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Sharp announces switching 2D/3D LCD

ASUS to ship P4GE-V on i845GV chipset

Sharp announces switching 2D/3D LCD

Sharp Corporation announced the development of anew LCD monitor capable of stereo 3D imaging not requiring any special glasses. It can also be switched to the usual 2D mode.

The novelty bases on parallax barrier effect. In 3D mode it enables to separate light paths for the right and left eyes, providing stereo image. In 2D mode the barrier becomes transparent, resulting in the same images for both eyes.

The monitor can be used together with PCs, as an LCD TV, a CAD/CAM system, in medicine, for ads, etc. The company stresses that such principle can be also used in PDAs, e-books, game consoles, etc. Currently there are 4-, 7-, 8.4-, and 15-inch panel prototypes.

The main developments were made by Sharp Laboratories of Europe, England. Company specialists claim that the technology is ready to be commercialized, and the first 3D monitors might appear in spring 2003. Meanwhile, engineers will improve 3D effect and widen the viewing angle.

Sharp plans to showcase the 3D LCDs at CEATEC Japan 2002, that will start on October 1 in Makuhari near Tokyo. They expect to gather a new consortium for the new technology and future Sharp developments. Microsoft, Eastman Kodak, Sony, Toshiba, Sanyo, Fuji Photo Film, Olympus, NTT Data, and Imagica are already interested in membership.

ASUS to ship P4GE-V on i845GV chipset

On October 7 Intel is to announce 845GE, 845PE, and 845GV (845GL successor) chipsets, supporting 533 MHz FSB to replace 845X series. Following the shipments of recently announced ASUS P4PE, ASUS is to ship the new Intel 845GE solution — ASUS P4GE-V — to distributors.

ASUS P4GE-V specifications:

  • Intel Pentium 4 with 533/400 MHz FSB support
  • Intel 845GE + ICH4 bundle
  • Intel Extreme integrated graphics
  • BroadCom Gigabit Ethernet
  • 3 DIMM, up to 2GB DDR333
  • 2 x ATA133, up to 4 IDE devices
  • ATA133 Promise RAID, up to 2 IDE devices
  • 2 x Serial ATA
  • 6 PCI slots, AGP 4 slots
  • 6 USB2.0 ports
  • 2 Firewire 1394 ports
  • 6-channel (AD 1980)
  • ATX

Traditionally rich software kit also includes a DVD disc with InterVideo DVD/MPEG4/MP3 software: WinDVD, WinCoder, WinRip, WinProducer. Like all ASUS new motherboards, P4GE-V will feature proprietary BLUE MAGIC PCI Slot, enabling Bluetooth, 802.11a, 802.11b wireless connectivity through an additional controller.

Fully-featured package will cost $185. Without SerialATA and Firewire 1394 controllers — $165.

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