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Visiontek turns to ATI GPUs. In its own way...

DisplaySearch: the LCD market state in Q3 2002

PixelView PlayTV PVR: the TV+FM tuner from Prolink

iRiver iFP-195TC: 512Mb of flash playback!

Visiontek turns to ATI GPUs. In its own way...

After all the latest misfortunes that have almost dragged Visiontek to oblivion, the company gathered up to remain afloat and comtinue the business. Similar to ELSA AG, that turned into ELSA GmbH, Visiontek announced that its Xtasy graphics card line will feature ATI GPUs instead of NVIDIA solutions from now on. Still the announcement was... a kind of peculiar. The company posted a flash intro on its website, screenshots from which are below (the first two fragments are backgrounded with funeral march, the last two – with a-la Doom drive):

Well, yet another way to remind of self. A rough one, I guess.

DisplaySearch: the LCD market state in Q3 2002

DisplaySearch, specializing in the LCD market researches, posted some excerpts from its report about the market state after Q3. So, the shipments of over 10" TFT LCD panels reduced by 8% comparing to the previous quarter, but grew by 40% comparing to the past year. The total shipments of over 10" TFT LCD panels made about 16 million.

Though exceeding the shipments of 2001, the reduction has been the deepest for the last three years. Analysts believe it can be related with not so active logistics and OEM overstocking in Q2.

Comparing to Q3 notebook LCD shipments grew by 8%, LCD monitor shipments – by 10%, but the demand reduced by 3% in each segment, resulting in the reduction of LCD display and notebook panel sales volumes for OEM makers. Over the half of shipped LCD panels (8.7 million) were used to produce LCD monitors, 1/3 (6.8 million) – to produce notebooks, the rest – to produce LCD TVs and industry components, which shipments grew by 27% and 14%, respectively.

The company has paid attention to pricing as well. According to the forecast, prices for over 10" LCD displays will reduce by 19% next year, for notebook panels – by 24%, for LCD monitors – by 18%, for industry modules — 7%, for LCD TVs – by 3%. This is related to the increasing production volumes and the makers’ striving for fab yield maximization. Finally, here’s the table of main market player shares.

Main LCD panel suppliers
Supplier Share in Q2 2002 Share in Q3 2002 Q3/Q2 growth Y/Y growth
Samsung 16.9% 17.2% -6% 15%
LG.Philips LCD 15.1% 16.6% 1% 27%
AUO 12.1% 11.1% -15% 62%
CMO/IDTech 9.5% 10.4% 1% 67%
Sharp 8.8% 9.6% 1% 97%
CPT 7.3% 6.9% -13% 97%
HannStar 6.1% 5.6% -15% 49%
Hitachi 5.6% 4.6% -25% -11%
Quanta 3.8% 4.1% -2% 1,000%
TMDisplay 3.8% 4.0% -3% 19%
Other 11.0% 10.1% -15% 10%
Total 100.0% 100.0% -8% 40%

PixelView PlayTV PVR: the TV+FM tuner from Prolink

Prolink Microsystems announced the new internal TV/FM tuner — PixelView PlayTV PVR, based on the low-profile Conexant CX23881 A/V encoder. The low-profile PixelView PlayTV PVR PCI brings in TV shows, FM broadcasts. Unlike the previous 8-bit versions, the new tuner features the 10-bit encoder. In the future we may see versions, supporting Teletext and NICAM/A2/SAP (PAL).

Currently the card supports NTSC, PAL-BG/DK/I + SECAM; radio and TV recording in MPEG I/II and DVD/DV/SVCD/VCD formats. Its dimensions are 160.0x64.7 mm, weight – 120g. The bundle includes the cardm, S-Video – RCA cable, FM antenna, stereo audio cable, sensor and IR remote control, manual, drivers and software CD.

iRiver iFP-195TC: 512Mb of flash playback!

Such an MP3-player record from iRiver, having announced the new iRiver iFP-195TC with 512Mb flash memory!

The model has the built-in FM tuner (87.5-108MHz), is just 31x28x5x82 mm in size and weighs 32g, supporting MPEG 1/2/2.5 Layer 3 (8-320Kbps), WMA, ASF formats and dictaphone capabilities.

The player has 4-line LCD screen, supporting 37 languages and ID3 Tag V1, ID3 V2 2.0, ID3 V2 3.0, ID3 V2 4.0. Player frequency range is 20Hz – 20kHz, output power to 16Ohm headphones – 2x10mW. PC connectivity is provided via usual USB 1.1. iFP-195TC EQ features 5 presets (Normal, Rock, Jazz, Classic, UltraBass) and 1 custom set. The player requires a 1.5V AA battery, providing up to 20 hours of operation.

If I’m right, the sales should start after January 20, 2003.

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