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DW-2245PU: new USB 2.0 DVD/CD-RW combo from TEAC

New external USB 2.0 hard disks from Western Digital

232-pin 32-bit RIMM 3200 / RIMM 4200 memory from Kingston

Maui reference design or bsquare Power Handheld

LPC flash memory from Atmel

KT4 Ultra: MSI launches its own DDR400 certification

A dual-LCD from EIZO Nanao

Veo Photo Traveler: a digital camera for PDAs

Fujitsu Mobile FCRAM family updated

Rio S10 and S30S: two new digital players from SONICblue

ASUS BLUE MAGIC and SpaceLink B&W: how it works

RADEON 9700 PRO 128 MB cards are incompatible with some AGP 8x mobos

New home LCD projector from Sanyo

Unsinkable wireless LCD TVs from Casio

4-megapixel Canon PowerShot G3

3-megapixel Canon PowerShot S230

Intel announces 11 new mobile processors

New MP3/MP3 Pro players from Archos and Thomson

New 5-megapixel QV-5700 from Casio

Photo of the day: ASUS P4PE board on i845PE



DW-2245PU: new USB 2.0 DVD/CD-RW combo from TEAC

Late in September TEAC plans to ship the new portable 8/24/10/24x DVD/CD-RW combo — DW-2245PU — supporting USB 2.0.


DW-2245PU also supports traditional BURN Proof technology and has 2MB buffer. The drive is compatible with Windows 98 SE/ME/2000/XP. DW-2245PU dimensions are 138x185x23 mm, weight — 420 g, expected price — about $250.

New external USB 2.0 hard disks from Western Digital

According to provisional data, in November Western Digital plans to announce a line of new external USB 2.0 hard disks.



They´ll feature 40, 80, 120GB capacity, 7200 RPM, 8.9 ms average access time, 2MB buffer, and will support Windows 98 and newer, Mac OS X and newer systems. Hard disk dimensions are 44.20x218.75x154.43 mm. The approximate price of WD800B05RNN 80GB model is about $230.

Source: INpact-Hardware

232-pin 32-bit RIMM 3200 / RIMM 4200 memory from Kingston

Kingston Technology announced shipments of 32-bit RIMM 3200 and RIMM 4200 mobules under its ValueRAM brand.

There are 800 MHz (RIMM 3200) and 1066 MHz (RIMM 4200) versions, featuring 40 and 32 ns access time, respectively, and 128MB, 256MB RIMM 3200 / RIMM 4200 capacity, with and w/o ECC. Modules feature 232-pin, 34.93-mm high RDRAM package, based on 256 / 288 Mbit Micro-BGA RDRAM chips.

32-bit RIMM from Kingston
RIMM 3200Capacity, ECCPrice
KVR800A32-4/128128MB, non-ECC $53
KVR800A36-4/128 128MB, ECC$57
KVR800A32-8/256 256MB, non-ECC$112
KVR800A36-8/256 256MB, ECC$130
RIMM 4200Capacity, ECCPrice
KVR1066X32-4/128128MB, non-ECC$105
KVR1066X36-4/128128MB, ECC$111
KVR1066X32-8/256256MB, non-ECC$197
KVR1066X36-8/256256MB, ECC $208

Maui reference design or bsquare Power Handheld

bsquare, surfing the top of the technological progress wave, announced Maui reference design, called Power Handheld. It features: 400 MHz Intel XScale PXA250, 64MB RAM, 32MB flash memory, 4-inch LCD, supporting 640480@16bpp, Secure Digital slot, supporting SDIO. Besides, there are two design variants: with built-in GSM module (900/1800 or 900/1900 MHz) and GPRS Multislot 8 Class B.



With such features Power Handheld competes with O2 XDA/T-Mobile MDA and HP Jornada 928 WDA, however, it has a larger screen, supporting better resolution, (thus weighing 280 g) and works under Windows CE .NET 4.1 instead of Pocket PC 2002. Besides, there´s a special 2 zoom button for small symbols or images (a rather clever solution, as 4-inch 640480 screen provides very small symbols).

Other features are: 1408719.5 mm dimensions, claimed up to 3 weeks of idle battery operation, 135 hours in idle mode in GSM networks, 3-7 hours of talking and up to 3 hours of GPRS operation.

