  • Expected avialability: fall 2002
  • Approximate price: 300 pounds

Sony: stick some memory into every mouse!

Sony announced the release of a new USB 2.0 peripheral line: MSAC-US2 and MSAC-US20 card readers, optical mice / card readers combos: MSAC-US70 and MSAC-US7; MSAC-PC3 PC Card adapter. All devices are supplied with drivers and software for Windows 98/98 SE/2000 Professional/Me/XP and Mac OS 8.5.1 / 8.6 / 9.0 / 9.1 / 9.2, Mac OS X 10/10.1.


MSAC-US2: a simple miniature Memory Stick reader, feeding from USB connection and supporting up to 800 KB/sec transfer rates. It has a detachable cradle for desktop/mobile usage. Shipments start in mid-October, the approximate price is $38.


MSAC-US7: optical wheel mouse / Memory Stick readers. USB power supply, up to 800 KB/sec transfer rate. Shipments start in mid-October, the approximate price is $65.


MSAC-US20: new Magic Gate Memory Stick reader. USB power supply, up to 800 KB/sec transfer rate. Shipments start in mid-October, the approximate price is $55.


MSAC-US70: optical wheel mouse / Magic Gate Memory Stick reader. USB power supply, up to 800 KB/sec transfer rate. Shipments start in mid-November, the approximate price is $80.


MSAC-PC3: PC Card => Memory Stick adapter. Up to 9.6 MB/sec transfer rate. Shipments start in mid-November, the approximate price is $80.

Two new magneto-optical drives from Logitec

Logitec announced the release and sales of two new magneto-optical ATAPI drives. LMO-D1354AK3 supports up to 1.3GB discs, LMO-D654AK3 — up to 640MB. Devices will cost 46500 yens ($400) and 31000 yens ($265), respectively.



Drives can be installed both into 5.25", and 3.5" bays. Novelties support Windows 95/98/Me/NT 4.0/2000/XP. Spindle rotation speed makes 5455 and 3637 RPM, respectively, sector access time is 23 ms, buffer is 2MB.

PC640: the first Pocket PC from Novatek

Novatek announced the release of its first NOVATEK PPC640 Pocket PC.



It works under Windows CE 4.0 and features 206 MHz Intel StrongARM processor, 8.9-cm LCD screen (240x320, 65536 colors), 32MB Flash ROM and 64MB SDRAM, CompactFlash Type II, SecureDigital, MultiMediaCard slots; USB, serial and IrDA ports. The built-in 1200 mAh Polymer-Lithium battery provides 3-5 hours of operation.

NOVATEK PPC640 costs 379.9 euro.

Nokia 3650: European multimedia feast

Just after the Nikkei report about the world mobile market, mentioning Nokia color-display phones, we are introducing new Nokia 3650, which shipments are expected early in 2003.



Nokia 3650 operates in GSM 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz ranges, features a digital still/video camera and a digital video player, supports MMS.

The built-in cam supports up to 176╚208 resolution, 4096 colors. The novelty has an interesting design with a "circular keypad" with digital and control keys instead of a usual keypad.



Nokia 3650 is claimed to support streaming video and audio, RealOne Player download, its internet browser supports XHTML. The phone utilizes Symbian OS, supporting Java2ME.

Nokia supplied the phone with 4MB memory and a flash cards support. One can also use an optional Bluetooth module. The device weighs 130 g and uses 850 mAh Li-Ion batteries. Operation time: 8 days idle, 4 hours talking.

Nikkei reports mobile market restoration

Japanese Nikkei reported the slow, but noticeable growth of the mobile market comparing to the last year.



Prodiving values, lower than Gartner´s, Nikkei believes that the total amount of phones sold this and next years will doubtfully exceed 400 million: Nikkei Market Access forecasts about 386.4 million sold phones, that´s 6.5% more than 2001 value.

Nikkei pays much attention to color/monochrome phone display ratio. It claims the share of color-display phones to become at least 35% by 2003.

Nikkei believes this is partly tied to the growing amount of such phones in Asia, but new European and USA services are to play their importmant role as well. Besides, in June Nokia already announced its plans for the late 2002 / early 2003, including color-display devices production. (Last month the company negotiated shipments with Samsung SDI, the leading mobile color display developer.)

Mobile phone makers hope for the European market, expecting considerably higher demand for color-display phones from monochrome handset owners.

Wavecom releases quadruple-range GSM/GPRS module

Wavecom, specializing in wireless communication integrated modules, announced the release of a quadruple-range GSM/GPRS module.

