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DVD Forum: additional CD-Audio layer is to be added to DVD-Audio specs

Interactive Media announces Flash memory / MP3 player

Photo of the day: X-Micro Impact T4200 graphics card

Leadtek announces Ti 4800 and MX 440-8X

Yakumo introduces 3.3-megapixel Mega-Image 35

Intel C++ 7.0 and Intel Fortran 7.0 for Windows/Linux released

Hercules announces 3D Prophet ALL-IN-WONDER 9000 Pro 64MB

Canon announces new 4-megapixel PowerShot S45

Intrinsity released 2GHz embedded chips

Hitachi Data Systems announced Thunder 9500

Toshiba and Sony to announce 65-nm process technology at IEDM



DVD Forum: additional CD-Audio layer is to be added to DVD-Audio specs

At the European conference in Paris, DVD Forum members agreed to expand DVD-Audio specs with the supprot of additional layer for usual CD-Audio. Theiretically, this will enable to play DVD-Audio in usual CD players similar to the rival SA-CD.

Before producing discs the members intends to conduct comprehensive compatibility testing with various DVD-Video, DVD-Audio/Video and CD players.

Source: CDR Info

Interactive Media announces Flash memory / MP3 player

Interactive Media Corporation today announced its ultra miniature Kanguru Micro MP3 USB player with built-in flash memory.


The device supports USB1.1, weighs just 46 g and has 92x30.4x26 mm dimensions. It also features the built-in NAND memory and the 500 mA rechargeable battery (up to 6 hours of operation). Capable of resisting 1000G shock, the player can have 64Mb, 128Mb, and 256Mb capacities. Itís interesting that it doesnít require drivers for Windows 2000/ME/XP, Mac OS 8.6+, Linux 2.4.0, they are necessary for Windows 98/98SE only. Besides storing and playing music, Kanguru Micro MP3 can also be used as a usual flash trinket.

64Mb Kanguru Micro MP3 costs $99.95, 128Mb and 256Mb versions — $139.95 and $199.95, respectively.

Photo of the day: X-Micro Impact T4200 graphics card

X-Micro Technologies announced the new version of its Impact T4200 graphics card on NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 AGP 8X.

The card has 128Mb DDR (64Mb model will also be released), analog and DVI outputs, supports VIVO (NTSC/PAL). Photos of Impact T4200 are below:




Leadtek announces Ti 4800 and MX 440-8X

According to GZeasy, Leadtek intends to release GeForce 4 Ti 4800 and GeForce4 Ti 4800 SE along with GeForce 4 MX 440-8X solutions in December.


For the period of moving to GeForce FX, GeForce4 Ti 4800 will replace the current GeForce 4 Ti 4600 and GeForce4 Ti 4800 SE — GeForce4 TI 4400 (GeForce 4 Ti 4800 and 4800 SE GPUs are NV18 AGP 8x).


Besides, Leadtek plans to seriously expand the GeForce 4 MX 440-8x family. Note that the new cards will even include the one with TV tuner and VIVO — a straight rival for the recently announced ATI AIW Radeon 9000 Pro (though we do not know about the remote control of the former).

Source: GZeasy

Yakumo introduces 3.3-megapixel Mega-Image 35

Yakumo announced 3.3-megapixel Mega-Image 35 digital camera.




Yakumo Mega-Image 35 specifications:

  • CCD: 3.3 million effective pixels
  • Lens: F2.8-11, 32-96mm equiv
  • Zoom: 3x optical, 2x digital
  • Memory: built-in 8Mb NAND, CompactFlash Type I slot
  • VF: optical
  • LCD: 1.5"
  • Resolutions: 2048x1536, 1024x768
  • Flash: built-in
  • Exposure: 1/800-2 s
  • White balance: Auto, Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent
  • File format: JPEG, three levels of compression
  • Interfaces: USB, Video out NTSC + PAL
  • Power: 4xAA batteries
  • Dimensions: 112x44x77mm
  • Weight: 245 g
  • Suggested price: 279 euro

Intel C++ 7.0 and Intel Fortran 7.0 for Windows/Linux released

Intel announced new software development tools, optimized for new architectures, including the Hyper Threading. Updated Intel C++ Version 7.0 and Intel Fortran Version 7.0 for Windows/Linux are claimed to be able to raise the performance of Itanium 2, Xeon, and Pentium 4 systems by 40% comparing to other existing compilers.


