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Sony Micro Vault: now supporting USB 2.0

Parhelia-512 256MB: sales started, wanna buy?

If your PDA lacks USB...

Melco announces 48x DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo

Melco FTD-W17VS: high-contrast 17" LCD

Intel Madison to start from 1.5GHz

Digital Vox and Minolta announce Bulkhead PC

NEC ValueStar FS: a concept brought to life

Sony Micro Vault: now supporting USB 2.0

Already in November Sony plans to start shipping the updated Micro Vault USB 2.0 line of flash memories to the European market.

Micro Vault USB 2.0 line includes 32, 64, 128, and 256 Mb devices. Similar to other products, Micro Vault USB 2.0 do not require any drivers under Windows ME, 2000, XP, and Mac OS 9.0 and (USB 1.1). The read speed makes 5.5 Mb/s (1.0 Mb/s in USB 1.1), write speed – 1.0 Mb/s (870 Kb/s in USB 1.1).

Sony Micro Vault USB 2.0 device dimensions are 26x13x92 mm, weight – about 20 g. 256Mb version costs about 200 euro.

Parhelia-512 256MB: sales started, wanna buy?

Just look at the price first. 256Mb Parhelia-512, as you know, was announced late in October. Despite it’s identical to 128Mb version (except for the doubled memory, of course), the company positions it for the high-end workstation market, supplying Parhelia 256MB with AutoCAD 2002 drivers, TORNADO Technologies utilities, 3ds max plugins and color calibration utilities. Nevertheless, noone expected the price to be as high, as in the Japanese retail – 77,777 – 85,800 yens ($650-715).

Some details about Parhelia 256MB, not stated in the press release: according to the information from the company website, 256Mb PH-A256 features 200/250 MHz GPU/memory clock, and 128Mb PH-A128R — 220/275 MHz clock. Besides, instead of 3.3ns chips PH-A256 features 3.6ns chips. There were no other hardware differences noticed.

The price is normal for this card as the AEC, DCC, MCAD, or GIS solution, considering the triple monitor output. But the sense of purchasing it for a home PC is doubtful...

Source: Akiba PC

If your PDA lacks USB...

Japanese Ratoc Systems took care of users, whose PDAs do not provide USB connectivity, having released REX-CFU1, CF Type2 => USB adapter.

It enables to use such devices, as keyboards, flash trinkets, USB HID devices, bercode readers, as well as any Mass Storage USB devices (MO/Zip drives, etc.) Naturally, there’s a limitation for USB-powered devices: max. current from REX-CFU1 must be up to 100 mA.

The shipments will start in December, the suggested price is about $120.

Source: PC Watch

Melco announces 48x DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo

Melco also announced 48õ DVD-ROM/CD-RW.

There will be three versions: external CRWD-48IU2 (IEEE 1394, USB 2.0), CRWD-4C8U2 (USB 2.0) for 25500 yeans ($210) and 22000 yens ($185), respectively; and internal CRWD-48FB (ATAPI) for 16500 yens ($140). The sales are to start in December.

Source: PC Watch

Melco FTD-W17VS: high-contrast 17" LCD

Melco announced new 17" FTD-W17VS LCD monitor with a TV tuner.

It supports 1280×768 (WXGA) resolution, 16,190,000 colors, 450 cd/m brightness and 600:1 contrast. The response time is 25 ms, viewing angle – 170° vertically and horizontally. The monitor can be mounted on the support for up to 30° tilt. It also features 3W stereo speakers, DVI-I, S-video, and D-Sub inputs, 4 USB ports.

FTD-W17VS dimensions are 513×159×340 mm, weight – 6.8 kg. The price makes 98000 yens ($817).

Source: PC Watch

Intel Madison to start from 1.5GHz

According to CNet, the third-generation 0.13-micron 64-bit Intel Itanium, codenamed Madison, will debut with about 1.5GHz, that surpasses current Itanium 2 chips 50%. As you know, Madison chips will feature up to 6Mb L3 cache (twice as much as Itanium 2 has) and thus up to 374 sq.mm crystal size, up to 410 million transistors, up to 130W dissipated power. According to Intel, all this will enable to raise the performance by 50% comparing to Itanium 2.

Intel hasn´t yet commented the future pricing policy for Madison, however, analysts believe that IA-64 prices will remain at the same level (the current Itanium 2 costs $4226, first-generation Itaniums costed $4227). According to provisional data, Madison chips will be compatible with Itanium II, making the upgrade cost-effective.

Source: CNet

Digital Vox and Minolta announce Bulkhead PC

This interesting solution was released by Japanese Digital Vox, previously specialized in servers only. The company crossbred a PC and a coin chute. As the result, together with Minolta the company released the "Bulkhead PC" capable of coin, banknotes, and card billing.

Who is this for anyway? I guess for those who are forced to wait in airports or hotels and can spend time surfing Internet or something.

The PC works under Linux and features special Bulkhead firewall (was named after it). Besides, Digital Vox plans to ship such PCs together with special Minolta’s printers.

Currently Bulkhead PC is shipped to the Japanese market for about $3300, but the company plans to export Bulkhead PCs capable of dolar and euro billing.

Source: Nikkei Net

NEC ValueStar FS: a concept brought to life

Not only Apple’s Steve Jobs can surprise with unusual Mac design. Futuristic PC concepts, designed by NEC, are to appear in Japanese retail in mid-December, as the ValueStar series. It’s interesting that the company believes these PCs will mainly attract housewives and young couples.

ValueStar FS solutions feature wide-format 17" LCD supporting 1280x768, the acryl-coated monitor panel is also the sound emitter, made using NEC´s SoundView technology. The 6W subwoofer is optional. Furthermore, the PC features wireless keyboard with trackball and remote control. To make any other consumer electronics obsolete, the concept has TV tuner with hardware MPEG-2 encoder and TV capture to HDD capability, and also CD-RW/DVD combo. For more quiet environment, the PC provides the NIGHT MODE button.

The serie will include two models, differing by white (ValueStar FS VS700/4DA) and starnight (VS700/4DB) bodies. Both models feature 1.7GHz Celerons and SiS651 chipsets with integrated graphics (up to 32Mb memory from the system), 256Mb DDR SDRAM PC2100 (up to 1Gb), 80Gb HDD, SD and PC Ñard Type II slots, Ethernet 10/100BASE-TX, S-VIDEO, modem, USB 2.0 and IEEE1394 interfaces. The dimensions are 516x193x382 mm, weight – 12 kg, expected price – about $1900.

Source: ASCII24

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