Thermaltake Technology announced its version of PC water cooling system – AquariusII, and we should expect Thermaltake Xaser II cases, supporting AquariusII.
According to the company, AquariusII will enable to reduce total energy consumption and cooling system noise. AquariusII tests by Taiwanese Industrial Technology Research Institute proved 29 dBa noise level.
The company prepares two new AquariusII cases: A5000F Case W/Aquarius II, A6000E Case W/Aquarius II A1604 as well as the separate Aquarius II Package. Officially AquariusII systems will be showcased at Comdex/Fall 02, on November 18 in Las Vegas, NV. Shipments are scheduled to Q4 2002 early 2003. More details here.
It features violet PCB, similar to Palit cards. Second, the design doesn´t fully conform to the reference one, for example, with 3.6 ns (5ns – 200 MHz is enough) Mosel Vitelic memory (never seen on such cards before, according to our video editor Andrew Vorobyev).
Third, what do you think about the name ATi Daytona? Is it a copy of Palit brand? :-)
NEC-Mitsubishi announced several new TFT LCD monitors to be sold from the end of November. Almost all devices feature D-Sub and DVI-D. All novelties also support Visual Controller utility for controlling settings from PC.
The first one, 18.1-inch RDT186S, supports 1280õ1024, 16 million colors, 350:1 contrast, 200 ñd/m brightness, 31-82 kHz line scan, up to 85 Hz frame scan. Pixel size is 0.28 mm, response time 30 ms, viewing angle – 160° horizontal and vertical, energy consumption – 38W, dimensions 398õ200õ403 mm, weight – 7.3 kg. Expected price – from 128000 yens ($1070).
Next one, 17-inch RDT176S, supports 1280õ1024, 16 million colors. Brightness 260 cd/m, contrast 450:1, pixel size – 0.264 mm, response time – 25 ms, viewing angle – 160° vertical and horizontal, frame scan 56-75 Hz, energy consumption – 38W, dimensionds 374õ196õ384 mm, weight – 5.8 kg. RDT176S will cost from 74800 yens ($625).
Besides, there’s RDT176M variant with 1W stereo speakers. RDT176M will cost from 75800 yens ($632).
Finally, 15-inch RDT156S and RDT156M (w/speakers), support 1024õ768, 16 million colors. Brightness 250 cd/m, contrast 350:1, response time – 30 ms, pixel size – 0.297 mm, vertical viewing angle – 90°, horizontal – 120°, frame scan 56-75 Hz, dimensions 345õ166õ344 mm, weight 3.7 and 4.4 kg, respectively. RDT156S and RDT156M will cost 46800 yens ($390) and 49800 yens ($415).
Source: PC Watch
Samples are already being shipped, volume production is scheduled to Q1 2003. CY694X wholesale price makes $3.92 per unit, that’s rather cheap. Moreover, unlike Bluetooth, you don’t need any drivers to use such devices with USB-enabled PCs (and Microsoft still hasn’t supported Bluetooth in Windows).
WirelessUSB utilizes wideband transmission techniques similar to Bluetooth. Cypress claims its technology to be significantly more crosstalk-resistant and low-power: according to provisional calculations, standard power for a wireless keyboard will be enough for half-year operation. At that WirelessUSB supports 64- and 128-bit encryption. Max. transfer speed maked 217.6 Kbps. Chip voltage – 2.7-3.6V.
In other words, seems like sci-fi – cheapest WLANs with good features. If this is as good as claimed, we’ll soon hear of WirelessUSB and CY694X chips.
P.S. Those interested can download detailed WirelessUSB doc (448KB).
First solutions are expected in Q1 2003. For existing products to support the new standard, most makers are expected to release updated firmware and software.Philips Electronics announced the reference kit for creating DVD recorders supporting DVD+RW. It includes chipset, optical pickup, and firmware, and supports 8x recording. The company is going to start component licensing and sales already in H1 2003.
According to Philips representatives, currently the company aims at reducing DVD+RW cost prices. Today’s chipset price makes about $65 in over 100,000-unit quantities, reduction will continue due to development of more integrated solutions and reducing chip amount in the kit.
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