As for the software, there´s a standard Pocket PC 2002 kit: Pocket Inbox, Pocket Contacts, Pocket Calendar and Pocket Word, and proprietary Spreadsheet instead of Pocket Excel. But unlike Pocket PC, there´s Internet Explorer 5.5 with Windows Media Player, Macromedia Flash, Insignia Java JVM and PDF browser. Naturally, it supports SMS and Microsoft Messenger.

The trademark of Power Handheld is still unknown, but the design itself is rather interesting.

LPC flash memory from Atmel

Atmel announced a family of Low Pin Count (LPC) flash chips. 8 Mbit AT49LL080 are directly connected to LPC bus in AMD, VIA, SiS and other chipsets and can be used in mobo BIOS.



Atmel is soft organized as universal 64KB sectors and supports byte-serial programming and sector rewrite. Chips are packaged into 40-pin TSOP and 32-pin PLCC.


In 10,000-unit and larger consignments chips cost $3.50 per unit.

KT4 Ultra: MSI launches its own DDR400 certification

What should a maker do after releasing a successful enough mobo, supporting certificateless memory? Well, the same as others: certify memory by itself. Today it´s about KT4 Ultra from MSI that announced a list of supported DDR400 (PC3200) modules:

256MB

  • ADATA:
    Winbond W942508BH-5 CL=2.5
    PC3200/DDR400
  • Kingston:
    Winbond W942508BH-5 CL=2.5
    PC3200/DDR400
  • Samsung:
    K4H560838D-TCC4 CL=3.0
    PC3200/DDR400
  • Samsung
    M368L3313DTL-CB4 256MB DDR400
    PC3200/DDR400
  • Winbond:
    W942508BH-5 256MB CL=2.5
    PC3200/DDR400
    256

512MB

  • ADATA:
    Winbond W942508BH-5 CL=2.5
    PC3200/DDR400
  • Apacer:
    Winbond W942508BH-5 CL=2.5
    PC3200/DDR400
  • Corsair:
    CMX512-3200 XMS3200v2.1 512MB CL=2.5
    PC3200/DDR400
  • Samsung:
    K4H560838D-TCC4 CL=3.0
    PC3200/DDR400
  • Winbond:
    W942508BH-5 512MB CL=2.5
    PC3200/DDR400

Source: INpact-Hardware

A dual-LCD from EIZO Nanao

The idea of "dual" LCD monitors is not new, and occasionally new concepts come to light. EIZO Nanao decided to produce such models and announced an interesting LS-HM0-D stand for two 15- or 18.1-inch LCD monitors. It will appear for sale late in September.


LS-HM0-D can be used with two EIZO Nanao monitors from the list: L685EX / L685 / L675 / L676 / L375 / L665 / L565-A / L565 / L465 / L365-A / L365. There will also be black-colored LS-HM0-D-BK variant.

The stand enables to mount monitors vertically (portrait), horizontal slope angle features six steps in 0-13° range. LS-HM0-D will cost about $250.

Source: PC Watch

Veo Photo Traveler: a digital camera for PDAs

Veo, specializing in videoconferencing and web cameras, announced its product line to extend capabilities of inexpensive pocket PCs or PDAs. Photo Traveler cams are connected to portable devices via flash card sockets and differ by various standard support.

Cameras are designed for PocketPC 2000/2002 and PalmOS 4.0, 4.1 and 5.0. Veo Photo Traveler are expected for sale in mid-October for $100 and more.

Fujitsu Mobile FCRAM family updated

Today Fujitsu announced new low-power Mobile Fast Cycle RAM (FCRAM) chips, based on the proprietary FCRAM architecture. New Mobile FCRAM support page mode and have low enough leakage current in idle mode (up to 10 microampere).

32 Mbit MB82DPS02183B Mobile FCRAM chips require 1.8 V, feature 16-bit I/O bus and are designed for current GSM/GPRS mobiles and other communication devices. Random access time is up to 85 ms, in the page mode — 25 ns.

64-bit MB82DP02322A chips require 3 V, feature 32-bit I/O bus and are mainly designed for W-CDMA / UMTS devices. Random access time is up to 60 ms, in the page mode — up to 40 ns.

New samples are expected in October for $8 per unit (MB82DPS02183B) and $12 per unit (MB82DP02322A). Fujitsu plans to provide about 2 million Mobile FCRAM units per month.

