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AMD representative in Taiwan explains 8 release delay

Game machines in Tokyo: Japanese entertainment

Mitsubishi announces new semiconductor laser for 8 DVD-RAM/-R/-RW/+R/+RW drives

Nikon CoolPix 3500: stylish design, 3 million pixels

Handheld Bluetooth scanners from Casio

NVIDIA NV18 and NV28 — next week, ATI Radeon 9500 — a bit later

Details about Intel´s 3D transistor

1GB Unbuffered and 2GB ECC Registered DDR266 modules from Transcend

Fujifilm FinePix F402: 2-megapixel pocket camera

AMD representative in Taiwan explains 8 release delay

According to Richard Heye, AMD vice president of platform engineering and infrastructure solutions, K8 release delay is tied to the final verification of SOI technology and some processor design changes.

He said that, despite everything, new 64-bit processors will be released in Q1 2003, and volume shipments will start in the second quarter. He also mentioned that AMD plans to use 64-bit K8 processors for below $1000 desktops and, perhaps, we´ll see such systems before the end of 2003.

Barton-core processors will also be moved to SOI early next year. Besides, Richard Heye reported that AMD had decided to hand 0.13-micron 7 production over to Taiwanese UMC in 2003 instead of the end of this year, as it had been planned before.

Source: The DigiTimes

Game machines in Tokyo: Japanese entertainment

Yesterday JAMMA and JAPEA launched their exhibition in Tokyo, that will continue until September 21. It brought numerous machines, that were not so close to IT, perhaps, but were very interesting nevertheless.

The first device — ATOMISWAVE (to the left) — is a universal game machine with Internet access features.

Next machines are not so universal and resemble usual popular devices, but feature better graphics and performance.

Sega showcased the new game console along with THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD III (Origin). Xbox has been demonstrated as well.

And here´s the new variant of a toy picker for six persons. The main character is a huge (and strangely red) dinosaur.

And for home players — new Game Boy Advance.

Besides, shooters, flyers, and racings, there were quest machines as well.

Well, who knows how to work, knows how to have fun!

Source: ASCII24

Mitsubishi announces new semiconductor laser for 8 DVD-RAM/-R/-RW/+R/+RW drives

Mitsubishi Electric, with the future in mind, released the new ML1XX20 semiconductor red laser with 140 mW output power, capable of 8 DVD-RAM/-R/-RW/+R/+RW recording. In other words, this means a 4.7GB DVD blank can be recorded in 7 minutes! The company believes this speed of DVD recording will become popular already next year.

The main problem for developers will be laser heating. Using new technology, Mitsubishi succeeded in limiting temperature to 75°. In the future Mitsubishi plans to raise laser power to 160-200 mW.

ML1XX20 sample shipments are scheduled to December 2002, volume shipments — to June 2003.

Source: PC Watch

Nikon CoolPix 3500: stylish design, 3 million pixels

Continuing traditions of 2-megapixel CoolPix 2500, yesterday Nikon announced CoolPix 3500 with 3-megapixel CCD.

CoolPix 3500 has the same stylish body as CoolPix 2500 and features 1/2.7" CCD with 3.34 million pixels, 3x optical lens, 37-111 mm equiv. focal length, and supports 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 1024x768, 640x480 resolutions.

The camera can record 35-sec movies at 320240 15 fps. Dimensions are 114x31.5x59.5 mm, weight — 175 g. 16MB flash card included.

CoolPix 3500 will cost about $600.

Source: PC Watch

Handheld Bluetooth scanners from Casio

In November Casio Computer plans to announce interesting handheld DT-870 scanners with LCD monitors. There will be 4 models announced.

DT-870 scannders are based on 300 MHz Intel PXA250 and work under Windows CE .NET. They are mainly designed for scanning small images, including stamps, barcodes, etc. Scanners feature 3.5-inch 240x320 LCDs with increased brightness and special control keyboard. DT-870M50 and DT-870M52 models feature PC Card slot, providing communication and PHS card connectivity; DT-870M50S and DT-870M52S feature integrated LAN, supporting IEEE802.11b. Besides, all 4 models feature Bluetooth (V1.1), IrDA 1.1, USB.

