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14-megapixel Kodak DCS PRO 14n

10-megapixel Canon EOS-1Ds

Photo of the day: ASUS P4GE-V board on i845GE chipset

New mobile AMD Athlon XP 2000+ and 1900+

IBM announces new eServer BladeCenter

New ZSP500 DSP processor from LSI Logic

New workstation ATI MOBILITY FIRE GL 9000 GPU

933 MHz Intel LV Pentium III: new processor for comm devices

New TX-680 graphics card on GeForce 4 MX 440-8X from Triplex

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 officially released

NexiPhone and NexiCam: iPAQ videoconferencing kit

Revio KD-500Z: new 5-megapixel camera from Konica

Cyber-shot DSC-U20: 2-megapixel digital companion

UMC will be producing Athlons in 2003



14-megapixel Kodak DCS PRO 14n

Today was rich with over 10-megapixel digital cameras announcements. Besides, Canon with its EOS-1Ds, Kodak introduced DCS PRO 14n.


Currently we know the following specifications: 35mm CMOS CCD, 13.89 million elements, up to 4536x3240 resolution, DCR RAW, ERI-JPEG (Kodak Professional Extended Range Imaging, ERI) file formats.

Kodak DCS PRO 14n is expected for sale in December for about $4000.

Source: DC Views

10-megapixel Canon EOS-1Ds

Today brought the announcement of 10-megapixel Canon EOS-1Ds.


Its main specifications are:

  • 35.8x23.8mm CMOS CCD, 11.1 million elements
  • 4064x2704, 2032x1352 resolutions
  • ISO 100-1250 sensivity
  • 30 sec — 1/8000 sec exposures
  • Compact Flash Type I, II media
  • JPEG (EXIF), RAW file formats
  • 2-inch LCD
  • NiMH battery
  • 155x157x79 mm dimensions
  • 1.3 kg weight

The camera will cost about $9000.

Source: DC Views

Photo of the day: ASUS P4GE-V board on i845GE chipset

Introducing the first photos of new ASUS P4GE-V mobo on yet unannounced i845GE.



As you know, i845GE is the DDR333 modification of i845G integrated chipset. P4GE-V features ATX deisgn, supports up to 2GB DDR333, has AGP 4 slot, 5 PCI slots, proprietary BLUE MAGIC wireless connectivity slot, supporting Bluetooth, USB2.0, Serial ATA (Promise PDC20376), Firewire 1394 (VIA VT6307), 6-channel audio (AD 1980), Gigabit Ethernet (BroadCom BCM5702CKFB), ATA133 RAID (Promise).


The package includes a DVD disc with the complete DVD/MPEG4/MP3 software kit from InterVideo: WinDVD, WinCoder, WinRip, and WinProducer.

New mobile AMD Athlon XP 2000+ and 1900+

Today AMD announced two new mobile AMD Athlon XP 2000+ and 1900+.

They feature PowerNow! energy modulation technology. At once HP, Fujitsu-Siemens and Packard Bell reported the intention to release new notebooks on AMD novelties, so, in the near future we should see Compaq Presario 900 series and Fujitsu-Siemens AMILO A 6600/7600 on Athlon XP 2000+.

Mobile Athlon XP 2000+ and 1900+ in over 1,000-unit quantities cost $345 and $239, respectively.

IBM announces new eServer BladeCenter

Today IBM announced new Xeon-based eServer BladeCenter.


One 7U BladeCenter rackmount can contain 14 BladeCenter HS20 blades.


Each of them supports up to 2 Intel Xeons and features a hard disk.

Optionally, BladeCenter can support fibre channel switches and Gigabit Ethernet. 7U BladeCenter rackmount is available for $2790, each HS20 blade — for $1880 and more.

Besides BladeCenter, IBM today released new IBM Director 4.1 software, included with IBM eServer BladeCenter. The software package includes blade setting, control, and offline control features and is compatible with Microsoft Exchange 2000.

New ZSP500 DSP processor from LSI Logic

LSI Logic announced superscalar DSP — ZSP500. It´s available as a licensed core, ASIC, or as a ready solution.


ZSP500 operates at 400 MHz, uses expanded instruction set and integrated programmable memory. ZSP500 is deisnged for wireless and broadband communications, consumer electronics. ZSP500 is produced by TSMC, using 0.13-micron technology.