Rio S10 and S30S: two new digital players from SONICblue

SONICblue announced two new MP3 / WMA players: Rio S10 and S30S.


S10 has 64MB built-in memory and supports up to 192MB MMC. It has a large LCD screen, features clock, stop-watch and is supplied with a bag. One battery is enough for 35-hour operation.


S30S is a sport model. It has 64MB built-in memory as well, supports up to 192MB, has a similar screen, features stop-watch and clock. Besides, it has an FM tuner and is supplied with a special armlet. One AAA battery provides 15-hour operation.

Both players have EQs, support repeat and shuffle playback and are provided with PC and Mac software.

New SONICblue products are expected for sale in the nearest future, the approximate price of S10 will be $130, S30S — $150.

ASUS BLUE MAGIC and SpaceLink B&W: how it works

Today ("Photo of the day: ASUS P4PE board on i845PE") you´ve already seen the new P4PE board from ASUS and noticed an interesting blue PCI slot. ASUS calls it BLUE MAGIC. The company plans to implement it into new motherboards.

BLUE MAGIC works like a usual PCI slot, but an additional wireless ASUS SpaceLink B&W card enables it to support three popular wireless interfaces at once: 802.11a, 802.11b, and Bluetooth.

We have a chance to introduce the first photo of ASUS SpaceLink B&W card for BLUE MAGIC along with its antenna:


Despite the low quality, I guess its enough to get the idea. You must admit, it´s a rather convenient and universal wireless connectivity solution for your PC.

RADEON 9700 PRO 128 MB cards are incompatible with some AGP 8x mobos

On its support page ATI warned that its new RADEON 9700 PRO 128MB graphics cards are incompatible with some AGP 8x mobos. Some bundles do not even initialize and boot.

Naturally, it doesn´t touch all AGP 8x motherboards. According to some responses, lowering AGP clock rate sometimes solves the problem.

Currently ATI specialist work on the problem. Users are recommended to visit the mentioned page from time to time for possible solutions.

Anyway, all having problems can contact ATI Customer Service. Information, required for help, is provided on the same page (personal data, model, mobo revision, RADEON 9700 PRO 128MB serial, power supply data, AGP clock rate and problem description).

Naturally, most problems might be solved by a simple firmware upgrade. However, we advise all owners of RADEON 9700 PRO 128MB who face such problems to wait for the solution. There´s always an outlet.

New home LCD projector from Sanyo

Sanyo Electric posted a press release, promising to enter Japanese, North American and European markets late in October and present a new home LCD projector — LP-Z1 for about $2000. Besides, a blue-body variant will be presented as well.


Sanyo LP-Z1 specifications:

  • Microdisplay emitting panel: 3x0.7 inches, HTPS TFT LCD
  • Pixels: 1573248 (964x544x3)
  • Brightness: 700 ANSI lm
  • Contrast: 800:1
  • Standards: 480i/480p (DVD), 1080i/720p
  • Recommended image size: 2.2m x 1.2 m (3 m , up to 6 m)
  • Interfaces: S-video, PC analog mini-D-Sub15, RCA 3 (RGB)
  • Scan: 15 kHz — 80 kHz line scan, 50 Hz — 100 Hz frame scan
  • Size ratio: 16:9
  • 333 246.6 108.5 mm
  • Weight: 3.4 kg

Unsinkable wireless LCD TVs from Casio

Casio announced two new wireless waterproof LCD TVs: 8-inch Xf-800 to appear for sale late in September, and 6-inch Xf-600, to be shipped a month later.


The operation principle is: TV signal, received by an external tuner and compressed (MPEG2) is transmitted to a miniature LCD monitor over wireless IEEE802.11b, operating in 30-m radius. The TV tuner supports other video devices like VCRs, DVD players. New LCD TVs are waterproof-certified and are JIS 6 class devices.


XF-800 and XF-600 dimensions are 291x179x45 mm and 258x157x45 mm, respectively. Effective pixels: 336960 and 224640, weight — 1.75 kg and 1.45 kg, respectively. Each TV tuner features a stereo system with 4-cm speakers. Tuner dimensions are 240x109x62 mm, weight is 500 g. Rechargeable batteries provide 2.5-hour operation. Besides, each features an external 12 V interface. Displays require 40 W and 37 W, respectively, tuner — about 8.6 W. Each package includes a waterproof remote control.