Wavecom WISMO operates in 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz frequency ranges. It´s expected in retail early next year.

850 MHz range, recently opened for GSM/GPRS, enables GSM carriers to use other technologies (AMPS and TDMA, though I believe it enables them to use already existing networks) to consolidate GSM/GPRS success and found the base for 2.5G networks.

Intel: third quarter sales volume to be lower than expected

Today Intel announced that its third quarter sales volume will be lower than expected.

As you know, the company announced the third quarter forecast at the press conference in June, dedicated to the second quarter results, at which Intel reported $6.3 billion sales volume and $446 million revenues ($0.07 per stock). In the third quarter the company expected about $6.3-$6.9 billion turnover and about $106 million revenues ($0.02 per stock). Now Intel specifies that company turnover will get into expected range, however closer to the lower limit. The company believes this to be the result of low processors sales volume.

Along with the reduced demand, Intel considerably cut prices for its processros last week, that would also affect the total quarter sales volumes. And another keynote from Intel representatives states that company flash memory production directly corresponds to the forecasted values, while the demand for communication products remains low.

The smallest Pentium 4 PC according to Warp2Search

Introducing photos of a small EzGo Pentium 4 Minipc. According to Warp2Search, it´s the smallest Pentium 4 system. It should appear for sale in the third quarter, though there are same PCs in the market already released under other trademarks.



System configuration:

  • CPU: Intel Pentium 4, 478-Pin, CPU system bus 400 Ýš├
  • Chipset: SIS 650
  • Memory: two 200-pin SODIMM slots for 128Mb, 256Mb, 512Mb (1GB when available) DDR memory
  • Graphics: 64MB VRAM, 4xAGP 2.0, up to 1600x1200, 24bpp, 16.7 million colors, VGA-Out
  • Hard disk: 2.5" 12.5 mm HDD (ATA 133/100/66), a socket for ATAPI-IDE slim-type CDROM, DVDROM, CDRW and combos
  • Audio: built-in, single speaker, mic, headphone jack, line in/out, SPDIF out
  • Communications: built-in 56K V90 modem, 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet, 10/100 RJ45 socket, built-in infra-red port, RJ11
  • Additional interfaces: TV-port (1024x768, sound), two mini-Firewire (1394) (400 Mbps), 2xUSB2.0 (back-panel), 2xUSB1.1 (front-panel), PCMCIA type II, 1 LPT, 1 COM, two PS2 ports
  • Supply voltage: 110 V AC (90-130 V) or 230 V (180-260 V), 120 W max. power consumption
  • Weight: 1.25 kg, dimensions: 198╚161╚62 mm
  • Supported OS: Windows 98/2000, Windows NT, Windows Me, Windows XP and Linux

Apple plans to replace 15-inch iMacs to 17-inch and produce 19-inch

According to Taiwanese newspapers, besides cancelling 15-inch iMacs and replacing them with 17-inch models this month, in Q4 2002 Apple will launch 19-inch iMac production.

It will take place at fabs of Foxconn, Hon Hai´s subsidiary. The same company, according to Taiwan Economic News, will produce Apple i-Book.

Pocketec´s Pockey-DataStor: miniature portable hard disks

Pocketec has also reported about the release of new 60GB portable hard disks — Pockey-DataStor. Having 125╚75╚13 mm dimensions, disks support USB 2.0 and cost $400 and more.

Source: ExtremeTech

New HDD Maxtor Fireball and DiamondMax series — 40GB for $80

Yesterday Maxtor announced two new 40GB hard disks: Fireball 3 and DiamondMax Plus 8, for $80 and $100, respectively. High-end up to 160GB DiamondMax Plus 9 and DiamondMax 16 are also available.

Disks differ by RPM: Fireball 3 features 5400 RPM, DiamondMax Plus 8 — 7200 RPM. Besides, the latter utilizes a special FDB (fluid-dynamic bearing) chassis to reduce noise. Both disks are 17 mm thick and support ATA-133. In addition, cheaper 20GB and 30GB drives are also available.

DiamondMax 16 features 5400 RPM, DiamondMax Plus 9 — 7200 RPM, utilizing the same FDB. Both disks have 60, 80, 120 and 160 GB capacity and support ATA-133. Besides, the company released a cheaper DiamondMax Plus 9 without FDB chassis and Plus 9 with Serial ATA and optional 8MB buffer. Shipments of Serial ATA Maxtor disks are expected in December.

DiamondMax Plus 9 will cost $300, DiamondMax 16 — $250.

Source: ExtremeTech

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