In the future LSI Logic plans to release the next processor — ZSP600 — operating at 500MHz, featuring 4 MAC (Media Access Controller) and a digital co-processor.

New workstation ATI MOBILITY FIRE GL 9000 GPU

ATI Technologies announced MOBILITY FIRE GL 9000 GPU, designed for workstation notebooks, along with the first notebooks on it: Compaq Evo N800w from Hewlett-Packard.


MOBILITY FIRE GL 9000 are optimized for CAD/CAM and DCC, have 64MB of integrated 128-bit DDR, and are supplied with Windows 2000/Windows NT, Linux OpenGL drivers.


New Compaq Evo Mobile Workstation N800w mobile workstations are based on 2.2 GHz Intel Pentium 4-M, ATI Mobility Fire GL 9000, 15-inch UXGA LCD, and feature 60GB hard disks, DVD/CD-RW, 802.11b WLAN controllers. Compaq Evo Mobile Workstation N800w will appear for sale late in September for $3899 and more.

933 MHz Intel LV Pentium III: new processor for comm devices

Today Intel announced new 933 MHz Low Voltage Pentium III for embedded systems and communication devices. It features FCBGA package and is designed for NetStructure ZT 5524 System Master Processor Board, supporting single- and dual-CPU configurations. ZT 5524 is compatible with PCI Industrial Manufacturers Group (PICMG) 2.16 and is designed for telco servers, broadband access servers, switches, and mobile base station controllers. 933 MHz Low Voltage Pentium III dissipates up to 12.2 W, has 512KB L2 cache and supports 133 MHz FSB.

New processor is available for $273 in 1,000 unit quantities. The ZT 5524 is available from Intel for $2,695.

Source: Silicon Strategies

New TX-680 graphics card on GeForce 4 MX 440-8X from Triplex

Taiwanese Triplex prepares to announce new TX-680 AGP 8x card based on NVIDIA GeForce 4 MX 440-8X, officially unannounced yet. It features 64MB of 2.8 ns DDR SGRAM in MicroBGA package, clocked at up to 600 MHz. GPU clock rate is 300 MHz.

The card supports ViVo (TV-in / TV-out), features analog and DVI output. Traditionally for Triplex, TX-680 is covered with silver. Looks really impressive:


Source: Riva Station

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 officially released

Today Creative officially announced Sound Blaster Audigy 2 series.

Sound Blaster Audigy 2 is a multichannel 24-bit / 96 kHz solution, supporting 24-bit / 192 kHz DVD-Audio at 106 dB signal/noise ratio. Besides, Sound Blaster Audigy 2 supports EAX Advanced HD (supported by Unreal Tournament 2003, Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness, Neverwinter Night, Hitman 2 and Soldier of Fortune 2), Dolby Digital EX and 6.1-channel systems. Another advantage of Sound Blaster Audigy 2 is that it´s the only THX-certified solution today.


Sound Blaster Audigy 2 specifications:

  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio with AES17 filter (A-Weighted):
    • Stereo output, 2V Rated: 106 dB
    • Stereo output, 1V Rated: 102 dB
    • Front and Rear Channels, 2V Rated: 106 dB
    • Front and Rear Channels, 1V Rated: 102 dB
    • Center, Subwoofer and Rear Center, 2V Rated: ~90 dB
    • Center, Subwoofer and Rear Center, 1V Rated: ~86 dB
  • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise at 1kHz (A-Weighted) = 0.004% (1V, 2V Rated Output)
  • Frequency Response (+/-3dB, 24-bit/96kHz input ) = <10Hz to 46kHz (1V, 2V Rated Output)
  • 24-bit Digital-to-Analog conversion during playback with sampling rates of 8, 11.025, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 and 96kHz in 5.1 mode and up to 192kHz in stereo mode
  • 24-bit Analog to Digital conversion during recording in 8, 16 or 24-bit at sampling rates of 8, 11.025, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 and 96kHz
  • SPDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) input at up to 24-bit/ 96kHz quality
  • SPDIF output up to 24-bit at 48 or 96kHz
  • ASIO drivers for low latency (=2ms) multi-track playback and recording at 16-bit/48kHz)
  • Creative Hardware synthesizer (2x16 Channels) with 64-voice polyphony featuring E-MUR´s patented 8-point interpolation technology for accurate sample reproduction
  • Creative Software synthesizer — multi timbral wave-table (16 Channels)
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 board connectors: Line level out (Front / Rear / Center / Subwoofer /Rear Center), Digital Out for 5.1 support (6-channel SPDIF Output), Line in, Microphone in, SB1394T/ FireWireR port, Telephone Answering Device in, Analog / Digital CD Audio in, 15-pin MIDI / Joystick port extension header, Internal SB1394 header to Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Internal Drive (Upgrade Option)