The new solutions are already available, the suggested price being $399/version. Intel Fortran 7.0 for Windows/Linux is also available for sale now for $499 and $699, respectively.

Hercules announces 3D Prophet ALL-IN-WONDER 9000 Pro 64MB

Hercules announced 3D Prophet ALL-IN-WONDER 9000 Pro 64MB multimedia graphics card.


As you can guess, the solution bases on ATI RADEON 9000 Pro GPU, has 64Mb DDR. The novelty provides analog video editing and recording (MPEG2) capabilities along with digital VCR feature. The TV tuner supports most European standards (PAL BG/I/DK and Secam L/K), and the teletext through the software. The card is supplied with wireless remote control and the software bundle. 3D Prophet ALL-IN-WONDER 9000 Pro 64MB is expected for sale in December, the suggested VAT price is 299 euro.

Source: Clubic

Canon announces new 4-megapixel PowerShot S45

Canon USA announced the new PowerShot S45 digital still camera to replace PowerShot S40.

Canon PowerShot S45 features 1/1.8" 4-megapixel CCD with 2272x1704 max. resolution (3.8 million effective pixels), 3x optical (F2.8-4.9) lens, 3.6ű digital zoom, 1.8" LCD, DIGIC processor. The camera supports 9-point AiAF autofocusing (against 3-point of the PowerShot S40), 9 white balance modes, etc. Data can be stored on Compact Flash Type I / Type II (including Microdrive), 32Mb Compact Flash Type I is included into the bundle.


Canon PowerShot S45 is also supplied with ZoomBrowser EX 4.0 (Windows), ImageBrowser 2.7 (Mac); PhotoRecord 1.6 (Windows); PhotoStitch 3.1, Apple QuickTime 5.0, CP-100 Print Driver 2.1, Acrobat Reader 4.0, File Viewer Utility 1.0, and RemoteCapture 2.6 (Windows/Mac), Windows XP and Mac OS X drivers, and is supported by the previous OS versions as well. Encased into the silvery body, the camera features improved movie mode (up to 3 min w/sound), supports Direct Print to Canon CP-100 and some of the Canon Bubble Jet devices. The expected availability of PowerShot S45 is December, the suggested retail price is about $650.

Intrinsity released 2GHz embedded chips

Intrinsity announced 2GHz FastMATH and FastMIPS embedded processors, sample shipments are being expected late this month.

Adaptive FastMATH and FastMIPS DSPs are made at TSMC facilities using 0.13-micron process technology. The company positions them as the alternative to FPGA, DSP kits, and sometimes desktop CPUs.

Hitachi Data Systems announced Thunder 9500

Hitachi Data Systems announced the data storage system for the entry-level market.


Thunder 9500 is to replace previously announced Thunder 9200. The company believes $15000 Thunder 9500 will be able to compete with Clariion and StorageWorks solutions.

Toshiba and Sony to announce 65-nm process technology at IEDM

Toshiba and Sony together announced the development of 65-nm chip production technology. Companies spent three years and 15 billion yens ($120 million) for the work and plan to commercialize it by March 2004.

Further details will be reported at IEDM (International Electron Devices Meeting), to take place next week, from December 9 to 11. Currently we know that transistor gateways are 30-nm wide, utilizing 1-nm high nitrated dielectric with high nitrogen content. Gateway action time is 0.72 picoseconds.

The companies underline that the new technology enables to create 256 Mbit DRAM and 64 Mbit SRAM chips.

Toshiba and Sony´s development is designed for 193-nm litho tools.

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