TVs can also be supplied with miniature CK-2CS color cameras, enabling to convert a display into a remote viewer.

Expected price of Xf-800 is about $1300, Xf-600 — about $1050.

4-megapixel Canon PowerShot G3

North American Canon announced PowerShot G3. It continues PowerShot G serie and, unlike PowerShot G2, features 4 optical lens (35-104 mm equiv.) and f/2.0-3.0 aperture. It has a bayonet lock for long-focus and wide-angle lens. Standard lens for G3 provide 24 — 240 mm focal length. There´s also an orientation sensor, determining portrait or landscape modes and reformatting the image.



The camera also features iSAPS (Intelligent Scene Analysis based on Photographic Space), determining brightness, tone variation and focal length to compare with standard shots from memory and offer optical focusing, shutter speed and white balance.



Main specifications:

  • 1/1.8´ CCD, 4.1 million pixels (4 million effective)
  • 3.6 digital zoom
  • Optical VF, 85% of scene, +/-2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps exposure compensation
  • 1.8-inch TFT LCD
  • 15 — 1/2000 sec shutter
  • 2-10 sec timer
  • ISO sensivity: Auto (ISO 50- 150), ISO 50, 100, 200, 400
  • 1.5 fps (Low) and 2.5 fps (High) continuous shooting
  • CompactFlash Type I, Type II media
  • DPOF-compatible JPEG (Exif 2.2) and RAW formats
  • 2272 x 1704, 1600 x 1200, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480 resolutions
  • 320 x 240 (up to 3 min) 160 x 120 (up to 3 min), 15 fps movies
  • USB (Normal/PTP), Audio/Video (NTSC/PAL)
  • BP-511 or optional BP-512 battery
  • 1206977 mm dimensions
  • 494 g weight

Canon PowerShot G3 is expected for sale in October for $900. The package includes 32MB flash card, battery, power adapter, cables and shoulder strap.

Source: Imaging-Resource

3-megapixel Canon PowerShot S230

North American Canon announced another PowerShot camera: S230. According to Canon, it´s the smallest 3-megapixel camera today.



Similar to PowerShot G3, S230 features DIGIC processor for improved image and movies quality, faster focusing, image processing; and iSAPS (Intelligent Scene Analysis based on Photographic Space). Besides, S230 utilizes 9-element AiAF.

Other features are: 2 optical lens, built-in flash, 15 — 1/15000 sec shutter, ISO 50-400; 15 fps 160120 movies, up to 3 min. Direct printing to Canon CP-10 / CP-100 and Bubble Jet S830D/S530D.

The camera is expected for sale in October for $500. The package includes 16MB flash card, battery, power adapter, and a software CD.

Source: Imaging-Resource

Intel announces 11 new mobile processors

We naturally expected some new processors from Intel, but this much...

Today Intel announced 11 new mobile processors for all market segments, including new 2.2 GHz Mobile Intel Pentium 4-M. All of them are made using 0.13-micron process technology.

These are specifications and wholesale prices of new CPUs (energy saving modes are provided after slash).

CPU Clock rate Price (for 1000 units and more) Dissipated power Voltage L2 cache
Pentium 4-M (400 MHz FSB) 2.20 GHz / 1.2 GHz $562 < 2 W 1.3 V / 1.2 V 512KB
Pentium III-M (133 MHz FSB) 1.33 GHz / 800 MHz $508 < 1.5 W 1.4 V / 1.15 V 512KB
Pentium III-M (133 MHz FSB) 1.26 GHz / 800 MHz $401 < 1.5 W 1.4 V / 1.15 V 512KB
LV Pentium III-M (133 MHz FSB) 1 GHz / 533 MHz $316 < 1.0 W 1.15 V / 1.05 V 512KB
ULV Pentium III-M (133 MHz FSB) 866 MHz / 400 MHz $209 < 0.5 W 1.1 V / 0.95 V 512KB
ULV Pentium III-M (100 MHz FSB) 850 MHz / 400 MHz $209 < 0.5 W 1.1 V / 0.95 V 512KB