  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Platinum Internal Drive Front Panel Connectors (Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Platinum ONLY): Headphone Out (1/4" Stereo Jack with Volume control), Line In 2 (1/4" Stereo Jack, shared with Microphone In 2), Microphone In 2 (1/4" Jack with Gain control), MIDI In (mini DIN), MIDI Out (mini DIN), Optical SPDIF In and Out, Coaxial SPDIF In and Out, Stereo Auxiliary In (2 x RCA/Coaxial Jack), SB1394 port, Infra-red Receiver

There will be two variants of Audigy 2 boards: standard Sound Blaster Audigy 2 and Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum 2 with a front panel. Boards are expected for sale in October 2002. The suggested prices are $129.99 and $199.99, respectively.



NexiPhone and NexiCam: iPAQ videoconferencing kit

Nexian announced the solution for HP iPAQ videoconferencing — NexiPhone. It combines NexiPhone software and portable NexiCam web cam.




Mounted on top of iPAQ, it provides resolutions up to 800600 and 24-bit color.


NexiCam is available with NexiPhone for $200. In the near future the company promises to add software, enabling to use PDA + web cam bundle for barcode scanning.

Revio KD-500Z: new 5-megapixel camera from Konica

European Konica announced new 5-megapixel Digital Revio KD-500Z, supporting both Memory Stick, and Secure Digital / MultiMediaCard.


Konica Digital Revio KD-500Z specifications:

  • Sensor: 1/1.8-inch 5.23-megapixel CCD (5.0 million effective)
  • Resolutions: 2592x1944, 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 640x480; movies w/sound: 320x240 (up to 30 sec)
  • Compression: Fine / Normal
  • File formats: JPEG (Exif v2.2); DCF (Version 1.0); DPOF (Version 1.1); AVI (MotionJPEG) movies, WAVE audio
  • Built-in memory: 2MB
  • Media: SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick
  • Lens: F2.8 (wide) / F4.9 (tele), 8-24 mm (39-117 mm equiv.)
  • Aperture: F2.8 / 4.7 (wide); F4.9 / 8.2 (telephoto)
  • Focusing range: 0.5 m — inf. (wide), 0.8 m — inf. (tele); Macro: 0.06 m — inf. (wide), 0.5 m — inf. (tele)
  • Exposures, photo: 1-1/2000 sec
  • Exposures, video: 1/30-1/5000 sec
  • Viewfinder: optical
  • Built-in flash
  • White balance: auto, manual: Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent
  • Monitor: 1.5-inch LCD
  • Power: lithium batteries, 3.6 V
  • Interface: USB
  • Dimensions: 94x56x29.5 mm
  • Weight: 198 g (excluding batteries and flash card)

Cyber-shot DSC-U20: 2-megapixel digital companion

Continuing the Cyber-shot U series, that has started with 1.3-megapixel DSC-U10, Sony announced 2-megapixel DSC-U20, supporting MPEG-1 movie recording.



Main specifications are: 2-million CCD, 16001200 max. resolution, 1-inch LCD, 640480 continuous shooting.

Sony press release states that the camera weighs 120g with a battery and a memory card. DSC-U20 is expected for sale in October for $270, DSC-U10 is already available for $200.

UMC will be producing Athlons in 2003

It has at last become clear when UMC (United Microelectronics Corporation), Taiwanese AMD partner, will start Athlon production. Richard Heye, AMD vice president for platform and processor infrastructure development, has specified plans, according to which Athlon production should have been started in Taiwan in H2 2002.

So, the production has been moved to 2003. According to AMD representative, the delay is tied to the re-dating of 8-generation chip production launch on AMD fsb in Dresden. Currently, Fab 30 lines are being equipped for Hammer and Barton-based Athlons.

As soon as the 0.13-micron process technology is ready for K8 chips volume production, Fab 30 will start making only 64-bit processors, and the position of 32-bit chip maker will be free. Though, Richard Heye has also specified that UMC will start making chips for AMD before 2002 year-end.

Source: The DigiTimes

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