CMOS matrix is used as a scanning element. Scanned material is stored in 30MB flash memory.

Scanners feed from built-in rechargeable batteries, providing 8-hour scanning.

DT-870 models dimensions are 220x77x47 mm, weight — 350-400 g. DT-870M50 will cost about $2250.

NVIDIA NV18 and NV28 — next week, ATI Radeon 9500 — a bit later

According to provisional info, NVIDIA plans to announce new AGP 8x products next Wednesday, September 25. This will be a worldwide premiere of NV18 and NV28 GPUs.

New NV18 and NV28 will minimally differ from basic NV17 and NV25 — mainly by AGP 8x support. According to industry sources, new GPUs will be called GeForce4 MX440 8x and GeForce4 Ti 4200 8x, respectively. NV18 volume produciton is scheduled to October, NV28 to follow later.

Meanwhile, ATI is wide awake as well. In October it plans to announce a light version of Radeon 9700 PRO — Radeon 9500 to extend mid-end graphics card market share. According to provisional info, Radeon 9500 serie will include Radeon 9500 and Radeon 9500 PRO AGP 8x GPUs, supporting DirectX 8.1 and featuring 4 pipelines.

Radeon 9500 PRO and Radeon 9500 cards is expected to be about $219 and $179, respectively.

Source: The DigiTimes

Details about Intel´s 3D transistor

Last Wednesday we reported that Intel developed a 3D tri-gate transistor design. New details were to be announced at International Solid-State Devices and Materials. So, here they are.

3D tri-gate Intel transistor has a cubical structure, resembling an embossed surface with vertical sides.

It enables to send electric signals both along the transistor "roof", and "walls". This greatly enlarges signal passage space, similar to splitting a single road to a wider highway, but does not require additional space.

The company showed slides, illustrating the difference from a usual 2D FinFET...

The traditional element structure is lithographically limited. The new 3D transistor...

...works more effectively, conducting 20% more drive current than a traditional planar design with a similar gate size.

Tri-gate is based on ultrathin layer of fully depleted silicon, providing lower leakage current. This enables faster transistor turn-on/off at significantly low power consumption. Another feature is raised source and drain, providing lower resistance and enabling transistor to require less power. The new design is compatible with a high-penetrability K-gate dielectric, being developed now, providing even lower leakage current.

Intel plans to release a special tech brief to describe the performance, power consumption, leakage current of new transistors as well as new design advancements. The detailed info on 3D tri-gate transistors will be posted at www.intel.com/research/silicon.

Photos provided by PC Watch

1GB Unbuffered and 2GB ECC Registered DDR266 modules from Transcend

Transcend Information announced new 1GB Unbuffered and 2GB ECC Registered DDR266 modules.

New 1GB Unbuffered TS128MLD64V6J modules are based on 6-layer PCB, 2GB ECC Registered TS256MDR72V6K — on 8-layer PCB. Both novelties feature 512 Mbit DDR266 chips from leading DRAM makers and are mainly designed for high-end servers and workstations.

New modules require 2.5 V. 1GB Unbuffered TS128MLD64V6J modules have 133.35x31.75x1.27 mm dimensions, 2GB ECC Registered TS256MDR72V6K — 133.35x30.48x1.27 mm dimensions. Traditionally, each module has a lifetime warranty.

Fujifilm FinePix F402: 2-megapixel pocket camera

North American Fuji Photo Film announced the new FinePix F402 digital camera supporting xD-Picture Card.

It bases on third-generation Fujifilm Super CCD with 2.1 million elements and provides up to 23041728 shots. The company claims that such images enable to print up to 2836 cm high-quality photos.

FinePix F402 is 766823 mm small and weighs 125 g. It has 3.6 digital zoom and can record 320240 or 160120 AVI movies. Maximum movie length is 1 and 4 min for a 16MB flash card. Besides, F402 can be used for videoconferencing.

The cam is expected for sale in November for $350 and more. The package includes NP 40 battery, USB cable, shoulder strap, 16MB xD-Picture Card, charger/power adapter, and FinePixViewer and ImageMixer 1.0 software.

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