CPU Clock rate Price (for 1,000 units and more) Voltage L2 cache
Mobile Celeron 1.80 GHz $149 1.3 V 256KB
Mobile Celeron 1.70 GHz $134 1.3 V 256KB
Mobile Celeron 1.60 GHz $112 1.3 V 256KB
ULV Mobile Celeron 733 MHz $144 1.1 V 256KB
ULV Mobile Celeron 700 MHz $144 1.1 V 256KB

New MP3/MP3 Pro players from Archos and Thomson

Archos and Thomson plan to announce their new MP3/MP3 Pro players in the near future. The line includes:


  • Archos Ondio: the first Archos player supporting Multi-media Card. It has 128MB built-in memory, supports only MP3, features an FM tuner with 30 programmable stations, utilizes USB 1.1. Archos Ondio requires 3 AAA (LR03) batteries. Its dimensions are 81x47x25 mm, weight — 60 gr. Approx. price — about 250-270 euro
  • Thomson Lyra PDP2225 has 128MB built-in memory, FM tuner, and supports MP3, MP3 Pro and WMA. Dimenstions are 60x20x64 mm, weight — 50 g. Expected price is about 280 euro



  • Archos Jukebox FM Recorder 20: features an FM tuner and 20GB hard disk. Supports MP3, weighs 290 g, has USB 2.0 interface, LCD screen. Approx. price is 417 euro
  • Thomson PDP2820: a portable MP3 / MP3 Pro player with a built-in 20GB hard disk. It weighs about 300 g, has USB 1.1 interface. Approx. price — 500 euro

Source: Clubic

New 5-megapixel QV-5700 from Casio

Today Casio nnounced the new 5-megapixel Casio QV-5700 to replace the popular Casio QV-4000. Casio QV-5700 is expected for sale late in October 2002.


Casio QV-5700 features 1/1.8-inch 5.36-megapixel CCD, up to 2544 x 1696 max. resolution or 2560 x 1920 at 3:2 side ratio, ISO 50, 100, 200, 400, 800. 3x optical lens (34-102 mm equiv.) feature f:2.0 (wide) and f:2.5 (tele) maximum aperture. In other words, the optics seems to be identical to Casio QV-4000. Aperture range is f2.0 to f8.0, shutter speeds are 60-1/1000 sec. Additional LU-35A extension enables to use extension lens and filters.

Minimal shooting distance in the Normal mode is 30 cm, in the Macro mode — 6 cm. The camera has a sych socket for external flash. Casio QV-5700 supports fully automatic, semi-automatic and manual modes. QV-5700 automatic mode supports Macro, Movie, Panorama, single or continuous shooting.

Additionally QV-5700 is capable of building histograms. Images are stored in TIFF, (Exif, Ver. 2.2) DPOF- and DCF JPEG formats (Fine, Normal or Economic compression) at 2560 x 1920, 2544 x 1696 (3:2), 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960 or 640 x 480 resolutions. The camera supports CompactFlash I or II and IBM Microdrive.

Casio QV-5700 weighs about 355 g, it´s dimensions are 118x74.5x64.5 mm. The product requires 4 NiMH rechargeable AA batteries.

QV-5700 package will include (at least German shipments) 1GB Microdrive, 4x AA NiMH batteries, charger, video and USB cables. The approx. price is about 1000 euro (or even lower, according to some other information). More details are to follow during Photokina.

Source: LetsGoDigital

Photo of the day: ASUS P4PE board on i845PE

Introducing the photos of i845PE-based P4PE mobo from ASUS, which release preparations were announced a fortnight ago.

I guess all of you already know that i845PE chipset supports DDR333 and is a modification of the popular i845E. Details will follow with the official announcement, and now some words about ASUS P4PE ATX motherboard.




It features AGP 4 slot, supports up to 2GB DDR333 and various interfaces: USB2.0, Serial ATA (Promise PDC20376), Firewire 1394 (VIA VT6307), 6-channel audio (AD 1980), Gigabit Ethernet (BroadCom BCM5702CKFB), ATA133 RAID (Promise).


Note that similar to other ASUS future products, the board will have a BLUE MAGIC Slot, providing wireless connectivity, including Bluetooth, with a special controller.

A traditionally large software kit also includes a DVD disc with DVD/MPEG4/MP3 software from InterVideo: WinDVD, WinCoder, WinRip and WinProducer.

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